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Certification Programs

Paint Technician Certification

Available to users of PPG's Deltron and Global Refinish paint systems, technician certification training is the core program of PPG's effort to keep paint technicians abreast of new products, proper application procedures, equipment, as well as environmental, health and safety issues. The program offers five levels of certification: Blue, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Master level.

The basic, blue level certification course is open to technicians who have one year of professional experience. Upon completion, the refinish technician becomes certified and the collision center where the painter is employed is eligible to offer the PPG Paint Performance Limited Guarantee.

As a continuing education program, paint technicians must be recertified every 2 years to maintain their PPG Certification. Each time a recertification course is taken, the technician advances a level. Upon completion of the Gold level, the technician is eligible to take the PPG Master Technician certification course.

Distributor Technical Representative Certification

Available exclusively to PPG Platinum Distributors, PPG's Distributor Technical Representative Certification (DTRC) is an innovative new program designed to strengthen the competence and confidence of tech reps and create a significant competitive advantage for your business. DTRC participants face the rigors of a professional program that includes a 2-day, hands-on performance evaluation at a PPG training center. After successful completion, your tech rep will receive certification on the most advanced refinish technologies.

Technical Colleges

Until recently, PPG's technician certification training program, taught by PPG refinish instructors, was open only to technicians possessing a minimum of one year's work experience. However, in response to the critical shortage of qualified technicians in the industry, PPG has partnered with select colleges and technical schools to give students the opportunity to become industry certified through the PPG Partners in Education™ program. To become PPG certified, students must pass both written and hands-on testing conducted by PPG. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is awarded PPG certification, which is valid for a two-year period.

OEM Certification Programs

Benefiting from PPG’s role as the leading supplier of OEM automotive coatings, PPG Refinish supports OEM technicians by providing courses that qualify for credit in the Ford and GM technician certification programs using Deltron® 2000 (DBC), Global Refinish System and Nexa Autocolor paint systems.

The following PPG courses meet GM, Ford Motor Company, and Toyota's strict criteria for certification credit:

  • All Certification Courses
  • All Recertification Courses
  • Any Color Adjustment Class

Ford Motor Company

PPG is a participant in The Collision Repair Masters Program, designed to recognize and reward Collision Repair Technicians for their training accomplishments and experience. The Collision Repair training program is comprised of a series of courses developed and delivered by I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision repair), as well as paint and equipment manufacturer specific courses and Ford Motor Company STST courses.

General Motors

General Motors Service Operations has recognized PPG as an approved supplier to its Paint and Refinish Training Process. This relationship allows GM and PPG to work together to establish performance testing standards. PPG provides product and color adjustment training, while GM monitors adherence to the curriculum and performance standards. This strong training relationship is instrumental to consistently restoring a vehicle’s appearance after a paint repair.

Hyundai Motor Company

The Hyundai Motor Company has named PPG an approved aftermarket supplier for its new "Hyundai Global Body and Paint Program". In close cooperation with Hyundai, PPG has developed training courses designed to teach Hyundai dealership paint technicians proper product and application techniques for PPG and Nexa Autocolor products.