SCAA eLearning

Welcome to the SCAA eLearning course on Surface Coatings 

Employees in the surface coatings industry are faced with growing demands in their working and personal lives.  A sound knowledge of the technologies employed by the industry is extremely valuable, and is not generally delivered by prior education.  

The Surface Coatings Association Australia (SCAA) has been the provider of technical education to the coatings industry for many years, largely via classroom-based courses, and mainly in Sydney and Melbourne. But today, not everyone has the flexibility in their time nor in their location to attend such courses.  

To meet these needs, the SCAA has developed its Certificate of Surface Coatings Technology course into a self-paced, online format with synchronised voice-over. The development was assisted by the Australian Paint Manufacturers’ Federation, and with contributory funding by the NSW Department of Education and Training. 

How will you benefit?  

SCAA’s technical education programs are well accepted and valued by the coatings industry. Graduates can be assured of a solid grounding in the technology involved in the development and use of modern surface coatings.  

Having successfully completed the course, you will receive the SCAA Certificate of Surface Coatings Technology by e- Learning. 

Who should apply? 

Technical staff, including laboratory chemists and sales staff, working in, or wishing to enter the paint, ink or other coatings related industries. 

 Participants are generally employed by: 

  • paint or ink manufacturers  

  • raw material suppliers  

  • manufacturers that use coatings.  

 Course prerequisites 

Due to the level of technical content, the general requirement is a Degree or Diploma in Chemistry or an equivalent qualification. 

Those without a tertiary qualification may apply, but must have successfully completed a Secondary Year 12 certificate including Chemistry, with a recommended minimum 5 years of relevant experience in the coatings or related industry. 

A high level of English language ability is required. 

Given the specialized nature of the course, exemptions will not be considered. 



In addition, it is strongly recommended that participants also purchase the reference texts, Surface Coatings Vol. 1 & 2 published by SCAA.  To order these reference texts visit the Publications section of 


Students will require access to a browser with either HTML 5 or Flash with a display of 900 x 600 Pixels or above. The lessons are devised to work on PCs (including Apple) and tablets (Windows, iPad and Android).   


Formal assessment will be by 3 written exams, which follow completion of units 1, 3 and 6 respectively.  

  1. 1. The exams are conducted 'in-person' rather than on line, and generally these are arranged to be held at your workplace. We work with you to nominate a manager or supervisor there who agrees to act as supervisor for your exam. He/she ensures that an agreed time is specified to sit the paper, an appropriate room is provided, and that you complete the paper under exam conditions.  

  1. Ahead of your exam date, the SCAA Technical Education Committee mails your exam paper to the nominated supervisor by Express Post.  Once you have completed the paper, the supervisor then signs and returns it to the SCAA Technical Education Committee for marking. 

  1. Students are required to complete the 3 exam papers, the first upon completion of the Unit 1 lessons, the second after Unit 3 is completed, and the third and final exam once you have finished all the lessons of the course - i.e. after Unit 6 is completed. 

  1. As you approach these stages and are coming up to an exam point, we ask that you inform the Course Admin Centre of this ( and request an exam paper to be sent to you, and we contact you to arrange the necessary details for you to sit the paper. 

  1. The exams are closed book sessions, and the questions are nearly all multiple choice, with a few calculation questions. There are no essay or discussion questions.  For Exams 1 and 2, 90 minutes is allowed, and for Exam 3, 120 mins is allowed.  

  1. Past exam papers are not available, but the self-assessment questions that appear in each section of every e-lesson are a good guide to the style of questions that appear on the exam papers. Reviewing the 'Key Learning Objectives', 'Remember' and 'Summary' screens of each e-lesson makes sense too.  

  1. The pass mark for the course is 50% across the total 3 papers - i.e. if you happened to fail one of the 3 exams with a mark below 50%, you can still pass the course if you pass the other 2 papers sufficiently well. 

If you have any further queries, don't hesitate to contact the course admin centre via this website.

Last modified: Wednesday, 24 July 2019, 8:18 PM