Serving Since 1958

ARE YOU LOOKING TO EXPAND YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE AUTOMOTIVE AND PAINT INDUSTRY? Look no further – Industrial Finishes offers a variety of educational classes at our Education Centers across the country. With classes in paint, profit enhancement, estimating, negotiating and other topics, you can be sure to find a class to further your expertise. We offer important certifications and have partnered with associations such as I-CAR to deliver first-rate material.

For example:

BASF Classes:

Classes instructed by BASF Regional Training Instructors offer specific certification and re-certification opportunities with an 8:1 painter to instructor ratio, providing close interaction and instruction with kinesthetic and oral based classes. Classes offered include:

  • Glasurit Certification: Solvent and waterborne based certifications. Offered 1-2 times a year as needed
  • Diamont Certification: Offered 1-2 times a year as needed
  • Recertification Glasurit/Diamont: One-day classes offered 1-2 times a year as needed
  • Painting Plastics: Upon request
  • Color Matching: Upon request
  • Estimating for Profit: Inquire about scheduling

Axalta Classes:

Instructed by damage analysis expert, Mike Anderson, these classes are for collision shop owners and managers, estimators, techs, customer service reps and front office staff. Other classes like color matching, shading techniques, measuring business, P&L and others are instructed by Industrial Finishes sales staff, paint tech and painters. No certification is currently offered for Axalta classes. Classes include:

  • Damage Analysis: Upon request
  • Estimating & Negotiating: Upon request
  • Measuring Your Business: Inquire about scheduling
  • P&L: Inquire about scheduling
  • Gross Profit & Margin: Inquire about scheduling
  • Industry KPIs: Inquire about scheduling
  • Color Matching/Shading Techniques: Upon request

Other Classes:

Various classes offered by companies such as SATA, U-Pol, US Chemical, SmartTrack and Quick Cut Sanders are available to painters, sales staff, owners, managers and estimators. Few classes offer certification but many incorporate demonstrations. Classes include:

  • SATA: spray equipment and filtration demos
  • U-Pol: overview and tips on products
  • US Chemical: Product training and demos
  • SmartTrack: job costing and tracking
  • Structural Safety Awareness: LDC Equipment; vehicle structure, high strength steel and repair procedures

Whether you are considering acquiring various certifications or expanding general knowledge about the industry, our customer service team can answer your questions! Give us a call at 800.531.1305 or email

Story contributed by Emily Brown