CRAFT Surface Treatment

The learning modules will give guidance to those new to the industry on the preparation and protection of fabricated structural steelwork.

To allow the trainee to become competent in the role, the training is expected to take at least 18 months to complete. This will allow time for the trainee to develop the experience along with the learning.

Course modules and content

  • To be able to demonstrate good working practices to reduce exposure to any hazards associated with paints, carry out work safely and leave the workplace in a safe and tidy condition

  • To be able to demonstrate good working practices to reduce exposure to any hazards associated with abrasive blasting materials, carry out work safely and leave the workplace in a safe and tidy condition

  • Recognise the machinery, tools and equipment used in the preparation of fabricated steelwork and how different surfaces need to be created for the different surface coatings that can be applied

  • Understand the different processes for applying protective coatings and that protective coating consist of a primer, undercoat(s) and finish coat and that each ‘layer’ in any protective coating system has a specific function, and the different coating types are applied in a particular sequence of primer followed by intermediate / build coats in the shop, and finally the finish or topcoat either in the shop or on site

  • Understand that the maximum permitted axle and gross weight limits must not be exceeded and the effect on gross weight, individual axle weights and on the securing and stability of the load. Recognise during loading that removal of part of the load will reduce the gross vehicle weight the change in weight distribution may cause individual axles to become overloaded

  • To be able to demonstrate and understand basic lifting practices to lift and position fabricated and coated steelwork without causing damage to the finished surface. The selection of the correct equipment, the recognition of the centre of gravity of shaped loads and the safe storage and use of the lifting accessories

  • Understand how and where the use of portable equipment will be required and the pre checks required to ensure the equipment can be operated safely. To be able to identify and secure the additional health and safety requirements needed for the operator and others that may be affected when working in temporary locations

  • Intumescent paint is a combination of both protective coating and fire protection product that reacts and swells up when exposed to heat. To understand the differences between conventional anti-corrosive protective coatings and intumescent fire protection coatings, with some very basic understanding of fire engineering and its terminology is required


Course costs

LevelNumber of ModulesPeriod of Learning (Months)BCSA Member Price (£)BCSA Member Price (£) (bulk >5)BCSA Member Price + Lantra (£)

BCSA Member Price + Lantra (£) (bulk >5)

Non BCSA Member Cost (£)

Register for the course

Please complete the 2 documents which can be downloaded below and email to Pete Walker


Training Advisory Service

Peter Walker

Health, Safety & Training Director

Pete’s role is to provide members with health, safety and training advice, and to keep them up to date with current regulations and guidance. He works with other Trade Associations and the Health and Safety Executive on the changes in current good working practices. He works with these other bodies to establish common areas of health and safety concern.

Specialist Areas
  • Health and Safety
  • Training
  • Behavioural safety
  • Human Resources / Employment