BCSA Responsible Coatings Professionals Training Course (RCP)

The Responsible Coatings Professionals (RCP) training course exclusively focuses on subjects and processes relevant to steel fabrication, its protective coatings and fire protection. The course is shorter and more affordable than other training providers, yet technically comprehensive and relevant. You will get learn how to use all the relevant testing instruments, with technicians on hand to assist.

RCP Training has been developed by Dick Frost and the course instructors are well known, highly experienced, senior industry professionals.

While other paint training schemes exist, they typically involve two or three weeks of time away from work and are costly. Much of their content is not relevant to steel fabrication, such as the painting of concrete, powder coating, tank lining, pipelines, water jetting, ships and more. The course is shorter and more affordable than other training providers, yet technically comprehensive and relevant.


The BCSA’s primary goal is to improve quality and reduce failures, as well as the associated cost of rectifying them, for the good of the industry. So, the RCP course is designed to educate those professionals in the supply chain who have responsibility for protective and intumescent coatings but would like more knowledge to better manage risks. It is therefore suitable for consultant engineers, specifiers, directors, managers and supervisors as well as potential coatings’ inspectors and paint makers. The course adopts key European Standards as used by the industry.

RCP Course Content - Key Coatings Topics Covered

  • Corrosion – a basic understanding
  • Surface preparation
  • Salts, their effects and measurement
  • Cellulosic intumescent reactive fire protection
  • Protective coating and intumescent application
  • A practical day – designing a specification; actual blasting, painting and inspection -
  • Coating porosity
  • Holiday testing and use of instruments
  • Essentials of a paint specification
  • Environmental testing and use of instruments
  • Dust testing, surface profile measurement and use of test methods
  • Coating fundamentals and how to calculate paint consumption
  • Intumescent legal obligations and FAQs
  • Wet and dry film thickness testing and use of instruments
  • Galvanizing and its painting
  • Adhesion testing and use of instruments
  • Safety, health and environment – basics

How much does RCP training cost?

BCSA Members:

£950 +VAT (£1,140) per delegate (payable on invoice issued by BCSA)

Non BCSA Members:

£1100 + VAT (£1,320) per delegate (payment to be made in advance of the course)

Note: Cancellation charges (50% of fee) will be incurred for any cancellation less than 14 days before any course

What is included?

The fee includes lunches and refreshments throughout the days. A comprehensive technical manual, providing all the course content and its PowerPoint lectures, is provided. There are written and practical exams on the fifth morning of the course, which are certified by the BCSA. The pass mark is 70%. Taking the exams is not mandatory, so students who just want to improve their technical knowledge are also welcome.

No previous knowledge of protective coatings is necessary, but students do need good basic numeracy and literacy.

To book your place or register interest please contact:

Lorraine MacKinder

Membership Manager

Lorraine’s role is to provide membership administration to all members of BCSA. Lorraine is responsible for the RQSC Buildings and Bridgeworks assessment administration, new member administration, organisation of regional meetings, annual general meetings and in-house meetings. Lorraine has over 17 years experience as an administration manager and personal assistant.


Specialist Areas
  • Assessment
  • Administration
  • Member queries
  • New member enquiries
  • Meeting organisation