Advanced Online Courses
Radiation Curing Program | RCP

Professionals, ESF and visiting graduate and undergraduate students may benefit from this program in three ways:

  • Participate in one or more courses on a non-credit basis
  • Participate in one or more courses for graduate-level credit
  • Apply and earn an Advanced Certificate in Radiation Curing by meeting application requirements and successfully completing all three courses for credit (you may still register and work on one or more courses at a time).

Course Registration Options

Participate in one or more courses simultaneously as you pursue the following options:

Overview & Outcomes

Sustainable materials manufacturing is a vital sector of the U.S. economy. Sustainable materials and manufacturing develops products using processes and materials that require less energy, consume fewer resources, create a smaller waste stream, and produce less pollution than comparable materials and processes. 

Radiation curing processes (ultraviolet light and electron beam), an innovative high-growth field in this advanced manufacturing sector, currently represents a $1 billion/year industry in North America. While this important and growing field is transforming the advanced manufacturing and technical industries, specialized training is drastically limited – until now!

Given the importance and growth of this sector, along with its positive and important environmental relationship, RCP will equip you to fill and/or to advance in roles in this field. RCP serves participants entering the UV/EB field and serves as a valuable opportunity for mid-career professional development and renewal for individuals with considerable experience in this field. 

The convenient and affordably-priced online approach entails instructional presentations, synchronous and asynchronous interaction, directed readings, and related learning activities.

Program outcomes include:

  • Fundamentals of polymer chemistry pertinent to functional inks, coatings, resins and adhesives. 
  • Industrial applications of radiation curable resins and the advantages / disadvantages of various curing techniques.
  • Interactions of radiation with components of radiation curable formulations and representative surfaces/substrates during curing processes.
  • Curing technique and dosage appropriate to various end-use applications.
  • Applications of radiation curable formulations to a surfaces/substrates and related safety operations. 
  • Environmental impacts and financial costs of radiation curable chemistries and equipment.
  • Current and emerging events, issues, and trends within the radiation curing field.

Course Descriptions and Schedule

You may register for one or more courses simultaneously.

Introduction to Polymer Coatings
BPE 510 / 3 credits
Fundamental science of polymerization and film formation for a wide class of organic coatings, including acrylics, latexes, polyesters, amino resins, epoxies, alkyds, and silicon derivatives as well as the integration of appropriate binders and additives affecting coating quality. Reaction chemistries and their distinguishing characteristics for several cross-linking agents. Reaction kinetics are considered with emphasis on the influence of conditions during synthesis. Various organic coatings are compared based on desired mechanical and optical properties along with specific applications. The nature of defects and the resulting effect on product lifetime of coatings are examined.

Radiation Curing of Polymer Technologies
BPE 536 / 3 credits
Broad treatment of development and use of radiation curing of polymer technologies as they apply to industry-related roles such as chemists, engineers, technicians, and managers. Properties and development of free-radical and cationic systems initiated by various radiation sources. Chemical and physical underpinnings of common radiation curable materials and mechanisms. Analysis techniques that monitor the cure reaction and the properties of cured material. Emphasis on the considerations and challenges in common applications of radiation curable polymer systems and associated costs, regulatory, and safety considerations.

Radiation Curing Equipment, Instrumentation and Safety
BPE 511 / 3 credits
Technologies used for commercial radiation curing for energy-efficient and environmentally-responsible curing of resins, inks, coatings and adhesives pertinent to industry chemists, engineers, technicians, and managers. Ultraviolet radiation (UV), electron beam (EB), radio frequency (RF) and Infrared (IR) generating systems, along with ancillary equipment used to quantify energy deposition. Basic equipment functions, interaction of radiation sources with specific substrates and chemistries, benefits and drawbacks of each technology, and safety and handling considerations. Emphasis is placed on effectively selecting and justifying equipment appropriate for specific applications.

Who Should Attend

The RCP is designed for current employees in radiation curing related industries as well as those preparing to enter the field. Whether you are in raw materials, formulation, equipment, regulation or an end-user in the coatings industry, the Radiation Curing Program will equip you to fill roles and advance in this field. RCP introduces fundamentals of polymer chemistry pertinent to functional inks, coatings, resins and adhesives. Courses address the industrial applications of radiation curable resins, the advantages of various curing techniques with common commercially available equipment, and the environmental impacts / financial costs of radiation curable chemistries.

Registration and Billing

Option One: Non-credit / Professional Development
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  • $1,359/course (NYS or out-of-state resident)

A grade will not be awarded. Participants receive a certificate of participation at the close of the course.

Credit card payment is due upon registration, unless prior arrangements are made.

  • Free one year individual RadTech membership
    • Please contact Gary Cohen, RadTech Executive Director, for more detail
  • RadTech International North America members receive a 10% discount on non-credit course registration with a valid promotional code.
  • Group Discount: Three or more non-credit participants from the same organization will receive a 20% discount per person, per course.

Must be submitted by email. Full refunds will be given up to 30 days prior to the start of the program. Due to program demand and pre-program preparations, cancellations received 29-11 days prior to the start of the program are subject to a fee of 10% of the program cost. Cancellations received within 10 days prior to the start of the program and no-shows are subject to the full program cost. Cancellation fees are based upon the date the request is received.

Option Two: Credit (at the 500 course level)

  • New York State resident: $1,359*/course
    Transcript fee: $5.00
  • Out-of-state resident: $2,775*/course
    Transcript fee: $5.00

* Please note that tuition costs referenced here are based on currently published rates and are subject to change:

Professionals, visiting graduate and undergraduate students, and others seeking preparation and advancement may register through the ESF Outreach Office. Complete the Visiting Student Registration Form and email as an attachment to Barbara Newman with the subject line: RCP Visiting Student Registration. (Current ESF students register through the ESF Registrar's office.)

Credit registration deadlines:
Please be aware of timelines for registration, and for adding and dropping courses. Courses with unique schedules like RCP courses have their own add and drop deadlines. Contact us for more details.

Prerequisite: At least one semester of organic chemistry or permission of instructor.

Billing - Graduate credit:
Upon registration, participants will be billed for tuition and fees for courses in which they are enrolled by the ESF Bursar. Payment can be made by cash, check, credit card, or monthly payment plan. Payment is due within 36 days of billing. If an employer is reimbursing an employee, tuition (not ESF student fees) will be deferred based on a signed promissory note from the employee issued by the Bursar's Office. Payment of the tuition will be due within one month of semester’s end, whether or not the participant has been reimbursed by their employer. All late payments will be subject to the normal student fees and collection processes. The monthly payment plan offers the opportunity to make 11 monthly payments with an application fee of $45.00. For a monthly payment plan application form or for further information regarding billing and reimbursement, please contact Kristen Golden in the Bursar's Office (315-470-6652).

Additional information is provided in the Visiting Student Guide to ESF Courses.

Free one year individual RadTech membership: Please contact Gary Cohen, RadTech Executive Director for more details

Option Three: Advanced Certificate in Radiation Curing

The Advanced Certificate in Radiation Curing is a graduate-level certificate program offered by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), in partnership with RadTech International, North America and other partners. Certification is approved by the State University of New York (SUNY) and the New York State Education Department. This program provides a focused, advanced, practical education in radiation curing, and is designed with special consideration and support for professionals who work full-time or for students matriculated at other institutions. This Certificate was designed by industry leaders and ESF faculty and staff to provide:

  • Graduate-level training/education that leads to a documented level of competency for practice; and
  • A means for course and program participants to improve their competitive position in the employment marketplace.

You may earn 9 graduate credits through three courses, as well as a post-baccalaureate Certificate of Advanced Study (participants must complete all courses with a cumulative grade of 3.0 or better).

To qualify for the Advanced Certificate in Radiation Curing, participants must have completed all three RCP courses for credit. See prices listed under Option Two: Credit for current rates. There is no additional cost to apply for the Advanced Certificate.

Admission requirements

  • B.S. (or equivalent) from an accredited institution with at least one semester of organic chemistry or permission of the program chair.

Application Process

Completed applications will be reviewed and considered on a continuous basis. The graduate application consists of:

  • A completed SUNY-ESF graduate application form (the GRE is not required). An online application may be completed at Please note: The $60 application fee is currently waived.
  • Official B.S. degree transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s suitability for certificate study and interest in advanced professional practice.

Will these courses apply to a Master's or Ph.D. degree?

You will earn graduate-level credit for each of the three courses you successfully complete. Successful completion of this certificate does not guarantee admission to a Master’s degree program. Courses required by the proposed certificate program may be applicable and transferable to graduate degree programs at ESF and Syracuse University. Transferability to graduate programs at these and other institutions is often highly individualized. As a result, inquiries about applying courses to various graduate programs should be explored with an appropriate graduate program representative.


  • In each option, participants will have additional costs for books/course materials.
  • SUNY-ESF reserves the right to change faculty or cancel programs at its discretion. In the unlikely event of program changes, the College is not responsible for planning expenses incurred.
  • ESF matriculated students who wish to register for RCP courses should contact Howie Hollander.

Option Four: Eligible Training Provider List

The Radiation Curing Program is recognized as an approved course offering on the New York State Department of Labor Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) by the Onondaga County Workforce Investment Board (WIB). The ETPL was established as a part of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, by the United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. The purpose of the ETPL is to align individual training needs with the needs of business by providing the individuals with a diverse selection of training options, established in the pursuit of additional employment opportunities. New York State residents, please contact your local WIB partner to determine eligibility. For Onondaga County residents, specifically, you may contact CNY Works at 315-473-8250, or visit 443 North Franklin Street, Lower Level, Syracuse, NY 13204.

Advising and Program Information:

Dr. Thomas Amidon, Professor and Program Chair
Dr. Chuck Spuches, Associate Provost, Co-Chair
ESF Outreach
235 Gateway Center / 2nd Floor-south
1 Forestry Dr.
Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: (315) 470-6817
Fax: (315) 470-6890

This project is funded, in part, by a U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant, Enhancing American Jobs and Global Competitiveness: A Collaborative Initiative in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing.

The SUNY-ESF Radiation Curing Program is an equal opportunity program and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. This project adheres to the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA).


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