The area of polymer science and technology was in the past presented as two distinct fields: the making of the polymers (chemistry) and the processing into end-products. At present there is a strong tendency towards 'molecularisation'.
 
The aim of the OCT training is to efficiently train chemists, physicists and mechanical engineers who work in coatings R&D, but who did not assimilate enough knowledge on coatings during their formal studies. The training is also recommended for students who have followed a Higher Vocational Training (HBO), and have some years experience in coatings R&D. The emphasis of the training is to broaden and deepen knowledge and/or to bring the students up to date on new developments in the field of coatings. Acquiring specific knowledge and skills gives OCT trainees a better understanding of coating technology in general.