To comply with IRS rules for certification bodies in the U.S., NACE International has moved its world renowned certification programs to the new NACE International Institute. The Institute’s mission is to support growth and quality of certification for the corrosion control field, to improve the business conditions of the industry, and to promote public safety, protect the environment and reduce the economic impact of corrosion.
“The purpose of the Institute is to operate broadly for the benefit, protection, and preservation of the corrosion engineering and science industry,” said Chris Fowler, President of the NACE International Institute. “This is a unique opportunity to build the profile of the industry and its workforce and also build the job market for corrosion control professionals.”
The NACE International Institute was formed in 2012 to maintain NACE compliance with existing and recently changed U.S. tax laws for not-for-profit organizations that have certification programs. The development of the Institute will also lead NACE’s certification programs toward compliance with the ISO standard for certification bodies (ISO17024).
From the start, the NACE International Institute will focus on meeting industry needs for workforce certification programs, pursuing global consistency of certification requirements, raising industry and public awareness of the purpose and benefits of certification programs, and supporting employment of certified corrosion control professionals. Over time, the Institute will continue to draw more activities into its operations to serve stakeholders based on changing industry needs.
In mid-2013 NACE certification programs will move to the new NACE Institute website at www.naceinstitute.org and will maintain the same functionality currently available online at www.nace.org including certification application and renewal, and a tool to search for certification holders worldwide.
“To me, it is always exciting to boost the corrosion control profession for NACE members,” said Fowler, “the growing industry focus on corrosion control knowledge and experience, and related industry certifications, is yet another step toward action that will lower the cost of corrosion for the public at large.”
The members of the NACE International Institute’s Board of Directors are:
Dr. Chris Fowler - NACE International Institute President; Exova Group
Helena Seelinger -NACE International Institute Executive Director
Greta Whitsett - NACE International Institute Secretary
Elaine Bowman – Champion Technologies
Jeffrey Didas - Matcor, Inc.
Dr. Oliver Moghissi - DNV Columbus, Inc.
Frank Rampton – Trenton Corporation