Course - CP4 - Cathodic Protection Specialist


The CP 4—Cathodic Protection Specialist Course focuses on the principles and procedures for CP design on a variety of structures for both galvanic and impressed current systems.

Skill Assessment:

Upon successful completion of the CP Specialist Examination, a Certified NACE Cathodic Protection Specialist will have passed an open book, written exam that includes various levels of assessment of the following skill and knowledge factors:

  • Design complete CP systems in a variety of industry applications including water tanks, aboveground and underground storage tanks, and pipelines
  • Demonstrate knowledge of rectifier and ground bed installation, along with source code calculations and protective coatings Perform corrosion analysis on the job site
  • Manage and direct field tests
  • Apply new technologies to existing CP programs
  • Provide formal training to understudies on basic and advanced CP concepts
  • Understand and comply with codes, regulations, reporting procedures, and standard practices

    NACE is recognized as an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). To receive CEUs, participants are required to be engaged in the entire course and successfully pass the final exam. At the conclusion of the course you will be asked to complete a course evaluation.

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    Students involved in the design, installation, and maintenance of CP systems.

    NOTE: The CP Specialist Examination is challenging, and the CP 4–Cathodic Protection Specialist Course is designed as a refresher course for persons already meeting the experience and education prerequisites for the exam. There is not a direct progression from CP 3–Cathodic Protection Technologist to Cathodic Protection Specialist. Participating only in the CP 4–Cathodic Protection Specialist Course does not ensure success on the Cathodic Protection Specialist Examination. Substantial experience involving all aspects of cathodic protection, including design and formal education in math/science/engineering is critical to students' success in the course and examination. Attendance at the CP 3–Cathodic Protection Technologist Course is strongly recommended before sitting for the CP 4–Cathodic Protection Specialist Course or Examination Only Option. The examination is open book and students are welcome to bring any reference material they would like to the examination.

    Students must have completed college or university-level courses in algebra, geometry, and trigonometry, and must have significant amounts of practical experience in CP Design

    • Theoretical concepts behind the design and considerations that influence the design
    • Design factors, and calculations (including attenuation).

    Schedule Summary
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    Day 68:00 AM5:00 PM