Education Program: Cathodic Protection Program

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CATHODIC PROTECTION (CP) PROGRAM

NACE’s Cathodic Protection (CP) Program is the most specified and recognized CP training and certification* in the world. This program provides students with the theoretical and practical fundamentals for testing, evaluating, and designing both galvanic and impressed current cathodic protection systems.

IMPORTANT CHANGE REGARDING THE CP1 - TESTER, CP2 - TECHNICIAN, CP3 - TECHNOLOGIST, AND CP4 - SPECIALIST EXAMINATION PROCEDURES

For all CP3 - Technologist and CP4 - Specialist courses, beginning May 1, 2016, the final written and essay examinations (currently being converted to computer-based testing – CBT) will no longer be proctored on the last day of class and will need to be scheduled separately from the course. For those registered in a class between May 1, 2016 and September 1, 2016, you will receive an examination authorization e-mail with details on how to schedule your CBT examinations after September 1, 2016.

For all CP1 - Tester and CP2 - Technician courses, beginning September 1, 2016, the final written examination (currently being converted to computer-based testing – CBT) will no longer be proctored on the last day of class and will need to be scheduled separately from the course. After September 1, 2016, you will receive an examination authorization e-mail with details on how to schedule your CBT examination. The final practical examination will still be given in class, at the end of the week.

If you would like a complete list of testing centers, please visit the NACE International Institute’s website at the following link.

Please note: For courses registered and taken before December 31, 2016, your course registration fee is all-inclusive of the course, course materials, CBT (written and essay) examinations.

For certification* information, please visit www.naceinstitute.org.

Course - Coatings in Conjunction with Cathodic Protection

The Coatings in Conjunction with Cathodic Protection (CCCP) course focuses on the control of metallic corrosion by protective coatings and cathodic protection, with coatings as the primary method of control supplemented by cathodic protection.

NACE is recognized as an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In order for a learner to “Successfully Complete” a NACE course and thereby receive a Certificate of Completion and CEUs, the following criteria must be met:
•Attend the entire course
•Successfully pass each learning assessment for the course with a score of 70% or higher
Learning assessments may include: a cumulative average quiz score, a practical exam, and/or a written exam.
For learners who do not meet the two criteria above, a retake of the course and the related learning assessments will be required, in order to receive a Certificate of Completion with CEUs and “Successfully Complete” the NACE course.
Disclaimer: This Certificate of Completion denotes successful completion of the NACE course, and should not be interpreted as the award of a NACE Institute Certification.

At the conclusion of the course you will be asked to complete a course evaluation.

Certification(s):

Course - CP Interference

The Cathodic Protection Interference focuses on AC and DC interference.

NACE is recognized as an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In order for a learner to “Successfully Complete” a NACE course and thereby receive a Certificate of Completion and CEUs, the following criteria must be met:
•Attend the entire course
•Successfully pass each learning assessment for the course with a score of 70% or higher
Learning assessments may include: a cumulative average quiz score, a practical exam, and/or a written exam.
For learners who do not meet the two criteria above, a retake of the course and the related learning assessments will be required, in order to receive a Certificate of Completion with CEUs and “Successfully Complete” the NACE course.
Disclaimer: This Certificate of Completion denotes successful completion of the NACE course, and should not be interpreted as the award of a NACE Institute Certification.

At the conclusion of the course you will be asked to complete a course evaluation.

Certification(s):

No related certifications.

Course - CP1 - Cathodic Protection Tester


    The CP 1 - Cathodic Protection Tester course presents CP technology to students entering the cathodic protection industry.

    Certification Awarded:

    Upon successful completion of the course and exams, the student will be certified as a NACE Cathodic Protection Tester.

    NACE is recognized as an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In order for a learner to “Successfully Complete” a NACE course and thereby receive a Certificate of Completion and CEUs, the following criteria must be met:
    •Attend the entire course
    •Successfully pass each learning assessment for the course with a score of 70% or higher
    Learning assessments may include: a cumulative average quiz score, a practical exam, and/or a written exam.
    For learners who do not meet the two criteria above, a retake of the course and the related learning assessments will be required, in order to receive a Certificate of Completion with CEUs and “Successfully Complete” the NACE course.
    Disclaimer: This Certificate of Completion denotes successful completion of the NACE course, and should not be interpreted as the award of a NACE Institute Certification.

    At the conclusion of the course you will be asked to complete a course evaluation.

    Skill Assessment:

    The exams cover the following skill and knowledge factors:

    • Basics of electricity, electrical laws, electrochemistry, corrosion and CP theory
    • Polarity related to current flow and metal corrosion activity
    • Conduct tests to identify shorts and continuity tests in CP systems
    • Use test instruments to perform a variety of field tests such as structure-to-soil potentials, voltage and current measurements, soil resistivity, pipe/cable locating and rectifier readings
    • CP components including impressed current systems, galvanic anodes and test stations
    • Read shunts and understand their use in rectifiers, bonds, and anodes
    • Perform periodic surveys to confirm the effectiveness of a CP system
    • Reference cells, their maintenance, use, and precautions
    • Basic location mapping, report preparation, and recordkeeping
    • Review safety issues specific to CP
    • Code requirements related to CP

    Certification(s):

Course - CP2 - Cathodic Protection Technician


The CP 2—Cathodic Protection Technician course provides intermediate-level training in theoretical knowledge and practical fundamentals for testing on both galvanic and impressed current CP systems.

Classroom instruction is comprised of lectures and hands-on training at an outdoor facility, using equipment and instruments for CP testing. An open book written exam and a closed book practical exam is given at the end of the course.

Skill Assessment:

The exams cover the following skill and knowledge factors:

  • Perform advanced field tests (including current requirement test, shorted casing test, IR drop test, soil resistivity, and interference tests) and evaluate the results
  • Perform tests to verify the presence of stray current interference and recommend method(s) to mitigate the interference
  • Understand AC voltage and its mitigation
  • Maintenance of documentation and records, including data plotting and analysis
  • Conduct and understand the importance of periodic surveys, including IR- Free readings, polarization decay tests and current measurements
  • Test and troubleshoot rectifier component parts
  • Understand corrosion coupon test stations
  • Understand code requirements related to CP

    NACE is recognized as an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In order for a learner to “Successfully Complete” a NACE course and thereby receive a Certificate of Completion and CEUs, the following criteria must be met:
    •Attend the entire course
    •Successfully pass each learning assessment for the course with a score of 70% or higher
    Learning assessments may include: a cumulative average quiz score, a practical exam, and/or a written exam.
    For learners who do not meet the two criteria above, a retake of the course and the related learning assessments will be required, in order to receive a Certificate of Completion with CEUs and “Successfully Complete” the NACE course.
    Disclaimer: This Certificate of Completion denotes successful completion of the NACE course, and should not be interpreted as the award of a NACE Institute Certification.

    At the conclusion of the course you will be asked to complete a course evaluation.

    Certification(s):

Course - CP2 Cathodic Protection Technician - Maritime


The CP 2—Cathodic Protection Technician—Maritime Course presents cathodic protection technology with specific shipboard cathodic protection information.

NACE is recognized as an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In order for a learner to “Successfully Complete” a NACE course and thereby receive a Certificate of Completion and CEUs, the following criteria must be met:
•Attend the entire course
•Successfully pass each learning assessment for the course with a score of 70% or higher
Learning assessments may include: a cumulative average quiz score, a practical exam, and/or a written exam.
For learners who do not meet the two criteria above, a retake of the course and the related learning assessments will be required, in order to receive a Certificate of Completion with CEUs and “Successfully Complete” the NACE course.
Disclaimer: This Certificate of Completion denotes successful completion of the NACE course, and should not be interpreted as the award of a NACE Institute Certification.

At the conclusion of the course you will be asked to complete a course evaluation.

Certification(s):

Course - CP3 - Cathodic Protection Technologist


The CP 3—Cathodic Protection Technologist Course builds on the technology presented in the CP 2 - Cathodic Protection Technician course.

Skill Assessment:

The exams will include various levels of assessment of the following skill and knowledge factors:

  • Understand activation, concentration and resistance polarization and the mathematical expressions of these concepts
  • Factors that affect polarization (area, temperature, relative movement, ion concentration, oxygen concentration)
  • Understand the concept of current distribution and be able to determine ideal current distribution for a CP system taking into account the factors affecting current distribution (anode-to-cathode separation distance, electrolyte and structure resistivity variation, current attenuation)
  • Perform advanced cathodic protection testing using correct measurement techniques to monitor CP system performance and accurately interpret the data collected to ensure optimum CP system performance.
  • Identify errors in data collection/CP measurements including contact resistance errors, voltage drop errors and, reference electrode errors
  • Conduct and document interference tests where stray currents are suspected to determine if interference exists and identify the source of the interference
  • Upon determination of interference, identify and implement a method of control that will mitigate the effects of the stray current
  • Design and install simplistic forms of galvanic and impressed current cathodic protection facilities and perform the necessary mathematical calculations

    NACE is recognized as an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In order for a learner to “Successfully Complete” a NACE course and thereby receive a Certificate of Completion and CEUs, the following criteria must be met:
    •Attend the entire course
    •Successfully pass each learning assessment for the course with a score of 70% or higher
    Learning assessments may include: a cumulative average quiz score, a practical exam, and/or a written exam.
    For learners who do not meet the two criteria above, a retake of the course and the related learning assessments will be required, in order to receive a Certificate of Completion with CEUs and “Successfully Complete” the NACE course.
    Disclaimer: This Certificate of Completion denotes successful completion of the NACE course, and should not be interpreted as the award of a NACE Institute Certification.

    At the conclusion of the course you will be asked to complete a course evaluation.

    Certification(s):

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). In order for a learner to “Successfully Complete” a NACE course and thereby receive a Certificate of Completion and CEUs, the following criteria must be met:
    •Attend the entire course
    •Successfully pass each learning assessment for the course with a score of 70% or higher
    Learning assessments may include: a cumulative average quiz score, a practical exam, and/or a written exam.
    For learners who do not meet the two criteria above, a retake of the course and the related learning assessments will be required, in order to receive a Certificate of Completion with CEUs and “Successfully Complete” the NACE course.
    Disclaimer: This Certificate of Completion denotes successful completion of the NACE course, and should not be interpreted as the award of a NACE Institute Certification.

    At the conclusion of the course you will be asked to complete a course evaluation.

    Certification(s):

Exam - CP Specialist

Candidates meeting the prerequisites can sit for the 7-hour CP 4–Cathodic Protection Specialist examination. Candidates will take the same two part examination which is offered in the CP 4–Cathodic Protection Specialist course. Exam-only candidates will recieve a copy of the CP 4–Cathodic Protection Specialist Course manual at the time of registration. Examinations will be offered the last day of the regularly scheduled CP4–Cathodic Protection Specialist Course offerings or you can take the examination via an eligible proctor. Contact NACE First Service at 281/228-6223 or via e-mail at FirstService. Registration fees for exam only candidates are nonrefundable.

Certification(s):

Exam - CP Technician

Candidates meeting the prerequisites can sit for the Cathodic Protection Technician Certification Exam without taking the CP 2–Cathodic Protection Technician course. The Exam Only Option consists of the same 2-hour written exam and hands-on practical exam which are offered in the CP 2–Cathodic Protection Technician course. The written exam is open book so that candidates can bring their own references, however the practical exam is closed book. Exam-only candidates will be sent a CP 2–Cathodic Protection Technician course manual at the time of registration. Examinations will be offered the last day of the regularly scheduled CP2–Cathodic Protection Technician Course Offering. Due to difficulty level of the Exam Only Option, along with the Prerequisites/Work Experience listed for the CP 2–Cathodic Protection Technician Course, NACE strongly recommends that individuals have prior CP training that is equivalent to CP 2–Cathodic Protection Technician Course. Contact NACE First Service at 281/228-6223 or via e-mail at FirstService. Registration fees for exam only candidates are nonrefundable.

Certification(s):

Exam - CP Technologist

Candidates meeting the prerequisites can sit for the CP 3–Cathodic Protection Technologist Certification Examination. Candidates take the same two part examination which is offered in the CP3–Cathodic Protection Technologist course. The exam is open book so that candidates can bring their own references. Exam-only candidates will receive a copy of the CP3–Cathodic Protection Technologist Course manual at the time of registration. Examinations will be offered the last day of the regularly scheduled CP3–Cathodic Protection Technologist Course offerings or you can take the examination via an eligible proctor. Contact NACE First Service at 281/228-6223 or via e-mail at FirstService. Registration fees for exam only candidates are nonrefundable.

Certification(s):

Exam - CP Tester

The Cathodic Protection Tester Certification by Examination Only Option consists of a 2-hour written examination and a 2-hour hands-on practical examination. The written exam is open book so that candidates can bring their own references, however the practical exam is closed book. Students seeking certification who are not taking the CP 1-Cathodic Protection Tester Course will take the same written and practical examinations which are offered in this course. Exam only candidates will be sent a CP1-Cathodic Protection Tester Course manual at the time of registration. Examinations will be offered the day following regularly scheduled CP 1-Cathodic Protection Tester Course offerings (the last day of the course). Contact NACE FirstService for more information at 281/228-6223 or via e-mail at FirstService. Registration fees for exam only candidates are nonrefundable.

Certification(s):

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