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Basic Corrosion

Basic Corrosion Online

In the Basic Corrosion eCourse, learn the causes and types of corrosion, as well as how it can be identified, monitored, and controlled.

The lecture and multimedia-based eCourse features on-demand viewing and bookmarking capabilities that enable you to complete the course as your schedule allows. It also includes a downloadable course manual, audio narration with transcripts, interactive exercises, and knowledge checks throughout to test your comprehension of the material.

Individual Pricing

Member - $1,185.00 USD
Non-Member - $1,390.00 USD

Exam Options

Option 1: Take the exam in your geographic area under the supervision of a NACE-approved proctor.

Option 2: Take the exam at NACE’s Training Center in Houston, Texas.

Course Description:

Chapter 1: Introduction to Basic Corrosion

Learn the definition of corrosion and understand the economic, environmental and safety impact of corrosion.


Chapter 2: Basics of Corrosion Electrochemistry

Learn the terms and definitions used in corrosion, as well as the processes and concepts of electrochemistry, oxidation and reduction reactions, thermodynamics, kinetics, and passivity.


Chapter 3: Corrosive Environments

Identify the characteristics of commonly-encountered corrosive environments such as atmospheric, water and other electrolytes, soil and high temperature environments.


Chapter 4: Materials

Understand engineering materials such as metals, non-metals, composites, concrete and ceramics and their relationship to corrosion control.


Chapter 5: Forms of Corrosion

Understand the various forms of corrosion, how to recognize each form, materials subject to each form, environments that promote each form and how to control each form.


Chapter 6: Designing for Corrosion Control

Examine how corrosion can be controlled during the design process through construction, as well as process parameters, drainage, dissimilar metals, crevices, and corrosion allowance.


Chapter 7: Corrosion Control Methods

Understand how to control corrosion through material selection, modification of environment, protective coatings, and cathodic and anodic protection.


Chapter 8: Inspection, Monitoring, and Testing

Learn the difference between inspection and monitoring and identify the common testing techniques for each.


Proctored Exam: The course may be taken as stand-alone training (no exam). Those wishing to earn CEUs toward a NACE International Institute certification or other professional license must pass a written exam taken in person with a NACE-approved proctor.

To take the exam, please email NACE International Institute or via phone at +1 281-228-6258 with your desired test date. Upon successful completion of the exam, you will receive a certificate of course completion.

All NACE online courses are subscription-based for a period of one year from the date of registration. Students have access to the course and any corresponding materials for one year and must complete all course work within that one year time frame before the subscription expires.