CP 1 - Cathodic Protection Tester

Cathodic Protection 1

Cathodic Protection 1 - Tester (CP1)

The CP 1 – Cathodic Protection Tester course provides both theoretical knowledge and practical techniques for testing and evaluating data to determine the effectiveness of both galvanic and impressed current CP systems and to gather design data.

Classroom instruction is comprised of lectures and hands-on training, including using equipment and instruments for CP testing.

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Who should attend

This program benefits anyone responsible for supervising CP systems, measuring the effectiveness of CP systems, and/or recording this data, including:

  • CP field personnel
  • Technicians

Learning objectives

  • Recall the basics of electricity, electrical laws, electrochemistry, corrosion, and CP theory
  • Define how polarity is 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
  • Define CP components including impressed current systems, galvanic anodes, and test stations
  • Read shunts and recognize their use in rectifiers, bonds, and anodes
  • Perform periodic surveys to confirm the effectiveness of a CP system
  • Recall the use, maintenance, and precautions for reference cells
  • Utilize basic location mapping, report preparation, and record keeping
  • Recognize safety issues specific to CP
  • Recall code requirements related to CP



There are no required prerequisites for this course.


Course Completion

Successful completion of the course is required to earn a certificate of course completion. Requirements are specific to each course and may include a combination of attendance, daily assessments, activities, quizzes, or knowledge checks.

End of course exam

A practical exam is administered at the end of the course. Successful completion of the exam is required to earn a certificate of completion.

Certification requirements

Visit NACE International Institute for individual certification requirements. Requirements are specific to each certification and may include a combination of exams, application, course completion, work experience and proof of educational achievements. All certification and renewal applicants will be required to complete the NACE International ethics training program OR an equivalent training and provide proof of completion as part of the certification application or renewal process.

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