Ethics for the Corrosion Professional


Ethics for the Corrosion Professional

The corrosion profession, and the certified professionals who work in the industry, are committed to protecting people, assets and the environment from the effects of corrosion. Those tasked with delivering the technical expertise to society must conduct their work with the knowledge and understanding of the ethical principles expected and required of those professionals.

The NACE International Code of Ethics is discussed in conjunction with case studies and features real-life ethical violations of the NACE International Institute attestations. Frameworks for making ethical decisions are reviewed in this course along with the factors in the corrosion industry that can lead to unethical behavior.

The course is an online self-paced course which should take no longer than 1.5 hours (90 minutes) to complete.

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Who should attend

This program benefits anyone working within the Corrosion industry who may be in a position where they are faced with ethical decision making including:

  • Apprentices
  • Technicians
  • Salespersons
  • Inspectors
  • Quality Control
  • Managers
  • Engineers

Learning Objectives

Section 1 | Introduction

  • Recognize the importance of upholding ethical standards across the Corrosion Prevention and Control industry.

Section 2 | Professional Ethics

  • Differentiate between ethics, morals and values.
  • Discuss how the Six Pillars of Character embody the ethical values of a professional.
  • Explain why ethics is important within professional settings.

Section 3 | Factors that Lead to Unethical Decision Making

  • Describe what an unethical decision is.
  • Describe how rationalizations are used to justify unethical decisions in a professional setting.
  • Recognize the factors that can lead an individual to make an unethical decision.

Section 4 | Types of Unethical Behavior

  • Identify types of unethical behavior seen when working in the corrosion industry.
  • Describe the consequences of engaging in unethical behavior.

Section 5 | A Framework for Ethical Decision Making

  • Explain what ethical dilemmas are and why they occur within professional environments.
  • Apply an ethical decision-making framework to solve ethical dilemmas.


This program has no prerequisites and is open to anyone who registers.

In 2020 the Certification Commission of the NACE Institute passed a NACE Institute Certification ETHICS TRAINING Requirement for current and new certification holders, effective January 1, 2021

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.

This NACE International Ethics Training program meets the new NACE Institute certification requirement. Get more information from the NACE institute.

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

There is no post course exam, but there will be knowledge checks throughout the course.

Online subscription

All NACE online courses are subscription-based for a period of one year from the date of registration and are non-refundable. 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.

$79.00 Member and $99.00 Non Member
Course: 1.5 Hours to complete (2 PDHs)
English, Chinese and Spanish

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