Ethics for the Corrosion Professional

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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Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the importance of upholding ethical standards across the Corrosion Prevention and Control industry.
  • 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.
  • Describe the consequences of engaging in unethical behavior.
  • Apply an ethical decision-making framework to solve ethical dilemmas.
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Certification Requirement

Ethics for the Corrosion Professional is a new requirement for all of our certifications. Ethics is central to the industries we serve and it is our goal to equip all card holders with tools and information they need to be successful in the field and avoid potential violations.

To satisfy this requirement you must take the Ethics for the Corrosion Professional course or equivalent training. To read more on what an equivalent training must cover, see the Certification Requirements section below.

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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.

Prerequisites

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.

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Course: 1.5 Hours to complete (2 PDHs)
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New Certification Ethics Requirement

Ethics is the foundation of any certification program and reinforces the principles set forth during the certification process. Starting January 1, 2021 all new certification applicants and certification renewal applicants will be required to meet the new Ethics Requirement passed by the NACE Institute Certification Commission. This can be met by participating in any ethics course or training that meets the below criteria:

Equivalent training must cover at least 3 of the 5 topics listed below. Proof of completion will need to be submitted as part of the new or renewal application process.

  • Types of unethical behavior commonly encountered in the corrosion field
  • Factors that may lead to unethical decision making in the field of corrosion
  • Ethical decision-making best practices or processes
  • Impacts of unethical decisions or unethical behavior
  • How to report unethical behavior

View our current list of approved equivalent training programs. If you have additional questions related to course equivalency, please view the FAQ document for topics required and our step-by-step guide for submitting your 3rd party training. For additional questions, please contact ethicsquestions@ampp.org.

Adding the Ethics Course to Your Certification Portal

  1. Login to My Certification Portal
  2. Go to Online Courses
  3. Search for ‘Ethics for the corrosion professional’

Please note it may take up to 24 hours to be reflected in My Certification Portal after completion.

Understanding your Certification Ethics Responsibilities

When you follow the rules of ethics associated with your certification, you show your dedication to the integrity of the program. This helps maintain the customer’s confidence in the services and ensures the continued quality of the program.

What are some of the principles you should follow as a certification holder?

  • Keep confidential any questions that appear on your certification exam
  • Give first consideration in your corrosion control work to public safety, welfare, and protection of the environment
  • Apply yourself with diligence and responsibility to the corrosion control work that lies within your area of competence
  • Pursue your work with fairness, honesty, integrity, and courtesy, ever mindful of the best interest of the public, your employer and your fellow workers
  • Represent yourself to be proficient only in areas of corrosion work in which you are qualified by knowledge and experience
  • Avoid and discourage untrue, sensational, exaggerated, and/or unwarranted statements regarding your work in oral presentation, written text, and/or advertising media
  • Inform clients or employers of any conflicts of interest that might influence your judgment
Understanding your Certification Ethics

Ethics frequently asked questions

  • Claiming to be NACE Institute Certified when you are not
  • Advertising yourself to be certified at a higher level than you actually are
  • Having a conflict of interest on the job and failing to report it
  • Disclosing any exam questions or exam content to another individual
  • Potential loss of job
  • Your employer's project could be put in jeopardy
  • You could be putting your coworkers at risk
  • Your customers lose faith in the quality of your products and services
  • Your reputation could be tarnished, which will affect future career endeavors
  • If a complaint is filed against a certification holder, an investigation is opened through the NACE International Institute Policy and Practices Committee. The Committee reviews the case and asks for a response from the person being complained against.
  • If the person with the complaint filed against them is found to be “guilty” of violating NII ethics, the Committee is then able to act upon disciplinary actions, which may include revoking an active certification, up to banning the person from holding any NACE International Institute certifications in the future.
  • Ethics violations hurt the integrity of the program, the industry, and customer perception
  • Lack of ethics by certification holders decreases the value of your certification and can impact people’s lives, the environment, and customer ROI

Equivalent training must cover at least 3 of the 5 topics listed below. Proof of completion will need to be submitted as part of the new or renewal application process.

  • Types of unethical behavior commonly encountered in the corrosion field
  • Factors that may lead to unethical decision making in the field of corrosion
  • Ethical decision-making best practices or processes
  • Impacts of unethical decisions or unethical behavior
  • How to report unethical behavior