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Certification Renewal Information

To uphold the integrity of your NACE Institute Certification, you must renew your certification every three years. Renewal involves documentation of work experience and continuing professional development. The NACE Institute will contact you 90 days before your certification expires.

It is the responsibility of persons certified by the NACE Institute to apply for and complete the certification renewal process. Failure to receive a notice from the NACE Institute shall not be accepted as reason for failure to apply and/or complete the renewal process.

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Certification FAQ

What action is required of me to renew my certification?

Please note that it is your responsibility to know your expiration date. The NACE Institute will notify you when it is time to renew based on the contact information we have on file for you. We will provide you with your access information to your profile page at where you can apply for certification renewal.

What qualifies as professional development?

Professional development refers to educational activities that include, but are not limited to, attending corrosion related courses, seminars, meetings, technical papers, webinars, or presentations.

Which NACE Institute Certifications offer a Parallel Path option?

Corrosion Technician, Corrosion Technologist, Senior Corrosion Technologist, Protective Coating Technician, and Protective Coating Specialist.

If I choose the Parallel Path option, do I still need to meet the work requirements?

Yes, all work requirements must be met for each certification.

How is work experience documented?

Special reference forms are included with your application.

Can I use work documentation that I previously turned in?

Yes, if this documentation is used within one (1) year.

What is the difference between "acceptable work experience" and "acceptable work experience in responsible charge?"

Acceptable work experience” and “acceptable work experience in responsible charge” both refer to documented work experience in the field of corrosion which includes: (a) the investigation of corrosion causes and mechanisms, (b) the investigation, design, and implementation of corrosion control procedures, or (c) the teaching of corrosion related science. However, “acceptable work experience in responsible charge” should be at a level of responsibility requiring initiative, technical ability, and independent judgment.

Are there any alternatives to actual “work experience” or “work experience in responsible charge?”

There are no alternatives to “work experience” or “work experience in responsible charge.”

How long do I have to complete all certification requirements?

Requirements must be completed within 4 years of the start date. Start date is defined as the first date which the first requirement is completed. Requirements include all exams (written, practical, essay, and oral) and application (education, references, and work experience).

Are there any time constraints to completion of your certification by exam?

You have one (1) year from the time when your application is approved in which to take the examination.

What is the NACE International Institute Attestation?

This is a document that attests to your knowledge that you understand the privileges and responsibilities which come along with the NACE International Institute Certification. By signing the Attestation, you agree to adhere to certain standards and abide by certain work ethics. Failure to comply could result in disciplinary action.

Do I have to renew my certification?

Yes, all certifications renew every three (3) years. Go to the NACE Institute Web site to renew online at

Do I have to pay a fee to renew my certification?

Yes, every three (3) years you pay a fee to renew your certification—$240 USD for Members and $450 USD for Nonmembers. You no longer have to pay Annual Maintenance Fees for your certification.

How long can my file remain open after I have submitted my application paperwork?

Files remain open for two years with no activity. Files older than two years with no activity will be closed.

What happens if I do not renew my certification?

The NACE Institute allows a three month grace period (90 days) after your certification expiration date before your record is marked as “revoked.” You have up to five years to reinstate your certification and pay all fees in arrears. Any certification lapsed for more than five years will NOT be eligible for reinstatement and will require starting the program over from the beginning.

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