Corrosion Technician

Corrosion Technician Certification

Corrosion Technician

This certification is geared towards personnel with at least 2 years of experience and who possess basic knowledge of corrosion and corrosion control and are capable of performing routine, well defined work under the close direction of Specialist or Senior Technologist personnel.

The Corrosion Technician shall have a wide variety of general corrosion related backgrounds and be able to perform a variety of corrosion related tasks.

The exam for this certification is comprised of fifty questions from the following areas of knowledge:

  • Cathodic Protection
  • Protective Coatings
  • Materials/Metallurgy
  • Chemical Treatment/Inhibitors
  • General Corrosion
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Who should apply

The following certification is targeted at individuals who are responsible for identifying, locating and controlling corrosion in refinery environments. This includes:

  • Design engineers
  • Process engineers
  • Procurement agents
  • Maintenance planners
  • Service company representatives who support refineries
  • Corrosion and equipment engineers
  • Metallurgists
  • Inspectors and inspection supervisors

Steps to certification

Primary certification path

  1. Work experience and education requirements

    2 years of verifiable corrosion-related work experience

    Note: Please review the Accepted Work Experience Requirements

  2. Certification and application requirements

    Approved Corrosion Technician Application

  3. Core exam requirements

    Certification Exam – NACE Corrosion Technician Exam

Certification candidates have four (4) years to complete all requirements, including a successful completion of the exam, and an approved application with the required work experience and education requirements.

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  1. Work experience and education requirements

    2 years of verifiable corrosion-related work experience

    Note: Please review the Accepted Work Experience Requirements

  2. Course requirements and suggestions

    Successful completion of NACE Basic Corrosion Course

    Successful completion of NACE Basic Corrosion eCourse

  3. Certification and application requirements

    Approved Corrosion Technician Application

  4. Core exam requirements

    Certification Exam – NACE Basic Corrosion Exam or e-Course Exam

Certification candidates have four (4) years to complete all requirements, including a successful completion of the exam, and an approved application with the required work experience and education requirements.

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Certification exams

The multiple-choice CBT exam is delivered via Pearson Vue.

Renewal requirements

An approved recertification application is required every 3 years. The work experience requirement for renewals for all certifications is one and half (1.5) years for the most recent three (3) year period. Additionally, some certifications have other requirements related to responsibility in charge. 

As you prepare for renewal, you can use the Work Experience/Professional Development Log to keep track of your work experience and Professional Development Hours (PDH’s). Work experience and PDH’s will be submitted in your renewal application. See the certification renewal guide for PDH's requirements.

Certification holders are required to pay a non-refundable processing fee for renewal.
NOTE: NACE reserves the right to return any incomplete applications or those that do not meet the requirements. All application fees are non-refundable. To avoid processing delays or forfeiture of fees, please ensure that the application is complete, meets all the requirements and payment has been received.