Cathodic Protection Specialist

Cathodic Protection Specialist

Cathodic Protection Specialist certification covers the theoretical concepts behind the design and considerations that influence the design and calculations (including attenuation).

This certification is targeted at individuals who are responsible for: the design, installation, and maintenance of cathodic protection systems.

Prior to taking the exam or the NACE training course, students must have completed college or university-level courses in algebra, geometry, and trigonometry, and must have significant amounts of practical experience in cathodic protection.

Requirements for Cathodic Protection Specialist

Option 1
Prerequisite

Successful completion of all CP Technologist requirements or equivalent training

2 years post-high school training from Math or Science Technical/Trade School

Work Experience

12 years verifiable work experience in ADVANCED Cathodic Protection, including 4 years in responsible charge**

Recommended Course

It is strongly recommended that candidates complete the following course:

NACE CP 4 - Cathodic Protection Specialist Course

Core Exam Requirement 1

Certification Exam - CP Specialist Essay Exam

Note: This exam is available at the end of the NACE CP 4 - Cathodic Protection Specialist Course. English essay exams will be graded on a 3-4 month cycle. All translated essay exams will be graded on a 8-12 month cycle.
Essay Exam Preparation Guide  
Core Exam Requirement 2

Certification Exam - CP Specialist Written Exam NACE - CP4-001

Note: This exam is available on CBT at Pearson VUE
Written Exam Preparation Guide  
Application Requirement

Approved CP Specialist Application


Option 2
Prerequisite

Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Sciences or Engineering

Successful completion of all CP Technologist requirements or equivalent training

Work Experience

6 years verifiable work experience in ADVANCED Cathodic Protection, including 4 years in responsible charge**

Recommended Course

It is strongly recommended that candidates complete the following course:

NACE CP 4 - Cathodic Protection Specialist Course

Core Exam Requirement 1

Certification Exam - CP Specialist Essay Exam

Note: This exam is available at the end of the NACE CP 4 - Cathodic Protection Specialist Course. English essay exams will be graded on a 3-4 month cycle. All translated essay exams will be graded on a 8-12 month cycle.
Essay Exam Preparation Guide  
Core Exam Requirement 2

Certification Exam - CP Specialist Written Exam NACE - CP4-001

Note: This exam is available on CBT at Pearson VUE
Written Exam Preparation Guide  
Application Requirement

Approved CP Specialist Application


Option 3
Prerequisite
One of the following:
• Bachelor’s Degree in either Physical Science or Engineering and an ADVANCED Physical Degree in Physical Sciences or Engineering that required an exam
• Engineering-in-Training Registration or Equivalent
• Professional Engineer’s License
AND
• Successful completion of all CP Technologist requirements or equivalent training
Work Experience

4 years verifiable work experience in ADVANCED Cathodic Protection, including 4 years in responsible charge**

Recommended Course

It is strongly recommended that candidates complete the following course:

NACE CP 4 - Cathodic Protection Specialist Course

Core Exam Requirement 1

Certification Exam - CP Specialist Essay Exam

Note: This exam is available at the end of the NACE CP 4 - Cathodic Protection Specialist Course. English essay exams will be graded on a 3-4 month cycle. All translated essay exams will be graded on a 8-12 month cycle.
Essay Exam Preparation Guide  
Core Exam Requirement 2

Certification Exam - CP Specialist Written Exam NACE - CP4-001

Note: This exam is available on CBT at Pearson VUE
Written Exam Preparation Guide  
Application Requirement

Approved CP Specialist Application


** Responsible charge refers to work experience that is at a level of responsibility requiring initiative, technical ability, and independent judgement.

To begin the certification process:

Application Submission

  • Certification candidates must apply for this certification by submitting an on-line application which is subject to approval.
  • 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.

Upon successful completion of requirements, the candidate will be awarded a NACE CP Specialist Certification.

Certification renewal requirements

  • An approved Recertification application is required every 3 years
  • 1.5 year’s work experience
  • 60 Professional Development Hours (20 hours per year)
  • Renewal Fee
    • Members - $240 USD
    • Non-Members - $450 USD

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