CP 3 - Cathodic Protection Technologist

Cathodic Protection 3

Cathodic Protection 3 - Technologist (CP3)

The Cathodic Protection Technologist certification indicates knowledge of theoretical concepts and practical application of cathodic protection with a strong focus on interpretation of cathodic protection data, and cathodic protection troubleshooting.

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Steps to certification

Primary certification path

  1. Work experience and education requirements

    Bachelor's degree in physical sciences or engineering

    3 years of verifiable cathodic protection work experience

    Successful completion of all CP Technician requirements (including certification) or equivalent training – Strongly Recommended

  2. Course requirements and suggestions

    NACE CP 3-Cathodic Protection Technologist - Strongly Recommended

  3. Certification and application requirements

    Approved Cathodic Protection Technologist Application

  4. Core exam requirements

    Certification Exam – CP Technologist Case-Based Exam

    Note: This exam will only be available in English at select Pearson VUE testing centers globally.

    Certification Exam – CP Technologist Theory Exam

    Note: This exam will only be available in English at select Pearson VUE testing centers globally.

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

    Algebra and logarithm training

    8 years of verifiable cathodic protection work experience

    Successful completion of all CP Technician requirements (including certification) or equivalent training – Strongly Recommended

  2. Course requirements and suggestions

    NACE CP 3-Cathodic Protection Technologist - Strongly Recommended

  3. Certification and application requirements

    Approved Cathodic Protection Technologist Application

  4. Core exam requirements

    Certification Exam – CP Technologist Case-Based Exam

    Note: This exam will only be available in English at select Pearson VUE testing centers globally.

    Certification Exam – CP Technologist Theory Exam

    Note: This exam will only be available in English at select Pearson VUE testing centers globally.

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 post high school training from math or science technical/trade school

    6 years of verifiable cathodic protection work experience

    Successful completion of all CP Technician requirements (including certification) or equivalent training – Strongly Recommended

  2. Course requirements and suggestions

    NACE CP 3-Cathodic Protection Technologist - Strongly Recommended

  3. Certification and application requirements

    Approved Cathodic Protection Technologist Application

  4. Core exam requirements

    Certification Exam – CP Technologist Case-Based Exam

    Note: This exam will only be available in English at select Pearson VUE testing centers globally.

    Certification Exam – CP Technologist Theory Exam

    Note: This exam will only be available in English at select Pearson VUE testing centers globally.

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

NII certification requirements include case-based and theory exams delivered via computer-based testing (CBT).

The multiple-choice CBT exam is scheduled separately from the course and delivered via Pearson VUE. A voucher needed to schedule the CBT exam is included as part of your initial course registration.

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.