Protective Coating Technician

Protective Coating Technician Certification

Protective Coating Technician

The Protective Coating Technician certification is for protective coatings professionals with 1-2 years of work experience and knowledge in the areas of coatings system selection, surface preparation, coating application, coating inspection and quality control, use of testing instruments, and documentation and data reporting.

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Steps to certification

  1. Work experience and education requirements

    Bachelor's degree in physical sciences or engineering with 1 year of verifiable work experience in the protective coatings field


    2 years of verifiable work experience in the protective coatings field

  2. Course requirements and suggestions

    Successful completion of NACE PCS 1 – Basic Principles

    Successful completion of NACE Basic Corrosion or NACE Basic Corrosion eCourse

  3. Certification and application requirements

    Approved Protective Coating Technician Application

  4. Core exam requirements

    Certification Exam – NACE Basic Corrosion Exam

    Certification Exam – NACE PCS 1 - Basic Principles 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

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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.