O-CAT Technician

OCAT Technician Certification

O-CAT Technician

The Offshore Corrosion Assessment Training (O-CAT Technician) Certification addresses the elements of in-service inspection and maintenance planning for fixed offshore structures.

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Who should pursue

Anyone involved in corrosion control and integrity management of fixed offshore structures. The certification benefits varied levels of professionals including:

  • Management and planning personnel
  • Field inspectors conducting in-service inspections of the facility
  • Offshore platform operations personnel

Steps to Certification

The steps to certification can be taken in any order
  1. Work experience and education requirements

    1.5 years work experience

  2. Course requirements and suggestions

    NACE Offshore Corrosion Assessment Training (O-CAT) Course - Strongly recommended

    Successful completion of the Ethics for the Corrosion Professional course or an equivalent training

  3. Certification and application requirements

    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.

  4. Core exam requirements

    Certification Exam - O-CAT Technician Practical Exam

    Coming soon:
    Practical Exam Preparation Guide

    Note: This exam is delivered as part of the NACE O-CAT Course

    Certification Exam - O-CAT Technician Written Exam

    Written Exam Preparation Guide

    Note: This exam is available on CBT at Pearson VUE

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Exam Preparation Guides

Written Exam Preparation Guide

Coming soon:
Practical Exam Preparation Guide


About computer-based testing (CBT)

Certification ethics

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Certification exams

NII certification requirements include the practical exam administered at the end of course, along with an exam 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, please visit My Certification Portal to log and manage your work experience and Professional Development Hours (PDH's) needed. Your work experience and PDH's will be submitted as part of your renewal application but you can input PDH's at any time. See the certification renewal guide for PDH's requirements, our sample training PDH guide, and our PDH how-to videos.

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.