PCIM Technician

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Pipeline Corrosion Integrity Management (PCIM) Technician

The Pipeline Corrosion Integrity Management (PCIM) Technician certification focuses on the implementation and/or management of an integrity program for a pipeline system. There is also a focus on remediation technology and field techniques for performing integrity assessments.

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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Steps to Certification

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

    2 years of verifiable work experience in a pipeline environment

  2. Course requirements and suggestions

    Successful completion of – Internal Corrosion for Pipelines - Basic Principles Course

    Successful completion of – Pipeline Corrosion Assessment Field Techniques (P-CAFT) Course

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

  3. Certification and application requirements

    Approved PCIM Technician Application

  4. Core exam requirements

    Successful completion of – Internal Corrosion for Pipelines - Basic Principles Exam

    Successful completion of – Pipeline Corrosion Assessment Field Techniques (P-CAFT) Exam (through Examity)

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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.