PCIM Technologist

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Pipeline Corrosion Integrity Management (PCIM) Technologist

The PCIM Technologist Certification focuses on implementation and management of an integrity management program for a pipeline system. The emphasis at this level is on integrity verification and maintenance optimization. Upon successful completion, a PCIM Technologist will possess the following skills and knowledge factors:

  • Interpret integrity related data
  • Perform an overall integrity assessment on a pipeline system
  • Calculate and quantify risk
  • Make recommendations to company management on risk management issues
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Steps to certification

Primary certification path

  1. Course requirements and suggestions

    Successful completion of NACE Direct Assessment Course

    Successful completion of In-line Inspection Course

    Successful completion of NACE Pipeline Corrosion Integrity Management Course

  2. Certification and application requirements

    Approved Pipeline Corrosion Integrity Management (PCIM) Technologist Application

    PCIM Technician Certification

  3. Core exam requirements

    Certification Exam - NACE Direct Assessment Course

    Certification Exam - In-line Inspection Course

    Certification Exam - NACE Pipeline Corrosion Integrity Management Course

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

    Bachelor’s degree in physical science or engineering

    4 years of verifiable work experience in a pipeline environment

  2. Course requirements and suggestions

    Successful completion of NACE Direct Assessment Course

    Successful completion of In-line Inspection Course

    Successful completion of NACE Pipeline Corrosion Integrity Management Course

  3. Certification and application requirements

    Approved Pipeline Corrosion Integrity Management (PCIM) Technologist Application

  4. Core exam requirements

    Certification Exam - NACE Direct Assessment Course

    Certification Exam - In-line Inspection Course

    Certification Exam - NACE Pipeline Corrosion Integrity Management Course

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

    8 years of verifiable work experience in a pipeline environment

  2. Course requirements and suggestions

    Successful completion of NACE Direct Assessment Course

    Successful completion of In-line Inspection Course

    Successful completion of NACE Pipeline Corrosion Integrity Management Course

  3. Certification and application requirements

    Approved Pipeline Corrosion Integrity Management (PCIM) Technologist Application

  4. Core exam requirements

    Certification Exam - NACE Direct Assessment Course

    Certification Exam - In-line Inspection Course

    Certification Exam - NACE Pipeline Corrosion Integrity Management Course

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. Course requirements and suggestions

    Successful completion of NACE Direct Assessment Course

    Successful completion of In-line Inspection Course

    Successful completion of NACE Pipeline Corrosion Integrity Management Course

  2. Certification and application requirements

    Approved Pipeline Corrosion Integrity Management (PCIM) Technologist Application

    Senior Corrosion Technologist Certification

  3. Core exam requirements

    Certification Exam - NACE Direct Assessment Course

    Certification Exam - In-line Inspection Course

    Certification Exam - NACE Pipeline Corrosion Integrity Management Course

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

The multiple-choice exam is delivered at the end of the course.

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.