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Basic Corrosion
Cathodic Protection
Coatings and Coatings Inspection 
Internal Corrosion Courses

Course Funding Available for Military Corrosion Specialists

Besides the immense array of new educational podcasts and videos that are online or in production, DoD personnel and civilian contractors are encouraged to take advantage of training courses in the field of corrosion prevention and mitigation. A host of opportunities exist through technical societies such as NACE International—The Corrosion Society, and SSPC—The Society for Protective Coatings.

Technicians, inspectors, engineers, consultants, architects, and project managers may take advantage of a diverse array of courses related to Basic Corrosion, Cathodic Protection, Corrosion Assessment, Coatings, Coatings Inspection, and Water/Wastewater Facilities.

Descriptions of the most popular course offerings are listed below, according to the subject area of expertise. To learn more about course schedules, content, and individual training providers, please click on a course title and you will be linked to the appropriate Web site and course description.

To view all 34 DoD-funded courses sponsored by SSPC, please view the following list of courses on the SSPC Web site.


General Corrosion Education

Basic Corrosion

Basic Corrosion
This course focuses on corrosion and the potential problems caused by corrosion. It provides a basic but thorough review of the causes of corrosion and the methods by which it can be identified, monitored, and controlled. Active participation is encouraged through hands-on experiments and case studies, as well as an open discussion format.


Cathodic Protection

CP-1 Cathodic Protection Tester Course
This is an intensive six-day course that presents CP technology to prepare students for the NACE Cathodic Protection Tester Certification Examination. Course topics include basic electricity, electrochemistry and corrosion concepts, CP theory, CP systems, and CP field measurement techniques. This course provides theoretical knowledge and practical fundamentals for testing on both galvanic and impressed-current CP systems. It also involves lectures and intensive hands-on training with equipment and instruments used in CP testing. Hands-on training at outdoor facilities (weather permitting) is also provided. The course concludes with both a two-hour written and a two-hour practical (hands-on) examination.

CP-2 Cathodic Protection Technician
This is an intensive six-day course that presents CP technology to prepare students for the NACE Cathodic Protection Technician Certification Examination. Course topics include intermediate-level discussions of corrosion theory and CP concepts, types of CP systems, stray alternating-current and direct-current interference, and advanced field-measurement techniques. This course provides both theoretical knowledge and practical techniques for testing and evaluating data to determine the effectiveness of both galvanic and impressed current CP systems and to gather design data. The course involves lectures and hands-on training with equipment and instruments used in CP testing. Hands-on training at outdoor facilities is also included, weather permitting.

CP-2 Cathodic Protection Technician-Marine
Developed for NAVSEA (Naval Sea Systems Command), this six-day course provides theoretical knowledge and practical techniques for testing and evaluating data to determine the effectiveness of both galvanic and impressed current CP systems, as they apply to the marine industry. This is an intermediate CP course.

CP-3 Cathodic Protection Technologist
This is an intensive six-day course that presents CP technology to prepare students for the NACE Cathodic Protection Technologist Certification Examination. The CP 3—Cathodic Protection Technologist Course builds on the technology presented in the CP 2—Cathodic Protection Technician Course covering both theoretical concepts and practical application of CP, with a strong focus on interpretation of CP data, CP troubleshooting, and mitigation of problems that might arise in both galvanic and impressed current systems. The course is presented in a format of lecture, discussion, and hands-on, in-class experiments, and group exercises. There is a written examination at the conclusion of the course.

CP-4 Cathodic Protection Specialist
This is an intensive six-day course that focuses on the principles and procedures for CP design on a variety of structures for both galvanic and impressed current systems. The course discusses the theoretical concepts behind the design and considerations that influence the design (environment, structure type/materials of construction, coatings), design factors, and calculations (including attenuation). The course involves lecture and in-class discussion and practice with design examples on various structures (i.e., pipelines, tanks and well casings, offshore applications, and steel reinforcing in concrete structures). The course concludes with the written NACE CP Specialist examination.

CP Interference
The Cathodic Protection Interference course is a six-day course focusing on AC and DC interference. The course includes in-depth coverage of both the theoretical concepts and the practical application of identifying interference and interference mitigation techniques. Students will learn to identify the causes and effects of interference as well as conduct tests to determine if an interference condition exists and perform calculations required to predict AC interference. The course is presented in a format of lecture, discussion, hands-on, in-class experiments, case studies, and group exercises. There is a written examination at the conclusion of the course.

Offshore Corrosion Assessment Training (O-CAT)
The Offshore Corrosion Assessment Training course is a five-day intensive program addressing the elements of in-service inspection and maintenance planning for fixed offshore structures. The course also addresses the Minerals Management Services (MMS) A-B-C facility evaluation grading-system requirements for Level I inspection reporting.


Coatings and Coatings Inspection

C-1 Fundamentals of Protective Coatings for Industrial Structures
This course provides a practical and comprehensive overview for those who are new to the protective coatings industry. It is also an ideal refresher for reviewing the fundamentals of corrosion and the use of coatings as a protective mechanism against corrosion and deterioration of industrial structures.

C-1 eCourse Fundamentals of Protective Coatings for Industrial Structures
This online course provides a practical and comprehensive overview for individuals who are new to the protective coatings industry, as well as those needing a review of the fundamentals of corrosion and the use of coatings as a protective mechanism. It begins on the 15th of every month.

C-2 Specifying and Managing Protective Coatings Projects
This course is designed to sharpen your skills in managing the specific requirements of protective coatings projects.

C-2 eCourse Specifying and Managing Protective Coatings Projects
This online management course is designed to sharpen your understanding of overall industry practices, beyond your area of specialization, and put your experience in unison with the most current theories and practices that govern coatings project management. It begins on the 15th of every month in 2009.

C-7 Abrasive Blasting Program
C-7 is designed to certify operators of dry abrasive or portable centrifugal blast cleaning equipment. It covers principles of surface preparation, surface cleanliness, surface profile, dust and debris control, and abrasives. The program’s primary focus is the certification of the blasters who demonstrate proper blasting techniques during the hands-on session.

CCI Concrete Coating Inspector Program
Students who take this course will be able to determine incompleteness and/or technical errors in a specification and bring these issues to the attention of the specification writer or a supervisor. The course also reviews how to use concrete coating inspection equipment according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. The certification portion of this program will certify concrete coating inspectors in the process of correctly observing, assessing, documenting, and reporting all relevant job data as determined by the specification and referenced documents. Students completing the technician-level training (first four days only) would be qualified to work under the guidance of a certified concrete coating inspector.

C-12 Airless Spray Basics
This course is designed to train marine/industrial applicators to operate airless spray equipment, incorporating the use of a paint simulator for hands-on training. You'll learn the proper technique for airless spray painting by using a program that simulates real life situations and equipment used in the field. There are two course options that allow participants to complete training and certification that meet NAVSEA 009-32 requirements. Click on the link above for details about each course offering.

C-14 MPCAC - Marine Plural Component Program
This course is designed to certify craft workers operating plural component spray equipment. It also certifies those applying protective coatings on steel in immersion service by airless spray using plural component spray equipment.

Lead Paint Removal (C3)
C3 includes background information on the hazards of lead and other toxic metals as well as the current legal and regulatory environment. The course contains specific discussions on protecting workers; compliance with environmental regulations; proper management of waste streams and operations that result in potential exposures to lead; and associated control technology. The course also addresses reading specifications and developing programs to effectively control risks to workers, the public, and the environment. It concludes with a discussion of insurance and bonding issues, and an introduction to other safety and health issues that are encountered on painting projects.

Navigating Standard Item 009-32
This one-day course describes the naval ship cleaning and painting requirements found in Standard Item 009-32. It covers the cleanliness, surface preparation, coating application requirements, and system application instructions for various Navy vessels. Requirements of referenced standards are also reviewed.

Quality Control Supervisor (QCS)
This course is designed to provide training in quality management for SSPC - Certified contractor personnel, Technical Quality Managers (TQM), and inspectors employed by SSPC-QP 5 inspection firms. It provides an overview of the quality management aspects of surface preparation, paint, coatings, and inspection operations that a Quality Control Supervisor (QCS) needs to know to ensure delivery of a quality product to customers. It is highly recommended that persons attending the QCS course have recent inspection training (SSPC PCI, NBPI or BCI ) or equivalent formal training, and also some quality-control experience.

Quality Control Supervisor (QCS) eCourse
This course is designed to provide training in quality management for SSPC - Certified contractor personnel, Technical Quality Managers (TQM), and inspectors employed by SSPC-QP 5 inspection firms. It provides an overview of the quality management aspects of surface preparation, paint, coatings, and inspection operations that a Quality Control Supervisor (QCS) needs to know to ensure delivery of a quality product to customers.

Basics of Steel Surface Preparation eCourse
This course defines surface preparation for steel through a brief review of the steps involved. It then provides an overview of abrasive blast cleaning, hand-and-power-tool cleaning, and water jetting and the associated standards referenced when these methods are used to prepare steel for the application of protective coatings.

Coating Inspector Program (CIP) Level 1
This course is an intensive presentation of the basic technology of coating application and inspection over a full 60 hours of personal instruction and practice. This course provides both the technical and practical fundamentals for coating inspection work on structural steel projects.

Coating Inspector Program (CIP) Level 2
This course focuses on advanced inspection techniques and specialized application for both steel and non-steel substrates. The course includes in-depth coverage of surface preparation, coating types, inspection criteria, and failure modes for various coatings, including specialized coatings and linings.

Coating Inspector Program (CIP) Level 2 Marine
CIP Level 2, maritime emphasis, includes topics from CIP Level 1 and CIP Level 2, with a focus on coating inspection in the maritime industry. The course provides in-depth coverage of surface preparation, coating types, inspection criteria, failure modes, and case studies from the maritime industry. CIP Level 2, maritime emphasis, highlights the skills and knowledge required to correctly address the inspection requirements of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO’s) Performance Standard for Protective Coatings (PSPC). The course concludes with both written and practical exams.

Coating Inspector Program (CIP) Level 3 Peer Review
This course is a detailed oral examination in front of a three-member review board that lasts approximately two hours and is graded on a pass/fail basis. The Peer Review includes a series of questions to test the candidate’s practical and theoretical knowledge of coatings and coating inspection. Candidates are questioned from a random drawing of topics ranging from standards, procedures, ethics, coatings use, inspection instruments, role-playing, and specific case questions. Successful completion of the CIP Peer Review is required to achieve recognition as a NACE Certified Coating Inspector Level 3 individual.

C-14 MPCAC - Marine Plural Component Program
This course is designed to certify craft workers operating plural component spray equipment. It also certifies those applying protective coatings on steel in immersion service by airless spray using plural component spray equipment.

NBPI—NAVSEA Basic Paint Inspector Course
The NBPI course is similar to NACE Level I or SSPC C-1, but it was developed by the Navy. This four-day quality assessment course was developed by NAVSEA (Naval Sea Systems Command) to train coating inspectors to inspect critical coated areas as defined by Navy policy documents. These areas include but are not limited to cofferdams, decks for aviation and underway replenishment, chain lockers, underwater hulls, bilges, tanks, voids, well deck overheads, and others. The content of the course is similar in nature to the NACE CIP Level I, but with a particular focus on ship-painting issues. What makes this course valuable is that it also provides both the technical and practical fundamentals for coating inspection work for any steel structure projects other than ships.

Protective Coatings Inspector Program (PCI)
PCI Level 2 meets ASTM International Standard D3276, “Standard Guide for Painting Inspectors,“ and has been approved by Lloyd’s Register, RINA, and the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). The objective of this course is to thoroughly train individuals in the proper methods of inspecting surface preparation and installation of industrial and marine protective coatings and lining systems on an array of industrial structures and facilities. There are no prerequisites to attend the PCI Course. However, this course is not an entry-level course.

Shipboard Corrosion Assessment Training (S-CAT)
In this five-day course developed for naval personnel, students learn how to survey and evaluate protective coating systems as part of a maintenance program for marine vessels. This course is intended to provide a foundation in coatings, corrosion, and corrosion control knowledge for assessing the condition of tanks and other structures, and determining the required actions necessary to effectively maintain fully operational status. The course will equip the assessor with practical guidelines for surveying and evaluating the condition of the protective coating system on specific areas of a marine vessel. The desired end result is that assessors use a consistent, orderly, and repeatable process of evaluation that has the confidence of all those involved in the maintenance cycle.


Internal Corrosion Courses

Internal Corrosion (IC) for Pipelines: Basic
This course was designed to provide students with the fundamentals of implementing, monitoring, and maintaining an internal corrosion control program as part of an overall Pipeline Integrity Management program. It is an introductory-level course focusing on the internal corrosion of liquid and natural gas pipelines used for transmissions, storage, and gathering systems. The course combines lecture, hands-on field-testing, and case studies. The course concludes with both a written and practical examination. The practical examination includes Operator Qualification Covered Task Assessments for the following tasks: (1) Insert and remove internal corrosion coupons, (2) Measurement of corroded area and pit depth measurement (with pit gauge), (3) Measure wall thickness using handheld ultrasonic meter.

Internal Corrosion (IC) for Pipelines: Advanced
The Advanced Internal Corrosion for Pipelines course focuses on the monitoring techniques and mitigation strategies required to assess internal corrosion and develop and manage internal corrosion control programs. Data interpretation, analysis and integration, as well as criteria for determining corrective action for high-level internal corrosion problems within a pipeline system, will be covered in detail. The course will be five days in length. Students successfully completing the course examination and who also meet the requirements can apply for certification as a Senior Internal Corrosion Technologist.


For more information about the organizations that provide training for DoD employees, please consult the following Web sites:

•  NACE International—The Corrosion Society   •  SSPC—The Society for Protective Coatings

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