C P Certification Scheme

CERTIFICATION OF CATHODIC PROTECTION PERSONNEL

What is Certification?

Certification of cathodic protection personnel is a requirement for the cathodic protection industry throughout Europe in accordance with BS EN 15257.  The ICorr Certification Scheme is the National Certification Scheme set up to evaluate the competence levels of personnel by examination and assessment of experience and issue Certification in accordance with BS EN 15257. 

Who needs this Certification?

All personnel i.e. Technicians, Senior Technicians/Junior Engineers, Field Engineers, Designers and Consultants carrying out cathodic protection duties such as survey, design, installation, testing, monitoring and maintenance and within the UK and Europe.

What Levels of Certification are there?

  • Cathodic Protection Technician   - Level 1 
  • Senior Cathodic Protection Technician - Level 2 
  • Senior Cathodic Protection Engineer - Level 3 

These are applied separately to four application sectors:

  • underground or immersed metallic structures,
  • marine metallic structures,
  • reinforced concrete structures,
  • inner surfaces of metallic container structures.

How do I obtain Certification? 

Certification is given to those personnel that meet the criteria of training and experience within the relevant application sector

The Institute of Corrosion “Certification of Cathodic Protection Personnel” scheme for the cathodic protection industry is now in operation. 

A Level 1 Cathodic Protection Technician
is required to take the Level 1 Course run by the Institute or approved equivalent and complete a minimum of one years experience in cathodic protection

A Level 2 Senior Cathodic Protection Technician is required to take the Level 2 Course run by the Institute or approved equivalent and complete a minimum of six years experience in cathodic protection.  This period is reduced if applicants have higher level education

A Level 3 Senior Cathodic Protection Engineer is required to complete the application forms and submit samples of his design work and career details for evaluation and complete a minimum of fifteen years experience in cathodic protection.  This period is reduced if applicants have taken related higher level education.  The applicant may be required to attend an interview.

Application forms for Certification of Competence Levels of Cathodic Protection Personnel in accordance with BS EN 15257: 2006 can be downloaded by using the links below. Please note that a fee is levied for assessment of the Level 3 applications for Certification. There is no additional cost for the Level 1 and Level 2 applications for Certification for applicants who have satisfactorily completed ICorr training and examination for the appropriate level. Please consult the ICorr office at admin@icorr.org for further details.

Level 1
Download Application Form for Underground & Immersed Structures
Download Application Form for Marine Metallic Structures
Download Application Form for Re-Inforced Concrete Structures

Level 2
Download Application Form for Underground & Immersed Structures
Download Application Form for Marine Metallic Structures
Download Application Form for Re-Inforced Concrete Structures

Level 3
Download Application Form

Click to download Level 3 Guidance Notes

Full details are given in the “Requirements for the Certification of Cathodic Protection Personnel” document available from ICorr.

CERTIFICATION SCHEME FOR CATHODIC PROTECTION PERSONNEL

BSEN 15257:2006 is now requirement for the cathodic protection industry throughout Europe. 

The standard, BS EN 15257:2006: Cathodic protection – Competence levels and certification of cathodic protection personnel has been prepared to regulate the competence and training levels of personnel working in the cathodic protection industry throughout Europe.  With the importance of Asset Integrity and Risk Management, of which cathodic protection plays an important part, it is essential that personnel who carry out this work have proved their competence through training and experience. 

It is therefore incumbent upon all companies operating cathodic protection systems to ensure that the personnel working on these systems are certificated to the grade appropriate to the work being carried out and the industry sector in which the work falls.  This includes Cathodic Protection Consultants, Designers and Contractors and all Companies owning or operating Facilities with installed cathodic protection systems.  Where specialist cathodic protection services have been contracted out, it is essential for the Operating companies/Owners to ensure that the personnel provided by Consultants/Designers/Contractors/Sub-contractors hold the necessary certification and competence levels for all levels of the work.  The success of the scheme and the reputation of UK cathodic protection personnel, both here and overseas, will depend on the commitment to and ownership of the requirements of this standard by the UK cathodic protection industry and facility operators.  Proof of competence by Certification is an important aspect of Risk and Asset Management.

What is BS EN 15257? 

This standard is aimed at enabling the competence of personnel carrying out cathodic protection studies, designs, execution work, inspections and maintenance work to be defined and verified.

The relevant application sectors concerned are:

  • underground or immersed metallic structures,
  • marine metallic structures,
  • reinforced concrete structures,
  • inner surfaces of metallic container structures.

The standard defines the competence levels of personnel within a given application sector and a framework for the training and certification for the personnel to reach and demonstrate the competence levels.

The following certification is available from ICorr and applicable to the subject areas identified in the relevant syllabuses which form Annex C of the Institute of Corrosion Document “Requirements for the Certification of Cathodic Protection Personnel” shown in Appendix B

a. Cathodic Protection Technician   - Level 1 
b. Senior Cathodic Protection Technician - Level 2 
c. Cathodic Protection Engineer  - Level 3 
 
There are short-course options of the training for these topics based upon the candidate already holding ICorr Cathodic protection common core examination.  The syllabi identify subject areas, which are applicable to both training and examination.

What is Certification

The ICorr Certification Scheme is the National Scheme set up to evaluate the competence levels of personnel by examination and assessment of experience and to issue Certification to the individuals that fully meet the requirements.  Both the requirements for training and experience must be met for an application for Certification at the required level and within a specific industrial sector.

1  Levels of Certification

 There are three levels of ICorr certification:

1.1 Level 1 Cathodic Protection Technician

Level 1 certificated personnel shall not be responsible for the choice of test method or technique to be used, nor for preparing the written technical instructions, nor for the interpretation of test results.  Level 1 personnel are qualified to carry out operations according to written instructions.

An individual certificated to level 1 shall have demonstrated outline knowledge of: 

  • the fundamentals of electricity, corrosion and coatings;
  • cathodic protection and measurement techniques;
  • safety issues and applicable standards related to cathodic protection.

He shall be competent to carry out cathodic protection tasks according to written technical instructions and under the supervision of level 2 or level 3 personnel.

Within the scope of the competence defined in annex C, level 1 personnel shall be competent to:

  • set up  and check the calibration  validity of the cathodic protection testing equipment;
  • perform tests as instructed;
  • record and classify the results of the tests;
  • report the results in a comprehensible format;
  • supervise and perform inspection and testing during installation of cathodic protection systems;
  • carry out routine maintenance work on cathodic protection systems.

Note: Some installation works may be carried out by the level 1 personnel. If installation is undertaken by these personnel it is understood that their supervision, inspection and testing tasks are not reduced. 

Level 1 personnel have not demonstrated competence in selecting the extent of inspection or testing required, appropriate inspection or test methods to be used, nor for the interpretation of specification requirements.

1.2 Level 2 Senior Cathodic Protection Technician

Level 2 personnel are qualified to perform and direct inspection or testing operations according to established or recognised procedures.

In addition to the competences for level 1 personnel, an individual certificated to level 2 shall have demonstrated competence in:

  • general principles of corrosion, electricity and cathodic protection;
  • the principles of electricity
  • the significance of coatings and their influence on cathodic protection;
  • a detailed knowledge of cathodic protection test procedures and safety issues.

He shall understand and be competent to perform cathodic protection tasks according to established or recognised procedures.

Within the scope of the competence defined in Annex C, level 2 personnel shall be competent to:

  • carry out and supervise all level 1 duties;
  • provide guidance for personnel at level 1;
  • select the cathodic protection testing technique for the purpose required;
  • define the limitations of application of the testing method according to established procedures;
  • translate cathodic protection testing standards and specifications into written technical instructions for cathodic protection testing, routine 
    maintenance, and installations procedures;
  • set up and verify equipment settings;
  • organise and report the results of cathodic protection testing;
  • interpret and evaluate results according to applicable standards, codes or specifications;
  • undertake cathodic protection design work under the supervision of an individual certificated to level 3. Subject to local regulations, an 
    individual certificated to level 2 may undertake simple cathodic protection design work as described in annex B, according to established 
    procedures in a known environment, without supervision;
  • supervise and test the installation of cathodic protection systems;
  • determine routine remedial actions;
  • commission cathodic protection systems under the responsibility of an individual certificated to level 3. Subject to local regulations, an
    individual certificated to level 2 may undertake simple cathodic protection commissioning according to established procedures in a known 
    environment, without supervision;
  • undertake maintenance of cathodic protection system.

1.3 Level 3  Cathodic Protection Engineer 

An individual certificated to level 3 shall be competent to:

  • design cathodic protection systems;
  • establish and validate cathodic protection testing procedures;
  • interpret standards, codes, specifications and procedures;
  • designate the particular cathodic protection test methods and procedures to be used,
  • interpret the reported results of cathodic protection testing and use them in performance verification;
  • determine any remedial actions.
  • carry out and supervise all level 1 and level 2 duties;
  • assume full technical responsibility for a training centre or examination centre and staff;

Level 3 personnel shall have demonstrated:

  • detailed knowledge of corrosion theory, cathodic protection design, installation, commissioning, testing and performance evaluation including safety in at least one application sector,
  • competence to undertake without supervision the design of cathodic protection systems in at least one application sector;
  • sufficient theoretical knowledge and practical experience of cathodic protection to select cathodic protection testing methods, survey requirements and performance criteria;
  • competence to evaluate and interpret results of cathodic protection performance in accordance with existing standards, codes and specifications;
  • competence to assist in establishing testing and performance criteria where none are otherwise available;
  • a general familiarity with cathodic protection in other application sectors;
    Level 3 personnel may, if authorised by the Institute of Corrosion or the Scheme Provider , manage and supervise training and examinations to level 1 and level 2 on its behalf via the Scheme Provider.

2.  Eligibility for Certification  

2.1  General

The applicant shall document to the Scheme Provider on behalf of the Institute of Corrosion  using the approved application forms, personal information, which includes a declaration of the applicant’s education, training and experience. This shall contain sufficient detail to demonstrate the eligibility of the applicant for certification.

To be eligible for certification, the applicant shall fulfil the requirements for cathodic protection training and practical experience as defined in this clause and shall pass the relevant examination or assessments detailed in clause 5.

Applicants for levels 1 and 2 may complete the training as in 4.2 and the examination as in 5.2 before completion of industrial experience as in 4.3.   The Scheme Provider, on behalf of the Institute of Corrosion may issue an attestation confirming satisfactory completion of the examination but making clear that full certification of the applicant will not be issued until satisfactory completion of the industrial experience as in 4.3.

The issue of the attestation shall be recorded by the Institute of Corrosion.
 
2.2 Training Requirements

To be eligible for any examination, candidates must have successfully completed, within 90 days prior to initial examination application, an ICorr recognised course of structured training to the appropriate ICorr syllabus.

2.2.1 Level 1 and level 2

  • The applicant shall provide documentary proof that he has completed an ICorr recognised course of structured training to the appropriate ICorr syllabus in the application sector and level for which the certification is sought.  The training period, method and syllabus, shall be established by the Institute of Corrosion in accordance with annex C.
  • The minimum duration of training undertaken by the candidate for certification shall be as defined in Table 1.

Table 1 — Minimum training requirements

Application sectors 

 Level 1
 (hours)
     a c

 

  Level 2
 (hours)
    a b c
 Underground or submerged metallic structures  40 hr 40 hr
 Metallic marine structures 40 hr 40 hr
 Reinforced concrete structures  40 hr 40 hr
 Inner surfaces of metallic container structures 40 hr 40 hr

Training hours include both practical and theory components.

Direct access to level 2 examination requires the total hours shown for level 1 and level 2.

Training hours may be allocated by the Institute of Corrosion to comprise a common core of both practical and theory for
all application sectors which shall be between 20 and 30 hours of the total of 40 hours minimum for each application    
sectors. In addition to this common core each application sector shall be the subject of both practical and theory training of between 10 and 20 hours minimum. Training may comprise a single common core and up to 4 modules each of 10 to 
20 hours minimum for each application sectors.

2.2.2 Level 3

Taking into account the required scientific and technical competence of applicants for level 3 certification as described in 3.3, preparation for certification at level 3 may be by, for example:

  • completing a relevant engineering or scientific degree or period of post graduate education at a reputable school of higher education,
  • attending training courses, conferences or seminars (such as those organised by established industrial or independent associations including in-house courses),
  • studying scientific or engineering text books, periodicals, and other specialised materials.
  • completing a period of supervised training and work experience in the relevant Sector(s) of Cathodic protection


The Institute of Corrosion shall establish, publish and from time to time update the certification requirements for level 3 personnel.

The applicant shall submit documentary evidence of training, experience, theoretical knowledge and practical skills in cathodic protection, using approved forms and guidance notes, to enable the Institute of Corrosion to assess the competence of the applicant in accordance with 3.4.

2.3 Industrial Experience

Industrial practical experience in cathodic protection shall be acquired prior to certification.

Documentary evidence of industrial experience, using approved forms, shall be confirmed by the employer and/or independent referees and submitted to the Institute of Corrosion.

The minimum requirements for duration of cathodic protection experience to be gained prior to certification shall be as defined in Table 2.

Candidates shall demonstrate that they have a minimum of 50 % of the minimum total experience requirements in Table 2 for the application sector for which they are applying for certification.

Level 3 competence requires knowledge beyond the technical scope of any one application sector. This broad knowledge may be acquired through a variety of combinations of education, training and experience.

All candidates for level 3 certification in any application sector shall demonstrate by documentary evidence that they are competent in both practical and theory to level 2 in the appropriate application sector or they shall have successfully completed the level 2 examination as detailed in clause 5.2

Table 2: Minimum experience requirements for candidates

 

 Target
level 
Operator's educational qualification in relevant scientific or engineering disciplines  Min. total number of years of experience in cathodic protection 
 1 All cases 1
 2 Specialised education in corrosion field  2
   Technical education 3
  All other cases 4
 3 Specialised education in corrosion field 5
  Technical Education  8
   All other cases 12

 


3.    Competence assessment for certification

3.1 General

Assessment of the competence level of applicants shall be undertaken in accordance with these regulations in compliance with the general framework defined by BS EN 15257. It shall be achieved through examinations and assessment of relevant experience for levels 1 and 2 and by an assessment of a detailed dossier of documentary evidence and, if considered necessary by the assessment panel, by oral examination/interview for level 3.

3.2 Examination for level 1 and level 2

The examination system for level 1 and level 2 shall be established and maintained by the Institute  of Corrosion in order to assess the competence of level 1 and level 2 applicants in accordance with the relevant clauses in  BS EN 15257.

For each level, the examination shall comprise three examination sessions.  Two examination sessions shall be theoretical: the so-called "common core examination session” and the so-called “sectoral theoretical examination session”, specific to each application sector.  In addition, the examination shall be completed by a “sectoral practical examination session” specific to each application sector.

3.2.1 Common-core examination session

The common-core examination session shall enable a candidate to demonstrate that he possesses the general knowledge required for understanding the corrosion phenomena, cathodic protection and coatings in accordance with clause 3.1 or 3.2.

The common-core examination session shall include only questions selected in an unpredictable way from the Institute of Corrosion's Scheme
Provider’s collection of basic knowledge questions valid at the date of examination. 

The time allowed to the candidates for completion of each examination shall be based upon the number and difficulty of the questions.

3.2.2 Sectoral theoretical examination session

The sectoral theoretical examination session shall enable the candidate to demonstrate his knowledge and competence to undertake tasks used within the application sector in question accordance with clause 3.1 or 3.2.

The sectoral theoretical examination session shall include only questions selected from the Institute of Corrosion's or delegated body’s current collection of specific questions related to the application sector concerned.

The time allowed for the candidates to complete each examination shall be based upon the number and difficulty of the questions.   

The sectoral theoretical examination session shall include a series of written questions on the processes and testing procedures used within the relevant application sector.

3.2.3 Sectoral practical examination session

A sectoral practical examination session organised on structures or simulated structures and systems shall be provided by the examination centre.

For Level 1, the applicant shall demonstrate his competence to fulfil the requirements of 3.1 in particular to:

  • operate the instruments in order to collect accurate data;
  • carry out the adjustments to cathodic protection equipment as necessary to obtain defined results;
  • record and report the results.

For Level 2, the applicant shall demonstrate his competence to fulfil the requirements of 3.2, in particular to:

  • draw up a written report with an interpretation of the results;
  • prepare written instructions to carry out a level 1 task.
  • Interpret particular cathodic protection problems

The time allowed for the sectoral practical examination session shall depend on the number of tasks specific to that sector and their complexity.

ANNEXES

Application Sectors

Any of the following application sectors shall be used in the establishment of competence levels and certification of cathodic protection personnel.

B1 Underground and immersed metallic structures

It is noted that this Sector is principally for buried pipelines or structures; its application to immersed structures and pipelines is limited to only localised immersion of generally buried structures or pipelines, for example at river crossings.

The following standards apply to this application sector:

EN12954, Cathodic protection of buried or immersed metallic structures  
               General principles and application of pipelines
EN 13509, Cathodic protection measurement techniques
EN 13636, Cathodic protection of buried metallic tanks and related piping
EN 14505, Cathodic protection of complex structures
EN 50162, Protection against corrosion by stray current from direct current systems, 
EN 15112, External cathodic protection of well casings 
DD CEN/TS 15280 Evaluation of a.c. corrosion likelihood of buried pipelines. Application to cathodically protected pipelines

Note: This application sector includes for example:

  • Buried pipelines,
  • Sections of onshore pipelines crossing rivers, lakes or short lengths of sea,
  • Buried tanks,
  • Bottoms (external side) of above-ground tanks
  • Well casings
  • B.2  Marine metallic structures

The following standards apply to this application sector: 
EN 12473, General principles of cathodic protection in sea water
EN 12474, Cathodic protection for submarine pipelines
EN 12495, Cathodic protection for fixed steel offshore structures
EN 13173, Cathodic protection for steel offshore floating structures
EN 13174, Cathodic protection of harbour installations
EN xxxxx, Cathodic protection of ships external hulls 
EN xxxxx, Cathodic protection of internal ballast tanks of ships and floating structures
EN xxxxx, Galvanic anodes for cathodic protection in seawater

Note: This application sector includes for example:

  • Ships (external hulls and ballast tanks),
  • Fixed offshore structures (platforms, jackets, tension leg platforms etc)
  • Floating structures,
  • Underwater structures (well heads, manifolds, piping)
  • Coastal and offshore pipelines, risers
  • Buoys,
  • Harbour facilities, piers, jetties and lock gates.

B.3  Reinforced concrete structures

The following standard applies to this application sector:
EN 12696,   Cathodic protection of steel in concrete
TS 14038-1, Electrochemical remediation of reinforced concrete – Part 1: Re-alkalisation

Note: This application sector includes for example:

  • Air-exposed reinforced (and pre-stressed) concrete onshore structures (bridges, walls, piles, buildings etc)
  • Buried reinforced (and pre-stressed) concrete structures (pipelines, tunnels, foundations, etc)
  • Reinforced (and pre-stressed) concrete structures immersed in fresh water (pipe lines, foundations, swimming-pools, water tanks)
  • Reinforced (and pre-stressed) concrete structures immersed in seawater (harbour facilities piers and jetties offshore platforms)

B.4  Inner surfaces of metallic container structures

The following standard applies to this application sector:
EN 12499, Internal cathodic protection of metallic structures

Note: This application sector includes for example:

  • Fresh water containers capacities (water tanks, filters…)
  • Seawater containing equipment (heat-exchangers, filters, pipelines, …)
  • Internal surfaces in contact with fresh water and sea water
  • Tanks, condensers, filters

ANNEX C   -  Competence Levels

General

The Institute of Corrosion shall publish a detailed syllabus for each level of certification being administered, detailing the tasks and the associated theoretical knowledge related to them.

The applicant shall be competent to undertake the tasks detailed in C1 to C5 and shall have the theoretical knowledge to properly undertake these tasks, to understand their purposes, to recognise possible problems with their execution and the significance of the data arising from them.

The applicant shall, upon certification to the appropriate level, be trained, competent and authorised to carry out the tasks detailed in C1 to C5.

Personnel certificated to a particular level may undertake tasks at one level higher than defined in Tables C1 to C5 for his/her certification level following additional documented training and assessment of competence under the supervision of personnel certificated to the higher level.

For some of the tasks, specific conditions may apply. The following codification applies in the Tables C1 to C5:

  • YES (T) means: Subject to sufficient documented training and competence in the specific task and/or equipment and/or safety training.
    This additional equipment and safety training is NOT part of certification;
  • YES (M) means: Participates as a team member under direct supervision of a higher level who shall maintain responsibility;
  • YES (I) means: Works to a technical instruction (method statement, procedure) by level 3;
  • YES (O) means: Level 2 working with an organisation allowing supervision by a personnel certificated to level 3.

All work by level 1 shall be to technical instructions issued by level 2 or 3 personnel.

Level 1
An individual certificated to level 1 is capable of executing appropriate measurements with which the performance of CP systems can be assessed. These measurements shall be undertaken in accordance with written instructions from and under the supervision of level 2 or level 3 personnel. These measurements shall include routine system function measurements as well as a limited number of specific measurements to determine the performance effectiveness of cathodic protection systems.

It is not the role of the level 1 personnel to interpret the data collected.

An individual certificated to level 1 shall have demonstrated outline knowledge of:

  • the fundamentals of electricity, corrosion and coatings;
  • cathodic protection and measurement techniques;
  • safety issues and applicable standards related to cathodic protection.

He shall be competent to carry out cathodic protection tasks according to written technical instructions and under the supervision of level 2 or level 3 personnel.

Within the scope of the competence defined in annex B, level 1 personnel shall be competent to:

  • check the calibration validity of the cathodic protection measuring and testing equipment;
  • perform measurements and tests as instructed;
  • record and classify the results of the measurements and the tests;
  • report the results in a comprehensible format;
  • supervise and perform inspection and testing during installation of cathodic protection systems;
  • carry out routine maintenance work on cathodic protection systems.

Note:  Some installation works may be carried out by the level 1 personnel. If installation is undertaken by these personnel the responsibility for supervision, inspection and testing tasks by the level 1 personnel is unchanged. 

Level 2

An individual certificated to level 2 is capable of performing CP measurements and assessments in accordance with established methods. He/she shall be also capable of designing simple CP systems, i.e. where the design follows identified and defined, auditable procedural steps as determined, developed and agreed by personnel certificated to level 3. Level 2 certificated personnel shall not undertake any cathodic protection design where no preset parameters or procedural steps exist.

He/she has the skills of level 1and further.

  • In addition to the competences for level 1 personnel, an individual certificated to level 2 shall have demonstrated competence in:
  • general principles of corrosion and cathodic protection;
  • the principles of electricity;
  • the significance of coatings and their influence on cathodic protection;
  • a detailed knowledge of cathodic protection test procedures and safety issues.

He shall understand and be competent to perform cathodic protection tasks according to established or recognised procedures. Within the scope of the competence defined in Annex B, level 2 personnel shall be competent to:

  • carry out and supervise all level 1 duties;
  • provide guidance for personnel at level 1;
  • select the cathodic protection measuring and testing technique for the purpose required;
  • define the limitations of application of the testing method according to established procedures;
  • translate cathodic protection measuring and testing standards and specifications into written technical instructions for cathodic protection measuring and testing, routine maintenance, and installations procedures;
  • set up measuring and testing equipment and verify equipment settings;
  • organise and report the results of cathodic protection measuring and testing;
  • interpret and evaluate results according to applicable standards, codes or specifications;
  • determine routine remedial actions;
  • undertake cathodic protection design work under the supervision of an individual certificated to level 3. If not prevented by local regulations, an individual certificated to level 2 may undertake cathodic protection design work as described in annex B, according to established procedures in a known environment, without supervision;
  • supervise and test the installation of cathodic protection systems;
  • commission cathodic protection systems under the responsibility of an individual certificated to level 3. If not prevented by local regulations, an individual certificated to level 2 may undertake cathodic protection commissioning as described in annex B, according to established procedures in a known environment, without supervision;
  • undertake maintenance of cathodic protection system.

Level 3

An individual certificated to level 3 is capable of drafting policy for the choice, the design and the monitoring of CP systems.  For this purpose he/she shall be able to consider technical, financial and safety aspects.

He/she has the skills of level 2 and further. He/she shall be capable of preparing written instructions for all tasks of level 1 or level 2 personnel and of assessing all data collected from these tasks.

An individual certificated to level 3 personnel shall have demonstrated:

  • detailed knowledge of corrosion theory, principles of electricity, cathodic protection design, installation, commissioning, testing and performance evaluation including safety in at least one application sector;
  • competence to undertake without supervision the design of cathodic protection systems in at least one application sector;
  • sufficient theoretical knowledge and practical experience of cathodic protection to select cathodic protection testing methods, survey requirements and performance criteria;
  • competence to evaluate and interpret results of cathodic protection performance in accordance with existing standards, codes and specifications;
  • competence to assist in establishing testing and performance criteria where none are otherwise available;

a general familiarity with cathodic protection in other application sectors.

Within the scope of the competence defined in Annex B, level 3 personnel shall be competent to:

  • design cathodic protection systems;
  • establish and validate cathodic protection measuring and testing procedures;
  • interpret standards, codes, specifications and procedures;
  • designate the particular cathodic protection test methods and procedures to be used;
  • interpret the reported results of cathodic protection measuring and testing and use them in performance verification;
  • determine any remedial actions;
  • carry out, supervise and validate all level 1 and level 2 duties;
  • assume full technical responsibility for a training centre or examination centre and staff;
  • utilise field performance experience in developing improvements to cathodic protection designs, operations, performance assessments and maintenance procedures.

Level 3 personnel may be authorised by the certification body or the delegated body to manage and supervise training and/or examinations to level 1 and level 2 on its behalf.

ANNEX C1   -  Common tasks for all application sectors

Table C.1 details common tasks which can be fulfilled by each competence level whatever the application sector. Each task is only applicable for the given application sector.

Table C1: Tasks to be fulfilled by the various competence levels whatever the application sector

 Task numberDescription of taskLevel 1 

 Level 2

 Level 3
 1Organisation of trainingNONO  YES
 2Training for the lower level(s)NOYES YES
 3Preparation of specificationsNONO YES 
 4Preparation of technical instructionsNOYES for Level 1  YES
 5Collection of general information for design purposes based on technical instructions for simple conditions (as defined in B.1.2)YES YES YES
 6Collection of detailed information and data for design purposesNO YES YES
 7Pre-commissioning testing and energising of power supplies and check polarity YES YES YES
 8Interpretation of commissioning or performance verification data and preparation of commissioning report, performance verification report or System review report for simple cathodic protection systems (as defined in B.1.2) NO YES YES
 9Interpretation of commissioning or performance verification data and preparation of commissioning report, performance verification report or system review report for the other systems  NO YES (I) YES
 10Interpretation of function check data and preparation of function check reportNO YES YES
 11Determination of routine increase/decrease in current output to maintain optimum performanceNO YES YES
 12Determination of increase/decrease in current output to maintain optimum performance including remedial actions to correct anomalies and interferencesNO YES (T) YES
 13Awareness and compliance with safety requirements related to application of CP in the application sector, task and competence levelYES YES YES
 14Risk assessment of safety requirements related to application of cathodic protection in the application sector, task and competence levelYES YES YES
 15Expertise to investigate any case of material weight loss corrosion when application of cathodic protection may be involvedNO YES (0) YES
 16Expertise to investigate any case of material cracking when application of cathodic protection may be involvedNO NO YES
 17Utilise field performance experience in developing improvements to cathodic protection designs, operations, performance assessments and maintenance proceduresNONO  YES

YES (T) means: Subject to sufficient documented training and competence in the specific task and/or equipment and/or safety training. This additional equipment and safety training is NOT part of certification;

YES (M) means: Participates as a team member under direct supervision of a higher level who shall maintain responsibility;

YES (I) means: Works to a technical instruction (method statement, procedure) by level 3;

YES (O) means: Level 2 working with an organisation allowing supervision by a personnel certificated to level 3.

NOTE:  All work by Level 1 shall be to Technical Instructions issued by Level 2 or 3 Personnel

Annex C2: Specific tasks for underground and immersed metallic structures application sector

Level 1 certificated personnel shall have general knowledge of: EN 12954 and EN 13509.

Level 2 certificated personnel shall have a good understanding of: EN 12954, EN 13509, EN 14505, EN 13636, EN 15112 and EN 50162.

Level 3 certificated personnel shall have a good understanding and full theoretical knowledge of EN 12954, EN 13509, EN 13636, EN 14505, EN 15112 and EN 50162.

Table C.2 indicates which specific tasks can be fulfilled by each competence level in the underground and immersed metallic structures application sector.

Table C2: Specific tasks to be fulfilled by the various competence levels in the underground and immersed metallic structures application sector

 

Task Number Description of Task Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 
 1Measurement of metal to electrolyte natural (free corrosion) potential YESYESYES
 2Measurement of resistivity: four pins Wenner and soil box methodsYES YESYES
 3Design of simple CP systems for simple conditions (as defined in 5.3.ix and B.1.2). Examples are buried tanks or limited length pipelinesNOYESYES
 4Design of all other cathodic protection systems  NOYES (M)YES
 5Supervision of the preparation of steel for making cable connection and for repairing coating YESYESYES
 6Supervision of the installation of cable connections: bolting, compression and conductive adhesiveYESYESYES
 7Supervision of the installation of cable connections: soldered, exothermic welded,  pin brazedYES (T)YES (T)YES (T)
 8Supervision of installation of galvanic anodesYESYESYES
 9Supervision of installation of d.c. power supply (electrical a.c. supply excluded, depending on regulations)YESYESYES
 10Supervision of the installation of deepwell anode groundbedsYES (T)YESYES
 11Supervision of the installation of other impressed current anode groundbedsYESYESYES
 12Supervision of installation of isolation devicesYESYESYES
 13Supervision of installation of permanent reference electrodes (including calibration) and coupons (monitoring systems may be complex instrumentation, remote control or telecommunication systems requiring specialist knowledge and training)YESYESYES
 14Supervision of installation of a.c. mitigation earthing electrodes and d.c. decoupling devicesYESYESYES
 15Verification of the electrical continuity of all parts of the structure to be protectedYESYESYES
 16Localisation of pipeline, concrete steel reinforcement and foreign metallic structuresYESYESYES
 17Checking of d.c. power supply output polarityYESYESYES
 18Inspection & testing of isolation and surge protection devicesYESYESYES
 19 Measurement of current and voltage in the CP circuitYES  YESYES
 20Inspection & measurement of d.c. power supply output current and voltageYESYESYES
 21Inspection & verification of d.c. power supply overall operationsYESYESYES
 22Inspection & maintenance of d.c. power supply output terminationsYESYESYES
 23Inspection & maintenance of d.c. power supply components (extent depending on regulations)YESYESYES
 24Verification of d.c. power supply voltage and current outputs with portable calibrated meterYESYESYES
 25Measurement of metal to electrolyte ON potentialYESYESYES
 26Measurement of metal to electrolyte instant OFF potentialYESYESYES
 27Close interval potential survey  (ON)YES (T)YESYES
 28Close interval polarised potential survey  (ON/Instant OFF)YES (T)YESYES
 29Establishment and confirmation of synchronisation of current interruptions for instant OFF measurementsYES (M)YESYES
 30Measurement of ON and IR free potential and current both d.c. and a.c. on couponsYESYESYES
 31Measurement of potential gradients in soilYESYESYES
 32 Intensive measurements as defined in EN 13509YES (M)YESYES
 33 a.c. frequency current signal attenuation measurementsYES (T)YESYES
 34Direct Current Voltage Gradient (DCVG), non recording, as defined in EN 13509YES (T)YESYES
 35Direct Current Voltage Gradient (DCVG) with recording of digital measurementsYES (M)YESYES
 36Pearson surveysYES (T)YESYES
 37Interference testingYES (M)YESYES
 38 Analysis and treatment of dc interferencesNOYES (M)YES
 39Analysis and treatment of ac interferencesNOYES (M)YES
 40Supervision of cable and connection repairYESYESYES
 41Test casings for isolation from carrier pipeYESYESYES
 42Interpretation of data and analysis of anomalies detectedNOYESYES
 43Visual inspection of pipeline and cathodic protection system components: Physical damage to pipeline and cathodic protection system, coating damage, corrosion damage.YES (T)YESYES

 

  • YES (T) means: Subject to sufficient documented training and competence in the specific task and/or equipment and/or safety training. This additional equipment and safety training is NOT part of certification;
  • YES (M) means: Participates as a team member under direct supervision of a higher level who shall maintain responsibility;
  • YES (I) means: Works to a technical instruction (method statement, procedure) by level 3;
  • YES (O) means: Level 2 working with an organisation allowing supervision by a personnel certificated to level 3.
    NOTE:  All work by Level 1 shall be to Technical Instructions issued by Level 2 or 3 Personnel

Annex C3: Specific tasks for marine metallic structures application sector

Level 1 certificated personnel shall have general knowledge of: EN 12473 and EN 13509.

Level 2 certificated personnel shall have a good understanding of: EN 12473, EN 13509, EN 12474, EN 13173, EN 13174 and EN 15112.

Level 3 certificated personnel shall have a good understanding and full theoretical knowledge of EN 12473, EN 13509, EN 12474, EN 13173, EN 13174 and EN 15112.

Table C.3 indicates which specific tasks can be fulfilled by each competence level in the Marine metallic structures application sector.

Table C.3: Specific tasks to be fulfilled by the various competence levels in the marine metallic structures application sector

 

Task Number Description of Task Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 
 1Design of simple cathodic protection systems for simple conditions (as defined in 5.3.ix and B.1.2). Examples are systems for buoys, small boats NOYES  YES 
 2Design of all other cathodic protection systems. Examples are systems for coastal, offshore and submarine facilities, floating production and storage structures, ships NOYES (M) YES  
 3Supervision of installation of galvanic or impressed current anodes and monitoring systemsYES YES  YES  
 4Supervision of installation of d.c. power sources (a.c. power supply excluded, depending on regulations) YES YES  YES  
 5Supervision of installation of isolation devicesYES  YES  YES  
 6Verification of the electrical continuity of all parts of the structure to be protected YES YES  YES  
 7Measurement of metal to electrolyte potential in seawater by simple methods from surface with mobile reference electrodeYES  YES  YES  
 8Measurement of metal to electrolyte potential in seawater from surface with monitoring systems (permanent reference electrodes and connection by cables or acoustic transmission)YES  YES  YES  
 9Supervision of measurement of metal to electrolyte potential in seawater by diving with mobile reference electrode connected to measurement system in surface (diving operation and certification excluded) YES   YES YES  
 10Supervision of measurement of metal to electrolyte potential in seawater by autonomous measurement device combining reference electrode, voltmeter and contact tip (diving operation and certification excluded)YES  YES  YES  
 11Measurement of anode current output from surface using monitoring systems (monitored anodes and connection by cables or acoustic transmission) YES  YES  YES  
 12Supervision of measurement of current output of stand-off anodes using underwater clamp meter (diving operation and certification excluded)YES  YES  YES  
 13Checking of calibration of measurement equipment before useYES  YES  YES  
 14Supervision of measurement of potential gradient in seawater (diving operation and certification excluded) YES  YES  YES  
 15Organisation of underwater potential and/or anode current output surveys for simple cathodic protection systems and simple conditions (as defined in 5.3.ix and B.1.2). Examples are systems for buoys, small boats  NO YES  YES  
 16Organisation of underwater potential and/or anode current output surveys for all other applications of the application sectorNOYES  (0) YES  
 17Analyse of the results of potential and/or anode current output surveys for simple cathodic protection systems for simple conditions (as defined in 5.3.ix and B.1.2). Examples are systems for buoys, small boats NOYES  YES  
 18Analyse of the results of potential and/or anode current output surveys for all other applications of the application sector NO YES (0) YES  
 19Measurement of current and voltage in the cathodic protection circuit YES  YES  YES  
 20Inspection & measurement of d.c. power sources output current and voltage YES  YES  YES  
 21Inspection & verification of d.c. power sources overall operations YES  YES  YES  
 22Inspection & maintenance of d.c. power sources output terminations and check polarity YES  YES  YES  
 23Inspection & maintenance of d.c. power sources components (extent depending on regulations) YES  YES  YES  
 24Verification of d.c. power sources voltage and current outputs with portable calibrated meter  YES  YES  YES  
 25Interpretation of data  YES  YES  YES  
 26Analysis of data and anomalies detectedYES  YES  YES  
 27Inspection & maintenance of d.c. power sources components including replacement of failed components (extent depending on regulations) YES  YES  YES  
 28Supervision of visual inspection by diving or remote operated vehicle: Physical damage to surface and cathodic protection system, coating damage, corrosion damage YES (T)  YES  YES  
 29Estimation of anode dimensions by diving (diving operation and certification excluded) or remote operated vehicle  (vehicle operation excluded) YES  YES  YES  
 30Supervision of measurement of pit depth with underwater mastic replica by divers YES  YES  YES  
 31Supervision of measurement of wall thickness with underwater ultrasonic meter by divers YES  YES  YES  
 32Supervision of measurement of extent of underwater corroded area YES  YES  YES  
 33Supervision of diver or remote operated vehicle cathodic protection survey of pipeline, riser or structure NO YES (T) YES  
 34Measurement of resistivity of seawater or mud with soil box YES  YES  YES  
 35Measurement of resistivity of seawater by conductivity meter or salinity or chlorinity  YES  (T) YES  YES  

 

  • YES (T) means: Subject to sufficient documented training and competence in the specific task and/or equipment and/or safety training.
    This additional equipment and safety training is NOT part of certification;
  • YES (M) means: Participates as a team member under direct supervision of a higher level who shall maintain responsibility;
  • YES (I) means: Works to a technical instruction (method statement, procedure) by level 3;
  • YES (O) means: Level 2 working with an organisation allowing supervision by a personnel certificated to level 3.

NOTE:  All work by Level 1 shall be to Technical Instructions issued by Level 2 or 3 Personnel

Annex C4: Specific tasks for reinforced concrete structures application sector

Level 1 certificated personnel shall have general knowledge of: EN 12696, TS 14038-1 and EN 13509.

Level 2 certificated personnel shall have a good understanding of: EN 12696, TS 14038-1 and EN 13509.

Level 3 certificated personnel shall have a good understanding and full theoretical knowledge of EN 12696, EN 13509, EN 12473, EN 12954 and TS 14038-1. 

Table C.4 indicates which specific tasks can be fulfilled by each competence level in the reinforced concrete structures application sector.

Table C.4: Specific tasks to be fulfilled by the various competence levels in the reinforced concrete structures application sector

 

 Task NumberDescription of Task Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 
 1Electrical continuity testing of reinforcement to allow accurate potential measurements YES (1)YES (1) YES 
 2Measurement of steel to concrete natural potential in concrete YESYES YES 
 3Measurement of “Half Cell Potential Survey” (close interval survey natural potential)  YES YES YES 
 4Processing of potential data for mapping NO YES (T) YES (T) 
 5Location of reinforcement with cover meter YES YES YES 
 6Measurement of cover to reinforcement with cover meter YESYES YES 
 7Supervision or undertaking of the collection of concrete drilling dust or core samples for chloride testing YES YES YES 
 8Interpretation of chloride analysis results NO NO YES 
 9Carbonation testing to broken or cored concrete YES YES YES 
 10Measurement of concrete resistivity (two pins or four pins) NO YES YES 
 11Inspection of surface of reinforcement when exposed for corrosion or physical damage NO YES (0) YES 
 12Measurement of pit depth with suitable gauge NO YES YES 
 13Inspection of surface of pre-stressing steel when exposed for corrosion or physical damage NO YES (M) YES 
 14Design of cathodic protection system and other electrochemical treatments  NO YES (M) YES 
 15Measurement of reinforcement electrical continuity (resistance and potential techniques) YES YES YES 
 16Supervision of reinforcement electrical continuity bonding and retest YES YES YES 
 17Supervision of installation of cable connection to reinforcement or embedded/surface mounted metallic items: mechanical YES YES YES 
 18Supervision of installation of cable connection to reinforcement or embedded/surface mounted metallic items: exothermic/welded/pin brazed YES (T) YES (T) YES (T) 
 19Supervision of installation of cable connection to pre-stressing steel NO YES (M) YES (T) 
 20Supervision of installation of anode systems: galvanic and impressed current YES (M) YES (1) YES (T) 
 21Supervision of installation of reference electrodes, sensors and coupons YES YES YES 
 22Supervision of installation of d.c. power supplies and monitoring system (electrical input a.c.  excluded due to regulations/safety) YES (M) YES YES 
 23Measurement of anode to reinforcement isolation (resistance and potential techniques)  YES YES YES 
 24Measurement of anode circuit continuity or resistance YES YES YES 
 25Measurement of cathode and test circuit continuity or resistance YES YES YES 
 26Checking calibration of reference electrodes prior to installation or surveyYES YES YES 
 27Correction or removal of anode to reinforcement short circuit NO YES (M) YES 
 28Inspection and measurement of power supply output current and voltage and polarity checks YES YES YES 
 29Verification of d.c. power supply voltage and current outputs with portable calibrated meter and comparison with output meters or data logged values YES YES YES 
 30Inspection & maintenance of d.c. power supply components (extent depending on regulations) YES YES YES 
 31Setting up of synchronised current interruptions for instant OFF potential measurements NO YES YES 
 32Measurement of ON and Instant OFF potential and current at permanently installed electrodes YES YES YES 
 33Measurement of ON and Instant OFF potential and potential decay from instant OFF at permanently installed reference electrodes YES YES YES 
 34Survey / measurement of potential decay from instant OFF over concrete surface using portable reference electrodes YES (M) YES YES 
 35Interference testingYES (M) YES (M) YES 

 

  • YES (T) means: Subject to sufficient documented training and competence in the specific task and/or equipment and/or safety training.
    This additional equipment and safety training is NOT part of certification;
  • YES (M) means: Participates as a team member under direct supervision of a higher level who shall maintain responsibility;
  • YES (I) means: Works to a technical instruction (method statement, procedure) by level 3;
  • YES (O) means: Level 2 working with an organisation allowing supervision by a personnel certificated to level 3.

NOTE:  All work by Level 1 shall be to Technical Instructions issued by Level 2 or 3 Personnel

Annex C5: Specific tasks for inner surfaces of metallic structures application sector

Level 1 certificated personnel shall have general knowledge of: EN 12499 and EN 13509.

Level 2 certificated personnel shall have a good understanding of: EN 12499 and EN 13509.

Level 3 certificated personnel shall have a good understanding and full theoretical knowledge of EN 12499, EN 13509, EN 12473 and EN 12954.  

Table C.5 indicates which specific tasks can be fulfilled by each competence level in the inner surfaces of metallic structures application sector.

Table C.5: Specific tasks to be fulfilled by the various competence levels in the inner surfaces of metallic structures application sector

 

Task Number Description of Task Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 
 1Measurement of resistivity of electrolyte: Soil box  YESYES YES 
 2Measurement of resistivity of electrolyte: Conductivity meter  YES (T) YES YES 
 3CP design for simple conditions (as in B.1.2) NO YES YES 
 4CP design for any conditions NO NO YES 
 5Supervision of installation of galvanic or impressed current anodes and reference electrodes  YES YES YES 
 6Supervision of installation of d.c. power supply (electrical a.c. supply excluded, depending on regulations) YES YES YES 
 7Supervision of installation of isolation devices YES YES YES 
 8Verification of the operation of the automatic gas blow-off system YES YES YES 
 9Verification of the electrical continuity of all parts of the structure to be protected YESYES YES 
 10Supervision and verification of cable connectionsYES YES YES 
 11Inspection and measurement of isolation devices YES YES YES 
 12Measurement of current and voltage in the cathodic protection circuit YES YES YES 
 13Inspection & measurement of d.c. power supply output current and voltage YES YES YES 
 14Inspection & verification of d.c. power supply overall operations YES YES YES 
 15Inspection & maintenance of d.c. power supply output terminations and polarity check YES YES YES 
 16Inspection & maintenance of d.c. power supply components (extent depending on regulations) YES YES YES 
 17Measurement of metal to electrolyte natural potential YES YES YES 
 18Measurement of metal to electrolyte ON potential  YES YES YES 
 19Measurement of metal to electrolyte instant OFF potential YES YES YES 
 20Setting up and confirmation of synchronised current interruptions for instant OFF measurements YES (T) YES YES 
 21Measurement of ON and IR free potential and current on coupons YES YES YES 
 22Interference testing NOYES YES
 23Verification of d.c. power supply voltage and current outputs with portable calibrated meter  YES YES YES 
 24Interpretation of data and analysis of anomalies detected  NO YES YES 
 25Visual inspection inside the vessels: Physical damage to vessel and cathodic protection system, coating damage, corrosion damage YES YES YES 

 

  • YES (T) means: Subject to sufficient documented training and competence in the specific task and/or equipment and/or safety training.
    This additional equipment and safety training is NOT part of certification;
  • YES (M) means: Participates as a team member under direct supervision of a higher level who shall maintain responsibility;
  • YES (I) means: Works to a technical instruction (method statement, procedure) by level 3;
  • YES (O) means: Level 2 working with an organisation allowing supervision by a personnel certificated to level 3.


NOTE:  All work by Level 1 shall be to Technical Instructions issued by Level 2 or 3 Personnel