Cathodic Protection Certification Courses – Which Is Right for You?

Cathodic Protection Certification Courses – Which Is Right for You?

Matching Application Sectors with the Work You Will Do

In the first article in this series discussing cathodic protection certification, we looked at the five levels of certification as defined by BS EN ISO 15257:2017. With this certification becoming increasingly compulsory if you work in cathodic protection, ICorr has redesigned its CP Certification & Training Scheme including new training material and a brand new training facility.

You’ll find that all European and ISO Standards for CP require personnel to demonstrate their experience and expertise at the appropriate level. Our scheme is breaking new ground.

The question now is, which of these courses is right for you?

Which application sector do you work in?

The standard covers the four application sectors of:

  1. On-land metallic structures
  2. Marine metallic structures
  3. Reinforced concrete structures
  4. Inner surfaces of metallic container structures

While the core of CP knowledge is common for all sectors, each is different from the other. Chris Wozencroft, Principal Engineer at Corrosion Engineering Solutions Ltd. and member of ICorr’s CP Governing Board (CPGB), explains why different training is needed for each sector as follows:

I describe the sectors roughly as concrete, buried pipelines, marine structures, and the inside of storage tanks. As you’ll appreciate, the skills required to protect an oil rig are completely different from those required to protect a motorway bridge.

When deciding which course is right for you, you should consider which sector you work in and what work you do.

On-land metallic structures

This sector covers installations such as:

  • Underground, buried onshore pipelines
  • Parts of onshore pipelines that cross rivers, lakes, or sections of sea
  • Buried tanks
  • The external bottoms of above-ground tanks
  • Well casings
  • Buried plant modules

Sector-specific topics include:

  • Protection against corrosion by stray current from direct current systems
  • Interference from alternating and direct current
  • The relevance of touch potentials

Marine metallic structures

This sector includes examples such as:

  • External hulls and ballast tanks of ships
  • Fixed offshore structures (e.g. platforms, jackets, monopiles, offshore windfarms, etc.)
  • Floating structures (e.g., buoys, semi-submersible platforms, floating production storage and offloading structures)
  • Underwater structures (well heads, manifolds, and piping)
  • Coastal and offshore pipelines, risers
  • Landfall of offshore pipelines protected by an offshore CP system
  • Harbour facilities, piers, jetties and lock gates

Sector-specific topics include:

  • Specific applications in seawater and marine sediments

Reinforced concrete structures

Examples of installations within this sector include:

  • Atmospherically exposed, steel-reinforced (both post-tensioned and pre-stressed) concrete
  • Onshore structures such as bridges, walls, piles, and buildings
  • Buried, steel-reinforced concrete structures, including pipelines, tunnels, and foundations
  • Steel-reinforced concrete structures immersed in fresh water
  • Steel-reinforced concrete structures immersed in sea water

Sector-specific topics include:

  • Specific applications of steel in concrete
  • Other electrochemical techniques that are also aimed at mitigating corrosion of steel embedded in concrete

Inner surfaces of metallic container structures

Within this application sector, we include:

  • Fresh water-containing equipment (storage tanks, condensers, filters, cooling water systems, etc.)
  • Sea water-containing equipment (ballast tanks, flooded dock gates, flooded compartments, flooded) piles, cooling water systems, etc.)
  • Oil field production water storage tanks
  • Offshore immersed pumps and the internals of their caissons
  • Inside offshore windfarm monopiles
  • Other electrolyte-containing equipment (tanks and piping)

Sector-specific topics include:

  • Specific applications of inner surfaces

What cathodic protection work will you do?

To obtained certification, those at Levels 1, 2, and 3 must complete a training course, pass an exam and then apply for certification.

At Levels 4 and 5, certification is assessed on your work, details of your career to date, and, for Level 4 certification, an exam and professional review.

Which course is appropriate for you? It depends on the work you do.

Level 1: Data Collector/Tester

You may have no experience in cathodic protection. Your work requires you to accurately measure and record data. This certification is a requirement for National Grid and other employers.

Level 2: Cathodic Protection Technician

As per for Level 1, you don’t require cathodic protection experience, though you will need to have a minimum of one year of approved experience. Typically, your work may involve conducting CP measurements, inspection, and supervisory activities. However, you will be working to instructions provided to you by persons certified at Levels 3, 4, or 5.

Level 3: Cathodic Protection Senior Technician

To obtain certification at this level, you must hold either the ICorr Level 2 certification, or have at least one year of approved experience and have attended a Level 2 training course.

You may be carrying out all the duties and tasks of Levels 1 and 2 persons, and you may also be preparing technical instructions for Levels 2 and 3 persons to work from, including risk assessments and method statements.

Sector and role-specific CP certification

The methodology of training, examination, and certification ensures that you become certified according to the type of work you do and the applications on which you work. This means that the industry recognises the highly-specialised nature of work in cathodic protection, and ensures that personnel employed have the specific knowledge, experience, and expertise that is required by clients who seek the highest standards of professionalism in the industry.

In our next article, we delve a little deeper into how ICorr’s Cathodic Protection Certification Scheme charts your career progression.

In the meantime, to learn more about our ground-breaking CP Certification Scheme and our comprehensive Cathodic Protection Certification Courses – and discuss which is right for you – email the Institute of Corrosion at

New Sustaining Company Member

New Sustaining Company Member

OAG International UK LTD

OAG International UK LTD is a worldwide service provider offering solutions in Coating, Industrial and Custom Coating, Welding and NDT to customers and clients in the following sectors:

• Oil and Gas (Onshore, Offshore & Subsea)
• Renewables
• Utilities
• Refinery
• Nuclear
• Marine

OAG started off as a project management and technical support service provider for the oil and gas industry in 1999, and which later evolved into providing pipeline coating services to EPC clients around the world. They then expanded their business further to provide a complete solution to the offshore and onshore pipeline coating, inspection, welding services, and most recently industrial and custom coatings markets.

OAG operates from regional locations in Asia Pacific, Middle East, and The Americas, for which they have now expanded to Europe and Africa. To support this expansion, OAG have established a new state of the art regional location in Merseyside, United Kingdom, where they will continue to offer their conventional services and newly introduced services to cover their global portfolio of customers and clients.

OAG also offers Train the Painter courses as an affiliate member with the Corrodere Academy to cater for the ever-demanding needs for coating personnel in all market industry sectors.

ICorr Awards – Call For Nominations

ICorr Awards – Call For Nominations

Each year the Institute of Corrosion bestows a range of internationally renowned awards in recognition of excellence in corrosion science and engineering, and to reward outstanding service to the Institute and the wider corrosion community. Many of these awards are open to nomination by both members and non-members of the Institute. Below is a brief description of each award together with details of how to nominate potential candidates.

U.R. Evans Award
The U.R. Evans Award is the premier scientific award of the Institute of Corrosion and is presented annually for outstanding international achievements in pure or applied corrosion science. The recipient is selected by a Corrosion Science Division panel and presented with an engraved sword at the annual Corrosion Science Symposium (CSS).
The symposium is one which seeks to encourage the participation of the junior members of the corrosion community who would appreciate the visit of, and address by, a corrosion scientist of international repute. The form of the award symbolises the fight in which we are all engaged. The recipient is also granted Honorary Life Fellowship of the Institute. Nominations may be submitted at any time via email to the CSD Chair, Julian Wharton (

Paul McIntyre Award
The Paul McIntyre Award is presented to a senior corrosion engineer,
who, as well as being a leading practitioner in his field, has advanced European collaboration and international standards development.
The award consists of an engraved trophy, which is presented at the
annual CED Working Day meeting. The recipient is requested to present
a brief overview of their activities and encouraged to prepare an article
for publication in Corrosion Management. Nominations should be submitted to the CED Chair, Nick Smart (, by 28th February 2022.

T.P. Hoar Award
The T.P. Hoar Award is presented to the author(s) of the best paper published in the scientific journal Corrosion Science during the previous calendar year. The winning paper is selected by a sub-committee of the Corrosion Science Division and the author(s) receive a certificate and a
cash sum of £400.

Galloway Award
The Galloway Award is presented to a student author for the best publication describing original research in corrosion science and engineering as judged by a sub-committee of the Corrosion Science Division. The student should be the primary author of the work and preferably first author. A summary of the winning paper is published in Corrosion Management and the prize consists of a certificate and a cash sum of £300. The Institute does not retain copyright of the material, so this does not prevent separate publication of the work in a scientific journal. Submissions (in the form of a paper published within the past 12 months or a draft publication) may be
sent via email at any time to the CSD Chair, Julian Wharton
( Supervisors may nominate students.

Lionel Shreir Award
The Lionel Shreir Award is given to the best student presenter at the annual Corrosion Science Symposium. Selection of the recipient is carried out by a sub-committee of the Corrosion Science Division. The award consists of a certificate and a cash prize of £125.

For further details on the Institute awards, including lists of past recipients, please visit

Corrosion Science Division (CSD)

Corrosion Science Division (CSD)

62nd Corrosion Science Symposium report

The 62nd Corrosion Science Symposium (CSS) hosted by the University of Manchester between 6th and 9th September and held jointly with the “Advances in Corrosion Protection by Organic Coatings” meeting, was a hybrid meeting with delegates attending in person and online. The CSS has been held annually since its launch in 1960 by Prof. L.L. Shreir. The symposium is an ideal opportunity for students and junior researchers in corrosion science from across Europe to congregate, discuss their work, and share ideas in a stimulating/friendly environment. This year there were 15 talks and the UR Evans award plenary talk given by Prof Mary Ryan (Imperial College London). Prof Ryan eloquently discussed why fundamentally it is vital to understand materials at the nanoscale, and specifically the nanoscale interfaces in, and between, materials and their environments, in her talk entitled, ‘Corrosion at the nanoscale’.
She reviewed her interest in the development of operando approaches, as well as her pioneering nanoscale corrosion studies using synchrotron methods.

Symposium highlights included presentation by, Yashwantraj Seechurn (University of Mauritius) who gave an interesting overview
of his work studying the atmospheric corrosion of S235 carbon
steel when exposed to the tropical/marine aerosol pollutants of
Port-Louis, Mauritius. Port-louis is situated on the northwest coast
and has a distinct microclimate which leads to major atmospheric corrosion concerns. Yashwantraj presented key insights into the
S235 atmospheric corrosion, revealing an early rapid corrosion initiation, followed by slower corrosion kinetics due to the formation of stable rust phases that were linked to environmental and geographical variables around Mauritius.

Corentin Penot (University of Southampton) reported his studies into the corrosion performance of a wire arc additive manufacture (WAAM) deposited 316L alloy. Specifically, the influence of the WAAM microstructures related to the austenite matrix and an inter-dendritic ferrite and sigma phases. Corentin reported Cr and Mo variations where the austenite matrix was depleted at interphase regions (at the austenite/ferrite boundaries).

Katarzyna Rzeszutek (University of Manchester) gave a good overview of her studies into the influence of zinc loading during cathodic protection of epoxy zinc primers on steel. Katarzyna analysed the dissolved zinc content from such coatings which indicated the anode/cathode surface area ratios exposed to a corrosive medium affect the utilisation of the zinc for the galvanic protection.

For the first time, the 2021 Shreir award (for the best student presenter) was presented to two worthy recipients, Lawrence Coghlan (University of Loughborough) and Charlie Wand (University of Manchester). Lawrence gave an insightful talk entitled ‘carburisation and oxidation of 9Cr-1Mo steel exposed to CO2’ linked to breakaway oxidation associated with the degradation of protective scales within Advance Gas Cooled Reactors. Characterisation of the oxide/substrate interface identified an oxide growth mechanism through preferential oxidation of carbides within the substrate. In pre-breakaway samples an internal oxidation zone develops at this interface due to this preferential oxidation ahead of the oxidation front. Charlie presented a fascinating atomistic molecular dynamics investigation exploring water diffusion through protective epoxy-amine coatings. Simulations found water diffusion to be via a polymer-assisted hopping mechanism between isolated free volume nanoscale pores and that the polymer mobility is the determining factor for the speed of water diffusion. Congratulations to both Lawrence and Charlie for their excellent symposium talks.

The 63rd CSS will be a joint meeting with Electrochem2022 taking place at the John McIntyre Conference Centre near Holyrood Park in Edinburgh, between the 5th and 6th September 2022. Further details on registration and abstract submission will follow shortly.

The President Writes ….

The President Writes ….

Welcome to the final edition of our magazine for 2021 which also marks the midway point of my Presidency and so this is a great time to reflect
on the past year.

As we came into 2021 we were all hopeful that Covid would be behind us and we could start getting back to our regular way of operating. This wasn’t the case, but that didn’t hold us back and the past year has been full
of activity and progress.

Our branch meetings continued to be held virtually and were well attended. In April the annual Corrosion Engineering Division (CED) working day was held virtually with over 60 participants for the full day. These events provided an opportunity to improve how we host virtual meetings and we will continue this going forward. In fact, by the time you read this we will have held our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in November which was both in-person and virtual. The virtual option provides a way for members who are not able to attend in person to connect with us – which is what we are about. A bonus is that as we are all thinking about the environment and the recent COP
26 conference, it reduces our carbon footprint as we travel less.

By mid-year we were planning the resumption of in-person meetings and this was led by our Aberdeen and London branches. In September we held the Corrosion Science Symposium at the University of Manchester. These events have been very successful and were all in person and virtual.

For our 2021 awards we had many deserving candidates for the awards committee to choose from – they had a tough time. Many congratulations to the winners who were:

UR Evans award: Professor Mary Ryan.
Paul McIntyre award: Dr. Bijan Kermani.
Henry G Cole award: Dr. Bill Cox (awarded posthumously and received by his wife and daughter at the AGM).
Lionel Shrier award: Lawrence Coghlan and Charlie Wand.

Our social media presence continues to grow and we now have over 10,000 followers on our two LinkedIn sites – as a reminder we had zero in February 2020! We took a pause over the summer with our blogging but will be restarting soon. If you have any suggestions for blogs, please let
me know.

Our training courses have been a real highlight of the year. You may recall all of our CP courses have been updated and are compliant with ISO 15257. We also opened a new, state of the art CP training center at the offices of Corrosion Control Services Limited (CCSL) in Telford. Since releasing the new courses we have delivered over 140 separate training classes.

In the world of surface treatment we have released completely updated Passive Fire Protection (PFP – epoxy Levels 2 & 3) courses. New PFP cementitious courses are being written, as is a new Insulation inspector level 2 course. We have commissioned a Microbially Influenced Corrosion (MIC) course and have several other new programmes in the pipeline.

Our Industrial Coatings Applicator Training Scheme (ICATS) which is provided by Correx (an independent company that is owned 100% by ICorr) remains in high demand.

Our training courses are also in demand from outside the UK. We have
seen growth in China and have just agreed terms with ABRACO in Brazil to deliver a conversion course to our Coating Inspector level 2 certificate. Encouraging talks are also occurring in Egypt, Greece, India, Libya
and Malaysia.

As a result of feedback from many of our members we are developing a proposal to update our website and members database.

During the year we had two audits: one for our ISO 9001 accreditation and one for our license to issue the Chartered Scientist (CSci) credentials. We passed both audits with no significant findings.

Our Young ICorr group continues to be very active and one highlight was the “Thesis in 3 minutes” on-line event, where several young engineers gave enthusiastic talks based on their current work.

I hope this has given you a flavour of what’s been going on and I know many of you have either led or been involved in this. I cannot thank you enough for all the time, energy and enthusiasm you give to our Institute.

I hope you all find time to have a break over the festive season and I’d like to take this early opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year.

Until next time,

Bill Hedges, Institute of Corrosion President