Cathodic Protection Training Delivered in World-Class Facilities

Cathodic Protection Training Delivered in World-Class Facilities

The Who, How, Where, and When of CP Certification Courses

In this series of blogs discussing ICorr’s Cathodic Protection Certification Courses, we have examined:

  • Establishing competence in cathodic protection
  • Choosing which course is right for you
  • Charting your career with the CP certification scheme

In this last blog, we look at the who, how, where, and when of these groundbreaking courses.

A triumvirate of experience delivers exceptional CP training

We started updating our courses so that they would align perfectly with the new ISO 1527:2017. As is often the case, the planning and execution have taken a little longer than anticipated. We certainly were not helped by the interruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

What we had hoped to deliver in 2020 was delayed. It’s here now, though, and courses have got off to a flying start.

For this latest phase in delivery of exceptional training in all things corrosion, we have partnered with the Corrosion Prevention Association (CPA). If you don’t know who CPA are, here’s a brief rundown – the CPA:

  • Represents consultants, contractors, and engineers working in the field of corrosion prevention [primarily in the reinforced concrete industry]
  • Acts as the leading authority and source of information on cathodic protection and other corrosion prevention techniques
  • Shares the Institute of Corrosion’s values of encouraging a better understanding of corrosion and sharing of knowledge

CPA has extensive experience in the industry, including delivering seminars, demonstration days, holding industry events, providing CPD presentations, and, of course, online and in-person training programs.

To deliver the groundbreaking CP courses, the CPA partnered with Corrosion Control Services Limited (CCSL) to provide training facilities.

Best-in-class training facilities

CCSL has established an examination and test centre in Telford, Shropshire, and it really is a state-of-the-art facility. It is here that all our CP courses are delivered.

The Gary McKenzie Training and Examination Centre is an innovative development. We had no hesitation in approving it for courses in cathodic protection in reinforced concrete, and on-land (buried) and marine metallic structures.

Officially opened in May 2021, course delegates have already experienced all it has to offer. This includes ‘real-world’ testing grounds. Yes, course attendees will work on pipes and structures in settings that replicate being in the field. If it’s raining, be prepared to get wet!

When are our cathodic protection courses held?

The Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 courses last between two and five days. If you are taking the exam, this is a separate one-day event with exam days tagged to the end of each course.

Course dates have been announced for through to September 2022, and there will be more to come. The courses are selling fast, and some are already fully booked. You can find out available dates for your chosen course here:

At the time of publication, depending upon the course, the course cost is £575 and £1,200, with exams costing between £330 and £375. Once you have completed the course and been successful in the exam, you will need to apply to the Institute of Corrosion for appropriate certification.

To book a course, please contact CPA on 01420 471614 or send an email to

For any further information, or to enquire about membership of the Institute of Corrosion, please contact us.



London Branch Online Meeting 13 January 2022

On 13 January 2022 London Branch had an online meeting featuring

“Life extension of offshore platforms, through retrofit CP design assisted by modelling’’ – Talk by Dr Paolo Marcassoli, Cathodic Protection and Inspections Manager at Cescor, and Istvan Bartha, Independent Subsea Consultant

Sustainable Engineering: Corrosion Takes Centre Stage

Sustainable Engineering: Corrosion Takes Centre Stage

Corrosion Engineers (and Scientists) Deliver a Sustainable Environment

The Engineering Council recently updated its Guidance on Sustainability. This is becoming a major focus in infrastructure projects, as environmental issues take on ever greater meaning in the modern world.

In this article, we discuss the nature of sustainable engineering, the benefits it delivers, and what role corrosion engineers and scientists play in it.

What is sustainable engineering?

Sustainable engineering is an approach that enables resources and materials to be conserved for future generations so that the environment is not compromised. All fields of engineering are impacted by sustainability issues, and this includes corrosion engineering.

How does corrosion impact sustainability?

Corrosion affects all areas of our society. This includes:

  • The environment; for example, by leakage of pollutive substances from corroded pipelines
  • Critical infrastructure, to mitigate the costs and damage in infrastructure and transport when corrosion is ignored
  • Economic productivity; for example, the closing of plants when machinery and infrastructure is corroded
  • Energy and fuel; for example, when corrosive damage disrupts supply

Corrosion to infrastructure, buildings, bridges, industrial plants, etc. impacts the health and safety of people, national security, and the wider environment.

In short, the more we can do to manage corrosion, the more sustainable we will build, create, and produce.

The benefits of engineering for sustainability

UNESCO has published eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – internationally agreed targets to reduce poverty and improve living standards. Ensuring sustainability of infrastructure helps to increase the welfare of local communities, nations, and regions. UNESCO has identified relationships between physical infrastructure and the MDGs, including:

  • Ports and harbours
  • Airports
  • Highways
  • Factories
  • Education establishments
  • Communication infrastructure
  • Power supplies
  • Irrigation
  • Healthcare centres
  • Public buildings
  • Sanitary infrastructure
  • Water supplies

Understanding how corrosion affects infrastructure, and the comprehensive list of infrastructure that affects attainment of the MDGs, it is easy to acknowledge that corrosion engineering and corrosion science have a huge part to play in creating a more sustainable world.

Successful sustainable engineering helps to reduce carbon footprints, reduce maintenance costs, add value to installations, protect the environment, and improve health and safety.

How can corrosion engineers (and scientists) contribute to a sustainable environment and society?

Both corrosion science and corrosion engineering have major parts to play in the creation of greater sustainability:

  • Corrosion science helps to improve our understanding of corrosion and develop and improve methods to combat and manage it
  • Corrosion engineers are responsible for ensuring that corrosion mitigation processes are put into practice and have the effect they are designed to have

Where corrosion protection is inadequate, the sustainability of equipment, machinery, installations, and infrastructure is compromised. From design through installation, maintenance, and decommissioning, corrosion engineers have a huge part to play in the sustainability of our planet as they:

  • Apply their professional experience to judgement
  • Exceed sustainability regulations by continually challenging boundaries
  • Use resources more effectively
  • Manage risks to minimise the effects of corrosion and maximise the benefits of corrosion engineering

Alasdair Coates CEng FICE MCIHT CMIOSH, CEO of the Engineering Council says:

Sustainable development is an increasingly important issue for society, and the engineering profession works to meet the challenge of the climate emergency. Engineers have a key leadership and influencing role in working towards sustainability, increasingly as part of multi-disciplinary teams that include non-engineers, and through work that crosses national boundaries.

This updated Guidance on Sustainability supports individual engineers in achieving sustainable development through engineering, as well as helping professionally registered engineers – Chartered Engineers, Incorporated Engineers and Engineering Technicians – to meet their professional obligations.

The Institute of Corrosion is committed to sharing our expertise with the world, helping to unlock and manage the effects of corrosion. Our goal – and the vision behind the ICorr brand – is to reduce the environmental impact of corrosion on our infrastructure, enable a more sustainable environment, and reduce the costs of corrosion on business and society.

For more information about our programmes, symposia, and training that help to deliver our vision, please contact us.

(You may also like to read article, ‘7 Benefits to Exploit with Professional Membership of ICorr’ to learn how we help our members achieve their environmental and career goals.)


Passive Fire Protection (PFP) Coating Inspector (Epoxy) Level 2 – Classroom

Passive Fire Protection (PFP) Coating Inspector (Epoxy) Level 2 – Classroom

Passive Fire Protection (PFP) Coating Inspector (Epoxy) Level 2 – Classroom

Why attend this course?

The changing market dynamics and a number of PFP failures on major new construction projects will dictate the need for a more rigorous fire protection coatings Inspector course in order to further improve competency in this safety critical area of our market. The Institute of Corrosion and PFPNet have collaborated to develop the first detailed training programme for inspectors and technicians, written and produced by experts in this field who have extensive, practical ‘real world’ experience.

The purpose of this course

The purpose of this NEW course is to train and examine Inspectors of epoxy intumescent Passive Fire Protection (PFP) on the inspection of common types of epoxy coatings used to protect against hydrocarbon fires on installations for both on and offshore facilities.

Special Note

It has been agreed by PDTC (ICorr) to add an experience assessment to all ICorr certifications for personnel engaged in painting and coating inspection. If certification is required, candidates must as a minimum have held ICorr Painting Inspector Level 1 or Coating Inspector Level 1 for a period of two years. It is possible to transition across from other certification schemes here. If a suitable qualification is not held, then dispensation to gain certification may be given if an individual has 5 years’ experience relating to painting or coating inspection.


This course assumes all candidates hold ICorr Painting or Coating Inspector approval (any level) and therefore have a knowledge of inspection philosophy, surface preparation, anti-corrosion coatings and how to use common inspection instruments. The course will cover the inspection of modern types of Passive Fire Protection as found on hydrocarbon installations for both on and offshore facilities. This will include structural members, decks and bulkheads and storage or process tanks and associated pipework. Mechanically fixed methods are not covered.

Course Content
  • Overview of passive fire protection
  • Development process of an epoxy PFP system
  • Factors affecting durability
  • Common defects
  • Typical equipment used by an Inspector
  • Health & Safety requirements for site working
  • Documentation to be reviewed
  • Role of the Inspector on site
  • What an Inspector monitors during PFP application
  • Inspection & Reporting
Course Details and Price

Course: £500
£895 (Excl. VAT)