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 admin@corrosionprevention.org.uk.

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

 

 

Charting Your Career with the Cathodic Protection Certification Scheme

Charting Your Career with the Cathodic Protection Certification Scheme

Certification to Support and Enhance Your CP Career

A career in cathodic protection can be developed with an employer or as a self-employed contractor. The work is interesting, often challenging, and well paid. As industry around the world seeks to combat the environmental, safety, and financial impact of corrosion, a career in this specialisation is supported by high demand for skilled operatives at all levels.

Specialising in cathodic protection offers a career path that could take you around the world, working for diverse companies in locations that stretch from pole to pole. As you climb the career ladder – possibly to establish your own company or, perhaps, as a senior lecturer in university – your career growth must be supported by additional qualifications and certification.

In fact, the structure of ICorr’s Certification Scheme for Cathodic Protection Personnel is designed to be an enabler of career progression in this specialisation. Effectively, your career advancement can be charted by each level of certification.

Starting out – Cathodic Protection Data Collector/Tester (Level 1)

As a starter in the industry, you don’t yet have any experience in cathodic protection.

The role of data collector or cathodic protection tester is likely to be combined with other duties. For example, as an electrical .

To be classed as competent for cathodic protection data collection and testing, you will need to be certified as a Level 1 Tester/Data Collector. This is the course intended for very new entrants to the CP industry. It’s also appropriate for staff who, on a part-time basis, collect and test as part of a wider job description.

Next step – Cathodic Protection Technician (Level 2)

As you gain experience, your role will expand. To take the next step, you will need to be certified as a Level 2 Technician. You will be responsible for testing and evaluation of cathodic protection systems and data. Your technical knowledge will include different CP systems, anode types, corrosion theory, reference electrodes, corrosion prevention, and an understanding of how CP works at a scientific level.

You might undertake work with specific instruction from senior staff with higher certification levels. You may also help prepare reports and make corrections to systems as approved by supervising staff.

This is a big step up from the duties of a data collector/tester, though you don’t need any specific experience in cathodic protection to take the course that certifies your competency to perform this role. However, before being certified as a Level 2 Technician [i.e. after the course and successful examination] you will require to have a minimum of one year of approved experience.

Supervisory roles – Senior Cathodic Protection Technician (Level 3)

At this stage of your career, you will now be expected to supervise lower-level staff in their cathodic protection work. Your knowledge bank will be substantial, and your duties may include:

  • Instructing work crews on the installation of cathodic protection systems, and maintenance.
  • Inspecting technician surveys and written documentation
  • Inspecting contractor procedures for corrosion compliance
  • Identifying problems and determining corrective action
  • Testing existing CP systems
  • Overseeing and instructing corrosion team members and CP technicians in corrosion-related requirements

You may also be required to provide feedback and training to other employees, and help to maintain safety standards. You could be responsible for reviewing, maintaining, and updating records, ensuring data integrity and adherence to controls, practices, and policies.

There are several ways in which you may be qualified to take the Level 3 Senior Technician Course and examination:

  • You should have at least six years’ experience (less, if suitably academically qualified)
  • You must hold Level 2 Cathodic Protection Technician Certification for the applicable sector in which you will be working

Or:

  • You should have at least one year’s experience and have attended the Level 2 training course to satisfy the educational and experience requirements to qualify for the Level 3 training course and examination.

Experienced senior roles – Cathodic Protection Specialist (Level 4)

Your career has led you to senior and management roles. At this level, you will be designing CP systems and providing technical expertise and guidance to others – such as those working in operations and engineering – to enable efficient and effective implementation, monitoring, and troubleshooting of cathodic protection assets.

Your experience is likely to include subjects and tasks such as:

  • Corrosion control regulations
  • Assessment and repair of pipeline defects
  • Technical support, training, and evaluation of corrosion technicians
  • Working knowledge of corrosion control databases and field data collection devices
  • Ability to consistently analyse and resolve corrosion control issues involving multiple components, personnel, and operations

Currently there is no course for this level of certification. You will, however, need to demonstrate your experience and expertise when applying for certification as a Level 4 Cathodic Protection Specialist as follows:

  • If progressing from Level 3, you will need three to eight years’ experience
  • If applying directly, you will need five to 12 years’ experience
  • Examination is required
  • You will need to supply evidence of work (including detailed complex design)
  • Validation by two referees is also required

The pinnacle of your career – Level 5 Cathodic Protection Expert

To achieve this level of certification, you must already be certified at level 4 in the same sector. You will have advanced the state of CP by scientific work, and have a broad understanding (at least) of all other sectors of CP.

It is likely that you will have published peer-reviewed papers, and have an established reputation in at least one sector within the industry.

This is not presently recognised/offered in the UK and many believe it to be an honorary title.  However, BS EN ISO 15257 states that there are activities that a Level 5 is competent to undertake that a Level 4 is not.

ICorr – Leading the way in CP career development through certification

A career in cathodic protection has much to offer. You’ll work on diverse projects, with the opportunity to work in all four corners of the globe. With a high demand for your skills and experience, you should never be short of rewarding opportunities to advance your career.

To maximise the benefits of a career in CP, you should gain certification as you progress. We have developed CP certification to an internationally recognised standard (ISO 1527:2017). Your certification validates that you have the minimum skills, knowledge, and experience to be certified as competent across all the disciplines within the CP field, including survey, design, installation, testing, maintenance, and the science of cathodic protection, at each successive rung of the career ladder.

At each level as detailed above, you must apply to the Institute of Corrosion for certification. Successfully completing the course and passing the exam is not enough on its own.

In our next article discussing cathodic protection courses, examination, and certification, we examine how the CP courses are delivered.

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 admin@icorr.org.

 

 

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 admin@icorr.org.

ISO 15257:2017 – Establishing Competence in Cathodic Protection

ISO 15257:2017 – Establishing Competence in Cathodic Protection

5 Levels of CP Certification

If you work in cathodic protection, you must be certified as competent to do so. This applies around the world, and the Institute of Corrosion (ICorr) has upgraded its courses to fully meet the requirements of the rewritten cathodic protection competence standard – BS EN ISO 15257:2017.

In this article, we introduce the standard and discuss who it applies to.

The aim of BS EN ISO 15257:2017

The standard defines five levels of competence for those working in cathodic protection (CP), and specifies a framework within which competence is established at each of these levels.

It specifies the minimum skills, knowledge, and experience a person must have to be certified as competent across each of the disciplines within the CP field, including survey, design, installation, testing, maintenance, and monitoring of CP.

The standard started as a British Standard and European Normative (BS EN) in 2006. “The rewritten ISO standard gives objective criteria and credentials that allow clients to know who is legitimate and who is selling snake oil,”, says Chris Wozencroft, Principal Engineer at Corrosion Engineering Solutions Ltd. and member of ICorr’s CP Governing Board (CPGB).

Do you need to be certified?

If you are a ‘cathodic protection person’, you should be certified as competent. The standard defines a cathodic protection person as someone ‘who devotes a regular and significant percentage of professional activity to the practical application of cathodic protection within one or more of the application sectors’.

Levels of competence

The standard sets out the five levels of competence with each step up in level including competence in the levels below. The competence levels are set out as follows:

Level 1: Cathodic Protection Data Collector (or Tester)

This certification allows you to collect CP performance data and perform other basic CP tasks requested of you by someone of Level 3 or higher. At this level, you won’t be responsible for analysing data, but you should have a good understanding of the measurements and causes of errors in them.

Level 2: Cathodic Protection Technician

When certified at Level 2, you shall be deemed competent to undertake a range of CP measurement, inspection, and supervisory activities that are delegated to you by persons at Level 3 or higher. However, you will not be responsible for determining the test method or technique to be used, or for the preparation of technical instructions and interpretation of results.

Level 3: Cathodic Protection Senior Technician

At Level 3, you will demonstrate that you have knowledge of the:

  • General principles of corrosion and CP
  • Principles of electricity
  • Significance of coatings and their influence on CP

You will also possess a detailed knowledge of CP test procedures and safety issues, and be able to prepare technical instructions for all lower-level CP persons, as well as assess all data collected from these tasks.

Level 4: Cathodic Protection Specialist

With a detailed knowledge of corrosion theory, principles of electricity, CP design, installation, commissioning, testing, and performance evaluation (including systems affected by interfering conditions), you could be certified at Level 4.

You can now design CP systems, define guidelines for monitoring them, and prepare technical instructions for all CP persons of lower levels.

Level 5: Cathodic Protection Expert

This is an honorary title for PhD qualified CP professionals, who have demonstrated all the competencies required in at lest one sector, together with a range of competencies in other sectors at the highest level, such as

  • Undertaking a range of high-level activities such as management of R&D projects
  • Publications in technical or scientific journals or books, lectures at congresses or training courses
  • Participation in standardisation or technical committees
  • Leading in the development of new technology or new applications
  • Editing scientific journals

Are you certified as competent in CP?

As you can see, ISO 12527:2017 provides a linear path of certification at specified levels of competence. This means that clients are better able to identify the person they need for specific projects and tasks, and you can prove your competency with your certification.

Under the previous standard, there were only three levels, which equate to Levels 2, 3, and 4 in the new standard.

The new scheme that has been developed based on ISO 15257:2017 has three elements:

  • Training
  • Examination
  • Certification

Certification is important because you need to prove you have experience before being certified as competent. With a discipline like CP, and a science that still holds so many uncertainties, it is unacceptable that someone should be able to leave college, take an exam, and be immediately deemed as competent.

You really do need a few years on the ground before you know what you’re doing in this game,” says Chris Wozencroft.

In our next article, we discuss the double-edged approach of certification in CP, and examine the application sectors to which the competence levels apply.

In the meantime, to learn more about the Certification Scheme for Cathodic Protection Personnel, email the Institute of Corrosion at admin@icorr.org.

Cathodic Protection Concrete ISO Level 1

Cathodic Protection Concrete ISO Level 1

 

Why attend this course?

These ICorr courses and examination are in compliance with ISO 15257:2017 and are suitable for candidates without experience in cathodic protection, but candidates are expected to have some site experience in concrete repairs and in they may have been a part of teams installing CP systems in concrete. The courses are also directed to testers or data collectors who collect simple CP performance data. For certification to ISO 15257, an examination pass and a subsequent application and assessment by the ICorr Professional Assessment Committee are required.

Course Content

The following topics are relevant to this application sector:

  • The basics of metals & corrosion
  • Basic potential measurement techniques of metals in solution
  • Half-cell potential survey techniques for steel in concrete
  • Resistivity survey techniques for steel in concrete
  • Calibration & checking of NDT equipment
  • Galvanic Anodes (Repair Enhancers) for steel in concrete
  • Introduction to the concept of CP
  • Basic CP system measurements & data recording
  • Introduction to electrical safety in CP

This application sector includes, for example, the following:

  • Atmospherically exposed steel-reinforced (both post-tensioned and pre-stressed) concrete, onshore structures (bridges, walls, piles, buildings etc.);
  • Buried steel-reinforced (both post-tensioned and pre-stressed) concrete structures (pipelines, tunnels, foundations, etc.);
  • Steel-reinforced (both post-tensioned and pre-stressed) concrete structures immersed in fresh water (pipe lines, foundations, swimming-pools, water tanks);
  • Steel-reinforced (both post-tensioned and pre-stressed) concrete structures immersed in seawater (harbour facilities, piers, jetties, offshore platforms).

The topics of this course are fully set out and described in ISO 15257 Clause 6. The rules governing training, examination and certification are set out in ICorr QPD.

Course Details and Price

Organisation:The ICorr steel in concrete CP courses are run in cooperation with the CPA (Corrosion Prevention Association), the Trade Association for the steel in concrete CP and concrete repair industry. Most Candidates in the UK will work for CPA affiliated companies.

Duration: 3 days over 1 week

Special note: he course is suitable for applicants with no previous experience in cathodic protection, the course is also suitable for those who merely require an appreciation of Cathodic Protection of Reinforced Concrete with or without pursuing certification.

Price (excl. VAT)

£905 (£575 Course & £330 Exam) – CPA Members only
£905 (£575 Course & £330 Exam) – Non CPA Members

Available Training Dates

These ICorr courses and Examinations are provided by our partner in steel in concrete, the Corrosion Prevention Association (CPA). Dates can be seen here. If you wish to book a course contact them on 01420 471614 or send an email to admin@corrosionprevention.org.uk.

 

Certification enquiries

For all queries regarding Certification and Re-Certification please access the Institute of Corrosion web site: https://www.icorr.org/cathodic-protection-training   All Certification and Re-Certification Application Forms along with Guidance Notes can be downloaded from this page.

If you need any specific assistance please contact the Institute of Corrosion at Corrosion House at Tel:  + 44 (0)1604 438222 or Email: admin@icorr.org

Cathodic Protection Concrete ISO Level 2

Cathodic Protection Concrete ISO Level 2

 

Why attend this course?

These ICorr courses and examination are in compliance with ISO 15257:2017 and are suitable for candidates with or without experience in cathodic protection, but note that full certification to this level requires a minimum duration of one year’s approved experience, an examination pass and a subsequent application and assessment by the ICorr Professional Assessment Committee. The courses are also suitable for those who merely require an appreciation of the protection of reinforced concrete structures without pursuing certification in accordance with ISO 15257.

Course Content

The following topics are relevant to this application sector:

  • CP general principles;
  • CP measurement techniques;
  • specific applications of steel in concrete;
  • other electrochemical techniques that are also aimed at mitigating corrosion of steel embedded in concrete, such as electrochemical re-alkalization and chloride extraction treatments for reinforced concrete.

 This application sector includes, for example, the following:

  • atmospherically exposed steel-reinforced (both post-tensioned and pre-stressed) concrete, onshore structures (bridges, walls, piles, buildings etc.);
  • buried steel-reinforced (both post-tensioned and pre-stressed) concrete structures (pipelines, tunnels, foundations, etc.);
  • steel-reinforced (both post-tensioned and pre-stressed) concrete structures immersed in fresh water (pipe lines, foundations, swimming-pools, water tanks);
  • steel-reinforced (both post-tensioned and pre-stressed) concrete structures immersed in seawater (harbour facilities, piers, jetties, offshore platforms).

The topics of this course are fully set out and described in ISO 15257 Clause 6. The rules governing training, examination and certification are set out in ICorr QPD.

Course Details and Price

Organisation: The ICorr steel in concrete CP courses are run in cooperation with the CPA (Corrosion Prevention Association), the Trade Association for the steel in concrete CP and concrete repair industry. Most Candidates in the UK will work for CPA affiliated companies.

Duration: 5 days Mon–Fri, or 1 day over 5 weeks

Special note: Applicants must either hold ICorr Level 2 Cathodic Protection Technician – Reinforced Concrete Structures Certificate or, where the applicant does not hold this certification, have at least 1 year’s approved experience and attended the Level 2 training course or satisfies the educational and experience requirements set out in ICorr QPD.

Price (excl. VAT)

£1375 (£1000 Course & £375Exam) – CPA Members only
£1625 (£1250 Course & £375 Exam) – Non CPA Members

Available Training Dates

These ICorr courses and Examinations are provided by our partner in steel in concrete, the Corrosion Prevention Association (CPA). Dates can be seen here. If you wish to book a course contact them on 01420 471614 or send an email to admin@corrosionprevention.org.uk.

 

Certification enquiries

For all queries regarding Certification and Re-Certification please access the Institute of Corrosion web site: https://www.icorr.org/cathodic-protection-training   All Certification and Re-Certification Application Forms along with Guidance Notes can be downloaded from this page.

If you need any specific assistance please contact the Institute of Corrosion at Corrosion House at Tel:  + 44 (0)1604 438222 or Email: admin@icorr.org