CP2 – Cathodic Protection Technician

Cathodic Protection Level 2 Technician
5 Day Course
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Cathodic Protection 2 - Technician (CP2)

The Cathodic Protection Technician certification indicates intermediate-level knowledge of corrosion theory and CP concepts, types of CP systems, and advanced field measurement techniques. This certification is designed for individuals with a heavy engineering/scientific background and some working knowledge of cathodic protection, or who have extensive years of field experience with some technical background.

The Cathodic Protection Technician course provides intermediate-level training in both theoretical knowledge and practical techniques for testing and evaluating data to determine the effectiveness of both galvanic and impressed current CP systems and to gather design data. Classroom instruction is comprised of lectures and hands-on training, including using equipment and instruments for CP testing.

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Who should apply  |  Course learning objectives

How to achieve certification

  1. Fulfill work experience and education requirements

    Bachelor's degree in physical sciences or engineering

    1 year of verifiable cathodic protection work experience

    Successful completion of all CP1 - Cathodic Protection Tester requirements (including certification) or equivalent training – Strongly Recommended

  2. Meet course requirements

    NACE CP 2-Cathodic Protection Technician Course - Strongly Recommended

    Successful completion of the Ethics for the Corrosion Professional course or an equivalent training

  3. Take required exams

    Certification Exam - CP2 - Cathodic Protection Technician - Theory (Written) Exam

    Certification Exam – CP2 - Cathodic Protection Technician Practical Exam

    Coming soon. Practical Exam Preparation Guide

  4. Complete application requirements

    Approved CP2 - Cathodic Protection Technician application

Start Your Journey

Certification candidates have four (4) years to complete all requirements, including successful completion of the exam, and an approved application with the required work experience and education requirements.

Course prerequisites

Required
A knowledge of the following is required for understanding the material in this course:

  • Algebra and geometry
  • Electrochemistry: theory including electrochemical and galvanic series;
  • Corrosion theory including polarization under different conditions;
  • Electricity: basic electrical laws, series and parallel circuits;
  • Cathodic protection: fundamentals, criteria, sacrificial and impressed current equipment including troubleshooting;
  • Stray current interference, primarily related to underground pipelines.
  • Testing: including voltmeters, ammeters, shunts (and calculations), ohmmeters, reference electrodes (and conversions), isolation and soil resistivity.

Applicants not having the below knowledge and training are encouraged to attend the applicable course(s) before registering for this course.

  1. Fulfill work experience and education requirements

    3 years of verifiable cathodic protection work experience

    Successful completion of all CP1 - Cathodic Protection Tester requirements (including certification) or equivalent training – Strongly Recommended

  2. Meet course requirements

    NACE CP 2-Cathodic Protection Technician Course - Strongly Recommended

    Successful completion of the Ethics for the Corrosion Professional course or an equivalent training

  3. Take required exams

    Certification Exam - CP2 - Cathodic Protection Technician - Theory (Written) Exam

    Note: This exam is available via CBT at Pearson Vue

    Certification Exam – CP2 - Cathodic Protection Technician Practical Exam

    COMING SOON: Practical Exam Preparation Guide

  4. Complete application requirements

    Approved CP2 - Cathodic Protection Technician application

Apply for Certification
  1. Fulfill work experience and education requirements

    2 years of verifiable cathodic protection work experience

    2 years of post-high school training from approved math or science technical/trade school

    Successful completion of all CP1 - Cathodic Protection Tester requirements (including certification) or equivalent training – Strongly Recommended

  2. Meet course requirements

    NACE CP 2-Cathodic Protection Technician Course - Strongly Recommended

    Successful completion of the Ethics for the Corrosion Professional course or an equivalent training

  3. Take required exams

    Certification Exam - CP2 - Cathodic Protection Technician - Theory (Written) Exam

    Note: This exam is available via CBT at Pearson Vue

    Certification Exam – CP2 - Cathodic Protection Technician Practical Exam

    COMING SOON: Practical Exam Preparation Guide

  4. Complete application requirements

    Approved CP2 - Cathodic Protection Technician application

Apply for Certification

Who should pursue and apply?

This program is intended for personnel involved in testing the effectiveness of CP systems, troubleshooting and/or recording this data, including:

  • CP field personnel
  • CP Testers or
  • Personnel supervising CP Testers

Course learning objectives

  • Test and troubleshoot rectifier component parts
  • Perform simulated CP related field tests (including interrupted structure-to-electrolyte potentials, current requirement, continuity, shorted road/railroad casing and, layer soil resistivity tests) and evaluate the results
  • Perform tests to verify the presence of stray current interference (primarily related to underground pipelines) and recommend method(s) to mitigate the interference
  • Conduct and interpret different current measurements
  • Interpret voltage (IR) free readings, polarization formation and decay tests
  • Maintain records, including data plotting and analysis
  • Summarize induced AC voltage on pipelines and the methods of mitigation
  • Purpose and uses of corrosion coupon test stations
  • Depending on the jurisdiction review code CP criteria requirements related to CP

Course completion and end of course exam

A practical exam is administered at the end of the course. Successful completion of the exam is required to earn a certificate of completion. A practical exam is administered at the end of the course. Successful completion of the exam is required to earn a certificate of completion.

Certification exams

Certification requirements include the practical exam administered at the end of course.

The multiple-choice CBT exam is scheduled separately from the course and delivered via Pearson VUE. The initial CBT exam is included with the course registration. Any Exam retake will incur additional cost to the applicant.

Renewal requirements

An approved recertification application is required every 3 years. The work experience requirement for renewals for all certifications is one and half (1.5) years for the most recent three (3) year period. Additionally, some certifications have other requirements related to responsibility in charge.

As you prepare for renewal, please visit My Certification Portal to log and manage your work experience and Professional Development Hours (PDH's) needed. Your work experience and PDH's will be submitted as part of your renewal application but you can input PDH's at any time. See the certification renewal guide for PDH's requirements, our sample training PDH guide, and our PDH how-to videos.

Certification holders are required to pay a non-refundable processing fee for renewal.

NOTE: AMPP reserves the right to return any incomplete applications or those that do not meet the requirements. All application fees are non-refundable. To avoid processing delays or forfeiture of fees, please ensure that the application is complete, meets all the requirements and payment has been received.

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