CP 3 - Cathodic Protection Technologist Virtual

Cathodic Protection 3 Virtual

Cathodic Protection 3 - Technologist (CP3) Virtual

Get the same in-person CP3-Cathodic Protection Technologist course – only Virtually! The CP3 course builds on the technology presented in the CP2 course with a strong focus on interpretation of CP data, trouble shooting, and migration of problems that arise in both galvanic and impressed current systems, including design calculations for these systems.

Virtual training is comprised of lectures and demonstrations on the equipment and instruments for CP testing by a live NACE certified instructor.

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Who should attend

Individuals with extensive CP field experience and a strong technical background in cathodic protection.

Learning objectives

  • Define activation, concentration, and resistance polarization, and the mathematical expressions of these concepts
  • Recall the factors that affect polarization (area, temperature, relative movement, ion concentration, oxygen concentration)
  • Apply the NACE criteria for CP and make necessary adjustments
  • Identify errors in data collection/CP measurements including contact resistance errors, voltage drop errors, and reference electrode errors where the technologist is employed
  • Determine ideal current distribution for a CP system taking into account the factors affecting current distribution
  • Learn advanced cathodic protection testing using correct measurement techniques to monitor CP system performance, accurately interpret the data collected to ensure optimum CP system performance and determine the correction action to the system if necessary
  • Observe and document interference tests to determine if interference exists, and identify the source of the interference and implement a method of control to mitigate the effects of stray current
  • Design and install simplistic forms of galvanic and impressed current cathodic protection facilities and perform the necessary mathematical calculations



A strong algebra background, with thorough understanding of unit conversions and scientific notation, is required as a minimum mathematics prerequisite.


Course Completion

Successful completion of the course is required to earn a certificate of course completion. Requirements are specific to each course and may include a combination of attendance, daily assessments, activities, quizzes, or knowledge checks.

Certification requirements

For exam and translation availability, visit the NACE Institute site for individual exam and certification requirements. Requirements are specific to each certification and may include a combination of exams, application, course completion, work experience and proof of educational achievements. All certification and renewal applicants will be required to complete the AMPP ethics training program OR an equivalent training and provide proof of completion as part of the certification application or renewal process. *Please Note: Exams for the Cathodic Protection Technologist (English and Spanish) and Cathodic Protection Specialist (English only) Programs will be available at select Pearson VUE testing centers globally during two specified times per year. Please visit the CP3 and CP4 certification pages for more details.

5 Day Course
English and Spanish

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