Cathodic Protection Virtual Training Simulator

Cathodic Protection

Cathodic Protection Virtual Training Simulator

This 12-station virtual training simulator allows students to refresh their CP skills, keep up with current practical techniques, and prepare for their CP classes and exams by working through step-by-step, real life testing scenarios.

Who should attend

Anyone looking for a computer simulation to practice their cathodic protection field (practical) skills.

  • CP field personnel
  • Technicians

Learning objectives

Station 1: Measuring Structure-to-Electrolyte Potential
Identify each of the test wires (structures) by obtaining structure-to-electrolyte potential measurements using a multi-meter and reference electrode.

Station 2: Casing and Carrier Pipe-to-Electrolyte Potential
Identify each of the test wires (structures) by obtaining structure-to-electrolyte potential measurements using a multi-meter and reference electrode.

Station 3: Soil Resistivity Measurements
Use the equipment provided, obtain soil resistivity measurements using the Wenner 4-pin method, the Soil Box method, and the Collins Rod.

Station 4: Metallic Submersion Board
Use metals identif ied as the reference, measure and record the structure-to-reference potential and build a practical galvanic series.

Station 5: Electrical Isolation Testing
Determine the location of the isolating flange short(s) and determine the effectiveness of underground isolating unions.

Station 6: Current Shunt Measurements
Use shunts to measure a millivolt (mV ) drop across the shunt pins and calculate the current by utilizing ratio, Ohm’s Law or shunt factor.

Station 7: Electrical Circuits
Measure the resistance of resistors, connect resistors in parallel with the voltage source, and measure the course voltage.

Station 8: Current Interrupter
Determine if your structure is adequately cathodically protected by using a current interrupter to obtain "on" and "interrupted" structure to soil potential measurements.

Station 9: Rectifier Measurements
Record information from the rectifier data provided and perform a diode check.

Station 10: Polarity Board
Measure and record the potential differences between each pair of banana jacks and use the data gathered to order the banana jacks from the most negative to the least negative polarity.

Station 11: UST Test Station
Estimate which of the structures provided may be electrically continuous or shorted, by taking potentials to a single cell position (fixed cell) and measure the structure-to-electrolyte potential of each structure provided.

Station 12: Calculation Station
Convert potential measurements and apply electrical theory.



No prior training required.


Cathodic Protection 1 – Tester

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. All certification and renewal applicants will be required to complete the NACE International ethics training program OR an equivalent training and provide proof of completion as part of the certification application or renewal process.

Online subscription

All NACE online courses are subscription-based for a period of one year from the date of registration and are non-refundable. Students have access to the course and any corresponding materials for one year and must complete all course work within that one year time frame before the subscription expires.

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