Basic Corrosion Course and Corrosion Foundations Micro-Credential

Basic Corrosion Course and Corrosion Foundations Micro-Credential 

This course covers a basic but thorough review of causes of corrosion and the methods by which corrosion is identified, monitored, and controlled. Active participation is encouraged through hands-on experiments, case studies, and open discussion format.

The Corrosion Foundations micro-credential is geared toward candidates who recognize corrosion and understand its devastating potential. Candidates should also understand the importance of monitoring and/or corrosion control, especially as it relates to his or her area of responsibility.

Who should attend

Anyone who needs the ability to recognize corrosion and understand its devastating potential, and how to monitor and/or control corrosion, especially as it relates to his or her area of responsibility. This includes:

  • Technicians
  • Salespersons
  • Inspectors
  • Managers
  • Engineers

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Basic Corrosion Course

Learning objectives

  • Define corrosion and recognize the economic, environmental and safety impact of corrosion
  • Recognize terms and definitions of basic electrochemistry, as well as define the processes and concepts of electrochemistry, oxidation and reduction reactions, thermodynamics, kinetics, and passivity
  • Identify the characteristics of commonly-encountered corrosive environments such as atmospheric, water and other electrolytes, soil and high temperature environments
  • Distinguish between engineering materials such as metals, non-metals, composites, concrete and ceramics and their relationship to corrosion control
  • Discuss the various forms of corrosion, how to recognize each form, materials subject to each form, environments that promote each form and how to control each form
  • Explain how corrosion can be controlled during the design process through construction, as well as process parameters, drainage, dissimilar metals, crevices, and corrosion allowance
  • Give examples as to how and when to use the control corrosion methods of design, material selection, modification of environment, protective coatings, and cathodic and anodic protection
  • Differentiate between inspection and monitoring and identify the common testing techniques for each

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. 

4 or 5 Day Course options
English and Spanish
3.0 Continuing Education Units (CEU)
18 Professional Development Hours (PDH)



No prior training or experience is required.


A basic understanding of science and chemistry is recommended.

Getting the micro-credential

The initial exam fee for the Corrosion Foundations Micro-Credential Exam is included with the course registration fee. The exam is administered through Examity, a remote online proctoring service.

Once you have successfully completed the course, the exam authorization process will begin automatically. Exam authorization takes 5-7 business days and when complete, you will receive an email from with login and scheduling instructions for the online portal. Once you set up your profile in the online portal, you can then schedule the exam at your convenience with Examity.

How can I best prepare?

  1. Enroll and complete course requirements

    Successful completion of Basic Corrosion Course

  2. Schedule your exam

    Setup your exam through Examity and use our exam preparation guide to help you study.

    Note: Exam retakes can be purchased in our store if desired

  3. Consent to conduct agreement

    Complete the Professional Code of Conduct (in My Certification Portal)

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.