Corrosion Foundations Micro-Credential

Corrosion Foundations Micro-Credential
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Corrosion Foundations Micro-Credential

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. This includes technicians, salespersons, inspectors, managers, engineers, and others.

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.

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How to achieve the micro-credential

  1. Enroll and complete course requirements

    Successful completion of Basic Corrosion course or the Basic Corrosion eCourse or the Basic Corrosion Course–Virtual

  2. Take required exams

    Certification Exam – Corrosion Foundations Exam

  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.

Course prerequisites

No prior training or experience is required.

A basic understanding of science and chemistry is recommended.

Exam preparation guides

Exam Preparation Guide

Certification resources

Remote Online Exam Proctoring and Examity Resources

Ethics for the corrosion professional

My certification portal

Who should pursue and apply?

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

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.

End of course exam

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

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 time frame before the subscription expires.

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