Refining Corrosion Technologist

Refining Corrosion Technologist
5 Day Course

Refining Corrosion Technologist

The Refining Corrosion Technologist certification is targeted at individuals who are responsible for identifying, locating, and controlling corrosion in refinery environments. Those applying for this certification should possess an understanding of refinery process unit-specific corrosion mechanisms.

From the proximity of assets to saltwater, to the production and storage of hazardous chemicals, refineries pose unique challenges that require specialized training to combat corrosion. The coursework covers the effects of corrosion on the production environment and addresses methods to implement corrosion control throughout the full lifecycle, from material selection and design to maintenance.

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Who should apply  |  Course learning objectives

*Please note that the SSPC PCI Level 1 course is being merged with the CIP Level 1 course to create a combined course that reflects the best of both programs.

How to achieve certification

  1. Meet work experience and education requirements

    Bachelor's Degree in Physical Sciences or Engineering plus 2 years verifiable Corrosion work experience in the refining industry


    4 years verifiable Corrosion work experience in the refining industry

  2. Enroll and complete course requirements

    Successful completion of Corrosion Control in the Refining Industry Course.

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

  3. Take required exams

    Certification Exam – Certification Exam-Refining Corrosion Technologist Exam (NACE-RCT-001)

    Note: This exam is available on Computer Based Testing (CBT) at Pearson Virtual University Experience (VUE)

  4. Complete application requirement

    Approved Refining Corrosion Technologist 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

There are no required prerequisites for this course.

1-2 years of work experience and Basic Corrosion or Basic Corrosion eCourse

Exam preparation guides

Exam Preparation Guide

Certification resources

About computer-based testing (CBT)

Ethics for the corrosion professional

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Who should pursue and apply?

The following certification is targeted at individuals who are responsible for identifying, locating and controlling corrosion in refinery environments. This includes:

  • Design engineers
  • Process engineers
  • Procurement agents
  • Maintenance planners
  • Service company representatives who support refineries
  • Corrosion and equipment engineers
  • Metallurgists
  • Inspectors and inspection supervisors

Course learning objectives

  • Identify the various forms of corrosion and the specific mechanisms that result in each form
  • Define electrochemical processes and concepts
  • Recognize the different types of corrosive environments that affect corrosion
  • Give examples as to how and when to use control corrosion methods of design, materials selection, modification of environment, protective coatings, and cathodic and anodic protection
  • Give examples of control corrosion by selection of design and engineering materials, modification of environment, cathodic and anodic protection, and protective coatings
  • Discuss corrosion monitoring techniques using testing, inspection, specimen exposure, electrochemical methods, water chemistry, and analysis of deposits

Course completion and end of course exam

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 exams

Certification requirements include an exam delivered via computer-based testing (CBT).

The multiple-choice CBT exam is purchased and scheduled separately from the course and delivered via Pearson VUE. 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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