CPC Source - Training  

by Joseph C. Dean, P.E. and Steve Geusic, P.E. for the Director, Corrosion Policy & Oversight (D, CPO) [OUSD (AT&L)]
Updated: 05-04-2017



Expanding the knowledge and understanding of corrosion prevention and control (CPC) to best utilize criteria, new technologies, and promote good corrosion engineering practice is an essential goal of the corrosion program overall. Because facilities and infrastructure (F&I) focuses on non-weapons systems CPC challenges, having facilities CPC specific focused training is essential to ensure that sustainment, restoration, and modernization (SRM) engineers, architects, and maintainers can easily identify and focus on facilities CPC needs.

This page reviews current training and education available to facilities personnel. Having just in time CPC knowledge on the desktop for facilities professionals is essential to the sustainment of DoD assets. Please monitor this page overtime. There are several training modules in development that will be posted here in the future.

Immediate CPC Subject Matter Expert (SME) assistance is available from the DoD Design and Construction Agents and Laboratories (ERDC-CERL, NAVFAC EXWC, and AFCEC). Each Service has a staff of CPC experts available to assist with the installation's immediate needs for corrosion expertise. They may also be able to guide the facilities professional to learning opportunities not reflected on this page.


Effective facilities CPC training should create both executive understanding, buy-in, and support, as well as satisfying the immediate training needs for government construction engineering and quality assurance staff, providing key guidance and understanding of CPC issues for SRM engineers, and ensuring that government maintainers have the necessary detailed knowledge to deliver sustainment actions that will assure the facility during its required life cycle.

The Facilities and Infrastructure Corrosion Evaluation (FICE) Study  found that facilities field professionals (e.g. engineers, architects, PW managers, tradesmen, etc.) would like to see short and to the point training packages available online. They would like to see these materials circulated to key Headquarters (HQ), field SRM Engineers, Facility Planners, Criteria Managers to explain and define CPC and its role in the facilities life cycle. This is an essential aspect of effective CPC training and education. Another recommendation was that in order to build better awareness, industry forums of Design-Build (DB) Contractors were recommended to familiarize them with CPC technologies, opportunities, and requirements. They felt that this would assist in emphasizing the need for inclusion of good CPC technologies in the constructed facility. Full training coverage of the broad reach of CPC as defined in 10 USC 2228 should include subject matter in the following general areas:

  • Coatings
  • Mold and mildew
  • Cathodic protection principles, installation and maintenance
  • Reinforcing steel, concrete
  • Ultraviolet degradation
  • Pavements
  • Metals (e.g. steel, alloys, non-ferrous)
  • Composites
  • Applicable Codes (e.g. ACI, ASHRAE, etc.)
  • Structural deterioration
  • Wood rot
  • Hexavalent Chromium (Cr6+) issues and mitigation
  • Designing in good CPC
  • Water treatment for HVAC systems
  • Leveraging the Criteria on the WBDG into design and construction
  • SRM, CPC and the Facilities Life Cycle


There are a wide array of online, seminar and classroom training opportunities for the facilities Community. The professional societies such as the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) provide an extensive list of facilities focused CPC training. Topics include Design and Renovation of Wood Structures, Corrosion in Steel Reinforcing Concrete Structures, Corrosion Prevention in Construction Fastening Systems, Advanced Moisture, Mold and Building Envelope Workshop, Humidity Control: Applications, Control Levels & Mold Avoidance, Humidity Control Principles & Applications, and Fundamentals of Water System Design (for mechanical systems). The National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE)and The Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) offer an extensive list of corrosion centric courses. These courses vary in length from an online, asynchronous, format to a classroom or seminar setting. The D, CPO may be able to provide tuition support for DoD employees for some training opportunities provided by NACE and SSPC.

The CORRDEFENSE.ORG website, sponsored by the D, CPO has the following general training opportunities on several topics including "Battling Equipment Corrosion" and "Corrosion Comprehension" that might be useful for the facilities Professional interested in learning more about CPC. Also included are podcasts on DODI 5000.67 and 10 USC 2228. CorrDefense.org, also has a large selection of courses on Corrosion topics including:

  • Cathodic Protection
  • Industrial Coatings
  • Specifications and Requirements
  • Corrosion Comprehension
  • Corrosion Continuous Learning

For an expanded list of training resources see the Additional Training and Professional Development Resources section below on this web page page and the D, CPO Recommended Facilities Corrosion Training Summary Table.

Training Vignettes

The Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Corrosion Policy and Oversight is partnering with the National Institute of Building Sciences in providing short training vignettes on corrosion prevention, mitigation, policy, criteria, and best practices. The training is intended for all building and infrastructure professionals, from both government and private entities, involved in the planning, design, construction, quality control, sustainment, and maintenance of DoD facilities. Most of the training vignettes can be completed in 20 minutes or less.

The first in the series of training is a Corrosion Overview. More training vignettes will follow with topics such as Corrosion Prevention and Control for:

  • Project Development - New Construction & Renovation
  • Construction- Submittals, Quality Assurance and Quality Control, and Commissioning
  • Sustainment, Repair, and Maintenance of Existing Facilities
  • Technical topics such as Coatings, Cathodic Protection, Mold, Material Degradation, and Specific Building Systems (Roofing, HVAC, etc.)

Vignette 1. Corrosion Overview

The Corrosion Overview vignette is intended to identify corrosion impacts to facilities & infrastructure and why they are important to the Department of Defense. It will cover the "expanded" definition of corrosion, and the current laws, policies, and guidance that govern prevention and control. The training will also identify the environmental factors which induce corrosion and identify the general control and mitigation strategies to employ over the facility life cycle. (15 minutes)

Opening screen of Corrosion Vignette 1

Vignette 2. Facility and Infrastructure Corrosion Prevention and Control - Planning, Project Development, and Design

This vignette is intended to identify corrosion prevention and control (CPC) requirements and opportunities during project development for Department of Defense (DoD) facilities & infrastructure, specifically for the Planning & Programming Phases, the RFP Development Phase, and the Design Phase. The vignette will also cover corrosive environmental elements and identify corrosion prevention and control criteria, design strategies, and resources available to planners, project managers, and designers to utilize on DoD facility and infrastructure projects. (20 minutes)

Opening screen of Corrosion Vignette 2

Vignette 3. Introduction to Paints and Coatings for the Facilities and Infrastructure Professional

Paints and coatings are a key design and maintenance strategy for the protection and mitigation of corrosion for facility components and infrastructure. This vignette is an introductory level covering the fundamentals of paint classification, types of coatings, surface preparation, application, inspection, and defects and failures. The training will also identify related SSPC standards, Unified Facility Guide Specifications, and tools for paints and coatings selection. (20 minutes)

Opening screen of Corrosion Vignette 3

Vignette 4. Facility and Infrastructure Corrosion Prevention and Control – Sustainment (Repair and Maintenance)

This vignette is intended to identify corrosion prevention and control (CPC) impacts and opportunities during facility sustainment for the Department of Defense (DoD). The vignette is targeted for facility managers and sustainment professionals responsible for maintenance and repair. The training will help identify corrosion types and causes for key building systems and infrastructure. Additional information will be presented for CPC associated with preventive maintenance, environmental factors, cathodic protection, paints and coatings, and mold. (30 minutes)

Opening screen of Corrosion Vignette 4

Vignette 5. Facility and Infrastructure Corrosion Prevention and Control – Construction and Quality Control

This vignette is intended to identify corrosion prevention and control (CPC) impacts and opportunities during facility construction for the Department of Defense (DoD). The vignette is targeted for construction contractors, quality control and assurance specialists, construction managers, designers, and other professionals responsible for quality assurance during facility construction. (20 minutes).

Opening screen of Corrosion Vignette 5

Relevant Codes, Standards, and Guidelines

Additional Resources

It is recommended that Facilities Professionals check out the available training resources at the following websites:

Federal Facility Criteria: