By Joseph C. Dean, P.E. and Steve Geusic, P.E. for the Director, Corrosion Policy & Oversight (DASD) [Materiel Readiness]
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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 Department of Defense (DoD) corrosion program overall. Having facilities CPC focused training is essential to ensure that planning, design engineers and architects, construction, and sustainment professionals can easily identify and focus on CPC requirements. The Facilities and Infrastructure Corrosion Evaluation (FICE) Study found that facilities field professionals (e.g. engineers, architects, public works managers, tradesmen, etc.) would like to see short, and, to the point training packages available online. This Training page provides current training and educational opportunities available to facilities personnel in both the government and private sectors. Please monitor this page over time for additional learning opportunities.
WBDG – Continuing Education Training Courses
The Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Corrosion Policy and Oversight (D, CPO) is partnering with the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) in providing CPC training focused on the needs of government and private sector professionals involved with the planning, design, construction, and sustainment of DoD facilities. Although the training is geared towards the DoD facilities life–cycle, the content is applicable to non–DoD facilities and relevant to the building and infrastructure community.
The expanded definition of CPC as defined in 10 USC 2228 includes chemical deterioration of any material including corrosion of metals (rust), ultraviolet degradation, rotting of wood, degradation of concrete (carbonation, alkali–silica reaction phenomena, degradation of composite materials, destruction of organics from mold and mildew, and material degradation due to erosion, stress induced cracking, embrittlement. These corrosion mechanisms and the required prevention and control strategies are being addressed in the courses referenced and linked on this page.
The following training modules are available in the continuing education section of the WBDG at this link under "DoD Courses."
- Corrosion Fundamentals (1 PDH)
- Cathodic Protection Basics (1 PDH)
- Corrosion Prevention and Control of Utilities and Buried Structures (1 PDH)
- Corrosion Prevention of Waterfront and Coastal Structures (1 PDH)
CPC Coatings (3 Module Suite):
- Coating Fundamentals (1 PDH)
- Coating Selection, Types, Performance, and the Environment (1 PDH)
- Coating Application, Quality Control, and Safety (1 PDH)
Courses planned include (check this link for the latest course listing):
- CPC Facilities Lifecycle (1 PDH)
- CPC of Buildings and Building Systems (1 PDH)
- Fuel Utilities and Storage Tanks (1 PDH)
Additional CPC Training Resources
A wide array of online, seminar and classroom CPC training opportunities for the facilities community are offered by the professional societies. In addition, The National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) and The Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) offer an extensive list of corrosion centric courses.
For an expanded list of training resources see the D, CPO Recommended Facilities Corrosion Training Summary Table . This Training Summary Table and the accompanying explanation identifies and organizes courses into "Tracks" (Basic, Subject Matter Expert, Inspector, Construction Surveillance, designer, Sustainment, Field Professional, and Acquisition) and "Levels" (Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced).
It is recommended that Facilities Professionals also investigate available training resources at the following websites:
- American Institute of Architects – AIA Continuing Education
- Air Conditioning Contractors of America Learning Center
- American Public Works Association (APWA)
- American Society of Civil Engineers – ASCE Continuing Education
- American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air–Conditioning Engineers – ASHRAE Education and Certification
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers – ASME
- D, CPO Recommended Facilities Corrosion Training Summary
- Defense Acquisition University
- DoD Training Courses (WBDG) (Log in required)
- International Facility Management Association – IFMA Professional Development
- NACE International Certification Program
- USACE Learning Center