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Cathodic Protection Technician (CP2) Certification

The Cathodic Protection Technician certification indicates intermediate-level knowledge of corrosion theory and CP concepts, types of CP systems, and advanced field measurement techniques.


This certification is designed for individuals with a heavy engineering/scientific background and some working knowledge of cathodic protection, or who have extensive years of field experience with some technical background.

Who should go ahead and apply?

This program is intended for personnel involved in testing the effectiveness of CP systems, troubleshooting and/or recording this data, including:

  • CP field personnel

  • CP Testers or

  • Personnel supervising CP Testers

CP2 Cathodic Protection Technician course

The Cathodic Protection Technician course provides intermediate-level training in both theoretical knowledge and practical techniques for testing and evaluating data to determine the effectiveness of both galvanic and impressed current CP systems and to gather design data. Classroom instruction is comprised of lectures and hands-on training, including using equipment and instruments for CP testing.

Course learning objectives

  • Test and troubleshoot rectifier component parts

  • Perform simulated CP related field tests (including interrupted structure-to-electrolyte potentials, current requirement, continuity, shorted road/railroad casing and, layer soil resistivity tests) and evaluate the results

  • Perform tests to verify the presence of stray current interference (primarily related to underground pipelines) and recommend method(s) to mitigate the interference

  • Conduct and interpret different current measurements

  • Interpret voltage (IR) free readings, polarization formation and decay tests

  • Maintain records, including data plotting and analysis

  • Summarize induced AC voltage on pipelines and the methods of mitigation

  • Purpose and uses of corrosion coupon test stations

  • Depending on the jurisdiction review code CP criteria requirements related to CP

Course completion

A practical exam is administered at the end of the course. Successful completion of the exam is required to earn a certificate of completion. A practical exam is administered at the end of the course. Successful completion of the exam is required to earn a certificate of completion.

Course prerequisites

A knowledge of the following is required for understanding the material in this course:

  • Algebra and geometry

  • Electrochemistry: theory including electrochemical and galvanic series;

  • Corrosion theory including polarization under different conditions;

  • Electricity: basic electrical laws, series and parallel circuits;

  • Cathodic protection: fundamentals, criteria, sacrificial and impressed current equipment including troubleshooting;

  • Stray current interference, primarily related to underground pipelines.

  • Testing: including voltmeters, ammeters, shunts (and calculations), ohmmeters, reference electrodes (and conversions), isolation and soil resistivity.

You must complete a pre-assessment questionnaire to assess your knowledge and experience with cathodic protection before enrolling in the CP2 Technician course.



Contact Alexandre Racine
CFRIQC training director


Refer to AMPP regulations.



Training and course materials are available in English. ​



4 694.66$ CAD (taxes incluses) 

*Prices are subject to change without notice

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