Internal Corrosion Technologist Certification

Internal Corrosion – Level 1
How to get this certification
  1. Enroll and complete Internal Corrosion Level 1 Course
  2. Take required exams
  3. Consent to agreement

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Internal Corrosion Technologist Certification

Internal Corrosion Level 1 Course

Completing the Internal Corrosion (IC) Level 1 course is the first step to earning the Internal Corrosion Technologist certification for liquid and natural gas pipelines used for transmission, storage and distribution.

The IC Level 1 course (formerly Internal Corrosion Basic) focuses on the fundamentals of implementing, monitoring and maintaining an internal corrosion control program as part of an overall pipeline integrity management program

After successfully obtaining your Internal Corrosion Technologist certification you will be able to determine the corrosion rate and mechanism, perform the field tests required to inspect for internal corrosion, determine if corrective action is required and select the proper mitigation method to ensure the effectiveness of the monitoring program.

Who should pursue and apply?

This program benefits anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of internal corrosion on pipelines, including engineers, managers and field personnel responsible for:

  • Field Investigation
  • Internal Corrosion Mitigation
  • Internal Corrosion Integrity Management
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Internal Corrosion Level 1 Course

Classroom instruction consists of lecture, group exercises and case studies. Students will also participate in over 30 hands-on lab exercises throughout the week that focus on field tests that sample/monitor for corrosion, measure wall thickness and determine pit depth.

Learning objectives

  • Describe the types of corrosion and the key environmental variables that effect the rate of corrosion
    • Determine the presence of corrosion through monitoring devices such as coupons and electronic probes and field and laboratory tests, including analysis of gas, liquid and sludge/solid samples
  • Examine exposed surfaces and be able to determine the root cause of corrosion
  • Prescribe the proper mitigation method to manage internal corrosion based on the corrosive environment including:
    • Chemical treatment by biocides and corrosion inhibitors
    • Facilities maintenance including use of pigs, clearing drips, and clearing valves
    • Internal coatings
    • Cathodic protection for internal protection of tanks
    • Facility design considerations
  • Summarize the methods used to assess the integrity of pipelines including direct assessment, in-line inspection, and hydrostatic (pressure) testing
  • Analyze internal corrosion conditions by performing a threat and risk assessment to control future corrosion problems and prioritize inspection, mitigation, and remediation efforts

Course completion

To receive a training Certificate of Completion and continuing education units (CEUs) students must attend the entire course and successfully pass each learning assessment, including the hands-on practical exam given on the last day of class.

Take the Course
Internal Corrosion – Level 1 Course books
5 Day Course*
English, Spanish*
3.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

*Please note that the length of the course as well as the language it is offered may vary based on geographic location.


There are no required prerequisites for this course.

Related courses

Internal Corrosion Advanced
In-Line Inspection
Direct Assessment
Pipeline Corrosion Integrity Management

How to achieve the Internal Corrosion Technologist Certification

  1. Meet work experience and education requirements

    4 years of verifiable internal corrosion-related work experience in a pipeline environment


    Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or Metallurgical Engineering


    2 years of verifiable internal corrosion-related work experience in a pipeline environment

  2. Enroll and complete course requirements

    Internal Corrosion for Pipelines – Basic Course

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

  3. Take required exams

    Certification Exam – Internal Corrosion Technologist Theory Exam

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

    Certification Exam – Internal Corrosion Technologist Practical Exam

  4. Complete application requirement

    Approved Internal 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.

Certification exams

Certification requirements include the practical exam administered at the end of course, along with an exam delivered via computer-based testing (CBT).

The multiple-choice CBT exam is scheduled separately from the course and delivered via Pearson VUE. The initial CBT exam is included with the course registration. 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.