By Joseph C. Dean, P.E. and Steve Geusic, P.E. for the Director, Corrosion Policy & Oversight (DASD) [Materiel Readiness]
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, 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.
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 prevention and control strategies will be covered across a variety of current and planned facilities topics.
DoD Training Courses
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)
- Waterfront and Coastal Structures (1 PDH)
Future courses planned include:
- Paints and Coatings
- CPC Facilities Lifecycle (Design/Construction/Sustainment)
- Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems/Building Envelope
- Fuel Utilities and Storage Tanks
In addition to the Continuing Education Training Courses listed above, the following three short vignettes are provided for additional CPC knowledge. These three vignettes will be updated and replaced in the near future with more detailed continuing education courses.
Vignette — Facility and Infrastructure Corrosion Prevention and Control – Planning, Project Development, and Design
This vignette addresses CPC requirements and opportunities during project development for DoD facilities, specifically for the Planning & Programming, Request for Proposal (RFP) Development, and, the Design Phases. It also includes corrosive environmental elements and identifies 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)
Vignette — Facility and Infrastructure Corrosion Prevention and Control – Sustainment (Repair and Maintenance)
This vignette addresses CPC impacts and opportunities during facility sustainment for the DoD. It is targeted at facility managers and sustainment professionals responsible for maintenance and repair. The training helps with the identification of corrosion types and causes for key building systems and infrastructure. Additional information is presented on CPC associated with preventive maintenance, environmental factors, cathodic protection, paints and coatings, and mold. (30 minutes)
A wide array of online, seminar and classroom 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 and partner with DoD organizations for special tuition funding.
For an expanded list of training resources see D, CPO Recommended Facilities Corrosion Training Summary Table and explanation. 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). Contacts and tuition information (DoD government employees only) are also provided.
- 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