by Joseph C. Dean, P.E. and Steve Geusic, P.E. for the Director, Corrosion Policy & Oversight (DCPO), (DASD) [Materiel Readiness]
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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 lifecycle, 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 U.S.C. § 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 and will ensure improved CPC related life cycle performance.
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)
- Coating Fundamentals (1 PDH)
- Corrosion Prevention and Control of Utilities and Buried Structures (1 PDH)
- Corrosion Prevention of Waterfront and Coastal Structures (1 PDH)
Additional CPC Coatings courses under development and planned for release Summer/Fall 2023:
- Coating Selection, Types, Performance, and the Environment (1 PDH)
- Surface Preparation, Application of Coatings, and Coating Degradation and Failures (1 PDH)
Courses planned include (check this link for the latest course listing):
- CPC Facilities Lifecycle (1 PDH)—Under Development (Summer 2023)
- CPC of Buildings and Building Systems (1 PDH)—Under Development (Fall 2023) Includes:
- Building Envelope
- Building Electrical and Mechanical Systems Humid Spaces and Mold and Mildew
Additional CPC Training Resources
For an expanded list of training resources see the Facilities Corrosion Knowledge Track Summary . This Proficiency 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). Note that these courses maybe required from to achieve certifications/qualifications identified in the UFC and UFGS criteria. However, proficiency development is not limited to courses provided by AMPP.org nor are these courses "required." The Table provides insights into how a facility professional, or one who supports facilities processes, might develop a better understanding of CPC.
Facilities Professionals can 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
- Defense Acquisition University
- DoD Training Courses (WBDG) (Log in required)
- International Facility Management Association – IFMA Professional Development
- AMPP (NACE and SSPC)
- USACE Learning Center