Online education program helps bridge gap between advancing skills and workforce needs

May 2, 2019

NACE International, the Worldwide Corrosion Authority, is expanding its educational offerings with a series of online training courses to address the growing need for flexible education options.

The courses range from introductory—Basic Corrosion Online and Corrosion Prevention & Control (CPC) Management—to specialized industry topics, such as Coating Inspector Program (CIP) Bridge eCourse, Power Industry Corrosion Concepts and Corrosion in the Water & Wastewater Industry, that allow corrosion professionals to continue their education in a self-study format.

All NACE online courses are subscription-based for a period of one year, giving students ample time to access the course materials and complete the coursework. The online courses allow students to earn Professional Development Hours (PDH) and prepare for certain NACE International Institute certification exams.

Most recently, NACE debuted the complete Industrial Coating Application eCourse. This interactive tool is a comprehensive training program which sets the criteria for a qualified workforce that is capable of meeting the contractors' and facility owners' need for consistent, quality work completed accurately and safely. The five-module e-course is a must-take course for all levels of professional and targets areas such as best practices in safety, process control, surface preparation, coatings application, inspection, and mathematics and features engaging slides, interactive graphics, short quizzes, and numerous downloadable resources that can be used on the job, as onboarding for new hires, or in preparation for other education courses and certifications.

"It is the job of industry management to ensure the latest corrosion control standards, technologies and best practices are being followed," says Sandy Williams, NACE President. "Employees who maintain their credentials and continue to pursue professional education are up-to-speed on the profession. They benefit by being the first considered for promotions and career advancement opportunities."

For their part, NACE students are pleased with the convenient format of the e-course offerings. Over 1,500 students have completed a NACE International e-course; more than two thousand individual modules have been downloaded. Two of the courses were designed to allow students to select individual modules that pertain to their career or professional interests.

In the years to come, NACE International will continue to add to their e-course selection in response to the growing industrywide demand for more flexible education options.