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Certification Scheme

The Certification scheme has been designed for Australasian Corrosion Association (ACA) members as a means of showing their employer and peers their expertise in corrosion. It is becoming increasingly recognised throughout the corrosion industry, and has now been running for well over ten years, with over 200 successful applicants (about one in five members). This scheme is one of many initiatives your Association has taken in recent years to improve its professional image and provide additional services to its members.

Working toward professional development in corrosion

The Australasian Corrosion Association (ACA) has a voluntary certification program for its members that has been designed to improve the professionalism and skills of those working in all areas of corrosion and its control. The following outlines the program.

What are the purposes of the certification program?

The certification program is made available mainly as a service to members who desire or require certification of their knowledge and experience in the corrosion field.
Its other purposes are to:

  • Encourage the growth of knowledge and experience in the corrosion field.
  • Provide a guide to the general public, government agencies, industry and individuals desiring to evaluate the competence of persons engaged in corrosion control work.

How will the program affect my membership of the ACA?

The program will not affect your membership of the ACA. Members will partake in the certification program only if they wish. Whether or not someone is certificated and the category of certification will have no bearing on any of the membership privileges including the right to vote, hold any office or participate in any association activity.

What will I get from certification?

Successful applicants will receive an ACA certificate recognising your corrosion expertise. Certification will allow you to call yourself either an ACA Certificated Corrosion Technician or an ACA Certificated Corrosion Technologist. You can use this title on business cards, letterheads, job applications, or wherever relevant. Certification will be a valuable asset for you, your professional image and your business.

Does the program give me letters after my name?

Letters after your name can only be given by chartered organisations. The ACA is not a chartered organisation. Those requiring such professional certification are encouraged to apply for membership of the UK Institute of Corrosion which provides internationally recognised professional grades for corrosion scientists or engineers. Or you could apply for membership to an organisation such as the Institution of Engineers Australia or the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. Membership of such organisations will require a relevant degree and work experience.

What are the requirements for certification?

The applicant for both categories must:

  • Be a financial ACA member or ACA corporate member’s representative in current good standing
  • Submit a signed ACA Affirmation
  • Submit satisfactory evidence that he/she has successfully passed the exam for a recognised basic course in corrosion or one of a higher level. Such a course will be at least 36 hours, be examined and cover corrosion theory, forms of corrosion and control methods.

Acceptable courses include

  • ACA Certificate in Corrosion Technology
  • ACA Short Course in Corrosion Technology (Part I)
  • ACA Basic Course in Corrosion Technology (QUT, Qld)
  • Corrosion Technology 1 (Rockingham TAFE, WA)Corrosion Prevention 1 (Regency Park TAFE, SA)
  • UMIST M.Sc in Corrosion Science and other local or overseas courses of similar nature.

Note that completion of such a course does not contribute to the points requirement (apart from UMIST M.Sc.).

Additional requirements for the Corrosion Technician

In addition to the general requirements, for recognition as a Corrosion Technician:

  • The candidate must have four years work experience in corrosion or a corrosion-related position.
  • The candidate must have earned 6 points by achieving passes in any of the courses and other work listed in the Table.

Additional requirements for the Corrosion Technologist

In addition to the general requirements, for recognition as a Corrosion Technologist:

  • The candidate must have ten years work experience in corrosion or a corrosion-related position, including five years in responsible charge.
  • The candidate must have earned 10 points by achieving passes in any of the courses and other work listed in the Table.
  • A certificated Corrosion Technician will only need extra points and work experience requirements equal to the difference between the two grades. This means four more points from courses, etc listed in the Table and six more years work experience, with five years in responsible charge. However, the candidate will be required to submit a new application and requisite fee.

Points obtainable through:

  • Course, etc Points
  • Master’s.or Ph.D in Corrosion Science 10
  • Corrosion Technology Part II (ACA) 5
  • Corrosion Prevention II (TAFE) 5
  • Project for above two courses (additional) 5
  • Literature survey (one only) 5
  • ACA Advanced Corrosion 5
  • ACA CP Advanced  4
  • ACA CP Monitoring 3
  • NACE CP 1 Tester & NACE CP 2 Technician 4
  • NACE CP 3 Technologist & NACE CP 4 Specialist 5
  • SSPC Concrete Coatings Inspection Program level 1 & 2 5
  • Hot Dip Galvanizing Inspector Program 2
  • ACA, NACE or HERA Coating Inspection 5
  • ACA Pipeline Coating Inspection 4
  • ACA Coating Selection & Specification 3
  • ACA Corrosion & Protection of Reinforced Concrete 2
  • ACA Maintenance Management 3
  • ACA In-service Pressure Equipment Inspection 5
  • Technical degree, diploma or advanced certificate 5
  • Each year of successful completion of technical degree, diploma or advanced certificate 1
  • SCAA Surface Coatings Technology 5
  • Industrial Painting (TAFE) 5
  • Paint Technology (TAFE) 5

Each year of corrosion related work over and above that required in the work experience clause and as defined over. 1
Other examined courses in corrosion-related subjects offered by the ACA or other organisations will be assessed by the Review panel and given points.

What is experience in corrosion work?

Experience in corrosion work is defined as: Appropriate practical experience in corrosion mechanisms, causes, control or monitoring.
(This definition includes investigation of corrosion causes or mechanisms or the investigation, design or implementation of corrosion control procedures, or any combination of these. It must be technical in nature (not in sales, for example) and in the corrosion field (metallurgy, welding inspection, NDT, etc are not acceptable, except where directly related to corrosion).
Experience in corrosion work in responsible charge is defined as: Work experience in any of the areas defined above at a level of responsibility requiring technical ability, initiative and independent judgement. The applicant must be in technical control and have technical responsibility. The work need not be administrative or supervisory.
(Design, specification, trouble-shooting, failure analysis etc are considered as responsible work as distinct from, say, routine testing or application of corrosion control processes, such as painting, installing anodes or adding chemicals to a cooling water system).

What is the application procedure?

Applications must be submitted to the ACA Executive Officer on the appropriate form together with the necessary documentation, a signed Affirmation Form and the designated fee. The application fee is currently $198. The documentation will be checked and sent to a Review Board composed of six ACA members who are recognised as corrosion specialists. A majority of the Board in favour of your application will result in acceptance. There is no annual fee for certification, but you must continue as an ACA member.

What is required in signing the Affirmation

By signing the Affirmation, you agree to:

  • Give first consideration in corrosion control work to safety and public welfare.
  • Apply yourself with diligence and responsibility to the corrosion control work that lies within your area of competence.
  • Pursue work with fairness, honesty, integrity and courtesy ever mindful of the best interests of the public, employer and of fellow workers in the corrosion field.
  • Never represent yourself to be proficient or to make recommendations in areas of corrosion control work in which you are not qualified by knowledge and experience.
  • Avoid and discourage sensational, exaggerated or unwarranted statements regarding your work in oral presentations, written texts or advertising media.
  • Treat as confidential your knowledge of the business affairs or technical processes of clients, employer or customers when their interests so require.
  • Inform clients or employers of any business affiliations, interests, or connections which might influence your judgement.
  • Uphold, foster and contribute to the published objectives of the Australasian Corrosion Association and to maintain membership for as long as you wish to maintain this certification.
  • Failure to comply with these requirements may result in certification by the ACA being revoked.

How are complaints against certificated persons dealt with?

To maintain the stature and integrity of the program, a Disciplinary Board chaired by the ACA President will review all complaints from any source concerning the lack of adherence by any ACA certificated person to the ethics covered by the ACA Certification Affirmation. The complaint will be reviewed and, if the Board finds the complaint is justified, they may recommend that certification be suspended or withdrawn, or ACA membership be revoked.

How do I apply for certification?

Check the requirements of the grade you wish to apply for from the information on this page, and complete a Certification Application Form.
For further information, contact:
Certification Program
Australasian Corrosion Association
PO Box 112
Kerrimuir Victoria 3129 Australia
Ph +61 3 9890 4833
Fax +61 3 9890 7866
Email: aca@corrosion.com.au

Complaints Procedure

Complaints about any ACA course, or any ACA Technologist, Technician or Course Certificate Holder shall be made in writing to the Australasian President and the Executive Officer.
Upon receipt of a complaint, the ACA Disciplinary Board shall conduct a preliminary investigation of the complaint to determine whether or not it constitutes or could constitute a violation of the Membership Code of Ethics, Certification Affirmation or Rules governing ACA conduct.
If the unanimous decision is that the complaint is unfounded or inapplicable, the Disciplinary Board will so advise the complainant and the matter will be considered closed.
If it is the opinion of one or more of the Board members that the complaint may be justified, the complaint will be investigated further. The person complained against will be notified in writing of the nature and details of the complaint except for the name of the complainant, and asked to present an explanation or rebuttal. At this stage, the Board may also make other inquiries or carry out such other investigations as it deems necessary.

The Board may then decide that the complaint is unjustified and, if so, they will advise both parties and the matter will be dropped.

If they decide the complaint is justified, they may take one of the following courses of action:

  • Make a request to the person complained against that he or she desist from further actions or behaviour of the type covered by the complaint and obtain satisfactory proof that the request has been complied with.
  • Make a recommendation to the Board of Review that ACA Certification be suspended for a specified time or until the complaint has been corrected satisfactorily.
  • Make a recommendation to the Board of Review that the ACA Certification be revoked and that the name be dropped from the certification list.
  • Make a recommendation to the ACA Council that ACA Membership be revoked