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NACE International is a not-for-profit professional organization for the corrosion control industry whose mission is to "[equip] society to protect people, assets and the environment from the adverse effects of corrosion."

NACE was established in 1943 as the National Association of Corrosion Engineers. It is headquartered in Houston, Texas and has offices in San Diego, California, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Shanghai, China, São Paulo, Brazil, and Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

NACE publishes the magazine Materials Performance and the journal CORROSION. NACE also publishes standard practice, test method, and material requirements standards for use by industry and other corrosion societies. Standing committees periodically review and update the standards every five years. The association hosts an annual conference [10] and several regional meetings and conferences around the world.

NACE International’s membership includes engineers, inspectors, technicians, scientists, business owners, executives, researchers, educators, students and others. The association is organized into four Areas in North America and four Global Areas. NACE International has 142 sections, including 33 student sections worldwide sponsor local programs to promote the exchange of corrosion information and education. Among NACE members, the main focus of activities includes cathodic protection, coatings for industry, inspection, corrosion testing, and material selection for specific chemical resistance.

Training and Certification

NACE provides certifications and training packages for members in the industry, which can be obtained through course work and exams, work experience, or education through an accredited university.[4]

NACE has training facilities in Houston and Dubai and offers courses via licensed partners globally. It also offers online training courses [5]. Certifications are issued through the NACE International Institute [11] . The organization's certification programs include Cathodic Protection (CP), Coating Inspector (CIP), General Coatings, General Corrosion, Pipeline Industry, and a Specialty program that covers certifications for carbon steel, chemical treatments and many other areas.

For each certification, candidates must complete one or more training courses, meet minimum experience requirements, or both. Then, candidates must pass a written or computer-based exam, and some certifications require a practical exam as well.


  • The Willis Rodney Whitney Award is given annually for significant contributions to corrosion science, such as the development or improvement of a theory that provides a more fundamental understanding of corrosion phenomena and/or the prevention of corrosion.

Other current awards include

  • R.A. Brannon Award - The signature honor recognizing service that helps promote NACE objectives.
  • A.B. Campbell Award - Outstanding paper published in Materials Performance or CORROSION by an author age 35 or younger.
  • CORROSION Best Paper Award - Outstanding paper published in a journal.
  • T.J. Hull Award - Contributions in publications.
  • Frank Newman Speller Award - Contributions in corrosion engineering.
  • H.H. Uhlig Award - Contributions in corrosion education.
  • Distinguished Organization Award - Contribution to corrosion science and/or engineering awarded to an organization.
  • Distinguished Service Award - Outstanding service to NACE.
  • Technical Achievement Award - Technical contributions in corrosion engineering.
  • Fellow Honor - Distinguished contributions in corrosion prevention.


NACE publishes a variety of corrosion testing standards for many different applications, including TM-01-69 for immersion corrosion and TM-02-84 for hydrogen embrittlement. A complete list [12] is available by pdf on the NACE website. The NACE Materials Requirements include the widely used MR0175, which is focused on corrosion resistant materials for oil and gas applications, and MR0103 for Sulfide Stress Cracking in Corrosive Environments.

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