Comment: What does it mean to offer best-in-class corrosion training?

Comment: What does it mean to offer best-in-class corrosion training?
Published: 3 September 2018 - 10 a.m.

Growing up, your family wanted you to have access to top-ranked schools, experienced teachers, rigorous curriculum and renowned education – the best opportunities they could afford to give you the greatest chance at succeeding in life and in your career.

NACE International wants those same things for you. Our commitment to make you best-in-class means we ourselves must be best-in-class. NACE is committed to working on continuous improvements to its corrosion training programs – pushing ourselves, our members, you and the industry to be better. But how does NACE push itself and raise the standard in a marketplace where we’re already ranked well above the competition? We compete against only ourselves.

When students complete their NACE education, they’ve studied coursework that has been through an exhaustive process. NACE courses are maintained, overseen and reviewed by the best and most experienced corrosion professionals in the industry. Committees, comprised of industry leaders, work year-round to ensure that courses are kept up-to-date and challenging. Their collective recognition as the best in the industry means they hold themselves to high standards in their work, and they truly care about the next generation of corrosion professionals continuing and improving upon their industry advancements.

Because of their passion and commitment, NACE leadership and its committees do not believe in cutting corners, taking shortcuts or cheapening the material and course itself. Instead, NACE and its instructors position students for success by providing comprehensive training that does not exclude material to make the course easier or faster.

Just like our committee members, our instructors are industry experts themselves who are personally – not solely financially – invested in the organization and industry, and who genuinely want to teach. NACE instructors endure a lengthy, stringent process to become an instructor. Once approved to teach, they must pass quality assessments, maintain their NACE International Institute certifications and attend ongoing professional development through NACE Train the Trainer events.

Our committee members and instructors’ dedication of time and resources to providing you with a quality education is an extension of NACE culture itself. NACE International maintains an ISO 9001 certification, meaning we follow best practices in design and development of our courses. Our course design methodology isn’t just tried and true for NACE, our instructors and students, we adhere to quality management systems that only the most elite organizations worldwide have achieved and put into practice.

When looking for training, you’ll be approached by many companies that compare themselves to NACE. How do you identify an elite organization? Our course development and content will always be original. Our instructors will always build on our comprehensive course content by incorporating their industry expertise. Our students will finish their NACE coursework with a strong, thorough understanding and be prepared for the next step in their careers. Our students will be recognized worldwide as best-in-class. Most importantly, we’ll never compare ourselves to others – we don’t have to for people to know who we are, what we do, and the standards to which we hold ourselves and our students accountable.

When selecting a top-notch corrosion training program, ask:

  • What type of education do you want to receive? One that leaves knowledge gaps for you to figure out on your own, or one that is comprehensive, giving you on-the-job skills that are transferrable across industries?
  • What types of instructors do you learn best from? Paid staff members who learned the material through study, or industry leaders with decades of experience in the industry and have actually put into practice what they are teaching?
  • Which program will provide the most support in terms of continuing education, networking, and getting involved in shaping the industry through standards, volunteer work and attending industry events?
  • How do employers view the training program? Which program will set your resume apart and give you the strongest skillset?
  • What training programs invest in continuous improvements, driven by a membership made up of a diverse demographic, from young professionals to industry veterans and leaders?
  • Who will you turn to and what resources will you seek out to further your learning?
  • Will you have to explain to your organization or to others how your training is “equivalent” to NACE, or will they automatically know you received best-in-class learning?
  • Which program are instructors proud to teach? Which program will employers worldwide tout? Which program will you be most proud to add to your list of accomplishments? 

To be best in class means learning from a best-in-class program. Select the program that gives you the best opportunity for a long and successful career.

This article is written by NACE International

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