MAY 7-9, 2024
The annual Western States Corrosion Seminar was founded in 1967 as a not-for-profit educational program for the corrosion industry. Today, this seminar continues that tradition by offering excellent educational course work, from industry professionals, in cathodic protection and related fields. Back to Top

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Western States Corrosion Seminar

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The idea for the Western States Seminar was born in 1965 in Honolulu, HI.

Corrosion engineers from the West Coast had for years talked about a Short Course since few from the West Coast were fortunate enough to attend the courses conducted in the mid-west and east coast areas. As a result, plans were initiated during the November 1965 NACE Western Region Conference meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. Don Reedy (Metropolitan Water District of Southern California), Kent Wachtel (Duriron Company), and Darrel Byerley (Tinker & Rasor) approached Roy Dean, who was Chairman of the Western Region.

With encouragement from NACE in Houston, TX, Kent Wachtel was asked to notify interested persons to attend a meeting the following month. This meeting was held in a conference room of the Southern California Gas Company in Los Angeles, California. Enthusiasm was great at the meeting and it was decided to shoot for the first Short Course during the Spring of 1967.

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The First Seminar.

Joe Dorsey (Southern California Gas Company) was drafted to be the first Chairman and future meetings were moved to the Pacific Gas and Electric Company auditorium in Bakersfield as a more convenient location for both Northern and Southern California committee people to assemble. Before the first Seminar, many meetings were held to select a location and time. The program, budget, speakers, publicity, and dates for the 1967 opening Seminar were determined.

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Not a Short Course

A Corrosion Seminar.

In order to avoid the overworked term "Short Course," the name Western States Corrosion Seminar was chosen. California State Polytechnic College (Cal Poly), Voorhis Unit, in San Dimas, California, was chosen the Seminar location for the first five years. In 1972, the Seminar was moved to the new Center for Continuing Education building at the Cal Poly campus in Pomona. The Center is presently called Kellogg West and has continued to be the Seminar site since 1972.

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Our goal has been to educate and inform the corrosion industry.

NACE Western Region contributed financial support and backing. The Seminar is still a function of the AMPP Western Area, but acts as an autonomous body with its own committee, budget, and by-laws. All seminars have been successful from both an attendance and financial standpoint. Judging from the Seminar critiques, both the speakers and students have learned and benefitted from attending. Click here for more information on our History.


Each student may attend all classes in a given session or may choose to attend select classes among the various courses that are offered.
If you sign up for the CP Tester Recognition Course or CP Rectifier Course you must attend all classes in that course during the seminar.
Course exams and certificatations are available for the Fundamental, Intermediate, and Advanced Courses. (Fee required)
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The General Session consists of introductory remarks, welcome by an AMPP representitive, and the key-note address or film.

The Fundamentals Course is designed for the new comer to the corrosion field and those with less than 2 years of experience.

The Intermediate Course is designed to further corrosion knowledge for those with at least 2 years of experience in the industry.

The Adanced Course provides specialized information on a variety of corrosion topics for indivduals looking for more advanced theory.

The Rectifier Course runs concurrently with the seminar. After the 2.5 day instruction, a certificate is available for those that pass the exam.

The CP Tester Course runs concurrently with the seminar. After the 2.5 day instruction, a certificate is available for those that pass the exam.

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WSCS exhibitors are able to show their products and/or services. An intimate setting with excellent access to all attendees.

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WSCS offers several Sponsorship opportunities. General sponsorships and a variety of specialty sponsorships are available. 

Kellogg West
3801 W Temple Ave Pomona, CA 91768


Write up in Materials Performance about the Western States Corrosion Seminar.


AMPP (NACE) has been a long time contributor of financial support and backing for WSCS. The Seminar is still affiliated with AMPP, but acts as an autonomous body with its own committee, budget, and by-laws.