Computer Based Testing


NACE International Institute (NII) is changing the way that you become certified by converting the written certification exams from the current paper format to Computer Based Testing (CBT).


NII is striving to ensure that the certifications that we award not only meet but exceed industry expectations by leveraging professional development and examination standards. NACE International Institute is partnering with Pearson VUE and their network of over 5,000 testing centers in 165 countries to offer CBT to NACE Certification candidates around the globe.


This 3 year project of transitioning from paper to Computer Based Testing will continue to set NII apart from other certifications in the corrosion and industrial fields as they form the basis for credentials which can be counted on within the industry.


This change will increase the integrity of the NII Certifications by:

  • Bringing NII current with industry standards for certification exams
  • Instantly providing students with their exam results
  • Increasing the options for testing locations to individuals all over the world
  • Decreasing exam breeches

Benefits of Computer Based Testing

Enhanced Security


You worked hard to obtain the knowledge and experience to qualify for a NACE International Institute Certification and our goal is to ensure that all of those who earn their certification do so with the peace of mind that NACE International Institute is doing all it can to protect the integrity, honesty and value of each certification we award. Transitioning to CBT for the Certification Exams will simplify the testing process while drastically improving exam security resulting in less exam breaches.


Location and Scheduling Flexibility


With over 5,000 test centers worldwide, you can schedule your certification exam at a time and place that is convenient for you and your schedule. Currently, exams are scheduled at the end of your week of training at a NACE International course. With this change, if needed, you can take time to focus on and study the materials taught in class and take the exam when you are ready based on your schedule. If you wish to take your exam at the end of your training week, you have the flexibility to schedule accordingly.


Instant Results


Currently, it can take 7-10 business days to receive the results from your exams, but with CBT you will have instant results and access to your exam scores. In addition, NACE will introduce new scoring features over time including the ability for you to understand how you scored against a particular topic within an exam.


Key Dates Actions
January 2016

Refining Corrosion Technologist Certification CBT Exam Available
Exam available in English

July 2016

CIP 1 written Exam Available on CBT
Exam available in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Turkish

July 2016

CIP 2 written Exam Available on CBT
Exam available in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Turkish

September 2016

Cathodic Protection Tester Certification Written Exam Available on CBT
Exam available in English and Spanish
(Chinese written exams will be available soon on CBT).

September 2016

Cathodic Protection Technician Certification Written Exam Available on CBT
Exam available in English and Spanish
(Chinese written exams will be available soon on CBT).

September 2016

Cathodic Protection Technologist Certification Written Exam Available on CBT
Exam available in English
(Spanish written exams will be available on CBT January 2017)

September 2016

Cathodic Protection Specialist Certification Written Exam available on CBT
Exam available in English
(Spanish written exams will be available on CBT January 2017)


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