Computer-based Testing

NII is raising the standards of certification with computer-based testing.

Computer-based testing (CBT)

One way in which NACE International Institute (NII) is ensuring that the certifications it awards meet and exceed industry expectations, is through leveraging professional development and examination standards. Currently, NII is partnering with Pearson VUE and their network of over 5,000 testing centers in 165 countries to offer computer-based testing (CBT) to its certification candidates around the globe.

Transitioning from paper-based to computer-based testing will be a three-year project. However, CBT will be an additional feature that sets NII certifications apart from others in the corrosion and industrial fields and it will help protect the integrity, honesty, and value of NII credentials.

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

Worldwide Testing – May 26 Update

Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, and Turkey

With updated government guidance, we are extending the suspension of exam deliveries at Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs) through June 5th

  • Candidates will begin to receive cancellation/reschedule emails shortly
  • Exam appointment availability begins June 6th
  • Exams will still be available at third-party test centers that are operational

India Testing – May 19 Update

Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs) have begun to reopen for test delivery aligned to government requirements. To implement the necessary distancing measures within reopening PPCs, we will reduce any existing exam appointments by approximately 50%. Affected candidates will begin to receive cancellation/reschedule emails shortly.

Date PPC Location
Tuesday, May 19 New Delhi, Bangalore II
Wednesday, May 20 Chandigarh, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Bangalore I
Friday, May 22 Gurgaon, Noida, Ahmedabad, Surat
Wednesday, May 27 Amritsar (TTC), Pune, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad I and II

Worldwide Testing – May 14 Update

North America

For all U.S. and Canada testing locations not currently open, temporary suspension of exam deliveries will remain through June 30. Candidates scheduled between now and June 30 will begin to receive a cancellation/reschedule notices beginning May 18. New candidate appointments will be available beginning July 1.

Rest of World

All test centers will open in areas where there are no restrictions prohibiting operation on June 1. Adjustments to this date will be made as necessary. Testing centers will be outfitted with hand sanitizer, and disinfectant. Appropriate social distancing measures will be observed through the month of June.

NACE Institute Testing Center – May 13 Update

The NACE Institute testing center in Houston will be opening back up on June 4 and is now taking appointments. The testing center will be at roughly 50% occupancy related to social distancing measures.

North America Testing – May 12 Update

The below states and territories have Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs) open with necessary distancing measures:

U.S. States

Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania (Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, and Warren), Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas (Harris County, Bexar County, Travis County), West Virginia, Wyoming

Canada

Manitoba, Quebec

U.S. Territories

American Samoa, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands

Worldwide Testing – May 11 Update

Philippines and the United Kingdom

With updated government guidance, we are extending the suspension of exam deliveries in through May 24th

  • Candidates will begin to receive cancellation/reschedule emails shortly.
  • Exam appointment availability begins May 25th

Brazil

With updated government guidance, we are extending the suspension of exam deliveries through May 31st.

  • Candidates will begin to receive cancellation/reschedule emails shortly
  • Exam appointment availability begins June 1

France

Reopening targeted for May 13th

  • Affected candidates will begin to receive cancellation/reschedule emails shortly.
  • Exam appointment availability begins May 13th and beyond.

India and Israel

Reopening targeted for May 18th

  • Affected candidates will begin to receive cancellation/reschedule emails shortly.
  • Exam appointment availability begins May 18th and beyond.

The government of India is expected to release further guidance on Saturday, May 16 with regard to reopening requirements. These requirements are expected to vary by jurisdiction in India, therefore we anticipate the opening dates of PPCs will also vary by jurisdiction.

Pearson Professional Center (PPC) Reopening's

To implement the necessary distancing measures within reopening PPCs, we will reduce any existing exam appointments by approximately 50% (each test center's appointment availability is aligned to government-issued spacing and gathering requirements per each test center's design). All third-party testing centers still open will support exam delivery.

Worldwide Testing – May 8 Update

Pearson VUE Face Mask / Face Covering Requirement

At Pearson VUE-owned testing centers worldwide, there will be a requirement to wear a face mask or face covering while in a Pearson-owned facility and while taking an exam. This will be a temporary policy due to current conditions.

Worldwide Testing – May 4 Update

With updated government guidance, we are making the following updates to exam delivery at Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs) in the following countries:

France and Greece

  • Exam appointments available starting May 11th Greece and May 18th in France
  • Exam delivery at third-party test centers that are still operational will continue
  • Candidates scheduled prior to May 11th in Greece and May 18th in France should have received cancellation/reschedule emails

Brazil, India, Israel, Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, and the U.K.

  • Exam appointments available starting May 18th
  • Exam delivery at third-party test centers that are still operational will continue
  • Candidates scheduled prior to May 18th should have received cancellation/reschedule emails

Mainland China – Shanghai North PPC

  • With the opening of the Shanghai North PPC, all mainland China PPCs will have resumed operations
  • Exam appointments available starting May 6th

Worldwide Testing – April 20 Update

With updated government guidance, we are extending the suspension of exam delivery at Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs) in the following countries:

United Kingdom

  • Candidates will receive a cancellation/reschedule email notice; new exam appointments available starting May 9th  
  • Exam delivery at third-party test centers that are still operational will continue

India

  • All exam delivery currently suspended  
  • Candidates will receive a cancellation/reschedule email notice; new exam appointments available starting May 4th

South Africa

  • All exam delivery currently suspended   
  • Candidates will receive a cancellation/reschedule email notice; new exam appointments available starting May 4th

Brazil

  • Candidates will receive a cancellation/reschedule email notice; new exam appointments available starting May 11th
  • Exam delivery at third-party test centers that are operational will continue

Mainland China

Exams are available at operational third-party test centers throughout mainland China.  In addition, we have also started to reopen PPCs aligned with government guidance and with appropriate health and safety measures:

  • Shanghai South – delivering exams as of April 15th 
  • Guangzhou – resuming exam delivery April 20th ​

Worldwide Testing – April 8 Update

In light on the most recent government guidance, suspension of exam delivery in the locations below will be extended through April 30th:

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Israel
  • London – Holburn, UK
  • Spain
  • Turkey
  • Philippines
  • South Africa

Candidates will receive a cancellation/reschedule email and appointments will be available after May 1.

Mainland China

While most Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs) should be open soon, we must extend exam delivery suspensions for the following PPCs:

Shanghai South – exam deliveries suspended through April 14th – Candidates will receive a cancellation notice; new appointments available starting April 15th.

Beijing, Shanghai North, and Guangzhou – exam deliveries suspended through April 19th – Candidates will receive a cancellation notice; new appointments available starting April 20th.

North America Testing – April 7 Update

Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs) will remain closed until April 30, 2020. This decision continues to be grounded in keeping both testing center staff and candidates safe. Candidates currently scheduled from April 16-April 30 will receive a cancellation/reschedule notice.

Candidate appointment availability begins on May 1 for scheduling new appointments.

We will continue to monitor government guidance and notifications from public health officials to be sure we can safely serve our employees and candidates as soon as local conditions allow.

Australia and South Africa Testing – March 24 Update

Due to government guidance and/or the lack of essential services, we are temporarily suspending test delivery at the below Pearson Professional Centers:

Australia – Melbourne and Box Hill – We will continue to deliver exams through any third-party test centers that are able to operate within these regions.

South Africa – Johannesburg – Suspension of exam delivery also includes all Pearson VUE Testing Centers and PVTC Selects across South Africa.

For a full listing of Pearson VUE testing center closures and updates, visit the Pearson VUE COVID-19 page.

Exams currently available

NEW Protective Coating Specialist
Exam available in English
NEW Senior Internal Corrosion Technologist
Exam available in English
NEW Senior Corrosion Technologist
Exam available in English
NEW Corrosion Technician
Exam available in English
NEW Corrosion Technologist
Exam available in English
Certified Coating Applicator Written Exam
Impact Plus Navigator
Refining Corrosion Technologist Certification CBT Exam Available
Exam available in English
CIP 1 written Exam Available on CBT
Exam available in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Turkish
CIP 2 written Exam Available on CBT
Exam available in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Turkish
Cathodic Protection Tester Certification Written Exam Available on CBT
Exam available in English, Spanish and Chinese
Cathodic Protection Technician Certification Written Exam Available on CBT
Exam available in English, Spanish and Chinese
Cathodic Protection Technologist Certification Exams Available on CBT
Exam available in English
Cathodic Protection Specialist Certification Exams available on CBT
Exam available in English
MR0175 Certified User Corrosion Resistant Alloy (CRA) Certification
MR0175 Certified User Carbon Steel (CS) Certification
CIP Levels 1, 2 and 3 with Bridge Specialty
Offshore Corrosion Assessment Training (OCAT) Technician
Shipboard Corrosion Assessment Training (SCAT) Technician

Pearson Testing Locations

CBT question demonstration

View a demonstration of the types of questions available in a computer-based exam. This demonstration will give you the opportunity to practice answering a variety of question types.

Pearson Demos

What to expect when arriving at the testing center

At Pearson VUE, your security matters. You will experience some - or all - of the security measures featured in this video.

What to expect when arriving at a Pearson Testing Center

Benefits to changing NII testing format and CBT

  • Increases testing location options for all students — wherever they reside
  • Instantly provides students with exam results
  • Provides for flexible scheduling; students can now take their certification exam at a time and place that is convenient — at the end of their training week or after they've had time to study
  • Exam results include a "Scoring" feature with a "Bar Report"* that helps students understand how they scored per topic, with areas of strength, and areas in need of improvement
  • Improves exam security, which reduces exam breaches
  • Brings NII testing in line with current industry standards for certification exams

*To access the Bar Report: Sign into your online portal and select "My Certification Portal." Next, select "Schedule Proctored Exams" and then "View Score Reports." Select the "View" button for the specific exam you wish to review.

Computer-based testing FAQ

PLEASE NOTE: The answers provided below depend on exam availability at Pearson VUE. Each program will be rolling out CBT exams at different time. Please check this page for additional details as they become available.

Primary ID

  • International Travel Passport
  • Driver’s License
  • Military ID (Including spouse and dependents)
  • Identification card (national/state/province identity card)
  • Alien registration card (green card, permanent resident, visa)
  • Local language ID (not in Roman characters)-accepted only if issued from the Country the Candidate is testing in

Additional Allowances

  • Expired forms of ID are not acceptable; unless accompanied by valid renewal papers
  • European Union candidates testing within the EU zone may also provide a valid, unexpired EU card as their primary ID.
  • For candidates testing in Japan, an employee or student ID (with at least a name and recent recognizable photo) is acceptable if accompanied with a valid Blue Japanese Health Card.
  • A government issued ID missing a visible signature or that has been embedded signature must be supplemented with an original (no photo copies), valid (unexpired) ID that has at least a matching name and recent recognizable photo, or a matching name and signature (or a valid Blue Japanese Health Card, if testing in Japan)

If you have questions about the ID you are required to bring with you to the testing center for admittance for your exam, please contact Pearson VUE customer service at www.pearsonvue.com/contact. Any candidate exceptions to the ID policy must be pre-approved by the Pearson VUE customer service at least three business days before the scheduled exam appointment.

You may access your test grade after completing a CBT exam, through the Bar Report. This bar report illustrates your areas of strength and areas needing improvement. To access the report, sign into your online portal, select "My Certification Portal", next select “Schedule Proctored Exams” and then "View Score Reports". Select the “View” button for the specific exam you wish to review.

All records and testing history are the property of NACE International Institute, and this information will remain with NACE International Institute. Access to all of your certification information will be available on My Certification Portal or through the certification link on your NACE Profile.

In addition to the complete list of Pearson Testing Centers, when you schedule your exam through Pearson VUE, you will see a full list of all testing locations near you. If you are eligible to test, login to My Certification Portal to schedule your exam.

Candidates that fail the practical exam only, are not required to retake the written exam.

Effective July 1, 2016, candidates that fail the written exam only, are not required to retake the practical exam.

For Coating Inspector Program (CIP) certifications, the authorization to test is valid for 18 months from date of purchase of the course.

For all other CBT exams, the authorization to test is valid for 4 years from date of purchase of the course.

Should you fail the initial attempt:

  • A retake can be scheduled provided it is within the authorization to test period.
  • The fee for the retake is dependent on the certification, See Exam Fees.

The new Certification Portal is a one-stop location to track and manage your certifications.

This portal allows you to:

  • Check your certification status or view your progress
  • Schedule your CBT exam
  • Schedule and pay for your CBT re-take exam
  • Manage your certification renewals

Need additional information?

Check back to this page frequently as we will be updating this list of FAQs. If you don’t find the answer to your question, please contact FirstService at 281-228-6223 or niiFirstService@nace.org.