Computer-based Testing

The NACE Institute is raising the standards of certification with computer-based testing.

Computer-based testing (CBT)

One way in which the NACE Institute is ensuring that the certifications it awards meet and exceed industry expectations, is through leveraging professional development and examination standards. Currently, we are partnered 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 NACE Institute certifications apart from others in the corrosion and industrial fields and it will help protect the integrity, honesty, and value of our credentials.

This change will increase the integrity of NACE Institute Certifications by:

  • Improving our 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

New Ethics Requirement for NACE Institute certification holders

Starting January 1, 2021 all certification holders must show proof of ethics training.

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Worldwide Testing – September 24 Update

The scheduling at Pearson VUE testing centers worldwide remains fluid, here are the latest updates:

Hawaii – Pearson VUE will begin delivering exam across all programs beginning September 27. Testing capacity will be at roughly 50%. Third party testing centers remain open.

North Carolina – With updated government guidance, testing capacity will be maintained at approximately 50% of capacity, depending on room layout.

Mexico City, Mexico – Temporary suspension of exam delivery is in place until October 11. Those impacted will receive cancelation emails shortly. New availability for testing begins October 12. Delivery of exams is still available through third party testing centers that remain operational.

Greater Melbourne, Australia – Appointment availability begins starting October 26. Delivery of exams is still available through third party testing centers that remain operational.

Worldwide Testing – September 10 Update

Due to COVID-19, the schedule with opened and restricting enrollment at Pearson VUE testing centers worldwide remains fairly fluid.

Hawaii – Through September 19, exams are being delivered only for essential services with approximately 30% capacity. Those impacted will receive cancelation emails shortly. New availability for non-essential testing begins September 20. Third party testing centers remain open.

Greater Melbourne, Australia – Temporary suspension of exam delivery is in place until September 27. Those impacted will receive cancelation emails shortly. New availability for testing begins September 28. Third party testing centers remain open.

Worldwide Testing – August 19 Update

In the United States, we are targeting to have our Pearson VUE-owned test centers (PPCs) and PTCs operating at full, or near full capacity (dependent upon test center layout) in the following states:

New Hampshire – August 31 or sooner if possible

Vermont – August 24 or sooner if possible With updated government guidance, these dates are subject to change.

Guam and US Virgin Islands – starting August 24, testing will only be delivered for programs that qualify as essential services. Those impacted will receive cancelation emails shortly.

Mexico City, Mexico - Current exam delivery is suspended through August 26, exam appointments will be available beginning August 27. Third party centers remain open

Manila, Philippines - Current exam delivery is suspended through August 23, exam appointments will be available beginning August 24. Third party centers remain open

Worldwide Testing – July 23 Update

In the United States, we are targeting to have our Pearson VUE-owned test centers (PPCs) and PTCs operating at full, or near full capacity (dependent upon test center layout) in the following states:

Arizona and Arkansas – August 3 or sooner if possible

Washington (state) and Washington D.C. – August 10 or sooner if possible

With updated government guidance, these dates are subject to change.

Brazil

PPCs in Brazil are temporarily suspended through July 26, candidates will receive cancellation/reschedule emails shortly.

Worldwide Testing – July 15 Update

With updated government guidance, exam delivery is temporarily suspended at the following Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs) as below:

India

In Pune, PPCs are temporarily suspended through July 23, candidates will receive cancellation/reschedule emails shortly.

In other locations in India, local government guidance is restricting testing hours and the following sites are closed temporarily to adjust at the following locations:

  • Jalandhar (PPC)
  • Amritsar (PPC)
  • Noida (PPC)
  • Bangalore (two PPCs)

Mexico

PPCs in Mexico are temporarily suspended through July 29, candidates will receive cancellation/reschedule emails shortly.

Worldwide Testing – July 1 Update

At this time, many state and local governments are allowing businesses to reopen. The adjustments for increased capacity at Pearson VUE-owned testing centers will be aligned with this guidance with appropriate health and safety measures (face masks, sneeze guards, hand sanitizer, disinfecting protocols etc.,) in place.

United States - Ohio

We are targeting to have our Pearson VUE-owned test centers (PPCs) operating at full, or near full capacity (depending on test center layout) by July 20th.

India

Pearson VUE-owned professional testing centers (PPCs) in India were recently re-opened but due to government guidance exam delivery will be temporarily suspended in the following locations:

Chennai

  • Exam deliveries are suspended through July 5, 2020, with appointments available on July 6th
  • Candidates will receive cancellation/reschedule emails shortly

Pune and Mumbai

  • Exam deliveries are suspended through July 31, 2020, with appointments available on August 1st
  • Candidates will receive cancellation/reschedule emails shortly

Exams continue to be delivered at third-party test centers that are operational throughout India.

Worldwide Testing – June 15 Update

Brazil and Mexico

With updated government guidance, we are extending the suspension of exam deliveries at (PPCs) through June 24th

  • Candidates will begin to receive cancellation/reschedule emails shortly
  • Exam appointment availability begins June 25th
  • Exams will still be available at third-party test centers that are operational

China, Japan, and Singapore

We are targeting to begin operating our Pearson VUE-owned test centers (PPCs) in China, Japan, and Singapore at full capacity in the coming weeks. The capacity adjustment continues to be aligned to government guidance, and with appropriate health and safety measures in place.

Johannesburg, South Africa

Aligned with government guidance and the appropriate health and safety measures, we are targeting to reopen our Pearson VUE-owned test center (PPC) in Johannesburg on June 15th.

Spain and Turkey Testing – June 8 Update

Istanbul and Madrid

With updated government guidance, we are opening exam deliveries at Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs) starting June 8th in Madrid, Spain and Istanbul, Turkey. Other third-party testing centers in those countries continue to be operational.

Worldwide Testing – June 1 Update

South Africa and Turkey

With updated government guidance, we are extending the suspension of exam deliveries at Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs) through June 12th

  • Candidates will begin to receive cancellation/reschedule emails shortly
  • Exam appointment availability begins June 13th
  • Exams will still be available at third-party test centers that are operational

Brazil and Mexico

With updated government guidance, we are extending the suspension of exam deliveries at (PPCs) through June 15th

  • Candidates will begin to receive cancellation/reschedule emails shortly
  • Exam appointment availability begins June 16th
  • Exams will still be available at third-party test centers that are operational

Manila, Philippines

Aligned with government guidance and the appropriate health and safety measures, we are targeting to reopen our (PPC) in Manila on June 6th.

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

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

Click here to practice using the calculator within the practice exam.

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.