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 – November 27 Update

The most recent scheduling updates for Pearson VUE testing centers worldwide is shown below based on updated local government guidance:

Athens, Greece – The current mandatory lockdown in Greece has been extended through December 6. Exam deliveries at Pearson VUE-owned testing centers (PPC) will be available starting December 7. Affected candidates will receive cancellation emails.

Punjab, India – A curfew has been issued in Punjab impacting testing centers in that area. The curfew runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from December 1 through December 15. Affected candidates will receive cancellation/reschedule emails shortly.

Worldwide Testing – November 18 Update

The most recent scheduling updates for Pearson VUE testing centers worldwide is shown below based on updated local government guidance:

Manilla, Philippines – Updated government guidance now allows for 30% appointment capacity in Pearson VUE-owned testing centers (PPC) beginning November 20.

Adelaide, South Australia – A lock down order has been called for South Australia from November 19 through November 24. Affected candidates will begin receiving cancellation/reschedule emails shortly, new appointment availability begins November 25. Affected candidates will receive cancellation emails. Delivery of exams is still available through third party testing centers that remain operational.

Turkey – Turkey has imposed partial lockdowns which include curfews on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays effective November 20, thereby reducing our PPC hours of operation on these days in compliance with the order.

Scotland – Effective November 20 through December 10, exam delivery available only for programs that qualify as essential services at Glasgow, Clydebank, Ayr, and Stirling PPCs. Affected candidates will begin receiving cancellation/reschedule emails shortly, with new appointment availability beginning December 11. Exams continue to be available at third-party test centers that are operational.

England – The mandatory lockdown is effective from November 5 through December 2. Exam delivery remains limited to programs that qualify as essential services only. Exams continue to be delivered at third-party test centers that are operational.

Worldwide Testing – November 11 Update

The most recent scheduling updates for Pearson VUE testing centers worldwide is shown below based on updated government guidance:

Paris, France – Exam deliveries at Pearson VUE-owned testing centers (PPC) are suspended through December 1. Delivery of exams is still available through third party testing centers that remain operational. Affected candidates will receive cancellation emails. Appointment availability begins December 2.

Manitoba, Canada – With updated government guidance, beginning Saturday November 14, exams can only be delivered for programs that qualify as 'critical services'. Guidance also requires that capacity in testing centers be reduced to approximately 25%. Affected candidates will receive cancellation emails. Delivery of exams is still available through third party testing centers that remain operational.

Phoenix, Arizona Testing Center – November 9 Update

The building that houses the Pearson Professional Center in Phoenix experienced a major fire on November 8 and is unable to host any testing services as a result. No one was hurt during the fire, but the space will need to be rebuild.

Pearson customer service is actively working to reschedule all candidates who are impacted. Pearson is opening additional availability at nearby testing centers in Tempe and Chandler, which are within 30 miles.

Worldwide Testing – November 6 Update

The most recent scheduling updates for Pearson VUE testing centers worldwide is shown below:

Athens, Greece – The government of Greece has announced a mandatory lockdown effective November 7. Exam deliveries at Pearson VUE-owned testing centers (PPC) is suspended through November 30.

Delivery of exams is still available through third party testing centers that remain operational. Affected candidates will receive cancellation emails. Appointment availability is targeted to begin December 1.

Worldwide Testing – November 2 Update

The most recent scheduling updates for Pearson VUE testing centers worldwide is shown below:

England, United Kingdom – Per recent government guidance, mandatory restrictions have been issued from November 5 through December 1. As a result, exam delivery is only available for programs that qualify as essential services.

Delivery of exams is still available through third party testing centers that remain operational. Affected candidates will receive cancellation emails. New appointment availability is targeted to begin November 19.

Worldwide Testing – October 21 Update

The most recent scheduling updates for Pearson VUE testing centers worldwide is shown below:

Tel Aviv, Israel – Appointment availability begins starting October 26. Delivery of exams is still available through third party testing centers that remain operational. Affected candidates will receive cancellation emails.

Manila, Philippines – With updated government guidance, testing capacity will be reduced to approximately 30% of capacity, or a maximum of 10 people (depending on room layout). Delivery of exams is still available through third party testing centers that remain operational. Affected candidates will receive cancellation emails.

Wales, United Kingdom – From October 24 through November 8, exam delivery is only available for essential services. Testing capacity will also be reduced to approximately 50% of capacity. New appointment availability for essential and non-essential services begins on November 9. Affected candidates will receive cancellation emails.

Greater Melbourne, Australia – Appointments from October 26 through November 1 exam delivery is restricted to permitted workspaces only. Appointment capacity of 25%-50% will be maintained until further notice. New appointment scheduling is targeted to begin on November 2.

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.

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

Exams currently available

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NEW Senior Internal Corrosion Technologist
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NEW Senior Corrosion Technologist
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NEW Corrosion Technician
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NEW Corrosion Technologist
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Certified Coating Applicator Written Exam
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Refining Corrosion Technologist Certification CBT Exam Available
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CIP 1 written Exam Available on CBT
Exam available in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Turkish
CIP 2 written Exam Available on CBT
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Cathodic Protection Tester Certification Written Exam Available on CBT
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Cathodic Protection Technician Certification Written Exam Available on CBT
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Cathodic Protection Technologist Certification Exams Available on CBT
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Cathodic Protection Specialist Certification Exams available on CBT
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MR0175 Certified User Corrosion Resistant Alloy (CRA) Certification
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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.