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

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.

India Testing Update – March 22 Update

Due to government guidance and/or the inability to operate safely due to lack of essential resources or services, test delivery at India Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs) has been suspended temporarily. Some third-party testing centers may still be open.

U.K. Testing and Sau Paulo Closures – March 19 Update

All Pearson Professional Centers in the UK will close temporarily starting Friday, March 20 and will reopen once it has been determined safe to do so. Candidate cancellations will commence on March 20. We will continue to deliver exams to any third-party test centers still operational in the UK.

The Pearson Professional Center (PPC) in Sau Paulo, Brazil has been closed as well.

Candidates whose exams are canceled as a result of the above actions will receive a refund (if paid to Pearson VUE) or an extension as determined by exam sponsor.

Additional Testing Closures – March 18 Update

Pearson VUE-owned testing centers in the Philippines, Israel, Germany, and Malaysia, are temporarily closed due to government guidance and based on the ability to provide a safe environment for candidates and employees. Third-party operated test centers in the Philippines, Germany, and Malaysia have also been closed.

The NACE Institute Testing center at the Elcometer Training facility will be closed starting Friday, March 20th until it is deemed safe to reopen.

North America Testing – March 17 Update

Related to recent announcements by President Trump and Prime Minister Trudeau, Pearson has decided to temporarily close all U.S. and Canada-based Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs) starting March 16, 2020. Centers will be closed for at least 30 days until April 16, or whenever conditions are deemed safe to re-open. Candidate cancellation notifications began the afternoon of March 16 (CDT), that provide instructions for scheduling new appointments on or after April 16, 2020.

We recognize that the threat of the virus may not be contained by the date we intend to reopen our U.S. and Canada-based testing centers (April 16, 2020). 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.

Worldwide testing – March 15 Update

Worldwide:

Pearson VUE will begin implementing additional distancing measures within all of its global test centers based on recommendations from global health organizations starting the week of March 16. This essentially takes Pearson VUE test centers down to approximately 50% capacity. Candidates whose exams are canceled as a result will receive a refund (if paid to Pearson VUE) or an extension as determined by exam sponsor.

United States:

Six US states (California, Washington, New York, Hawaii, Minnesota, and New Jersey) have announced mandatory six feet social distancing requirements. Adjustments within testing centers will be made starting the week of March 16.

France:

Test delivery is currently suspended throughout France at all test centers. Exam delivery services will resume when the government determines it is safe. Candidates will receive email cancellations, and they can attempt to reschedule exams at a later date.

Frankfurt, Germany:

Testing has been suspended in the Pearson VUE test center in Frankfurt, Germany, due to the surrounding environment's lack of essential services and resources.

Tel Aviv, Israel:

The government has announced mandatory two-meter distancing requirements and a limit of 10 occupants in a room at any given time. To accommodate this the testing center is currently operating at approximately 50% capacity.

Manila, Philippines:

The government has mandated an evening curfew starting at 8:00 p.m. In order to allow our Test Administrators (TAs) and candidates to comply, testing will cease at 6:00 p.m. to allow for proper center closing procedures and transit.

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.