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The NACE Institute was formed to manage its world-renowned certification activities. While striving to elevate the profile of the industry and building the global job market for corrosion control professionals, NACE Institute focuses on:

  • Meeting industry needs for workforce certification programs
  • Pursuing global consistency of certification requirements
  • Raising industry and public awareness of the purpose and benefits of certification programs
  • Supporting employment of certified professionals

The NACE Institute administers 23 certifications on a variety of disciplines including the industry-leading CIP (Coatings Inspector Program) endorsement.

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Why choose the NACE Institute for your certifications?

Candidates earn their certifications

Unlike other certifying organizations, NACE Institute Certifications are not solely awarded based on course completion. All candidates must display a level of skill and competency that only comes with validation, years of experience, and continuous study in their selected corrosion field.

Stand out from others in the industry

Working toward and earning a NACE Institute Certification sets you apart from your peers in the corrosion industry by demonstrating your achievement of the certification in the program with the best reputation in the marketplace.

Developed by industry for industry

NACE Institute Certifications are developed by industry field experts, not by association staff, which gives more credibility to the content and knowledge being tested.

Stay up to date on the latest advancements in the field

NACE Institute Certifications demonstrate to your current and future employers that you are dedicated to staying current in your field of expertise in corrosion prevention and mitigation.

Certifications are globally recognized

Worldwide businesses rely on the NACE Institute Certifications as a metric for increased standardization of personnel performance. Organizations know that they can rely on the NACE Institute to provide a globally applicable, standardized, and skills-focused program.

Secure testing of individuals

As one of the steps to certification, candidates must take exams at secure locations, adhering to certification testing compliance standards.

Trust that as a NACE Institute certification holder, you’re in an elite group of corrosion professionals and that the value of your certification will continue to grow as we take the needed steps to protect the corrosion industry and those who choose to work in it.

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

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.