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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 – 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.

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 25 Update

United States

With updated government guidance, we are targeting to have our Pearson VUE-owned test centers (PPCs) operating at full, or near full capacity (dependent upon test center layout) by July 15th in the following states:

Alaska, Hawaii, Missouri, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas

As we take steps to resume full, or near full capacity where permitted across our testing centers, please note that if limiting measures are reinstated, we will once again adjust our testing capacity and/or operations accordingly.

Brazil, Mexico

With updated government guidance, we are extending the suspension of exam deliveries at Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs) through July 8th.

  • Candidates will begin to receive cancellation/reschedule emails shortly
  • Exam appointment availability begins July 9th
  • Exams will still be available at third-party test centers that are operational

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.