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 – January 11, 2021 Update

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

Montreal, Canada PPC:

Beginning January 9, exam delivery will be restricted to programs that qualify as essential services only (NACE Institute certifications are designated as essential in Canada) due to a mandatory curfew, test center will close at 6:30 p.m. each day. Affected candidates will receive cancellation emails beginning January 11.

Brisbane, Australia PPC:

The Brisbane government has issued a mandatory three-day lockdown effective January 8 through January 11. Affected candidates have started to receive cancellation/reschedule emails already due to the immediacy of the order.

Tel Aviv, Israel PPC:

Effective January 9 through January 21, exam delivery is restricted to healthcare and medical exams only. Affected candidates will begin receiving cancellation emails beginning January 8.

Manila, Philippines PPC:

The government requires face shields now be worn together with a face mask. Candidates and test center employees must wear both a face mask and face shield at the PPC.

Worldwide Testing – January 5, 2021 Update

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

United States

Washington State – The current restrictions in place have been extended. Exam deliveries at Pearson VUE-owned testing centers (PPC) will be limited to 25% capacity. Affected candidates will receive cancellation emails. Exams will continue to be delivered at 3rd party testing centers that are operational.

England

A country-wide lockdown has been declared beginning January 5. Exam deliveries are limited to programs that qualify as essential services – NACE Institute certifications are designated as essential services in England. Affected candidates will receive cancellation/reschedule emails shortly.

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.

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.