Computer Based Exams

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 Updates

Please note that face masks are required while testing at all Pearson VUE owned testing facilities currently.

Visit the Pearson VUE COVID-19 Update page for the latest capacity limitations and closures.

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.

Candidates must wait 30 days from the initial exam date to schedule their first retake attempt. For all further attempts there is a 4-month waiting period.

For Exams delivered through Pearson VUE Testing Centers

To purchase and schedule your retake exam:

  • Log into your NACE profile and click on My Certification Portal.
  • Select Schedule/Manage exams, Choose an Examination and follow the prompts to purchase and schedule

CIP retake rules:

  • Effective July 1, 2016, candidates that failed the written exam only are not required to retake the practical, as long as it is completed within the 4 year certification requirement time frame.
  • After the 3rd failed attempt at the written exam, candidates must return to retake the course and exams as a new student.

Certified Coating Applicator:

Retake exams can be purchased by following the same steps as the initial exam, the fee is not available through your My Certification Portal.

Exams delivered through Remote Online Exam Proctoring (Examity):

To purchase and schedule your retake exam:

  • Go to the NACE/AMPP store
  • Search for the exam by name, add to your cart, and purchase.
  • Allow 7-10 business days to be enrolled in the online system, then log in using your previous login credentials to schedule the exam.

Please note:

The fee for the retake exam is dependent upon the certification. See Exam Fees.

All exams purchased are valid/authorized for 1 year from purchase date.

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.