In an effort to ensure its certifications not only meet, but also exceed industry standards and expectations, the NACE International Institute (NII) has embarked on a 3-year project to move written certification exams from the current paper format to Computer Based Testing (CBT). NII is partnering with Pearson VUE and its network of over 5000 testing centers in 165 countries to offer CBT to NACE Certification candidates worldwide.
Transitioning from paper exams to CBT will set NACE apart from other certifications in the corrosion and industrial fields by ensuring reliable and equivalent testing practices for all professionals seeking NII credentials.
The objective of this initiative is to ensure that those who earn their certification do so with the peace of mind that NII is protecting the integrity and value of each certification. Transitioning to CBT for the certification exams will simplify the testing process and improve exam security resulting in fewer exam breaches. This change will also bring NII current with industry standards for certification exams.
The new testing format will also provide additional flexibility and convenience for NII test-takers. Access to more than 5000 test centers worldwide enables professionals to schedule their certification exam at a time and place that is convenient. Currently, exams are scheduled at the end of the week of training at a NACE International course. With this change, if needed, students can take additional time to study and take the exam when they are ready.
CBT will provide instant exam results and scoring features that indicate strengths and weaknesses by topic. Currently, the Refining Corrosion Technologist Certification (English) exam is available worldwide in CBT format. In July 2016, the NACE International Institute will roll out CBT for its Coating Inspector Program Level 1 (CIP 1) (English) exam.
Edited from press release by Angharad Lock
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