News Briefs

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Test Security Update
Eyeglass Procedure

March 2, 2015
NICET recognizes new technology advancements in eyewear, such as Google Glass, camera glasses and spy glasses are a potential security risk.  All recording technology is already banned in NICET Paper-Pencil and Computer-Based test centers. To ensure cameras embedded in eyewear are not brought into the testing rooms, candidates may be asked to present their glasses for visual inspection during check-in.  Pearson Test Administrators (TA’s) and NICET proctors will ask candidates wearing glasses to remove the glasses and show them (not hand them over) for better viewing. TAs and proctors will not be allowed to touch the glasses, even if a candidate offers, for legal and liability reasons. Eyeglasses passing inspection will be allowed in the testing room. Candidates must store any recording device including those embedded in eyewear with personal items or place them in their vehicles in order to continue with the check-in process.

I Used to be Certified, Now I Need it Back. What can I do?

September 3, 2014
Almost every day someone contacts NICET with a question like this. Typically the individual let their certification lapse because it was not required at a new job or location. Now a new employer or jurisdiction requires NICET certification and the individual wants their certification back. It may require retesting and submitting significant amounts of documentation to get the certification reinstated. In some cases it may even require starting the certification process over from the beginning.

It is best to recertify before the renewal deadline to avoid any possible consequence, but, if you have let you certification lapse WE WANT TO HELP YOU! And for a limited time – we will waive the reinstatement fee of $100.00. Application, payment and CPD log must be mailed by October 31, 2014. If you would like more information, please send an inquiry to irecert@nicet.org. You should include your name, NICET ID and/or certification number. We will respond by the next business day with the information you need in order to bring your certification back to Active Status.

New Fees July 1, 2014

June 16, 2014
The NICET Board approved a 3% increase in NICET fees effective July 1, 2014. All fees will be adjusted approximately 3% to the nearest $5. For example, the fee for Work Element Testing is currently $270 going up to $280. The fees will be listed on the website, print applications and the online application beginning July 1. All mail-in applications post marked by Monday, June 30, 2014 will be eligible for the current fees. All applications post marked after June 30 will be subject to the new higher fees. To avoid delays in scheduling your exam, please download a new form with updated fees for applications post marked after June 30.

New Website

July 17, 2013
NICET has redesigned its website with improved navigation, updated content, and a new look and feel. The new site is the result of a combination of customer suggestions and technology improvements. Please take a moment to explore the new features. Some of the highlights and enhancements include:

  • Home Page Navigation
    The navigation at the top of the home page is common to all pages and includes About NICET, Contact Us and Register/Login from the old site. A newly added link is Verify Certified Personnel. Employers, Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), Contract Specifiers, etc. can use this feature to determine if someone is NICET certified, and the subfields, levels and expiration dates of their certification(s).

    The main center section has three tabs that will take users right to the information that is requested most. The first tab is for individuals looking to become certified for the first time, the second tab is for individuals interested in becoming certified at a higher level and the third tab subsection covers rectification, which is required every three years.

    There are three modules below the main section: Quick Links, Training Providers, and the Career Center. The right-hand column contains news.
     
  • Site Map
    Each page of the NICET web site includes a site map at the bottom to help you find what you are looking for faster.
     
  • Breadcrumbs
    Once you leave the home page, directly above the title for each page are newly added breadcrumbs. Breadcrumbs provide a path to each page you have visited as you navigate deeper into the site. It allows users to easily find their way back to pages previously visited.
     
  • Search
    Every web page now contains a search box in the upper right corner. The search function technology is improved over the previous site.

While these changes are a big step to improve the online experience for NICET customers it is only the beginning. We will continue to make improvements on an ongoing basis. The next sections to be updated and revamped will be the My NICET and online applications sections.

New Combined Fees and Procedures for Standard Model/CBT

July 1, 2013
In response to customer feedback, on July 1, 2013, NICET combined the testing and experience fees for NICET Standard Model/CBT programs to a single fee. It is our hope that the new fees will simplify the process and avoid the confusion that separate fees may have caused. See Instructions for anyone that previously only paid one part.

Also see new fees.

Is it Time to Recertify?

February 15, 2013
For your convenience NICET is now emailing invoices to print and return for recertification. Unfortunately, we are not able to take online payments yet. Please print, fill-out, and mail along with your completed CPD Log and payment. We will send the first notice approximately 6 months prior to your expiration date. Returning it early will ensure continued service. If we don't hear from you after the first notice we will follow up with additional email and snail mail. Please keep your contact information current and make nicet.org an allowed/friendly sender in any junk/spam filters you may have.

Is it Time to Recertify?

December 1, 2012
(see above for update)For your convenience NICET is now emailing notices to let you know it is time to recertify. Simply respond to the email when you receive it or request an invoice by email. Include name and NICET ID#.

NICET Will be Ending Work Element Testing in 2014

September 1, 2012
All remaining Work Element exams will either be converted into standard model/computer-based exams (within the existing program area or merged into another program) or discontinued altogether. If you're certified in an active work element program, and you would like to upgrade your certification to a higher level through work element testing, we encourage you to test now. In 2013, NICET will announce an official transition period for each work element program, during which we will launch the new standard model exam and phase out work element testing. Anyone who has applied for a test and/or tested before the transition period begins will be allowed to continue testing under the work element format for about one year. Once the transition is complete, previously passed work elements will no longer count towards meeting the new testing requirement, and you will be required to pass the new test(s) to upgrade your certification. But if you upgrade now, you can take advantage of anybanked work elements you have already earned.

When the transition periods for these programs are announced, NICET expects a surge in Work Element test applications; the sooner you apply, the better your chances of getting the testing date(s) that you want. Applicants are already starting to fill available seats at NICET test centers -- so apply today to get one of those seats! Register or Login to apply online or print and complete a mail-in application.

If you have any questions on this conversion process, please contact a member of the NICET staff by email or telephone at 1-888-476-4238.