COVID-19 Statement

CDC Public Health Image Library - https://phil.cdc.gov/As members of the Engineering Team, NICET-certified engineering technicians and technologists understand the importance of holding paramount the public's health, safety and welfare.  Likewise, NICET recognizes its obligation to protect its employees, volunteer subject-matter-experts (SME), and customers in its operations and in the services being provided.  In this connection NSPE/NICET continues to monitor international, national, state and local developments arising as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak; and will take all appropriate steps consistent with the guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 


NICET relies heavily on our test administration provider, Pearson VUE, to manage their testing centers in a manner that provides maximum protection to their staff and NICET examinees against any disease, and specifically COVID-19. However, as the situation changes daily – so must Pearson VUE which in some cases causes appointment cancellations.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

July 15, 2020 Update - If you receive notification that your appointment has been rescheduled to a site in Minnesota please be aware it is a non-existent holding location. We highly recommended rescheduling your examination through your online account in NICET’s portal instead of calling Pearson Vue. Follow the below procedure in obtaining a new test date/time:

  • Use an up to date modern web browser
  • Login to your account on NICET’s candidate management system - https://nicet.useclarus.com/login
  • Click on “schedule” (left hand side of page)
  • Click on blue box to schedule with Pearson Vue
  • Click on your upcoming appointment (highlighted blue link on the dashboard page)
  • When exam appointment details page loads, click on “reschedule”(right hand side)
  • When “find a new appointment page” loads, select “find a new center”
  • At the top of this page enter in your city and state in the search line, click search (if you actually live in Minnesota, you still need to enter in your city and state in order to have available centers appear)
  • It will load all the available testing centers near you
  • Select a center (there is a box above each blue flag of centers in your area) then click “next”
  • The scheduling calendar will open, and you can go through the months to find open test dates and times.
  • Due to the distancing restrictions required test centers will continue to operate at approximately 50% seat capacity, resulting in constrained appointment availability.
  • Masks are required at all centers.
  • You will receive a new test date confirmation from Pearson VUE – if you do not, please repeat the above steps.

NICET will continue to extend all candidate testing windows through December 31, 2020. Candidates may need to expand their search for available times to several months into the future.

April 23, 2020 Update - Exams center will begin reopening May 1, 2020.

  • Due to social distancing, additional safety precautions and scheduling efficiencies Pearson VUE is cancelling scheduled appointments and re-booking. 
  • Affected customers will receive notice from Pearson VUE. 
  • Due to the distancing restrictions required test centers will continue to operate at approximately 50% seat capacity, resulting in constrained appointment availability.  
  • If needed, this process may be repeated in June, however candidate’s will only be disrupted if social distancing requirements are not met.
  • NICET extended all candidate testing windows through December 31, 2020. Candidates may need to expand their search for available times to several months into the future.

Also see - April 23, 2020 Pearson VUE Statement  

April 6, 2020 Update - Exams center are closed until May 1, 2020.

On March 16, 2020 Pearson VUE announced their decision to temporarily close all of their company-owned U.S. and Canada-based Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs) starting March 16, 2020 for at least 30 days -- until April 16 May 1, or whenever conditions are deemed safe to re-open. Accordingly, they began candidate cancellation notifications in the afternoon of March 16 (CDT), which provided instructions for scheduling new appointments on or after April 16 May 1, 2020.

Also seeMarch 26, 2020 Pearson VUE Statement  

NICET deeply regrets that the Covid-19 pandemic has forced Pearson VUE to take these drastic measures; but we understand and agree with their decision to shut down their testing centers as a means to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees and the testing public they serve.  We have every confidence that Pearson VUE will reopen their testing centers as soon as safely possible; and NICET will be prepared to schedule candidates for testing when these testing centers reopen. 

In the meantime, NICET will automatically extend all candidate testing windows until December 31, 2020; and will allow candidates to reschedule their tests to a later date without any additional fees as soon as we receive word from Pearson VUE that their testing centers are reopened.  Any candidate who does not wish to reschedule their test may request a full refund of the paid test fee.  For questions about rescheduling a test or requesting a refund, please call NICET at 1-888-476-4238 or email test@nicet.org – and provide your name, email address and NICET ID.


NICET will allow enhanced flexibility for certification holders to accumulate CPD points in order to maintain active status. The following guidelines shall apply:

  • If you become unemployed as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, you may still claim active practitioner points for the current cycle.
  • Additional education points may be claimed now and may be accumulated up to 6 months beyond your expiration date for the current cycle.
  • Reinstatement (late) fees will be waived.
  • NICET can aid with recertification fees.

Recertification procedure changes will be valid for expiration dates through June 1, 2021. All CPD point claims should be submitted in a manner that is consistent with the NICET Code of Ethics.

Program Development Workshops

With regard to any scheduled SME workshops, NICET will notify all attendees at least 30 days prior to any scheduled workshop if we plan to cancel or alter the dates for the workshop.  Most airlines and hotels have demonstrated a willingness to cancel reservations without penalty if travel plans change. However, NICET recommends that attendees wait until the workshop is finally confirmed before making any irreversible reservations. Please contact NICET’s Development and Maintenance Department via phone at 1-888-476-4238 option 5 or via email at sclark@nicet.org with any questions.

COVID-19 Information

For the latest and most complete information available on the Coronavirus, visit www.cdc.gov.  And please continue to monitor this page for new notices regarding any specific impacts to scheduled testing sessions, SME workshops, or other NICET activities.