NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING (NDT) EXAMINATION FEE INCREASE
On November 28, 2001, the Assistant Deputy Minister's office, Minerals and Metals Sector, Natural Resources Canada, approved an increase in the fees for both the initial and the recertification NDT examinations. The new fees will be officially implemented by the NDT Certifying Agency on
April 1, 2002.
The conditions for the payment of fees to the NDT Certifying Agency are as shown below:
- Effective April 1, 2002, candidates registering for examination (including retests) must include payment based on the new fee schedules.
- Payments received on or before March 31, 2002, based on the current fee schedules, will be honoured, indefinitely.
The last increase in the fees for initial certification was on January 1, 1996. The new fees represent an increase of approximately 10 percent or 1.7 percent per year on average.
The introduction and setting of trial fees for the recertification examination also occurred on January 1, 1996. Since that time we have, through direct mailings to our certified personnel and articles in the Canadian Society for Non-Destructive Testing (CSNDT) Journal, informed the NDT population that the fees would eventually increase on a prorated basis to be consistent with the costs of initial examination. In December 1997, a notice was mailed to all certified individuals advising them that recertification fees would increase by 2001.
The NDT Certifying Agency administers the NDT certification program on a full cost recovery basis and strives to keep it's operational and human resources costs to a minimum. The fee increases are necessary to cover increased operational costs to administer the NDT certification program.
Acting on the advice of the NDT Advisory Committee to MTL, the Canadian Certifying Agency of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has discontinued certification for Level 1 Liquid Penetrant (PT) and Level 1 Magnetic Particle (MT). As of January 1, 2003, PT and MT candidates have the option to apply for certification directly to Level 2.
Eligibility requirements for certification remain the same as the previous total requirements for Level 2. In accordance with CAN/CGSB 48.9712-2006, candidates will be required to obtain the total training hours (16 + 24 = 40 hours) and work experience (1 + 3 = 4 months) in addition to the requisite written and practical examinations to qualify for certification directly to Level 2.
Those candidates already certified at Level 1 in PT and MT will be required to complete a modified Level 2 recertification examination and provide proof of completion of the mandatory training and work experience at the time of recertification in order to upgrade to Level 2 in the method (recertification at Level 1 is not an option). The modified examination will require candidates to interpret the discontinuities found in three test specimens and to prepare a written instruction on one specimen.