Learn About Becoming Certified in NDT

The NRCan NDTCB is transitioning to a new certification photo ID card design and format starting on April 26, 2017. All cards issued after May 12, 2017 will utilize the new design and format. Both the new and old card versions are valid unless the card has expired.

The Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) National Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body (NDTCB) develops and implements programs to certify people who inspect the metals and materials in the components and structures used in Canada’s natural resources industries. The certification program also aims to continually improve and maintain reliability, security and safety with regards to how industries use metals and materials across Canada. We are committed to quality, and have achieved certification for our quality management system to the ISO 9001:2015 standard.

Becoming certified

To be certified for non-destructive testing, you must achieve certification in compliance with the CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014 standard (Qualification and Certification of Non-Destructive Testing Personnel).

Your responsibilities

We advise certification candidates to study independently before writing the certification examinations, and to use the latest versions of the Initial Certification Examination Guides (contact NDTCB to obtain initial certification examination guides). For recertification examinations, if applicable, use the Examination Guide for Recertification (PDF, 393 kb). We encourage candidates to consult all available reference materials, including the applicable acts, standards, regulations and safety codes.

Examinations for NDT certification

The first step to becoming certified in NDT is to register for and pass the relevant examination(s). You can find information on how to do this starting on apply for NDT Certification.


How to apply for NDT certification
Find out about the steps involved in becoming certified in NDT.

Standards framework for NDT certification
Learn about the standards framework related to NDT certification.

Rules of implementation for CAN/CGSB-48.9712
Learn about the rules of implementation that pertain to NDT certification.


Training requirements and prerequisites for NDT certification
Get important information about what training and perquisites you need to become certified in NDT.

Accepted training organizations for NDT certification
Find out which organizations across Canada are considered acceptable for offering NDT training.

Qualifying work experience for NDT certification
Find out what work experience qualifies you for certification to CGSB Standard CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014.


Initial NDT examinations
Consult charts that show the durations and further options for all levels of examinations in five areas of non-destructive testing.

Authorized examination centres for NDT certification
See a list of examination centres across Canada that are authorized to administer NDT certification exams.

Considerations for foreign-certified personnel
Find out how to become NDT-certified to CGSB Standard CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014 if you obtained your original NDT certification in a country other than Canada.

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