Renewing Your NDT Certification

The NRCan NDTCB is implementing a user fees update to existing fees; this update will take effect July 1st, 2017. Additional new services and fees will be introduced at a later date. Application and fee submissions to the NRCan NDTCB that are postmarked, emailed or faxed after June 30th, 2017 are subject to the new fee schedule.

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.

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) National Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body (NDTCB) has introduced a new expiration date for all renewed (2015 renewals and later) and new certifications under CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014. These now have an expiration date of the 15th day of your birth month for up to five years (60 months or less).

For example, if you are required to renew in December 2017 and were born in April, the new expiry date of your certification would be April 15th 2022.

Six months prior to your certification expiry date the NRCan NDTCB will issue a notice of renewal which will include the renewal application and other required forms. As described in paragraph 10.2 of CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014 / (ISO 9712:2012, IDT), it is the responsibility of the certificate holder to initiate the renewal procedure and to submit the renewal application to the NRCan NDTCB within six months of certification expiry. To ensure that you receive the renewal notice package, please inform the NRCan NDTCB of any change in contact information, including your mailing address and email address.

What to submit to renew your certification

To maintain a valid certification, you must apply to renew the validity of your CAN/CGSB-48.9712 certification past its expiry date. Submit the following items to the NRCan Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body (NDTCB):

Certifications expiring after December 31, 2017

To avoid a lapse of certification after December 31, 2017, please ensure that your renewal application is received by this office no later than December 01, 2017. Please do not submit your renewal application more than six (6) months prior to your certification expiry date.

Instructions for submitting

Here are some details and instructions regarding the forms and requirements listed above.

Passport photos

Passport photos must:

  • measure 5 cm wide X 7 cm high (2 inches wide X 2-3/4 inches high)
  • be taken by a commercial photographer and be professionally printed on photographic paper
  • be clear, sharp, in focus, and in full colour
  • be taken straight on with your face and shoulders centered and squared to the camera
  • reflect your current appearance (taken within the last twelve (12) months)
  • show your complete name, as well as the name and complete address of the photo studio and the date the photo was taken on the back of one photo
  • be submitted, via mail or courier

Note: Self-taken and/or self-printed photographs and non-passport photographs will not be accepted. We may request additional photographs at any time if we deem previously submitted photographs unacceptable.

Renewal fees

We accept company cheques, money orders and credit card payments (Visa, MasterCard or AmEx). We do not accept personal cheques. Cheques and money orders are payable to the Receiver General for Canada. If paying by credit card, print the name shown on the credit card, card number, expiry date and amount. Please note that we do not accept credit card information by email. Applications submitted after the expiry date will need to include a $120 late fee in addition to the regular fees. Payments from other government departments must be made via inter-departmental FIS transactions. The renewal fees for a five-year term are shown in the table below.

Fees and other process requirements are subject to change. All fees are subject to the current fee schedule in effect.

Number of Methods

1 2 3 4 5
$275 $450 $625 $800 $975

Application form, record of experience and attestations

Your application form must be fully completed, signed and dated, and include all required attestations.

The Record of Experience (page 2 of the Renewal and Recertification Application Form) must be completed to provide verifiable documentary evidence of continued satisfactory work activity without significant interruption in the method and sector for which you are seeking certificate renewal. Please ensure this page is signed by yourself and your supervisor.

In the Attestations section (page 3 of the Renewal and Recertification Application Form), it is your employer’s, supervisor’s and sponsor’s responsibility to verify your employment and work experience on the Record of Experience to ensure you have annually met the visual acuity requirements and to verify the authenticity of the photograph you are submitting. Please note: All three attestation sections must be completed. You cannot sign for yourself.

The same person(s) may sign for one or more of these roles if appropriately qualified for each. If you are unemployed, you are exempt from two of the three signatures required on the attestation form (employer and supervisor), but still require an NRCan/CGSB-certified NDT Level 2 or 3 sponsor to sign the attestations.

If you are self-employed, you are exempt from one of the three signatures required on the attestation form (employer), but still require a supervisor (can be a client who oversees your work or an appropriately qualified business partner) and an NRCan/CGSB-certified NDT Level 2 or 3 sponsor to sign the attestations.

Vision test report

Applicants must undergo a visual acuity test with a recognized medical professional attesting that the candidate has completed a satisfactory vision examination. This report must be dated within 12 months prior to the certification expiration date.

Our responsibilities and policies

The NRCan NDTCB makes all reasonable efforts to ensure candidate applications, examination requests and certification submissions are completed as per service standard targets. Despite these efforts, errors, omissions and delays are possible. The NRCan NDTCB is not responsible for any direct and indirect costs, expenses or delays that may arise.

Renewal applications are subject to current NRCan NDTCB policies and procedures. Processed payment does not complete or guarantee the renewal process. Renewal of certification is issued only after completion, verification and NRCan NDTCB approval of application.

Late renewals

Late renewals may require additional information, documentation and/or verification. As renewal applications are processed in arrival sequence, processing times may vary depending on the volume of applications received and are not guaranteed. Incomplete documentation or complexity of routine verifications and checks may also lead to longer processing times.

As per CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014, paragraph 10.2, up to twelve (12) months after the certification expiry date, your certification status may be reactivated by submitting a properly completed renewal application and payment of a $120 late renewal fee in addition to the regular renewal fee.

If your renewal application is submitted more than 12 months after the certification expiry date, you may only reactivate your certification status by recertifying. If you fail recertification, you must successfully complete the initial certification process.


NRCan Renewal and Recertification Application Form (PDF, 1.46 Mb)
Download the application form to renew or recertify your NDT certification.

Renewal and Recertification: Common Questions and Additional Information (PDF, 152 kb)
Find more detailed answers to a range of topics related to renewing and recertifying your NDT certification, from validity periods to requirements to examinations.

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