Recertifying 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.

Recertification for non-destructive testing is required:

  • Before your certification reaches the end of its second consecutive five-year period of validity (approximately every 10 years or less)
  • If you are considered to be within the transitional period for recertification
  • If you do not renew your certification within 12 months from your certification expiry date
  • If you have a significant interruption in work experience (more than 12 consecutive months), or two or more periods for a total time exceeding two years

Renewal candidates whose initial certifications were obtained in 2010 or earlier (with expiry date of December 31, 2015), 2011 or earlier (with expiry date of December 31, 2016), and 2012 or earlier (with expiry date of December 31, 2017), respectively, are considered to be within the transitional period for recertification.

In the transitional period for recertification, candidates are required to recertify by no later than their next expiry date for renewal (approximately five years (60 months) or less, based on the 15th day of your birth month).

  • Example: If you were required to renew by December 31, 2016 and your birthday is in March, the next expiry date for your renewal is March 15, 2021. Therefore, you would also be required to recertify before March 15, 2021.

If you are due for recertification within the transitional period, you will be renewed conditionally under CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014 based on the Rules of Implementation. Successful completion of recertification examinations during this transition period will be applied at the end of the 5 year period of validity for which the certificate was conditionally renewed. Following the satisfactory completion of the renewal process the individual will have valid certification for a period of 5 years. Once your recertification becomes effective, we will notify you that your certification complies with CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014 and ISO 9712:2012.

  • Example: If you complete your recertification examination for an NDT method in June of 2019, and your next renewal date (recertification deadline) is October 15th, 2021, your recertification for that method will become effective on October 15th, 2021. Providing that you renew by October 15th, 2021, you will have valid certification for a period of 5 years.

All other candidates are required to recertify within 10 years (120 months) or less after the date of initial certification or last recertification. The recertification deadline is based on the 15th day of your birth month and the date of initial certification or last recertification.

  • Example: If you obtained your certification in July 2014 and your birthday is in September, you will be required to recertify before September 15, 2023; alternatively, if you obtained your certification in July 2014 and your birthday is in June, you will be required to recertify before June 15, 2024.

Recertification requirements (by examination)

For Level 1: Two-specimen practical examination

For Level 2: Two-specimen practical examination with written instruction for Eddy Current Testing (ET), Magnetic Testing (MT), Penetrant Testing (PT), and Ultrasonic Testing (UT); two-specimen practical examination with film interpretation for Radiographic Testing (RT).

For Level 3: Two-specimen practical examination and choice of either a written examination or Structured Credit System for Eddy Current Testing (ET), Magnetic Testing (MT), Penetrant Testing (PT), and Ultrasonic Testing (UT); two-specimen practical examination with film interpretation for Radiographic Testing (RT) and choice of either a written examination or Structured Credit System.

Types and number of specimens for practical recertification exams

The table below shows the minimum number and type of specimens for practical recertification examinations.

Industrial sectors UT1 UT2 RT1 RT2 ET1 ET2 MT2 PT2

EMC

2
f/w/e/wp

2
f/w/e/wp/p

2
c/f/w

2
c/f/w/p
+12 rs

2
e/wp

2
e/as/ac

2
c/f/w

2
c/f/w

Aerospace

 

 

 

2
+12 rs

 

 

 

 

Notes:

  • Where the sector examination involves multiple product types, the specimens are selected by the examiner from the product range or materials that make up the sector.
  • A set of radiographs is considered as one specimen.

Key: c = castings; EMC = Engineering, Materials and Components; f = forgings; w = weldments; e = various shapes and tubes; wp = wrought products; p = composite materials; fs = facility surveillance; rs = radiographs; as = aircraft structures; ac = aircraft components.

Level 3 recertification

For written examination: A structured credit system will be allowed as an alternative to the written recertification examination as per paragraph 11.3.1 b) of CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014 / (ISO 9712:2012, IDT).

For practical examination: The Level 2 practical examination is required; alternative documentation is not acceptable.

What to submit for recertification your application

Complete and submit the following required renewal and recertification documents in addition to the appropriate fee (see below for fee information):

Instructions for submitting your application

Renewal and recertification application form

Please refer to the instructions on our website on certification renewal for instructions and directions to complete the renewal requirements. To apply for recertification, please select the “Recertification” option for the appropriate NDT method(s) on the Renewal and recertification application form.

Fees

We accept company cheques, money orders and credit cards (MasterCard, Visa or American Express). 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. Payments from other government departments must be made via inter-departmental FIS transactions.

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

Renewal fees

Renewal fees need to be paid if:

  • you are required to renew at this time because your certification will soon expire or has expired;
  • your certification is currently invalid and needs to be revalidated

The renewal fees for a five-year period of validity are:

Number of Methods

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

Recertification examination registration fees

Recertification examination registration fees are required for each method for recertification in addition to the appropriate renewal fee (see the chart above) if you are also applying for renewal at this time, or if your certification needs to be revalidated. The recertification examination registration fees are:

Renewal Fee (Per Method)

Industrial Radiography

Ultrasonics

Magnetic Particle

Liquid Penetrant

Eddy Current

See renewal chart fee above

Recertification Examination on Registration Fee (Per Method)

+

+

+

+

+

Level 1

$130

$130

N/A

N/A

$130

Level 2

$285

$285

$125

$125

$285

Level 3

$395

$395

$235

$235

$395

If you are applying for recertification in both the Engineering Materials and Components (EMC) sector and the Aerospace (A/S) Sector for Radiographic Testing, you must pay separate recertification examination registration fees for each examination.

Renewal applications submitted after the expiry date must include a $120 late fee in addition to the regular fees.

Recertification examination request form

Applicants must include a completed Recertification examination request form in addition to the Renewal and recertification application form to receive an examination admittance and registration form. Clients may not attempt recertification examinations without authorized, method-specific examination admittance and registration forms. A list of Authorized Examination Centers for both written and practical examinations can be found on our website.

Structured credit system (Level 3 certifications only)

A structured credit system will be allowed as an alternative to the written recertification examination as per 11.3.1 b) CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014. Credits are awarded for NDT experience over the last 5 years and a minimum number of points are needed to meet the requirements of the structured credit system.

 

Examination guide for NDT recertification (PDF, 392.03 kb)
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Renewal and Recertification: Common Questions and Additional Information (PDF, 152 kb)
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