Renewal Policy for NDT Experience

The objective of this policy is to promote a better understanding—among candidates and the Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) National Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body (NDTCB) staff—of what constitutes acceptable work experience for the purposes of certification renewal.

Policy application

This policy applies to all certification renewal applicants and to the NRCan National NDT Certification Body staff.

Policy subject

Policy on the interpretation and application of the experience clause for the renewal of certification is described in paragraph 10.1b of the Canadian General Standards Board Standard CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014 / (ISO 9712:2012, IDT) for the certification of non-destructive testing personnel. It states that “verifiable documentary evidence” is sought “of continued satisfactory work activity without significant interruptionFootnote 1 in the method and sector for which certificate renewal.”

Interpreting the policy

In NDTCB’s judgement, "work activity relevant to the certification" is to be interpreted broadly. Thus, any work activity or experience gained during the certificate's period of validity that contributes to maintaining or improving an individual's knowledge required to test, detect, locate, identify and evaluate discontinuities within an engineering material using the particular non-destructive testing method may be credited when evaluating an application for renewal of certification.

Examples of work activities that may be considered valid for renewal of certification are:

  • Work in other non-destructive testing methods in which certification is held
  • Work that increases an individual's knowledge of material properties and metal processes
  • Work demonstrating non-destructive testing equipment that requires setting up and operating the equipment
  • Work that involves managing non-destructive testing services, where knowledge of the applicability and limitations of non-destructive testing is required

Policy requirements

  • A candidate applying for renewal of certification is responsible for submitting a properly completed renewal application that contains a signed attestation of experience verified by the employer, supervisor and sponsor.
  • A candidate’s certification status becomes inactive if they fail to renew by the certificate expiry date.
  • A candidate applying for renewal is responsible for submitting a properly completed renewal application that contains a signed attestation of experience verified by the employer, supervisor and sponsor.
  • As per CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014 paragraph 10.2, a candidate’s certification status may be reactivated up to 12 months after the certification expiry date by submitting a properly completed renewal form, accompanied by a proof-of-work-experience form and payment of a $120 late renewal fee in addition to the regular renewal fee.
  • If the renewal application is submitted more than 12 months after the certification expiry date, a candidate may recertify. Candidates who fail recertification will need to successfully complete the initial certification process.
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