NRCan National Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Certification Body

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) manages the national program in Canada that certifies people who perform non-destructive testing (NDT). The NRCan National NDT Certification Body (NDTCB) protects Canadians and Canada’s natural resources, and provides:

  • Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) certification
  • Portable tube-based X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) analyzer certification
  • Qualifying body for Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s (CNSC) Exposure Device Operator (EDO) written examination

Mandate and objectives

NDTCB develops and implements programs to certify people who inspect the metals and materials in the components and structures used in the development and use of Canada’s natural resources. For example, Canada’s energy and mining sectors rely on many applications of non-destructive testing in heavy equipment, oil and gas pipelines, nuclear reactors, and fossil-fuel generating stations.

The NDTCB certification program also aims to continually improve and maintain reliability, security and safety with regards to how metals and materials are used by industries across Canada. The NRCan NDTCB is committed to quality and has achieved certification for its quality management system to the ISO 9001:2015 standard.

The NDTCB is solely responsible for, retains authority for, and does not delegate its decisions relating to certification, including the granting, maintaining, recertification, expansion and reduction of scope, suspension, or withdrawal of certifications.

Canadian General Standards Board Certification
Read about how certification for NDT personnel is done in accordance with Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) Standard CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014 (Qualification and Certification of Non-Destructive Testing Personnel).

XRF Analyzer Operator Certification
Find out about certification for operators of portable x-ray tube-based fluorescence (XRF) analyzers, done in accordance with Health Canada’s Safety Code 32 requirements and ISO 20807. The NRCan XRF certification program comprises radiation safety training and examination components that are based on NDT industrial radiography.

Exposure Device Operator Written Examination
Learn about the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s (CNSC’s) role in certifying exposure device operators (EDO). NDTCB serves as the qualifying body for CNSC's EDO written examination, which is administered similarly to other written NDT certification examinations and uses the NDTCB test centre network. The NDTCB will issue a photo identification card to candidates who are successful on the EDO written examination; this identification card is to be used in conjunction with a valid CEDO card issued by the CNSC.

For more information please contact CNSC.


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Find out how to contact the NRCan National NDT Certification Body, including our opening hours and how to direct your inquiry.

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