X-Ray Fluorescent Analyzer Operator Certification

The NRCan National NDT Certification Body (NDT CB) is a federal department that manages Canada's nation-wide program for the certification of individuals who perform Non-Destructive Testing (NDT). The NDT CB has adopted International Standard ISO 20807:2004 with modification to form the basis of its X-Ray Fluorescent (XRF) operator certification.The certification scheme and guidelines in the current XRF Examination Preparation booklet supersede any differing details from the ISO 20807:2004 certification standard.

NRCan developed and implemented the XRF operator certification programin collaboration with Health Canada.  Health Canada publishes safety codes that are incorporated into the Canada Labour Code, which applies to federally regulated sectors.  An addendum specifically applicable to portable hand-held x-ray tubes based on open-beam XRF devices falls within the scope of Safety Code 32, and requires the user of a "portable hand-held x-ray tube based open-beam XRF device" to be an NRCan XRF certified operator.

The NDTCB understands the importance of impartiality in carrying out its certification activities. Processes are in place to manage any potential conflicts of interest and to ensure the objectivity of all certification activities.

XRF Certified Operators

An XRF certified operator is an individual who holds a valid certification in the XRF NDT method as administered by NRCan. The NRCan XRF certification program comprises radiation safety training and examination components that are based on NDT industrial radiography.

What You Need to Be an XRF-Certified Operator

To be an XRF-certified operator, you must have at least basic knowledge of XRF theory and applications, as well as an understanding of the principles and practices of radiation safety as they relate to portable open-beam XRF analyzers.

Your Responsibilities

The NRCan NDT CB advises candidates to study independently before writing the examination and to use the latest version of the XRF Examination Preparation booklet to prepare. We encourage candidates to consult the reference materials, including the applicable acts, regulations and safety codes or other references cited in the XRF Examination Preparation booklet.

Local operating rules

XRF device users should contact their appropriate federal, provincial or territorial radiation protection authorities for applicable operating rules.

Arranging your examination or re-examination
Find out how to register for your initial written examination (or re-examination) and what to bring to examinations.

Need to recertify or requalify as an XRF operator?
Find out when you will need to recertify, what you need to provide, and how long your recertification will be valid for.

Training requirements for XRF operators
Read about what constitutes accepted formal training and what you need to pass the XRF exams.

Application information
Find out which XRF operations can be performed at different certification levels, as well as what the fees are for certification exams, and what information and documentation is required for certification.

Certified personnel
Visit this page to download a list of NDT personnel who are currently certified by NRCan.

Version 4 XRF forms and guides
Find out how to contact us for up-to-date XRF forms and certification and examination guides.

XRF certification renewals
Learn how and when to renew your certification, including information about fees and what to provide.


Contact NDT

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