Certification Renewal

Certifications Expiring December 31, 2016:

NRCan is currently completing the processing of renewal applications for clients whose certifications will expire on December 31, 2016. This process should be completed by March 10, 2017.

Clients showing an expiry date of December 31, 2016 that have submitted valid renewal applications before December 31, 2016 will continue to hold valid certification until March 10, 2017.

Please note: All personnel appearing on the Directory of NDT Certified Personnel are currently certified even though they may not have received their updated certification card from NRCan.

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) National Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body (NDTCB) introduced a new expiration date for all certifications. Newly certified personnel and existing certified personnel will have an expiration date of the 15th day in their birth month for up to 5 years (60 months or less). This process will occur following the December 31st renewal dates in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and for any new certifications after July 1, 2015.

The renewal process is as follows:

For Candidates that expire December 31st 2016, 2017, the process will occur as per the candidate’s last name:

  • N-Z expire December 31st 2016
  • A-F expire December 31st 2017

Following this cycle certified personnel will be responsible for renewing and recertifying their certifications in a five (5) year cycle. The new period of validity for existing certified personnel will be their birth month up to the fifth year (60 months or less) of certification following renewal.

  • Example: For an individual who is required to renew in December 2016 and is born in April: the new expiry date of the certification will be April 2021.

Note: Clients may have existing methods however subsequent methods will be issued a period of validity separately. 

For the convenience of the candidate, the NRCan National NDT Certification Body will issue a notice of renewal, including an application form, to the NDT candidates due for renewal, six months prior to the expiry date. 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 procedure required for renewal. To receive this notice, it is important that the NRCan National NDT Certification Body be advised of any change in contact information including mailing address and email.

Applying For Renewal

To apply for certification renewal, you must submit to the NRCan National NDT Certification Body, the three forms enclosed with this Renewal Notice as well as the appropriate Renewal Fee.

How to Apply

The following information and requisites will be required for renewal:

1. Application Form

The application form must be fully completed, signed and current dated by the applicant and must include all required attestations.

2. Fees

The following forms of payment are accepted by the NDTCB: company cheque, money order, MasterCard, Visa or American Express. Company cheques and money orders are to be made payable to the Receiver General for Canada. Applications submitted after the expiry date will need to include a $100 late fee in addition to the regular fees. Payment from Other Government Departments must be made by inter-departmental FIS transactions. The renewal fees for this five year term are as follows:

Number of Methods
1 2 3 4 5
$250 $425 $575 $675 $725

There will be no renewal fee applied to an NDT method that was initially certified and/or revalidated between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

3. Record of Experience

Verifiable documentary evidence of continued satisfactory work activity without significant interruption in the method and sector for which certificate renewal is sought is required for Renewal. Please ensure that this page is signed by the supervisor and applicant.

4. Attestations

It is the employer's, supervisor's and sponsor's responsibility to verify the accuracy of their employee's employment, to ensure that the employee has annually met the visual acuity requirements, and to verify the authenticity of the personal photograph the employee has submitted.

Please note that all 3 attestation sections need to be completed.
Applicants cannot sign for themselves.

For the required signatures, the same person(s), appropriately qualified for each of these definitions, may sign for one or more of these roles. Unemployed applicants are only exempt from two of the three signatures required on the attestation form (employer and supervisor). However, they still require a qualified person to sign the attestation.

5. Code of Conduct

It is a condition of NRCan certification that individuals applying for renewal shall sign and submit the NRCan Code of Conduct Form.

6. Vision Test Report Form

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.

7. Two (2) Passport Photos

Certified Personnel must provide two (2) passport photographs every second period of validity (every 10 years). The photos must:

  • be taken by a commercial photographer, clear/focused, in color, taken straight on with the face and shoulders centered and squared to the camera;
  • reflect the candidate’s current appearance (taken within the last twelve (12) months) and have their complete name and date on the back of the photo.
  • be professionally printed on photographic paper (photos printed at home, self-taken or non-passport type photos are not acceptable).

Other Information

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

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, the occurrence of errors, omissions and delays cannot be completely ruled out and NRCan is not responsible for any direct and indirect costs, expenses or delays which may arise.

For more information and commonly asked questions about NDT certification renewal please read our comprehensive guide, Renewal and Recertification: Common Questions and Additional Information.

Renewal Policy for NDT Experience

1. 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:

“verifiable documentary evidence of continued satisfactory work activity without significant interruption* in the method and sector for which certificate renewal is sought.”

*significant interruption signifies an absence or a change of activity that prevents the certified individual from practicing the duties corresponding to his/her level in the method and the industrial sector(s) for which he/she is certified, for a continuous period exceeding one year.

2. Policy Objective

The objective of this policy is to promote a better understanding, among candidates and the NRCan National NDT Certification Body staff, of what constitutes acceptable work experience in order to be considered for renewal of certification.

3. Interpretation

In the judgement of the NRCan National NDT Certification Body, "work activity relevant to the certification" is taken in the broad sense. 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 as valid for renewal of certification are:

  1. work in other non-destructive testing methods in which certification is held,
  2. work that increases an individual's knowledge of material properties and metal processes,
  3. work demonstrating non-destructive testing equipment that requires setting up and operating the equipment, and
  4. work involving the management of non-destructive testing services where knowledge of the applicability and limitations of non-destructive testing is required.

4. Application

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

5. 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.

Certification status becomes inactive if a candidate fails to renew by the certificate expiry date.

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.

Certification status becomes inactive if a candidate fails to renew by the certificate expiry date.

As per CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014 / (ISO 9712:2012, IDT) 10.2 up to 12 months after the certification expiry date, a candidate’s certification status may be reactivated by submitting a properly completed renewal form, accompanied by a proof-of-work-experience form and payment of a $100 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 reactivate his/her certification status through successful recertification. Successful completion of the initial certification process is required if the candidate fails recertification.