FAQ’s and Links

Frequently Asked Questions

Question:

What is the difference between the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) and the Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) National Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body (NDTCB)?

Answer:

The Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) is a national standards development organization that manages, among various other standards, the CAN/CGSB-48.9712 standard regarding the qualification and certification of non-destructive testing (NDT) personnel.

The Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) National Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body (NDTCB) is the Government of Canada certification body that qualifies and certifies NDT personnel by conforming to the CAN/CGSB-48.9712 standard.

In short, CGSB manages the CAN/CGSB-48.9712 standard, and the NRCan NDTCB implements the CAN/CGSB-48.9712 standard in order to qualify and certify NDT personnel in Canada.

Question:

What is the difference between the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and the NRCan National Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body (NDTCB)? What does the NDTCB have to do with CNSC’s Exposure Device Operator (EDO) certification program?

Answer:

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is responsible for certification of Exposure Device Operators (EDO), while the NRCan NDTCB serves as the qualifying body for the EDO written examination. The NRCan NDTCB also provides Certified Exposure Device Operators (CEDO) with an NRCan photo identification card to be used in conjunction with the valid CEDO certification card issue by the CNSC.

Question:

Can I email my application(s)?

Answer:

Applications for any of our certification programs can be emailed to the NRCan NDTCB; however, emailed applications cannot contain credit card information. We ask that all applications containing credit card information be submitted by mailed or fax. For security purposes, our office cannot accept credit card information or applications containing credit card information by email.

If you would like to email your application and are paying for fees with a credit card, please ensure that you void the credit card number and expiry date before scanning and sending the application; after you have emailed the application, you may then telephone our office to give us the credit card information for your application.

Please note that you also cannot submit passport photographs via email with your applications. Original hardcopies of passport photographs must be submitted to the NRCan NDTCB by either mail or courier.

Question:

When will my Examination Admittance and Registration Form(s) be issued?

Answer:

If you have submitted a valid and complete application for initial examination or for re-examination and you meet all of the requirements to write the examination(s), your Examination Admittance and Registration Form(s) will be issued (by either mail or email, depending on what you have indicated on your application form) approximately two weeks (10 working days) after our office receives the application.

Applications are processed in arrival sequence; however processing times are not guaranteed and may vary depending on the volume of applications received and/or verification of information such as qualifying work experience. Incomplete applications/documentation may also lead to longer processing times.

Question:

When will my examination results become available?

Answer:

Examination results are usually available approximately three weeks (15 business days) after our office receives the completed examination from an examination centre. Examination results are sent to candidates shortly after the examination has been graded.

Examinations are processed and graded in arrival sequence; however processing times are not guaranteed and may vary depending on the volume of examinations received.

Question:

What is the difference between renewal and recertification for NDT (CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014) certifications?

Answer:

Renewal is the procedure for revalidation of a certification that does not require examination. Renewal of NDT certifications should take place approximately every five years (60 months) or less after initial/supplementary certification or recertification.

Recertification is the procedure for revalidation of a certification by examination. Recertification of NDT certifications should take place approximately every ten years (120 months) or less after initial/supplementary certification or previous recertification.

Question:

When do I need to renew my NDT (CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014) certification?

Answer:

Applications for renewal are required to be submitted before your certification expiry date. Applications submitted after the expiry date are subject to a $100 late fee. Candidates that do not submit satisfactory renewal applications and appropriate supporting documents within twelve (12) months after their certification expiry date will not have their certifications renewed and will be required to recertify in order to obtain valid certification.

Question:

When am I required to recertify my NDT (CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014) certification?

Answer:

Renewal candidates whose initial certifications were obtained in 2010 or prior (with expiry date of December 31st, 2015), 2011 or prior (with expiry date of December 31st, 2016), and 2012 or prior (with expiry date of December 31st, 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 5 years (60 months) or less, based on the 15th day of your birth month). For example, if you were required to renew by December 31st, 2016 and your birthday is in March, the next expiry date for your renewal is March 16th, 2021. Therefore you would also be required to recertify before March 16th, 2021.

All other candidates are required to recertify within ten 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. For example, if you obtained your certification on July 10th, 2012 (and your last renewal expiry date was December 31st, 2016) and your birthday is in September, you will be required to recertify before September 15th, 2021. If you obtained your certification on July 10th, 2012 (and your last renewal expiry date was December 31st, 2016) and your birthday is in June, you will be required to recertify before June 15th, 2022.

Links

The following is a list of various Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) related web sites for your convenience: