Initial Application Information

How to apply and what is required for initial Certification Examination

Certification is currently offered in the following methods.

  • Eddy Current
    Engineering, Materials and Components (EMC) Sector, Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • Industrial Radiography
    EMC Sector, Levels 1, 2 and 3
    Aerospace Sector, Levels 2 and 3
  • Liquid Penetrant
    EMC Sector, Levels 2 and 3
  • Magnetic Particle
    EMC Sector, Levels 2 and 3
  • Ultrasonics
    EMC Sector, Levels 1, 2 and 3

An application form (PDF, 4.02 mb) must be completed and submitted to the NRCan NDT Certification Body to confirm an NDT candidate's eligibility to undergo both written and practical examinations. The NDT candidate must include fees and all relevant information and documentation. To facilitate this task, the following details are provided:

  1. Fees - The procedures for the payment of registration and examination fees are explained, and the fees to be paid are shown in the fee schedules in the "Procedure for payment of fees" section.
  2. Photograph Verification Form (PDF, 14 kb) - NDT candidates registering with the NDT Certification Body for the first time must provide 2 passport photographs (colour) 3 cm x 2.5 cm in size. The NDT candidate will then be issued a laminated photo identification card. The photo card will be valid for a period up to six years and the renewal of this card will coincide with the three-year staggered certification renewal process.
  3. Educational Background - All NDT candidates must indicate their level of education on the application form. However, only Level 3 NDT candidates are required to provide documented evidence of education in the form of diplomas or transcripts. This is because the experience time required to establish the eligibility of Level 3 NDT candidates depends on the education level.
  4. NDT Training Courses - Training courses are mandatory and certificates or documentation of successful completion must be presented to the NDT Certification Agency. NCA Accepted Training Organizations.
  5. Code of Conduct - To be eligible for certification, the NDT candidate must agree to abide by a code of ethics. This is done by signing the Code of Conduct for Testing Personnel Form.
  6. Eye Examination – Vision Requirements (see “1.2 - 10 Vision Requirements-eng.doc”) - NDT candidates shall provide evidence of satisfactory vision as determined by an ophthalmologist, optometrist or other recognized medical professional on our NRCan Eye Examination Report Form (PDF, 96 kb).
  7. Qualifying Work Experiencee - When completing this section of the application, the candidate must identify each employer/company and provide a complete and thorough description of his/her work experience specific to the NDT method(s) in which one is requesting examination eligibility.

    The candidate must also clearly identify the period of employment for each employer/company, the acquired NDT experience in months and/or weeks, and show the percentage of time engaged in the pertinent NDT method(s). See below to calculate experience credits.

To gain a credit for work experience, one must work under qualified supervision. Previously, NDT candidates were required to gain experience under the supervision of Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) certified personnel. NDT candidates will now be allowed to gain experience under "qualified supervision." This will allow the NDT Certification Body flexibility to assess the degree of competence of the supervision and to accept experience under non-CGSB certified personnel. The supervisor's name, registration number, type of certification (if applicable), position title and organization must be identified in the reference section on page 3 of the application form.

The application and supporting documentation dealing with NDT experience must be signed by both the applicant and a witness, usually the immediate supervisor.

NDT experience may be acquired either before or after success in the qualification examination. If experience is sought after successful examination, the results of the examination shall remain valid for five years.

Additional requirements for certification to Level 3 NDT technician

Candidates applying for Level 3 certification must, in addition to the aforementioned, provide an expanded résumé detailing experience.

The NDT Certification Body must in addition to Application Form, detailed information regarding the applicant's progressive experience in terms of responsibility and type of work, materials and equipment used. At least the following aspects must be brought out for the test method applied for.

  • Increased competence in using new or established techniques on a broader and/or more complex range of
  • Applications; development of new techniques;
  • Development and/or use of more complex evaluation procedures;
  • Increased use of codes, standards and specifications;
  • Increased ability in interpreting test results;
  • Also improved performance in selecting and applying other NDT methods;
  • Published technical papers;
  • Any other information deemed relevant.

 The documentation must be signed by both the applicant and his supervisor.

Eligibility Requirements

Before applying, candidates should be familiar with the CAN/CGSB 48.9712.2006.  CGSB standards are available in English and French and can be purchased from the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) at this address:

Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB)

Place du Portage III, 6B1
11 rue Laurier
Gatineau QC K1A 1G6
Tel.: 819-956-0425 or 1-800-665-2472 (Canada only)
Fax: 819-956-5644
Web site: Canadian General Standards Board