Initial Application Information for Non-destructive Testing Certification

How to apply and what is required

Certification is currently offered in the following methods:

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

  • Ultrasonics (UT)
    EMC Sector, Levels 1, 2 and 3

  • Visual Testing (VT)
    Currently Under Development.

Initial Certification Application Process Requirements

An application form (PDF, 1.62 mb) and any applicable prerequisites must be completed and submitted to the Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Certification Body (NDTCB) to confirm an NDT candidate's eligibility to undergo both written and practical examinations. The following information has been provided to assist candidates looking to apply for initial certification. Please note that it is highly recommended that candidates familiarize themselves with the CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014 / (ISO 9712:2012, IDT) standard. Please see paragraph Eligibility Requirements for more information on obtaining this page.

1. Fees

Candidates will be required to provide payment for the application fee, written examination fee and practical examination fee. For more information on payment of application and examination fees please visit the "Procedure for payment of fees" section.

To protect payment information, we ask that all forms containing credit card information (Mastercard, Visa, AMEX) be submitted via Fax or Mail only. Do not send credit card information by e-mail.  If you have any questions, please call 1-866-858-0473.

2. Photographs

NDT candidates registering with the NDT Certification Body for the first time must provide two (2) passport photographs (colour) 3 cm x 2.5 cm in size and may be required to submit a filled Photograph Verification Form (PDF, 14 kb). 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).

Additional photographs may be requested at any time if previous photographs are deemed unacceptable. The NDT candidate will be issued a laminated photo identification card using this photograph once certification has been gained. The photo card will be valid for a period up to 5 years and the renewal of this card will coincide with the ten-year staggered certification renewal process.

3. Certified ID

Applicants registering with the NDT Certification Body for the first time must include a notarized or certified true copy of one (1) valid piece of Canadian Government recognized identity document. This document must have the applicants’ full legal name, photo and signature and may be notarized or certified true copy by the listed employer or by the professional individual as listed on the Photograph Verification Form. An example of valid and acceptable proof of ID:

  • passport
  • driver’s licence
  • military identification
  • Certificate of Indian Status
  • provincial or territorial health care card that includes your photo and signature (excluding Alberta, Manitoba, and Newfoundland and Labrador)

Documents not in one of the official languages of choice i.e., English or French, must be translated.

4. Educational Background

All NDT candidates must indicate their level of education on page two (2) of the application form.

5. NDT Training Courses

Training courses are mandatory for certification and certificates or documentation of successful completion must be presented to the NRCan National NDTCB NDTCB Accepted Training Organizations (ATO) prior to attempting any of the certification examinations. More information about training requirements and ATO’s can be found in the Training Requirements and Prerequisites section.

6. 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 (PDF, 123 kb).

7. Vision Requirements

NDT candidates shall provide evidence of satisfactory vision as determined by an ophthalmologist, optometrist or other recognized medical professional and must be completed on our NRCan Eye Examination Report Form (PDF, 96 KB).

8. Clarification for Age of Majority

Age of Majority is 18 or 19 years old depending on the province/territory of the candidate’s place of residence. Requirement for Age of Majority comes into effect for the date of certification issuance, and not the application submission date.

9. Qualifying Work Experience (QWE)

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. Please refer to Qualifying Work Experience page for additional information.

The candidate must also clearly identify the period of employment for each employer/company, the acquired NDT experience in hours or months (based on 175 hours/month) engaged in the pertinent NDT method(s) of which the candidate has applied for.

To gain a credit for work experience, one must work under qualified supervision. Qualified supervision is defined as supervision of candidates gaining experience by NDT personnel certified in the same method under supervision or by non-certified personnel who, in the opinion of the certification body, possess the knowledge, skill, training, and experience required to properly perform such supervision. The supervisor's and sponsor’s signature, name, registration number, type of certification (if applicable), position title and organization must be identified in the reference section on page 4 of the application form, and the supervisor’s signature must be included on page 3 (Qualifying Work Experience reporting portion).

The application and supporting documentation dealing with NDT experience must be supported by the appropriate signatures. Incomplete QWE reporting could result in significant delays. Candidates are encouraged to submit complete and accurate QWE and supporting documents (where needed) when applying.

Period of Validity

Candidates who apply to the certification program will have a period of two years to gain certification following their first examination attempt. Candidates who do not gain certification during this two year period will be required to re-apply as an initial applicant. Candidates who gain certification in any one of these methods will be issued certification for a period of validity that will be active for up to 5 years (60 months or less). Period of validity will exist for up to 5 years (60 months or less) to the birth month of the candidate following certification.

Improved Processing for Initial Applications

In response to client and industry stake holder requests, a significant update is made to our initial application process to enable faster turnaround time for new applications. Certain requisite items will still need to be provided, however it can be submitted at a later date, providing easier access to initial Written Exam Admittance forms.  This updated process will allow the candidates to better coordinate the scheduling of their training and written certification exams, since they may now have access to their admittance forms at an earlier stage (before they have obtained their training certificate). Once a candidate has received the NRCan Exam Admittance form, he/she can then proceed to schedule and attempt the examination.  In cases where feasible, the certification examination can be scheduled right after the completion of training, as long as the training and examination facility can accommodate such situation.

Admittance Form Requirements

All applications will require the following requisites (as a minimum) - to receive Written Exam Admittance forms:

  • Application form signed and current dated by the applicant;
  • Application and examination fees processed;
  • Code of Conduct form signed and current dated by the applicant;
  • For new/initial applicants to NRCan/CGSB – must include passport photos, a notarized or certified true copy of one (1) valid piece of Canadian Government recognized identity document and must have their Application form signed by their supervisor or signed Photograph Verification form.

Practical Exam Admittance forms will only be issued if the above requirements are satisfied in addition to:

  1. A minimum of 50% of the method-specific QWE required
  2. The reported QWE being reviewed and approved by the NDTCB

The remaining fifty percent (50%) of NDT experience may be acquired either before or after success in the qualification examination. Certification is possible only if candidates provide evidence of having gained the qualifying work experience, and the other qualifying requisites (as noted) within 2 years of successfully completing the examinations, otherwise, their examination results would be void.

Minimum Experience Prior to Examination

For Written Examinations:

  1. Level 1: 0%
  2. Level 2: 0%
  3. Level 3: 25%

For Practical Examinations:

  1. Level 1: 50%
  2. Level 2: 50%
  3. Level 3: 50%

Required training, prerequisites and vision requirements must be successfully completed prior to attempting either the written or practical examinations. However, the required documentation for successful completion of training, prerequisites and NRCan Eye Examination Report Form may be submitted to NRCan following the exam (provided that it was successfully completed prior to attempting exams – reference: CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014 / (ISO 9712:2012, IDT) para 7.1)

Payment of fees does not complete or guarantee the application and examination process.  The candidate is responsible to ensure all requisites/requirements have been met prior to examination or final certification as required. Submission of training, prerequisites, or visual acuity that have taken place following certification examination will be considered as non-compliant and may result in exam results being voided. Certification status will not granted until full completion, verification, and NRCan approval of application and required fees and requisites. Any misrepresentation or falsification on any of the required documents may result in Code of Conduct violations.

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.

Additional Requirements for Certification

Candidates applying for Level 3 Certification must provide an expanded resume detailing experience, in addition to the qualifying experience and requisites stated above.

Progressive NDT Experience

  • 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;
    • also improved performance in selecting and applying other NDT methods;
    • published technical papers;
    • any other information deemed relevant for level 3 certification.

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

Eligibility Requirements

Before applying, candidates should be familiar with the CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014 / (ISO 9712:2012, IDT).  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
You can also contact CGSB by email, or visit our website.