Initial Application Information

How to apply and what is required for initial Certification Examination

Certification is currently offered in the following methods. Period of validity will exist for up to 5 years (60 months or less) to the birth month of the candidate following certification.  The period of validity for the application will be for two years following the first examination attempt.

  • 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.

Expiration Dates - Clarification and Examples

Certifications will now be valid for a period of up to five (5) years. Certification expiration dates will be set according to candidate’s birth month for each individual method acquired.  


A candidate who gains MT certification in 2015 under the new process will be certified until their birth month in the year 2020. Recertification will be required by their birth month in the year 2025.

If the same candidate gains PT certification in 2017, they will have a period of validity for this method for 5 years until their birth month in 2022. Recertification will be required by the birth month in the year 2027. The expiration date for the previous method will not be affected.

MT expiration date: Birth Month in 2020 PT expiration date: Birth Month in 2022
MT Recertification Date: Birth Month in 2025      PT Recertification date: Birth Month in 2027

An application form (PDF, 1.62 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.
    *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. Photograph Verification Form (PDF, 14 kb) - 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. The NDT candidate will then be issued a laminated photo identification card. 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 & signature and may be notarized or certified true copy by the listed employer or by the professional individual as listed on the Photograph and Identification (ID) Verification Form. An example of valid and acceptable proof of ID: passport, driver’s license, 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 the one of the official languages of choice i.e. English or French must be translated. If you are not currently employed, you can ask one of the following people to attest to your photograph: Accountant; Chief of First Nation Band; Employee of Natural Resources Canada acting in an official capacity; Funeral Director; Justice of the Peace; Lawyer, Notary, Magistrate; Manager of Financial Institution; Medical and Health Practitioners: Chiropractor, Dentist, Doctor, Ophthalmologist, Optometrist, Pharmacist, Psychologist, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurse; Member of Parliament or their staff; Member of Provincial Legislature or their staff; Minister of Religion; Municipal Clerk; Official of a federal or provincial government department, or one of its agencies; Official of an Embassy; Consulate or high Commission, Official of a country with which Canada has a reciprocal social security agreement; Police Officer; Postmaster; Professional Engineer; Social Worker; Teacher.
  4. Educational Background - All NDT candidates must indicate their level of education on the application form.
  5. NDT Training Courses - Training courses are mandatory and certificates or documentation of successful completion must be presented to the NRCan National NDT Certification Body NCB Accepted Training Organizations.
  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.
  7. Eye Examination – Vision Requirements - 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).
  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 - 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 hours or months (based on 175 hours/month) engaged in the pertinent NDT method(s).

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, and the supervisor’s signature must be included on page 3 (Qualifying Work Experience reporting portion) of the application form.

The application and supporting documentation dealing with NDT experience must be supported by the appropriate signatures. 

Important Program Update:

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.

All applications will require the following requisites (as a minimum) - Written Exam Admittance forms will only be issued with the completion of all of the following:
•  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 Photo Verification form.

If a new/initial applicant to NRCan/CGSB is not currently employed (example: a full time student in an NDT training program) they would need to indicate this on their application (under employer details) and would still require to supply an attestation to their application (found on page 4 of the application form), photos and a notarized or certified true copy of one (1) valid piece of Canadian Government recognized identity document in addition to the other requisites required. An unemployed candidate applying without qualifying experience may have their NDT training instructor from an Approved Training Organization attest/sign as their supervisor on their application form and sign the Photo Verification form; otherwise they would require to fully complete all attestations as required.

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

•  For all cases, candidates shall be required to show that for each of the testing methods for which he seeks certification has a minimum of 50% of the Qualified Work Experience expected. Admittance forms will not be administered if a client has not provided documented evidence of this fact.

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%

Important noterequired 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)

Fifty percent 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.

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 NDT CB 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 to Level 3 NDT technician

Candidates applying for Level 3 certification must, in addition to the aforementioned qualifying experience and requisites, 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-48.9712-2014 / (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
Web site: Canadian General Standards Board