Examinations for x-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer operator certification can be taken at one of three location types depending on your needs and preferences:
See below for more information about registering for examinations at these different centres.
Registering for initial XRF examinations at Authorized Examination Centres and Special Written Examination Centres
Access to an examination centre will be denied to XRF candidates who fail to produce an examination admittance and registration form.
Once you have submitted an application for x-ray fluorescence (XRF) certification, and have been issued an XRF examination admittance and registration form from the Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body (NDTCB), you have the option to arrange and complete your written examinations at either an Authorized Examination Centre (AEC) or a Special Written Examination Centre (SWEC).
Authorized Examination Centres
These centres have an inventory of XRF examination papers. Once you have been registered for examination and issued an examination admittance and registration form, you may contact the centre of your choice to arrange an examination date.
Special Written Examination Centres
Special Written Examination Centres (SWECs) provide an option when, due to timing or location, it isn’t practical or feasible for you to use an AEC for a written examination. Acceptable SWECs are
- community colleges
- government organizations/facilities
Using a SWEC is at the discretion of the NRCan NDTCB based on proximity to and availability of AECs.
XRF examinations attempted at SWECs are subject to the same rules, regulations and processes as they would be at an AEC:
- You must provide a valid examination admittance and registration form issued by NDTCB, as well as a valid piece of government-issued photo ID, to gain access to the examination.
- The examination must be completed on site and in a controlled area indicated on your Special Written Examination Centre Request Form.
- You must use the provided answer page to respond to the questions. Answers/responses written directly onto the examination question pages will not be accepted.
- All examinations are closed-book. There will be no access to books, notes or memory aids. It is your responsibility to ensure that no such material is within your examination area.
- There will be no access to phones, communication devices, cameras, recording or playback devices until the examination is complete or you leave the examination centre for the day.
- You are not allowed to take paperwork/exam booklets out of the examination area.
- You must not have a potential bias or conflict of interest (e.g. family, friends, supervisor/employer/employee relationships, financial associates etc.) with the staff/invigilators at the SWEC that could affect the examination process. Independent third-party invigilation is required.
- The invigilator must be a current staff member/formal representative acting in an official capacity at the examination centre indicated on your Special Written Examination Centre Request Form.
To register to complete written examinations at a SWEC:
- Follow the application process and gain approval for the examination(s).
- Obtain a valid written Examination Admittance and Registration Form from the NDTCB.
- Arrange an examination date with an acceptable examination centre.
- Submit the form to the NDTCB, completed and signed with the SWEC request fee, at least two weeks before the examination date.
The SWEC request fee (supplementary to any examination registration fees) is $45 per method. Personal cheques are not accepted. Company cheques and/or money orders are payable to the “Receiver General for Canada”. Payments may be made via fax or mail only. Please do not submit credit card information by email. Fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Government of Canada Acquisition Cards are not accepted by the NRCan NDTCB. Payment from Other Government Departments should be made by inter-departmental FIS transactions.
We require at least 2 weeks (following the receipt of the request at our office) to process and ship the examination(s). Other processing or administrative delays may occur, so you are advised to submit your request as early as possible, and make any scheduling or travel arrangements after you receive confirmation of an accepted request.
If the request is sent on time and the examination centre meets NDTCB criteria for a written examination facility, the appropriate examination(s) will be shipped directly to the facility before the examination date.
The NDTCB makes all reasonable efforts to ensure that SWEC requests are completed as per service standard targets. Despite these efforts, errors, omissions and delays are possible. We are not responsible for any direct or indirect costs, expenses or delays that may arise.
Special Written Examination Centre Request Form (PDF, 589kb)
Registering for initial XRF examinations at Special XRF Examination Centres
Special XRF Examination Centres (SXECs), similar to Authorized Examination Centres, have an inventory XRF analyzer operator examination papers. In addition to invigilating these examinations, SXECs can:
- Conduct written XRF examinations in various in-field locations
- Issue SXEC admittance and registration forms for the first attempt at XRF examinations for initial certification
To register with an SXEC for an XRF examination, please contact one of our listed SXECs.
Registering for XRF re-examinations
To register for re-examination, you must submit a fully completed Page 1 of the XRF application form with the applicable written registration fee(s). After it is approved, you will receive an admittance and registration form to arrange for examination at either an AEC or an SWEC. You may write your re-examination with an SXEC (Special XRF Examination Centre), however, you must apply for re-examination to and be approved by the NRCan NDTCB before you can schedule and write the examination.
For re-examination, you are not required to resubmit certain documentation (i.e., training, education, eye examination report, etc.) unless you didn’t submit it before the initial examination attempt or it needs updating.
You can send your request for re-examination to NDTCB by mail, fax or e-mail.
Taking the examination
As an eligible XRF candidate, you will be provided with a letter confirming your eligibility for written and/or practical examination. The letter will be accompanied by an XRF examination admittance and registration form if you have paid the examination registration fee. You will be denied access to the examination centre if you cannot produce an examination admittance and registration form.
You should bring the following items to examinations:
- Examination admittance and registration form
- Photo identification
- Pen or pencil