About the NRCan National Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body

The NRCan NDTCB is implementing a user fees update to existing fees; this update will take effect July 1st, 2017. Additional new services and fees will be introduced at a later date. Application and fee submissions to the NRCan NDTCB that are postmarked, emailed or faxed after June 30th, 2017 are subject to the new fee schedule.

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) manages the national program in Canada that certifies people who perform non-destructive testing (NDT).

NRCan’s National Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body (NDTCB) provides:

If you are interested in obtaining a certification, you can learn more about what we do and how to apply in these pages. If you have a certification already, and are simply looking to renew it or recertify, consider going straight to Manage Your NDT Certification or Quick Downloads.

Mandate and objectives

The NRCan NDTCB is dedicated to developing and implementing programs to certify people who inspect the metals, materials, components and structures on critical infrastructure used in the development and use of Canada’s natural resources, transportation, manufacturing, energy and mining and other sectors.

These sectors rely on many non-destructive testing inspection methods and techniques in industries related to aircraft and rail transportation, heavy equipment manufacturing, oil and gas pipelines and refineries, nuclear reactors and generating stations, civil infrastructure and other essential manufactured components.

The NDTCB certification program also aims to continually improve and maintain reliability, security and safety with regards to how metals and materials are used by industries across Canada. The NRCan NDTCB is committed to quality and has achieved certification for its quality management system to the ISO 9001:2015 standard.

Our certification responsibilities

The NDTCB is solely responsible for, retains authority for, and does not delegate its decisions relating to certification, including the granting, maintaining, recertification, expansion and reduction of scope, suspension, or withdrawal of certifications.

The NDTCB understands the importance of impartiality in carrying out its certification activities. Processes are in place to manage potential conflicts of interest and to ensure the objectivity of all certification activities.

The NDTCB makes every reasonable effort to ensure candidate applications, examination requests, and certification submissions are completed in accordance with our service standard targets. Despite these efforts, there can sometimes be errors, omissions, or delays. NRCan is not responsible for any direct and indirect costs, expenses, or delays that may arise.

Acronyms for NDTCB users

The National Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body at NRCan uses a number of acronyms used throughout this site. Here is a quick reference guide.

  • CEDO—certified exposure device operator
  • CGSB—Canadian General Standards Board
  • CNSC—Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
  • EDO—exposure device operator
  • NRCan—National Resources Canada
  • NDT—non-destructive testing
  • NDTCB—Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body
  • XRF—X-ray fluorescence

NDT certification
Read about, apply for or update your non-destructive testing certification in accordance with Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) Standard CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014 (Qualification and Certification of Non-Destructive Testing Personnel).

XRF certification
Read about, apply for or update your certification for operators of portable x-ray tube-based fluorescence (XRF) analyzers, done in accordance with Health Canada's Safety Code 32 requirements and ISO 20807.

EDO certification
Find out more about NRCan's role in administering the written examination for exposure device operators who want to become certified by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.


Quick downloads: forms and guides
Go straight to this page for application forms, supplementary forms and examination guides for all three types of certification.

Certified personnel directory
Find out about which non-destructive testing personnel and which XRF are currently certified.

Find quick answers to the most commonly asked questions about the non-destructive testing certification program.


Contact NDTCB
Find out how to contact the NRCan National Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body.