Recertifying Your NDT Certification

Certifications due for recertification within the transition period

Recertification due dates are fast approaching, with some certificate holders requiring recertification for one or more of their NDT certifications as early as January 15, 2020. Certificate holders who do not successfully complete the required recertification examination(s) by the date that their method/sector-specific recertification is due will:

  1. no longer hold valid certification
  2. not be eligible for certification renewal

To avoid processing and examination scheduling delays, and to avoid decertification, the NRCan NDTCB recommends applying for your recertification(s) as soon as possible if one or more of your certifications are due for recertification in 2020, 2021, or 2022 and are within the recertification transition period.

Recertification for non-destructive testing is required:

  • Before your certification reaches the end of its second consecutive five-year period of validity (approximately every 10 years or less)
  • If your certifications are considered to be within the transition period for recertification
  • If you do not renew your certification within 12 months from your certification expiry date
  • If you have a significant interruption in work experience (more than 12 consecutive months), or two or more periods for a total time exceeding two years

To find out when each of your certifications is due for recertification, please view the Directory of NDT Certified Personnel. The directory indicates which methods/levels you are certified in, when your certifications expire (due for renewal) as well as when your certifications are due for recertification.

Certifications that are within the recertification transition period

Certifications that were obtained in 2011 or earlier that both expire and require recertification in 2020, certifications that were obtained in 2012 or earlier that both expire and require recertification in 2021, and certifications that were obtained in 2013 or earlier that both expire and require recertification in 2022, respectively, are considered to be within the transition period for recertification.

Recertification candidates are required to recertify certifications that are within the transition period by no later than their next expiry date for renewal (approximately five years (60 months) or less, based on the 15th day of your birth month).

  • Example: If you were required to renew by December 31, 2016 and your birthday is in March, the next expiry date for your renewal is March 15, 2021. Therefore, you would also be required to recertify before March 15, 2021.

If you have certifications that are due for recertification within the transition period, these certifications were renewed conditionally under CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014 based on the Rules of Implementation. Successful completion of recertification examinations during this transition period will be applied at the end of the 5 year period of validity for which the certificate was conditionally renewed. Following the satisfactory completion of the renewal process the individual will have valid certification for a period of 5 years, and will be required to recertify again after approximately 10 years.

  • Example: If you complete your recertification examination for an NDT method in June of 2019, and your next renewal date (recertification deadline) is October 15th, 2021, your recertification for that method will become effective on October 15th, 2021. Providing that you renew by October 15th, 2021, you will have valid certification for a period of 5 years.

Certifications that do not fall within the recertification transition period

Candidates are required to recertify all other certifications within 10 years (120 months) or less after the date of initial certification or last recertification. The recertification deadline is based on the 15th day of your birth month and the date of initial certification or last recertification. Candidates can apply for their recertifications (that do not fall within the transition period) no earlier than 15 months prior to their recertification due date, and candidates can attempt their recertification examinations no earlier than 12 months prior to their recertification due date. The NRCan NDTCB will not accept early recertification applications for certifications that do not fall within the recertification transition period.

  • Example: If you obtained your certification in July 2014 and your birthday is in September, you will be required to recertify before September 15, 2023. The earliest you can apply for recertification is June 15, 2022, and the earliest you can attempt your recertification examination(s) is September 15, 2022.

Successful completion of recertification examinations (that do not fall within the transition period) will be applied on the recertification due date, providing that you maintain valid certification via renewal prior to that date. After the recertification(s) become effective, certifications will require recertification again after approximately 10 years.

  • Example: If you complete your recertification examination for an NDT method in November of 2022, and your recertification due date is September 15, 2023, your recertification for that method will become effective on September 15, 2023. Providing that you maintain valid certification via renewal, your next recertification due date would be September 15, 2033.

Note: In order to align your certification renewal and recertification dates, certifications that do not fall within the transition period will have a shorter period of validity (with a pro-rated fee) applied to their next certification renewal (approximately 1-4 years). The subsequent renewal will allow the certification to resume the regular 5-year renewal and 10-year recertification cycle. Please see “Renewing Your NDT Certification” for more information.

Recertification requirements (by examination)

For Level 1: Two-specimen practical examination

For Level 2: Two-specimen practical examination with written instruction for Eddy Current Testing (ET), Magnetic Testing (MT), Penetrant Testing (PT), and Ultrasonic Testing (UT); two-specimen practical examination with film interpretation for Radiographic Testing (RT).

For Level 3: Two-specimen practical examination and choice of either a written examination or Structured Credit System for Eddy Current Testing (ET), Magnetic Testing (MT), Penetrant Testing (PT), and Ultrasonic Testing (UT); two-specimen practical examination with film interpretation for Radiographic Testing (RT) and choice of either a written examination or Structured Credit System.

Types and number of specimens for practical recertification exams

The table below shows the minimum number and type of specimens for practical recertification examinations.

Industrial sectors UT1 UT2 RT1 RT2 ET1 ET2 MT2 PT2

EMC

2
f/w/e/wp

2
f/w/e/wp/p

2
c/f/w

2
c/f/w/p
+12 rs

2
e/wp

2
e/as/ac

2
c/f/w

2
c/f/w

Aerospace

 

 

 

2
+12 rs

 

 

 

 

Notes:

  • Where the sector examination involves multiple product types, the specimens are selected by the examiner from the product range or materials that make up the sector.
  • A set of radiographs is considered as one specimen.

Key: c = castings; EMC = Engineering, Materials and Components; f = forgings; w = weldments; e = various shapes and tubes; wp = wrought products; p = composite materials; fs = facility surveillance; rs = radiographs; as = aircraft structures; ac = aircraft components.

Level 3 recertification

For written examination: A structured credit system will be allowed as an alternative to the written recertification examination as per paragraph 11.3.1 b) of CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014 / (ISO 9712:2012, IDT).

For practical examination: The Level 2 practical examination is required; alternative documentation is not acceptable.

What to submit for your recertification application

Complete and submit the following required recertification documents in addition to the appropriate fee (see below for fee information):

Instructions for submitting your application

Renewal and recertification application form

Complete page 1 of the Renewal and Recertification Application Form and select the “Recertification” option for the appropriate NDT method(s).

Fees

We accept company cheques, money orders and credit cards (MasterCard, Visa or American Express). We do not accept personal cheques. Company cheques and money orders are payable to the Receiver General for Canada. If paying by credit card, print the name shown on the credit card, card number, expiry date and authorized payment amount, and include the cardholder signature. Payments from other government departments must be made via inter-departmental FIS transactions.

Email submissions: Please note that we do not accept credit card information by email. If you are submitting your application by email and paying by credit card, please include the name shown on the credit card, the authorized payment amount, and include the cardholder signature; do not include the credit card number and expiry date. After you have submitted your application by email, you may call or fax the NRCan NDTCB to give credit card information.

Fees and other process requirements are subject to change. All fees are subject to the current fee schedule in effect. Fees paid to the NRCan NDTCB are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Recertification examination registration fees

Recertification examination registration fees are required for each method for recertification. The recertification examination registration fees are:

Recertification Examination Registration Fee (Per Method)

Radiographic Testing

Ultrasonic Testing

Magnetic Testing

Penetrant Testing

Eddy Current Testing

Level 1

$130

$130

N/A

N/A

$130

Level 2

$285

$285

$125

$125

$285

Level 3

$395

$395

$235

$235

$395

If you are applying for recertification in both the Engineering Materials and Components (EMC) sector and the Aerospace (A/S) Sector for Radiographic Testing, you must pay separate recertification examination registration fees for each examination.

Recertification examination request form

Applicants must include a completed Recertification Examination Request Form in addition to the Renewal and Recertification Application Form to receive an examination admittance and registration form. Clients may not attempt recertification examinations without authorized, method-specific examination admittance and registration forms. A list of Authorized Examination Centers for both written and practical examinations can be found on our website.

Structured credit system (Level 3 certifications only)

A structured credit system will be allowed as an alternative to the Level 3 written recertification examination as per 11.3.1 b) CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014. Credits may be awarded for certain types of NDT experience/activities gained over the last 5 years, providing that point minimums and maximums are met, and appropriate documentary evidence is provided. A structured credit system application counts as a written examination attempt for recertification and cannot be withdrawn once it has been submitted. If you submit a structured credit system application and it is not approved, it counts as a failed written recertification examination attempt. Only one attempt of the structured credit system is allowed per level 3 method.

How to apply for a structured credit system:

  1. Ensure that you have submitted a recertification application for the applicable level 3 method(s), with the appropriate recertification examination registration fee (see instructions above).
  2. Fill out separate Structured Credit System Application Formsfor each Level 3 method that you would like to submit an application for. Your application(s) will not be accepted if you submit an application form with more than one method indicated on page 1.
  3. Attach applicable documentary evidence for each activity that you would like to be credited for, ensuring that you indicate which activity each piece of documentation corresponds to.
  4. Submit your application form(s) and documentary evidence to the NRCan NDTCB for review and assessment well in advance of your recertification due date.

Before you decide to apply:

Please read all information/instructions on the Structured Credit System Application Form (PDF, 3.34 Mb), as well as the information in the “Examination Guide for Recertification” and the “Renewal and Recertification: Common Questions and Additional Information” document prior to deciding if you would like to apply for a structured credit system instead of completing a written recertification examination.

 

Examination guide for NDT recertification (PDF, 392.03 kb)
Read about NDT recertification examination requirements and structures for all levels of Radiographic Testing, Ultrasonic Testing, Magnetic Testing, Penetrant Testing, and Eddy Current Testing

Renewal and Recertification: Common Questions and Additional Information (PDF, 152 kb)
Find more detailed answers to a range of topics related to renewing and recertifying your NDT certification, from validity periods to requirements to examinations.

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