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X-Ray Fluorescence Analyzer Operator Certification

NRCan NDTCB response to COVID-19 situation

With the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the NRCan NDTCB is working to ensure the health and safety of the public and our team members in accordance with all public safety guidelines. We are closely monitoring the situation and will adjust our business practices and client services rapidly as required. We remain at the ready to assist you as best as we can throughout this situation. We will keep you updated on any developments

At this time, certification processing and services are likely to be disrupted, delayed, and/or postponed. Temporary accommodations and extensions relating to initial certifications and renewals/recertifications will be provided for select candidates. Please visit our NDT Certification Body COVID-19 Program Updates page for more information.

Awareness of and compliance with the COVID-19 and health and safety protocols at training organizations/examination centres: Prior to booking training courses or examinations, clients should verify that they have the most up-to-date information about any local or specific health and safety protocols/requirements in place at the applicable training organization and/or examination centre.

New Electronic Payment System

The NDTCB has introduced an important update to its program for all users. An electronic payment system has been introduced to provide flexibility when applying for certification. Pre-authorized payment included with an application will still be processed. If payment is needed to process your application, you will receive a specific email from the NRCan NDTCB providing you with the appropriate payment link to our secure online payment system.

The Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) x-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer operator certification program comprises radiation safety training and examination components that are based on the non-destructive testing method of radiographic testing.

The NRCan National Non-Destructive Certification Body (NDTCB) developed and implemented its XRF certification program in collaboration with Health Canada. Health Canada publishes safety codes that are incorporated into the Canada Labour Code, which applies to federally regulated sectors. An addendum specifically applicable to portable hand-held x-ray tubes based on open-beam XRF devices falls within the scope of Safety Code 32. It requires individuals who use “portable hand-held x-ray tube based open-beam XRF” devices to be certified.

The NRCan (NDTCB) has adopted International Standard ISO 20807:2004 (with modifications) as the basis of its XRF certification. The certification scheme and guidelines in the current XRF Examination Preparation booklet supersede any differing details from the ISO 20807:2004 certification standard.


  • Understands the importance of impartiality and takes it seriously
  • Has processes to manage potential conflicts of interest and ensure all certification activities are objective
  • 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

What it means to be XRF certified

Certified XRF analyzer operators must have at least basic knowledge of XRF theory and applications, as well as an understanding of the principles and practices of radiation safety as they relate to portable open-beam XRF analyzers. They must pass examinations, submit application forms with photos and identification, and maintain valid certification.


Learn about XRF certification
Read detailed information about how x-ray fluorescence certification works, including application procedures, training requirements and approved training centres.

Apply for XRF certification
Initiate your XRF certification by registering for a written examination or re-examination and completing other required forms.

Manage your XRF certification
Apply for certification renewal or recertification.

Certified personnel directory
View the list of NDT and XRF personnel that are currently certified, and find out when certifications expire (require renewal) and when certifications are due for recertification.

Contacting the NDT Certification Body
Contact the NRCan National Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body.

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