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Nondestructive Examination (NDE) Technology and Codes

Student Manual
Volume 1
Chapter 2.0
Personnel Qualification and Certification


..........4........ 1 Learning Objectives 2................1 Qualification vs....... 11 2....................3. 1 2.... 8 2......3............................................................................. 3 2......................................1 Benefits of SNT-TC-1A .......4........1............ 6 2...... 2 2.................NDE Technology and Codes Student Manual Table of Contents TABLE OF CONTENTS 2.................... 1 2................................................3...........4 ISO 9712 Central Certification ..........................3........................................................................................................... 9 2......3 Qualification of Personnel for Visual Examination ................ Centralized Certification ............... 10 2......................3 Employer-Based Certification .......................2 ASNT Certification Standard (ANSI/ASNT CP-189)......1..... 4 2..........................6 AWS Certification of Welding Inspectors (CWI) ................................3...5 ASNT Central Certification Program (ACCP) ........................ 2 2...............7 Supplemental Qualification Requirements ...............4 Qualification Requirements for Ultrasonic Examination Personnel ...............................................2 Renewal 2........ 11 2.....3.........................................................................................................4.........................1 SNT-TC-1A .....1................2 Employer-Based Certification vs............................................3 Terminology .......................1 Term of Certification ............................... 9 2............................2 Limitations of SNT-TC-1A ......... Certification ......................................................... 6 2.............................................................. 11 Recertification .3 .... 12 LIST OF TABLES USNRC Technical Training Center 2−i Rev 0409 ..3........................................................................................................ 11 2..........0 PERSONNEL QUALIFICATION AND CERTIFICATION ...................................

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Understand the differences between centralized certification and employer-based certification. Centralized Certification There is some discord in industry regarding employer-based certification versus centralized certification. They include: 3. and • Some form of examination or demonstration of proficiency. • Prescribed minimum levels of formal education. training. Identify the salient features of the Nuclear Power Industry Performance Demonstration Initiative. The American Welding Society has also developed a system of certifying individuals involved in the examination of welds. Learning Objectives: To enable the student to: 1. Users of NDE services need assurance that the individual performing NDE has the qualifications necessary to detect the conditions of interest in a predictable. Certification is not to be confused with qualification. Other organizations have developed certification systems that are tailored to meet their specific needs. 2. ASNT has developed an employer-based system for the certification of NDE personnel. 2. • Prescribed minimum levels of experience. Certification is written testimony that the individual has the proper USNRC Technical Training Center 2−1 Rev 0409 . based systems and international systems. The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) has developed several systems for the certification of NDE personnel. consistent manner.0 Personnel Qualification and Certification qualifications and meets some minimum standard of education. NDE is a discipline that requires formal training and on-the-job experience to develop an individual that is capable of properly performing the examination and obtaining meaningful results.1 Qualification vs. 2. Each employer is responsible for the certification of their NDE personnel in accordance with their own procedure. training. which is based on SNT-TC-1A or CP-189.0 PERSONNEL QUALIFICATION CERTIFICATION Chapter 2. Qualification is the ability of an individual resulting from education. industries. and experience. Understand the requirements of various NDE certification programs.S. AND A number of certification systems have been developed for use by U. and experience to perform an NDE correctly. The certification system has been adopted by industry to provide that assurance.NDE Technology and Codes Student Manual 2. including common U. Certification • Prescribed minimum levels of formal training for each of the NDE methods.S.2 Employer-Based Certification vs. Those certification systems have certain common features.

The Written Practice is the key element to the employer-based certification system. Centralized certification allows the individual to carry the certification to a new company when changing employers. the centralized certification systems may require the candidate to have more formal training and experience. Each company must have a Written Practice that is unique to its organization. A great deal of effort is expended for training and upgrading of its personnel. This recommended practice provides a framework for each employer to develop his own procedure or “Written Practice” for the qualification and certification of NDE personnel within his organization.3 Employer-Based Certification Two ASNT certification systems are employer-based and used by U. Some companies that provide NDE services have very sound qualification and certification programs..0 Personnel Qualification and Certification The Europeans have a different philosophy and have developed centralized certification programs where the NDE technician is certified by a National Certifying Body (NCB). it is important that the company’s Written Practice be reviewed in advance. NCB). qualification. The centralized certification systems require the individual to have a thorough understanding of the NDE method and broad based experience.S. and certification for their NDE personnel. These systems are the ASNT Recommended Practice SNT-TC-1A and the ASNT Standard for Qualification and Certification of Nondestructive Testing Personnel CP-189. companies that are involved with commercial nuclear reactors and power plants. A thorough review of each company’s Written Practice is a primary way of determining the strength of a company’s commitment to providing adequate training.NDE Technology and Codes Student Manual Chapter 2.g. That is. The employer’s Written Practice describes in detail how the employer provides for the qualification and certification of their NDE personnel.3. Each of the centralized certification systems have standardized requirements for certification. The employer is permitted to modify the recommendations of SNT-TC-1A. USNRC Technical Training Center SNT-TC-1A describes three categories of 2−2 Rev 0409 .1 SNT-TC-1A SNT-TC-1A is a document that provides recommendations for the qualification and certification of NDE personnel. the certification can be job or product specific. Other companies may have limited resources and minimize the efforts expended for the certification of their employees. These documents are referenced in various ASME Code sections. SNT-TC-1A was first published in 1967 and has been revised over the years to address the changing needs of industry. 2. The certification is only valid as long as the individual is employed by that company. Compared to employer-based certification systems. therefore. The benefit for the NDE technician is that the certification is issued by a recognized body or organization (e. 2. The employer-based certification system is typically tailored to meet a company’s specific needs.

1 Benefits of SNT-TC-1A SNT-TC-1A offers industry a number of benefits. qualifying.An NDE Level II individual should be qualified to set up and calibrate equipment and to interpret and evaluate results with respect to applicable codes. Level I. and others use the same descriptors for levels of certifications. and approving procedures. and designating the particular NDE methods. specifications.. The Level I should receive guidance from a certified Level II or III individual. SNT-TC-1A 2001 or earlier requires Level I and II technicians to recertify every three years and level III technicians to recertify every five years. The significant benefits include: • • 2−3 It requires employers to analyze their position on certification and the documentation of their program. fabrication. NAS-410. standards. USNRC Technical Training Center 2. The 2006 edition allows for all to recertify at five year intervals.e. The NDE Level III should have a general familiarity with other appropriate NDE methods. and specific evaluations for acceptance or rejection determinations according to written instructions and to record the results. and certified. It should be noted that the “trainee” is described as “an individual who is in the process of being trained.An NDE Level I individual has met the minimum requirements (i. specific NDE. and specifications. the employer has an implied responsibility Rev 0409 . standards.3. Through the Written Practice. The NDE Level II should be thoroughly familiar with the scope and limitations of the methods for which he/she is qualified and should exercise assigned responsibility for on-the-job training and guidance of trainees and NDE Level I personnel. as demonstrated by the ASNT Level III basic examination or other means. interpreting codes. Level II . The NDE Level III should be responsible for the NDE operations for which qualified and assigned and should be capable of interpreting and evaluating results in terms of existing codes.1. formal training and experience) for Level I certification. Level III . techniques. A Level I individual should be qualified to properly perform specific calibrations. MIL-STD-410.NDE Technology and Codes Student Manual Chapter 2. and specifications. II and III personnel must be recertified periodically depending on the code edition and specification. qualified.0 Personnel Qualification and Certification and product technology to establish techniques and to assist in establishing acceptance criteria when none are otherwise available. The NDE Level III should have sufficient practical background in applicable materials. and procedures to be used.An NDE Level III individual should be capable of developing. should be capable of training and examining NDE Level I and II personnel for certification in those methods. in the methods in which certified. The NDE Level II should be able to organize and report the results of NDE. qualification for individuals engaged in NDE. and procedures. establishing and approving techniques. CP-189. Level I . SNT-TC-1A has served as the foundation for a number of other certification schemes. standards. The NDE Level III.

training. • The candidate must be tested to verify that the knowledge and skills required for certification exist.Specific knowledge of the method as applied to the specific products. many companies that require the services of an NDE provider do not adequately review the Written Practice and personnel documentation to determine if the company’s needs will be met. • The employer must verify that the candidate has met the education. .2 Limitations of SNT-TC-1A SNT-TC-1A is a recommended practice.General knowledge of the examination method. This can cause difficulties for organizations that purchase NDE services and requires careful evaluation by the purchaser. • If the qualification concept is followed. and experience for the specific method for which certification is sought. The Written Practice is key in determining the level of competency of the personnel performing NDE. hands-on demonstration). • Since SNT-TC-1A is an employer-based certification system.3. the individual’s certifications are terminated upon leaving the company.1. it will result in significant training activity and personnel development in preparation for certification.Practical application of the examination method (e. This is a multistep process consisting of the following tests: 2. As such.NDE Technology and Codes Student Manual Chapter 2. or increase/reduce the recommendations to suit the company’s purpose... by either increasing or reducing) the certification requirements to meet specific needs.0 Personnel Qualification and Certification to train and formally examine NDE personnel. Unfortunately.e. It implies customer responsibility to review and evaluate the Written Practice to ensure its adequacy with respect to the Terms and Conditions • It provides a basic certification approach that can be referenced in contracts or purchase orders. The result is that most companies have different Written Practices for the certification of their NDE personnel. . . An outline of the certification process is as follows: • It offers the employer the flexibility to modify (i. It is the new employer’s responsibility to recertify new personnel.Vision test to verify that the candidate meets the physical requirements of the job. USNRC Technical Training Center 2−4 Rev 0409 . • The employer must develop a Written Practice for the qualification and certification of NDE personnel.g. This can be an expensive undertaking for a small company that may employ NDE personnel on a short-term contract basis. this includes an annual near vision test and color vision tests every five years. . The certification process entails several key steps. an employer can apply the recommendations of SNT-TC-1A in its entirety.

Still. • Examination grades or a written statement where tests were administered by an outside agency or ASNT. SNT-TC-1A permits a Level III to be certified in one of the following ways: SNT-TC-1A recommends certain documentation be maintained for each certified individual. This documentation should be available for review by their customers or agencies. and the supporting qualification data be completed. and • Signature of the employer’s certifying authority. • Name of the certified individual. and dates of assignment to NDE. applications for Level III grandfathering were accepted by ASNT. A complete review of the certification documentation for each individual to provide NDE services is essential. • Other suitable evidence of satisfactory qualifications. the strength of the company’s NDE program is greatly dependent on the competency of the Level III.NDE Technology and Codes Student Manual Chapter 2. Therefore. The ASNT Level III certificate offers wider recognition and a degree of portability. SNT-TC-1A recommends the maintenance of the following for each certified employee: Examination . • Current test copies or evidence of successful completion of examinations. • Dates of certification and/or recertification. • Level of certification and NDE method. Statement of satisfactory completion of training in accordance with the employer’s Written Practice. certify their own NDE Level III personnel. ASNT does not certify the individual under the SNT-TC-1A system.An employer can develop and administer the Level III tests. ASNT . certification records. it is essential that a thorough customer review of the Written Practice. Outside agency . Therefore. • Educational background and experience. • Results of vision tests. (Over 700 individuals were granted an ASNT Level III certificate through this process). it must be understood that each employer must USNRC Technical Training Center 2−5 Rev 0409 .0 Personnel Qualification and Certification A review of the definitions of each certified level indicates that the Level III individual is responsible for the administration of the NDE program within a company. • Grandfathering .For a six month period from September 1976 to February 1977. The questions must be approved by a qualified person.An employer can contract with an independent outside agency that would develop and administer the tests.The employer can accept the results of ASNT administered tests as totally or partially satisfying test requirements as defined on the company’s Written Practice.

0 Personnel Qualification and Certification • • Certification expiration date. 2.3. • Certifying Authority is the person or persons properly designated in the Written Practice to sign certifications on behalf of the employer. Some of the common terminology is defined as follows: • Certification is qualification. and documented experience required for personnel to properly perform a specific NDE method.3 Terminology SNT-TC-1A (2006 Edition) includes a glossary of terms relating to the certification process that has been adopted by the NDE industry. written testimony of • Certifying Agency is the employer of the individual being certified. • Limited Certification is the restriction of a method to a technique or a subdivided method that meets the employer’s use of a limited scope of a particular NDE method. • Written Practice is the document which provides guidelines for the establishment of a qualification and certification program. The effectiveness of the “certification” is only as good as the company’s commitment to the NDE program. • Closed-book examination is an examination administered without access to reference material. fees. • Employer is the corporate. • Recommended Practice is a set of guidelines to assist the employer in developing uniform procedures for the qualification and certification of NDE personnel to satisfy the employer’s specific requirements.NDE Technology and Codes Student Manual Chapter 2. • Experience is the work activities accomplished in a specific NDT method under the direction of qualified supervision including the performance of the NDT method and related activities but not including time spent in organized training programs. or public entity which employs personnel for wages. except for materials supplied with or in the examination. private. USNRC Technical Training Center 2−6 Rev 0409 . • Training is the organized program developed to impart the knowledge and skills necessary for qualification. • Comparable is being at an equivalent or similar level of NDT responsibility and difficulty as determined by the employer’s Level III. or other considerations. • Documented is the condition of being in written form. The employer-based system of certification has been in use for many years. Signature of the Level III that verified the qualification of the candidate for certification. documented training. salary. • Outside Agency is a company or individual who provides NDE Level III services and whose qualifications to provide these services have been reviewed by the employer engaging the company or individual. • Qualification is demonstrated skill. demonstrated knowledge.1.

An individual with a high school diploma must have at least ten years NDE experience as a Level II or equivalent in the method being taught. Also. and examinations that must be met to be considered for certification.NDE Technology and Codes Student Manual 2. If the instructor does not have an ASNT Level III certificate. One requirement for the instructor includes a current ASNT Level III certificate in the method being instructed. CP-189 offers the industry an employer-based certification standard that addresses many of the perceived weaknesses of SNT-TC-1A. however CP-189 stipulates the minimum requirements of a certification Program. The standard describes five levels of qualification instead of three. Level I. and • NDE Instructor. USNRC Technical Training Center Chapter 2. • Level III. experience. like SNT-TC-1A. CP-189 requires each employer to have a Level III that holds a valid ASNT Level III certificate. science. CP-189 is based on SNT-TC-1A. If the instructor has a two year degree in engineering. The employer is required to have a certification procedure that must meet the minimum requirements for training. NDE training must be provided by a qualified instructor. The certification and supporting documentation requirements closely parallels those of SNT-TC-1A. training. science. the variability in company’s written practices has been a major problem. II and III NDE personnel must be recertified every five years.0 Personnel Qualification and Certification The descriptions and responsibilities of the Trainee. The five levels are: • Trainee. • Level I. It establishes minimum requirements for education. or technology and five or more years of experience as a Level II or equivalent is required. • Level II. or technology.2 ASNT Standard for Qualification and Certification of NDE Personnel (ANSI/ASNT CP-189) Since SNT-TC-1A is a “recommended practice” or a set of guidelines.3. Level I. Level II. and Level III are similar to those contained in SNT-TC-1A. The services of an outside agency may be retained to provide Level III Services if 2−7 Rev 0409 . tests etc. an individual’s certification is terminated when employment is terminated and may also be terminated for cause. and an adequate knowledge of the method being taught is acceptable. ANSI/ASNT CP-189 is a national consensus standard that addresses the uniformity missing in employer based certification programs. experience. documentation. then a four year degree in engineering. The employer cannot deviate from the minimum certification requirements as was permitted under SNT-TC-1A. as prescribed in CP-189.

and III personnel must be approved. Also.NDE Technology and Codes Student Manual the employer does not have an on-staff ASNT Level III certificate holder. 2. 4. This mandatory appendix requires the preparation of a written practice in accordance with ANSI/ASNT CP-189 with the following specific and/or additional requirements: 1. It also requires that personnel performing NDE be qualified and certified using that written practice. or the 2006 Edition of ANSI/ASNT CP-189. If an examination is failed. which is in accordance with CP-189.0 Personnel Qualification and Certification Section XI waives this prerequisite. USNRC Technical Training Center Chapter 2. 5. Section XI amends two provisions in CP-189 as follows: 1. Levels I and II are required to be recertified every five (5) years in lieu of the three (3) years specified in CP-189.3 Qualification of Personnel for Visual Examination Section XI also requires compliance to Appendix VI for the training. 3. II. The Level III recertification is at five (5) years intervals as required in CP-189. as a prerequisite to employer Level III recertification. the candidate must receive additional training as determined by the Level III. It further states that qualifications in accordance with an earlier edition of SNT-TC-1A.3. and VT-3 categories (reference Appendix VI-4110 of Section XI). administered. and graded by a Level III. CP-189 (2006) or ACCP. A passing grade of 80% is required for each examination rather than the minimum of 70% permitted by CP-189. VT-2. Examinations for Level I. the employer has the option of using an outside agency to administer the examinations. The examination questions to be used for the 2−8 Rev 0409 . Experience as specifically defined for the VT-1. Specific subjects must be included in the VT training program (reference Appendix VI Supplement 1 of Section XI). Section V of the 2007 Edition with 2008 Addenda of the ASME Code requires that NDE personnel be qualified in accordance with either the 2006 Edition of SNT-TC-1A. or ASNT ACCP. which must then be in accordance with the 1995 Edition of CP-189. thereby permitting Level III qualification to be through the employer examination process or by ASNT examination. The recertification must be in compliance with SNT -TC-1A (2006). It permits existing certifications based on earlier editions of CP-189 to remain valid until recertification. Section XI of the 2007 Edition of the ASME Code requires each employer to prepare a written practice (or certification procedure) in accordance with CP-189 1995. and certification of visual examination personnel. qualification. CP-189 requires the possession of a Level III certificate issued by ASNT. CP-189 or ACCP be considered valid until the individual is recertified. 2. 2.

or have a current certificate for teaching/instructing. must be administered. 5. A grade of 70% is necessary to receive credit for the training unless a qualification examination is given at the conclusion of the training. Specific training course subjects are contained in Supplement 1 to appendix VII. 2. Table VII-4220-1 contains details regarding initial training which includes: Level I II III Laboratory 40 hrs 40 hrs 0 6. Minimum hours of experience as defined in Table VII-4110 are greater than those required by CP-189.0 Personnel Qualification and Certification reexamination must contain at least 30% new or reworded questions. Nondestructive Testing—Qualification and 4. The NDE instructor must have completed a 40-hour course in training and teaching techniques. 7. Requirements for examination questions and test specimens for the Practical Examination are extensive and are detailed in VII-4310. These additional or supplemental requirements contained in Article VI must be reflected in the employer’s written practice.NDE Technology and Codes Student Manual Chapter 2. If the course examination is failed.4 Qualification Requirements for Ultrasonic Examination Personnel Section XI contains a mandatory Appendix (VII) for the qualification of Ultrasonic Examination personnel. 8. 2. 9. as identified in the examination. for all three levels. There is also a ten (10) hour (minimum) supplemental training requirement that must be given annually. This appendix contains additional or supplemental requirements to those in CP-189 including: 1. additional training in those areas of weakness. 3.4 ISO 9712 Central Certification An internationally recognized standard for centralized certification is ISO 9712.3. The practical or Demonstration Examination test specimens set must contain at least 50% different flaws than those use on the examination that was failed. Appendix VIII contains the requirements for Ultrasonic Examination system performance demonstration. Detailed experience records must be maintained by the employer and a Level III is responsible for reviewing the documentation to determine if it meets the employer’s written practice requirements. Level III Qualifications are contained in VII-4330. 2. Level I and II qualification examinations are described in VII-4320 and. USNRC Technical Training Center Classroom 40 hrs 40 hrs 40 rs 2−9 Rev 0409 .

facilities. It affords a greater degree of transportability of an individual’s NDE credentials. and ISO 9712 programs. • Use only examinations and documents established and/or approved by the CB. • It will approve examination centers and monitor them on a periodic basis. • Adequate qualified staff. and • Use only specimens prepared or approved by the CB for the practical examinations.0 Personnel Qualification and Certification • It will have a stringent code of ethics. maintain. • It will administer the procedures for certification. This is in contrast to employer-based certification where each employer administers his own certification tests. • It will be responsible for and maintain all appropriate records. the experience requirements of ISO 9712 differ from those of either SNT-TC-1A or CP-189. This standard provides for the certification of individuals through a central independent body that is referred to as the Certification Body (CB). • It shall have no direct involvement in training of NDE personnel. The fact that a company endorses the ISO program includes all the requirements stipulated by ISO 9712. The training requirements included in ISO 9712 are somewhat different then those of SNT-TC-1A and CP-189. including technical and administration requirements. • It must initiate. and administers procedures for certification of NDE personnel in accordance with the requirements of ISO 9712. and equipment. Likewise.NDE Technology and Codes Student Manual Certification of Personnel. The system employs test centers to administer tests for certification. Table 2-1 compares the training stipulated in SNT-TC-1A. This international standard establishes a system for the qualification and certification of personnel that are engaged in “industrial” NDE. The requirements that are needed in order to be a CB include the following: • It must be a non-profit organization. • It will be ultimately responsible for the certification scheme. The program does not require the employer to have a written practice or procedures describing the system of qualification and certification. and promote the national certification scheme. CP-189. USNRC Technical Training Center Chapter 2. Examination Centers following requirements: must meet the • Established by the CB. The experience requirements are reduced if the candidate has earned a degree in 2−10 Rev 0409 . The CB is described as the agency that complies with EN45013. The concept of centralized certification standardizes the requirements for the qualification and certification of the NDE personnel. • It must be recognized by the NDT community or the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) member body of the country concerned.

The program requires the candidate to provide documented evidence of visual welding inspection or related work experience. The certifications will be industry specific and recertification will be required when working in a different industry sector. USNRC Technical Training Center Chapter 2.3 Recertification Recertification is required on the tenth anniversary.4. • The individual experiences a significant interruption in examination performance. The certifications are terminated if: • The individual moves on to a different industrial sector (e. the Level III candidate also must pass a hands-on Level II demonstration of proficiency and a written procedure preparation examination.2 Renewal Certification can be renewed for a second five year term when there is evidence of: • Satisfactory vision test every twelve months and. Examination centers will be approved and located to support the program geographically. The ACCP provides a transportable certification and ultimately will provide central certification for Level I. and it requires the successful completion of a three part examination. Recertification is accomplished by the satisfactory completion of a simplified written test (Level III) or a practical test (Level I and II.0 Personnel Qualification and Certification 2. and Level III NDE personnel.NDE Technology and Codes Student Manual NDE from a college or university. shipbuilding to petrochemical).5 ASNT Central Certification Program (ACCP) ACCP builds upon the existing ASNT Level III certification program. In addition to passing the ASNT administered written tests.1 Terms of Certifications All ISO 9712 certifications are valid for a period of five years. • Unethical behavior is found • A physical disability occurs • A physical disability that prevents the certified individual from performing work activities • The individual fails to meet the visual acuity requirements.g.4. • 2−11 General Knowledge—written Rev 0409 .6 AWS Certification of Welding Inspectors (CWI) The American Welding Society has a central certification program for the certification of welding inspectors. Standard for AWS Certification of Welding Inspectors. Table 2-2 compares the experience stipulated in the three programs. Level II. 2. 2.) The examination consists of.4. • Continued satisfactory work activity without significant interruption. The program is the QC-1. 2. 2.

etc). Therefore.. USNRC Technical Training Center 2−12 Rev 0409 . The requirements of these programs are contained in Appendix VII (UT) and Appendix VI (VT) of Section XI of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. Practical—hands on demonstration of visual inspection of test samples There are three levels of certification • • Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI) Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) • Senior Certified Welding Inspector (SCWI). fabricators. 2. Inspections are performed by Authorized Inspectors and Owner’s Representatives. the ASME refers to NDE rather than nondestructive testing (NDT). Chapter 2. therefore. The certification must be renewed every three years by providing documented evidence of continued examination or related activities. installers. Examinations and tests are performed by the manufacturer (e.0 Personnel Qualification and Certification Visual examiners must also meet the supplement requirements of Appendix VI that describes the supplemental requirements for the qualification and certification of Visual Examination Personnel.7 Supplemental Qualification Requirements The power utility industry has adopted supplemental programs for the qualification and certification of Visual Examinations and Ultrasonic Examination personnel.g. As discussed in 2. Section XI requires NDE personnel to be qualified and certified in accordance with the requirements of CP-189.3. The QC-1 program offers a certification scheme that is independent of the employer and is.3. Every nine years. completely portable. Individuals engaged in ultrasonic examination must also meet the requirements of Appendix VII that describes the supplemental requirements for the qualification and certification of Ultrasonic NDE personnel.NDE Technology and Codes Student Manual • • Specific—code interpretation – written and. recertification is by testing. Note that the ASME differentiates between inspection and examination.

Training for Level III personnel not specified in SNT-TC-IA. CP-189 training for Level III personnel is considered satisfied by the possession of an ASNT Level III certificate. Recommended for high school graduate.NDE Technology and Codes Student Manual Chapter 2. ISO 9712 does not specify training hours for a Level III. 2. 20062 CP-189-20063 ISO 97124 Eddy Current Examination Level I 40 40 40 Level II 40 40 40 Penetrant Examination Level I 4 4 16 Level II 8 8 24 Magnetic Particle Examination Level I 12 12 16 Level II 8 8 24 Radiographic Examination Level I 40 40 40 Level II 40 40 80 Ultrasonic Examination Level I 40 40 40 Level II 40 40 80 NOTES: 1. 4.0 Personnel Qualification and Certification Table 2-1 Training Hours1 SNT-TC-1A. 3. USNRC Technical Training Center 2−13 Rev 0409 .

USNRC Technical Training Center 2−14 Rev 0409 .NDE Technology and Codes Student Manual Chapter 2. Recommended Experience Time SNT-TC-1A. Refer to the individual documents for specific requirements. 2006 CP-189-2006 ISO 9712-92 Hours/Months Hours Months Eddy Current Examination Level I 210*/400** 210*/400** 3 Level II 630*/1200** 630*/1200** 9 Level III *** *** *** Penetrant Examination Level I 70*/130** 70*/130** 1 Level II 140*/270** 140*/270** 3 Level III *** *** *** Magnetic Particle Examination Level I 70*/130** 70*/130** 1 Level II 210*/210** 210*/400** 3 Level III *** *** *** Radiographic Examination Level I 210*/400** 210*/400** 3 Level II 630*/1200** 630*/1200** 9 Level III *** *** *** Ultrasonic Examination Level I 210*/400** 200*/400** 3 Level II 840*/1200** 630*/1200** 9 Level III *** *** *** *Minimum Hours in Method **Total Hours in NDT ***The level III experience requirements vary significantly for the three documents.0 Personnel Qualification and Certification Table 2-2.