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Nondestructive Examination (NDE) Technology and Codes

Student Manual
Volume 1
Chapter 2.0
Personnel Qualification and Certification

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

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and • Some form of examination or demonstration of proficiency. AND A number of certification systems have been developed for use by U. based systems and international systems.NDE Technology and Codes Student Manual 2. The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) has developed several systems for the certification of NDE personnel. Other organizations have developed certification systems that are tailored to meet their specific needs. Understand the differences between centralized certification and employer-based certification. Certification is not to be confused with qualification. and experience to perform an NDE correctly. They include: 3. training. Identify the salient features of the Nuclear Power Industry Performance Demonstration Initiative. ASNT has developed an employer-based system for the certification of NDE personnel. • Prescribed minimum levels of experience. industries. Understand the requirements of various NDE certification programs.1 Qualification vs. Certification • Prescribed minimum levels of formal training for each of the NDE methods. Each employer is responsible for the certification of their NDE personnel in accordance with their own procedure. training. Centralized Certification There is some discord in industry regarding employer-based certification versus centralized certification. Users of NDE services need assurance that the individual performing NDE has the qualifications necessary to detect the conditions of interest in a predictable. Learning Objectives: To enable the student to: 1.S.0 PERSONNEL QUALIFICATION CERTIFICATION Chapter 2. 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. Those certification systems have certain common features.S. 2. and experience. which is based on SNT-TC-1A or CP-189. • Prescribed minimum levels of formal education. Qualification is the ability of an individual resulting from education. The American Welding Society has also developed a system of certifying individuals involved in the examination of welds. 2. The certification system has been adopted by industry to provide that assurance. 2.0 Personnel Qualification and Certification qualifications and meets some minimum standard of education. consistent manner. including common U.2 Employer-Based Certification vs. Certification is written testimony that the individual has the proper USNRC Technical Training Center 2−1 Rev 0409 .

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

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

2 Limitations of SNT-TC-1A SNT-TC-1A is a recommended practice. .Vision test to verify that the candidate meets the physical requirements of the job.. USNRC Technical Training Center 2−4 Rev 0409 . This can cause difficulties for organizations that purchase NDE services and requires careful evaluation by the purchaser.Practical application of the examination method (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. this includes an annual near vision test and color vision tests every five years. . 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. This can be an expensive undertaking for a small company that may employ NDE personnel on a short-term contract basis. • The candidate must be tested to verify that the knowledge and skills required for certification exist. hands-on demonstration).0 Personnel Qualification and Certification to train and formally examine NDE personnel.e.1. Unfortunately. • The employer must develop a Written Practice for the qualification and certification of NDE personnel.NDE Technology and Codes Student Manual Chapter 2. the individual’s certifications are terminated upon leaving the company. an employer can apply the recommendations of SNT-TC-1A in its entirety. ..g. An outline of the certification process is as follows: • It offers the employer the flexibility to modify (i. As such. The result is that most companies have different Written Practices for the certification of their NDE personnel. or increase/reduce the recommendations to suit the company’s purpose. This is a multistep process consisting of the following tests: 2. • The employer must verify that the candidate has met the education. it will result in significant training activity and personnel development in preparation for certification. by either increasing or reducing) the certification requirements to meet specific needs. The certification process entails several key steps.General knowledge of the examination method. • If the qualification concept is followed. .3. It is the new employer’s responsibility to recertify new personnel. 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. • Since SNT-TC-1A is an employer-based certification system. training.Specific knowledge of the method as applied to the specific products.

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

• Employer is the corporate. Some of the common terminology is defined as follows: • Certification is qualification. demonstrated knowledge. and documented experience required for personnel to properly perform a specific NDE method. • Comparable is being at an equivalent or similar level of NDT responsibility and difficulty as determined by the employer’s Level III.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. 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. • Closed-book examination is an examination administered without access to reference material. documented training. • Written Practice is the document which provides guidelines for the establishment of a qualification and certification program.1.0 Personnel Qualification and Certification • • Certification expiration date. • Training is the organized program developed to impart the knowledge and skills necessary for qualification. 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. • 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. except for materials supplied with or in the examination. • Certifying Authority is the person or persons properly designated in the Written Practice to sign certifications on behalf of the employer.NDE Technology and Codes Student Manual Chapter 2. Signature of the Level III that verified the qualification of the candidate for certification. written testimony of • Certifying Agency is the employer of the individual being certified. • Documented is the condition of being in written form. private. or public entity which employs personnel for wages. • 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. USNRC Technical Training Center 2−6 Rev 0409 . The employer-based system of certification has been in use for many years. • Qualification is demonstrated skill. or other considerations.3. The effectiveness of the “certification” is only as good as the company’s commitment to the NDE program. fees.

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

the candidate must receive additional training as determined by the Level III. 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.3 Qualification of Personnel for Visual Examination Section XI also requires compliance to Appendix VI for the training. and graded by a Level III. qualification. If an examination is failed. It permits existing certifications based on earlier editions of CP-189 to remain valid until recertification. 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. 3. The Level III recertification is at five (5) years intervals as required in CP-189. CP-189 requires the possession of a Level III certificate issued by ASNT. and certification of visual examination personnel. and III personnel must be approved. USNRC Technical Training Center Chapter 2. CP-189 or ACCP be considered valid until the individual is recertified. It also requires that personnel performing NDE be qualified and certified using that written practice. the employer has the option of using an outside agency to administer the examinations. CP-189 (2006) or ACCP. 2. 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. or ASNT ACCP. Specific subjects must be included in the VT training program (reference Appendix VI Supplement 1 of Section XI). II. Examinations for Level I. 2. The examination questions to be used for the 2−8 Rev 0409 . Experience as specifically defined for the VT-1. thereby permitting Level III qualification to be through the employer examination process or by ASNT examination. 2. VT-2. and VT-3 categories (reference Appendix VI-4110 of Section XI). which must then be in accordance with the 1995 Edition of CP-189. Section XI amends two provisions in CP-189 as follows: 1. A passing grade of 80% is required for each examination rather than the minimum of 70% permitted by CP-189. or the 2006 Edition of ANSI/ASNT CP-189.3. It further states that qualifications in accordance with an earlier edition of SNT-TC-1A. 5. The recertification must be in compliance with SNT -TC-1A (2006).0 Personnel Qualification and Certification Section XI waives this prerequisite. Levels I and II are required to be recertified every five (5) years in lieu of the three (3) years specified in CP-189. which is in accordance with CP-189. administered. Also.NDE Technology and Codes Student Manual the employer does not have an on-staff ASNT Level III certificate holder. 4. as a prerequisite to employer Level III recertification.

additional training in those areas of weakness.4 ISO 9712 Central Certification An internationally recognized standard for centralized certification is ISO 9712. for all three levels. There is also a ten (10) hour (minimum) supplemental training requirement that must be given annually.4 Qualification Requirements for Ultrasonic Examination Personnel Section XI contains a mandatory Appendix (VII) for the qualification of Ultrasonic Examination personnel. This appendix contains additional or supplemental requirements to those in CP-189 including: 1. If the course examination is failed. as identified in the examination. Level I and II qualification examinations are described in VII-4320 and. 9.3. The NDE instructor must have completed a 40-hour course in training and teaching techniques. The practical or Demonstration Examination test specimens set must contain at least 50% different flaws than those use on the examination that was failed. 2. 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. 2. 7. USNRC Technical Training Center Classroom 40 hrs 40 hrs 40 rs 2−9 Rev 0409 . 2. These additional or supplemental requirements contained in Article VI must be reflected in the employer’s written practice. Minimum hours of experience as defined in Table VII-4110 are greater than those required by CP-189. Appendix VIII contains the requirements for Ultrasonic Examination system performance demonstration. 8. Specific training course subjects are contained in Supplement 1 to appendix VII. or have a current certificate for teaching/instructing.NDE Technology and Codes Student Manual Chapter 2. Nondestructive Testing—Qualification and 4.0 Personnel Qualification and Certification reexamination must contain at least 30% new or reworded questions. A grade of 70% is necessary to receive credit for the training unless a qualification examination is given at the conclusion of the training. Level III Qualifications are contained in VII-4330. Requirements for examination questions and test specimens for the Practical Examination are extensive and are detailed in VII-4310. 5. 3. must be administered. Table VII-4220-1 contains details regarding initial training which includes: Level I II III Laboratory 40 hrs 40 hrs 0 6.

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

• 2−11 General Knowledge—written Rev 0409 . • Continued satisfactory work activity without significant interruption. In addition to passing the ASNT administered written tests. 2. USNRC Technical Training Center Chapter 2.6 AWS Certification of Welding Inspectors (CWI) The American Welding Society has a central certification program for the certification of welding inspectors. 2.3 Recertification Recertification is required on the tenth anniversary. Standard for AWS Certification of Welding Inspectors. The ACCP provides a transportable certification and ultimately will provide central certification for Level I. and Level III NDE personnel. the Level III candidate also must pass a hands-on Level II demonstration of proficiency and a written procedure preparation examination. 2.2 Renewal Certification can be renewed for a second five year term when there is evidence of: • Satisfactory vision test every twelve months and. • 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. The program requires the candidate to provide documented evidence of visual welding inspection or related work experience.0 Personnel Qualification and Certification 2. The certifications are terminated if: • The individual moves on to a different industrial sector (e. 2. Examination centers will be approved and located to support the program geographically. The program is the QC-1.g.1 Terms of Certifications All ISO 9712 certifications are valid for a period of five years. Recertification is accomplished by the satisfactory completion of a simplified written test (Level III) or a practical test (Level I and II. shipbuilding to petrochemical).) The examination consists of. and it requires the successful completion of a three part examination.4. The certifications will be industry specific and recertification will be required when working in a different industry sector.NDE Technology and Codes Student Manual NDE from a college or university.4.4.5 ASNT Central Certification Program (ACCP) ACCP builds upon the existing ASNT Level III certification program. • The individual experiences a significant interruption in examination performance. Table 2-2 compares the experience stipulated in the three programs. Level II.

fabricators.7 Supplemental Qualification Requirements The power utility industry has adopted supplemental programs for the qualification and certification of Visual Examinations and Ultrasonic Examination personnel.NDE Technology and Codes Student Manual • • Specific—code interpretation – written and. The certification must be renewed every three years by providing documented evidence of continued examination or related activities.3. Inspections are performed by Authorized Inspectors and Owner’s Representatives. As discussed in 2. etc). 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. Chapter 2. Note that the ASME differentiates between inspection and examination. 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. Therefore. the ASME refers to NDE rather than nondestructive testing (NDT).. The QC-1 program offers a certification scheme that is independent of the employer and is. installers. Section XI requires NDE personnel to be qualified and certified in accordance with the requirements of CP-189. 2. recertification is by testing. 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). Every nine years.3. USNRC Technical Training Center 2−12 Rev 0409 .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. therefore.g. completely portable. Examinations and tests are performed by the manufacturer (e.

2. 3.NDE Technology and Codes Student Manual Chapter 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: 1.0 Personnel Qualification and Certification Table 2-1 Training Hours1 SNT-TC-1A. 4. Training for Level III personnel not specified in SNT-TC-IA. USNRC Technical Training Center 2−13 Rev 0409 . ISO 9712 does not specify training hours for a Level III. Recommended for high school graduate. CP-189 training for Level III personnel is considered satisfied by the possession of an ASNT Level III certificate.

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. USNRC Technical Training Center 2−14 Rev 0409 . Recommended Experience Time SNT-TC-1A.NDE Technology and Codes Student Manual Chapter 2. Refer to the individual documents for specific requirements.