Non-Destructive Testing Certification
Online Examination System for select CAN/CGSB-48.9712 and XRF multiple-choice exams
All written multiple-choice examinations for CAN/CGSB-48.9712 (NDT) and XRF are being updated to a computer-based electronic format (in-person live proctored). Examinations are being launched in the online examination system via the following schedule:
- February 1, 2023 (ongoing): Magnetic Testing (MT) and Penetrant Testing (PT)
- June 16, 2023: Ultrasonic Testing (UT), Eddy Current Testing (ET) and X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF)
- June 30, 2023: Radiographic Testing (RT) EMC sector (including Radiation Protection exam)
- July 14, 2023: Radiographic Testing (RT) A/S sector
- July 28, 2023: Level 3 Basic (all methods)
Once candidates receive official electronic written examination authorization from the NRCan NDTCB, they can register for and book their examinations through the online exam system portal and select the closest available examination centre. Candidates who have valid written examination admittance and registration forms for the methods/examinations listed above must submit a request to the NRCan NDTCB by email to receive electronic written examination authorization. Immediately after completing an exam, candidates can view unofficial examination results through the online examination system.
Paper-based NDT multiple-choice examinations will be phased out, however paper-based XRF examinations will be maintained for use by select special XRF examination centres (SXECs). Additionally, Special Written Examination Centres (SWECs) for NDT and XRF written exams are no longer available. For more information, please contact the NRCan NDTCB.
NRCan NDTCB Service fees update
The NRCan NDTCB is implementing a service fees update to existing fees; this update will take effect April 1, 2023. Application and fee submissions to the NRCan NDTCB that are postmarked, emailed or faxed after March 31, 2023 are subject to the new fee schedule.
COVID temporary accommodations and extensions
In April 2020, The NRCan NDTCB implemented temporary accommodations and extensions relating to initial certifications and renewals/recertifications for select candidates and expiry dates. Some of these extensions have already expired, with all extensions for renewal and recertification expiring by December 2024. It is the responsibility of certification candidates and certificate holders to keep track of all expiry dates and due dates and manage their applications and certifications accordingly. Please visit our NDT Certification Body COVID Program Updates page for more information.
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) manages the Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body (NDTCB), which is the national program that certifies personnel who perform non-destructive testing (NDT).
The NDTCB is committed to:
- Protecting Canadians and Canada’s natural resources through its certification programs.
- Providing certification to the appropriate Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) standard (CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014, Qualification and Certification of Non-Destructive Testing Personnel).
- Developing and implementing programs to certify people who inspect the metals and materials in the components and structures used in Canada’s natural resources industries.
The NDTCB certification program also aims to continually improve and maintain reliability, security and safety with regards to how industries use metals and materials across Canada. We are committed to quality, and have achieved certification for our quality management system to the ISO 9001:2015 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.
Learn about becoming certified in NDT
Read detailed information about how non-destructive testing certification works, including application procedures, examinations, training requirements and more.
Apply for NDT certification
Initiate your CGSB certification by completing the required forms and understanding the associated fees.
Manage your NDT certification
Apply for certification renewal, recertification or certification revalidation.
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.
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