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Learn About Applying for XRF Analyzer Operator Certification

Level 1 certification

A certified Level 1 operator is qualified to perform XRF operations. Requirements for certification include receiving training and passing examinations.

The Level 1 examination has one part. To pass the examination, you must achieve a minimum grade of 70%. The exam consists of 30 multiple choice questions on basic knowledge of XRF radiation safety, theory and application. There are 10 questions on theory and application and 20 on XRF radiation safety. The maximum time to complete the exam is 90 minutes.

Level 2 certification

In addition to Level 1 responsibilities, a Level 2 operator is qualified to provide formal XRF training for certification purposes. Holders of Level 2 certification may be:

  • Manufacturer’s representatives, or
  • Company employees who train other company employees in the use of a specific XRF device

The level 2 examination process includes the Level 1 examination plus an additional Level 2 examination. (If you hold a Level 1 XRF certification already, you only need to pass the Level 2 examination to qualify as a Level 2 operator.)

The level 2 exam consists of 30 multiple choice questions on more detailed or advanced theoretical knowledge of XRF analysis technique, radiation safety and equipment, and stakeholder responsibilities. The maximum time allowed is 90 minutes. The passing grade is 70%.

Your responsibilities

We advise certification candidates to study independently before writing the examination and to use the latest version of the XRF Certification Information and Examination Preparation booklet to prepare. We encourage candidates to consult the reference materials, including the applicable acts, regulations and safety codes or other references cited in the booklet. To obtain a copy of the booklet, contact the Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body (NDTCB).

Our responsibilities

The NDTCB strives to ensure that new applications are processed within ten (10) working days of receipt by our office, and that examination results are made available within fifteen (15) working days of receipt by our office. As applications and examinations are processed in arrival sequence, processing times may vary depending on the volume of applications and/or examinations received and are not guaranteed. Incomplete documentation or complexity of routine verifications and checks may also lead to longer processing times.

The NRCan NDTCB makes all reasonable efforts to ensure candidate applications, examination requests and certification submissions are completed according to standard targets 80% of the time (at minimum). Despite these efforts, errors, omissions and delays are possible. We are not responsible for any direct and indirect costs, expenses or delays that may arise.


XRF Training requirements
Read about the training requirements for individuals who want to obtain XRF certification.

Accepted XRF training organizations
Find a list of training organizations approved to offer courses required for XRF certification.

Apply for XRF Analyzer Operator Certification
Find out what is required to apply for XRF certification.

XRF certification fees
Find out what fees are involved in your initial XRF certification, whether for 1 year or 5 years.

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

NDT Certification Body forms and guides
Application forms, supplementary forms and examination guides for all three types of certification, including XRF.

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