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Registering for XRF Analyzer Operator Certification: Examination and Re-Examination

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.

Examinations for x-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer operator certification can be taken at one of two location types depending on your needs and preferences:

See below for more information about registering for examinations at these different centres.

Registering for initial XRF examinations via the online examination system

Access to an examination centre will be denied to XRF candidates if you fail to bring a copy of your scheduling confirmation email for multiple-choice electronic/online exams.

Once you have submitted an application for x-ray fluorescence (XRF) certification, and have been issued an electronic written examination authorization letter from the Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body (NDTCB), you can register for and book your electronic examination(s) through the online exam system portal and select the closest available examination centre.

Registering for initial XRF examinations at Special XRF Examination Centres

Special XRF Examination Centres (SXECs) have an inventory XRF analyzer operator examination papers. In addition to invigilating these examinations, SXECs can:

  • Conduct written XRF examinations in various in-field locations
  • Issue SXEC admittance and registration forms for the first attempt at XRF examinations for initial certification

To register with an SXEC for an XRF examination, please contact one of our listed SXECs.

Registering for XRF re-examinations

To register for re-examination, you must submit a fully completed Page 1 of the XRF application form with the applicable written registration fee(s). After it is approved, you will receive an electronic written examination authorization letter and you can arrange for examination at an examination centre via the online examination system.

For re-examination, you are not required to resubmit certain documentation (i.e., training, education, eye examination report, etc.) unless you didn’t submit it before the initial examination attempt or it needs updating.

You can send your request for re-examination to NDTCB by mail, fax or e-mail.

Taking the examination

As an eligible XRF candidate, you will be provided with an electronic written examination authorization letter. You will be denied access to the examination centre a copy of the exam scheduling confirmation email.

You should bring the following items to examinations:

  • Exam scheduling confirmation email
  • Government issued photo identification
  • Pen or pencil
  • Non-programmable scientific calculator with no internet connectivity
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