How To Become Certified in NDI or NDE
In 1966 ASNT published guidelines for becoming a certified non destructive testing technician. These guidelines established consistency in training and qualifying personnel, ensuring technicians understand equipment, materials, test objects and procedures. The process for obtaining certification usually requires classroom training, written test, a hands on demonstration of equipment calibration, materials preparation, accurate testing, and identifying indications according to a specified procedure. In addition to the above requirement you will need to complete some on-the-job training and pass a vision test. The most common testing methods include liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, eddy current, ultrasonic, and radiography. Each method has its own set of guidelines based on the technical skills required to perform the method efficiently and accurately. Technicians can achieve different levels of certification in each method base on additional training, testing and on-the-job hours.
NDT Nation has developed this web site to assist those who are preparing for their classroom training and written examination.
Did you know it is estimated that 20% to 30% of trainees and students do not pass their first test. The reason for this failure is lack of preparation. Trainees are required to attend the class room training but are advised to study and take practice tests during their free time. Methods like liquid penetrant and magnetic particle require less time to preparation. If you are planning to receive certification in eddy current, ultrasonic or radiography testing it is import to allow yourself more time to studying and take practicing test online. There are several web sites including this one that give you practice questions to assist you in your studies.
Receiving your certification is a professional achievement in a field that continues to grow nationally and internationally. Some of the industries that rely on inspections are alternative power, aviation/aerospace, manufacturing, automotive, pipeline, welding, commercial, construction, railroad, petrochemical, shipyard and maritime, pharmaceutical, pulp and paper and fabrication shops. Opportunity abounds with so many industries relying on the professional talents of a certified technician. The recent demand for for ndi and nde inspectors has driven salaries up by 10%-15% over the last 3-4 years. It is the perfect time to be exploring the testing industry.