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What is Non-Destructive Testing?

NDT testing is the examination of structures and materials without changing or damaging these as they are being tested. This testing provides a means to assure the reliability and the quality of the product that is being tested.



These courses have been designed to meet the approved training curriculum for NRCan. Students will be qualified to write the regulatory written exams followed by practical examination after the completion of qualifying work experience. Written exams can be scheduled and completed at Keyano College.


Certification by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is a requirement, and training is mandatory and provided by NRCan’s approved Vocational Schools. NDT training will prepare students for the NR­Can examinations, in accordance with the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) Specification 48-GP-9712, Examination and Certification of Non-destructive Testing Personnel and CSA Standard PCP-09.


NRCan Written & Practical exams

With the implementation of CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014/(ISO 9712:2012, IDT) which took effect on March 31st 2015, NRCan can no longer issue the Practical Admittance unless the client provides a minimum of 50% of the Qualified Work Experience, as indicated in the table below:

  Qualifying Work Experience                                        

Industrial Experience
NDT Method Months of Experience
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
ET, RT, UT 3 9 18
MT, PT, VT 1 3 12

E.g. For Level 2 UT 12 months of experience would be required.

For Level 3 MT 16 months of experience would be required.


Minimum Experience Prior to Examination:

For Written Examinations:

a. Level 1: 0%

b. Level 2: 0%

c. Level 3: 25%

For Practical Examinations:

a. Level 1: 50%

b. Level 2: 50%

c. Level 3: 50%

Please refer to the link below for additional information.