NDT Levels of Certification

Most NDT personnel certification schemes listed above specify three "levels" of qualification and / or certification, usually designated as Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 (although some codes specify Roman numerals, like Level II). The roles and responsibilities of personnel in each level are generally as follows (there are slight differences or variations between different codes and standards).

Level 1 are technicians qualified to perform only specific calibrations and tests under close supervision and direction by higher level personnel. They can only report test results. Normally they work following specific work instructions for testing procedures and rejection criteria.

Level 2 are engineers or experienced technicians who are able to set up and calibrate testing equipment, conduct the inspection according to codes and standards (instead of following work instructions) and compile work instructions for Level 1 technicians. They are also authorized to report, interpret, evaluate and document testing results. They can also supervise and train Level 1 technicians. In addition to testing methods, they must be familiar with applicable codes and standards and have some knowledge of the manufacture and service of tested products.

Level 3 are usually specialized engineers or very experienced technicians. They can establish NDT techniques and procedures and interpret codes and standards. They also direct NDT laboratories and have central role in personnel certification. They are expected to have wider knowledge covering materials, fabrication and product technology.

Training and Certification

  • PAUT
  • TOFD
  • LR UT
  • Pressure Vessel and Heat Exchanges Design
  • Piping, Valves and PSV Design
  • Above Ground Storage Tanks and Atmospheric Tank Design
  • QA/QC Inspector
  • NDT Level -I/1 and Level-II/2
  • ASNT NDT LEVEL III/3 Preparatory as below
  • NDT Basic
  • AE - Acoustic Emission Testing
  • ET - Electromagnetic Testing
  • IR - Thermal/Infrared Testing
  • LT - Leak Testing
  • MFL - Magnetic Flux Leakage
  • MT - Magnetic Particle Testing
  • NR - Neutron Radiographic Testing
  • PT - Liquid Penetrant Testing
  • RT - Radiographic Testing
  • UT - Ultrasonic Testing
  • VA - Vibration Analysis
  • VT - Visual and Optical Testing