FAQs

  • How much do NDT technicians make?

    In Canada, the more NDT methods a technician is certified to conduct, and the higher the level of their certification, the more money they will make. That is, a Level 3 technician will make more than a Level 1 technician and a Level 1 technician with three certification methods will make more than a Level 1 technician certified to conduct only one type of NDT method. As an example, a Level 2 technician who is certified to conduct three different NDT methods can expect to make approximately $45 per hour. This wage can also be expected to vary depending on the amount of work experience the NDT technician has. Read More...
  • How many levels are there in NDT?

    There are three levels of qualification for each type of NDT certification. In order to evaluate an asset using a particular NDT method, a technician must be certified in that method. Therefore, various types of NDT technicians exist including UT (Ultrasonic Testing), RT (Radiography Testing), ET (Eddy-current or Electromagnetic Testing), MT (Magnetic Particle Testing), VT (Visual Testing), and PT (Liquid Penetrant Testing) technicians. NDT technicians can be certified as Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3. The higher the level of certification, the more advanced NDT services a technician can provide. In addition, the analysis and opinions of higher-level technicians are more trusted and these technicians earn more. To achieve each level of certification, technicians must obtain industry-specific experience, and complete training, as well as both written and practical exams. Read More...
  • How do you get a level 3 NDT?

    To get a Level 3 NDT certification, technicians must complete education, training, and industry-specific work experience with an NDT inspection service provider, and pass both written and practical exams. For ET (Eddy-current or Electromagnetic Testing), RT (Radiography Testing), and UT technicians (Ultrasonic Testing, including PAUT inspection), a Level 3 certification requires eighteen months of practical work experience. For MT (Magnetic Particle Testing), PT (Liquid Penetrant Testing) and VT (Visual Testing) technicians, twelve months of experience is necessary before completing examinations. As the highest level of certification, Level 3 candidates must provide a record of their experience to their certification body in the form of a CV (curriculum vitae). Read More...
  • How do I get an NDT certification?

    In Canada, all NDT technicians must obtain certification from a Recognized Training Organization (RTO). RTOs in Alberta include the Canadian Institute for Non-destructive Evaluation, IDL Inspection Ltd., Keyano College, Metalogic Inspection Services Inc., Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Quality Control Council of Canada and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. The Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) National Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body (NDTCB), is in charge of the program that certifies all NDT technicians. The NRCan NDTCB requires NDT technicians to be certified in each NDT method they wish to employ. To become certified in a particular NDT method, NDT trainees must complete extensive training, testing and practical work experience. After completing their work experience, the NDT trainee must pass the NRCan practical exam in order to be certified. Read More...
  • How many types of NDT are there?

    There are six common methods of NDT (non-destructive testing) used in pipeline, oil and gas, mining, construction, tubing and equipment inspection. These frequently used types of NDT include radiography or x-ray testing (RT), eddy-current or electromagnetic testing (ET), magnetic particle testing (MT), dye penetrant inspection, visual testing and ultrasonic testing (UT). Ultrasonic testing may include methods such as phased array, time of flight diffraction, guided wave, etc. Each type of NDT has its own benefits and restrictions. In Alberta, inspection service providers most commonly use radiography testing. However, other types of NDT, such as phased array ultrasonic testing are becoming popular as well. Read More...