NDT Certification FAQs

  • Is Buffalo Inspection COR Certified?

    Yes, Buffalo Inspection Services Inc. is COR Certified. Buffalo is committed to fostering a company culture that highlights health and safety. To support this commitment and ensure the safety of all employees and stakeholders, Buffalo has created and implemented an NDT health and safety program. As a result, Buffalo has been COR Certified by the Government of Alberta. Wondering - what is COR? COR is a Certificate of Recognition that is issued by the Alberta Construction Safety Association. This certificate recognizes that the certified organization has developed and implemented an occupational health and safety program and that this program has been evaluated and approved by a certified auditor. Buffalo's health and safety program helps to guarantee both NDT quality and safety. Read More...
  • What is the difference between SNT-TC-1A and CP-189?

    Are you wondering - what is the difference between SNT-TC-1A and CP-189? Well, the biggest difference between the two is that SNT-TC-1A is a set of recommended standards for NDT companies to use when certifying NDT technicians. On the other hand, CP-189 is intended to be a set of standard requirements, rather than a guideline. Both use training, experience and examination to award NDT certification. However, while NDT inspection companies can alter certification requirements to meet their needs and the needs of technicians under the SNT-TC-1A program, CP-189  requirements cannot be adjusted. Another major difference between is the number of NDT levels offered. The SNT-TC-1A only has three levels of certification - Level I, Level II and Level III. The CP-189, on the other hand, has five levels. In addition to Level I, II and III, CP-189 also has trainee and instructor levels. NDT companies commonly use SNT-TC-1A in conjunction with CP-189 to create a company-administered NDT qualification system. Read More...
  • How do you become a Level 2 NDT in Alberta?

    To become a Level 2 NDT certified technician in Alberta, you must complete a certain amount of work experience, as well as training and education. In addition, you’ll need to pass written and practical exams. The amount of relevant work experience you need to become a Level 2 NDT in Alberta depends on which NDT method you wish to be certified in. For ET, RT, and UT NDT technicians, 9 months of experience is required to become Level 2 certified. For MT, PT, and VT NDT methods, 3 months of experience is required. To verify that you have completed this work experience before taking your examination, your employer must provide evidence on your Application Form for Non-destructive Testing Certification. This form must then be provided to the NRCan Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body (NDTCB). It’s important to note that only 25% of this work experience needs to be completed before you can take your practical exam. Keep in mind, a different amount of work experience will be required for different NDT levels. Read More...
  • How much does it cost to get NDT certified in Canada?

    How much it costs to get NDT certified in Canada depends on several factors, including: • NDT method • NDT level • Sector in which you are completing your certification Candidates must pay application, registration and examination fees when completing an NDT certification. As well, a separate certification for each NDT method, level and sector is required. For example, in Canada, to receive a Level 1 RT (Radiographic Testing) certification in the Engineering, Materials and Components (EMC) sector, it will cost: • $420.00 for registration with the NRCan NDT Certification Body • $230 for written registration • $190 for practical registration • $165 for written examinations (i.e. papers) • $250 for your final half-day exam Each NDT level will have additional requirements. This means that it will cost more to become an NDT technician at higher levels. Read More...
  • What is ASNT certification?

    ASNT certification is a credential provided by the American Society for Nondestructive Testing to NDT technicians. This certification verifies that an individual is competent in non-destructive testing. Currently, there are four certification programs. These include: • ASNT NDT Level III • ASNT Central Certification Program (ACCP) • ASNT NDT Level II • Industrial Radiography and Radiation Safety Personnel (IRRSP) All non-destructive testing technicians in Canada are required to be certified by an accredited institutional body. The list of accredited organizations for Canadian NDT technicians includes the American Society for Nondestructive Testing, as well as Canada’s National Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body, the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB), the Personal Certification Network (PCN) and the Certification Scheme for Welding Inspection Personnel (CSWIP). Read More...
  • What is NRCan certification?

    NRCan certification is necessary for all NDT technicians in Canada. NRCan, or Natural Resources Canada, is the governing organization that oversees the Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body (NDTCB). The NDTCB is the program in Canada that certifies all non-destructive testing technicians. Therefore, to perform NDT services in Canada, you must be certified by NRCan. The NRCan NDTCB provides a list of all certified NDT inspectors. This Directory of Certified Personnel provides the names and certification details for all inspectors certified in non-destructive testing. For NDT companies and technicians, this list is helpful, as it provides the date on which recertification is due. This can help technicians and NDT companies in Alberta ensure that NRCan certifications are up-to-date. Read More...
  • What is SNT-TC-1A certification?

    SNT-TC-1A was developed by the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT). SNT-TC-1A is a recommended practice that helps NDT companies set minimum requirements for in-house NDT certification. Since SNT-TC-1A is a recommendation, rather than a standard practice, it gives NDT services providers the ability to determine appropriate requirements for NDT technicians. Buffalo Inspection Services requires NDT technicians to complete an SNT exam. However, to ensure quality NDT inspections in Canada, Buffalo prefers technicians have a minimum of CGSB (Canadian General Standards Board), PCN (Personnel Certification in Non-Destructive Testing), CSWIP (Certification Scheme for Personnel) and/or ACCP (ASNT Central Certification Program) credentials. Read More...
  • Should NDT companies be ISO certified?

    Non-destructive testing companies in Canada that are committed to providing quality NDT services should be ISO certified. ISO certification guarantees that a non-destructive testing company meets international standards for their NDT quality management system (QMS). Therefore, this certification proves that the organization can provide NDT services that meet both customer and regulatory requirements. Buffalo Inspection Services Inc. holds an ISO 9000 certificate and is dedicated to continuously satisfying ISO 9001-2015 NDT standards by upkeeping ISO registration. To uphold these standards, Buffalo undergoes a yearly review to ensure the quality of its services. This includes a comprehensive examination of procedures and internal processes. Read More...
  • Is Buffalo Inspection CSA W178.1 certified?

    Yes, Buffalo Inspection Services is CSA W178.1 certified. This means that Buffalo is certified to provide non-destructive testing services in various industries. CSA W178.1 certification was designed for organizations in the NDT industry. To be CSA W178.1 certified, an NDT company in Canada must have Inspector Supervisor Personnel, Certified Visual Welding Inspectors and certified NDE Personnel on staff. The scope of Buffalo’s CSA 178.1 certification includes the welding inspection of buildings, bridges, industrial structures, machinery, cranes, rail and road vehicles, as well as pipelines and piping. Buffalo is certified to perform NDT inspection services using visual (VT), radiography (RT), ultrasonic (UT), magnetic particle (MT), and liquid penetrant (PT) NDT methods. Read More...
  • What is ACCP certification?

    ACCP stands for ASNT Central Certification Program. This program was developed by the ASNT (American Society for Nondestructive Testing) to improve NDT reliability. The program offers reliability in the non-destructive testing industry by creating standardized requirements for NDT certification. The ASNT ACCP is internationally recognized and requires NDT personnel to undergo both practical and written evaluations to ensure competency. Currently, NDT technicians can earn an ACCP Level II or ACCP Professional Level III certification in various NDT inspection technology methods and sectors. NDT technicians at Buffalo Inspection Services are required to be certified by an accredited organization. Buffalo uses this certification requirement to ensure quality testing and interpretation. Certification from the American Society for Nondestructive Testing is recognized by Buffalo. Read More...