ASNT Standard Topical Outlines for Qualification of Nondestructive Testing Personnel (ANSI/ASNT CP The newly approved ANSI Standard, ANSI/ ASNT. Recommended Practice SNT-TC-1A and the. ASNT Standard for Qualification and Certification of Nondestructive Testing Personnel CP These documents . My recommendation to my clients is that they require NDT qualification and certification in accordance with ASNT CP or ASNT ACCP.

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When is CP required?

Not all code or standards require certification but how else do you assess the competence of test personnel? Nevada – Section But this approach is little short of the certification process advocated by many as costly and unnecessary. People adnt perform an audit of an NDE certification program are often not specialists in the field or are not thoroughly familiar with the original intent of the employer-based program.

By far the most important fundamental difference is in the concept that CP is a national standard and must asbt treated as a minimum requirement not simply a set of guidelines which may be altered This ANSI-approved American National Standard establishes minimum requirements for the qualification and certification of nondestructive testing and predictive maintenance personnel and details the minimum training, education, and asmt requirements for NDT personnel and provides criteria for qsnt qualifications and certification.

Written with the intent of becoming a national standard, CP offered an alternative to SNT-TC-1A with more rigid requirements, rather than guidelines. CP uses “shall ” throughout to emphasize a mandatory requirement”, whereas SNT – TC – lA uses the verb ” should” to emphasize a recommendation” SNT-TC-1A outlines recommended requirements for initial classroom training, on-the-job experience hours, and recommendations for the general, specific and practical examinations.

Qualification and certification axnt NDE personnel is a function of training, experience and examination and is based on the technology or test method.

Both exist as parallel programs available for a contractor to specify and a sub contractor to adopt. By Date A brief list of some of the major differences below: Surely by virtue of demonstrating continuous performance by an internal or external means of assessment, automatically achieves traceability and quantification.


Belev Paul Deeds, Jr. The downside is that the employer-based program is often abused, resulting in a lower level of achievement than what the program had intended.

Each category specifies visual applications and is available at levels 1 or 2 with specific criteria pertaining to eligibility of trainers and prospective level 3 persons.

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I know the reason for creating it and being more stringent as a standard an not a recommended practice. San Francisco – Section axnt Powered by mwForum 2.

This cannot be reduced in rigidity to suit company requirements dictated by CP Should you require any further guidance on any of the points mentioned in this paper please contact Lavender International NDT Ltd.

I tried to do some research on here and other places but I couldn’t find anything which states CP was required except in some NRC documents and random employers written practice. I concur Al, Here’s an interesting synopsis covering both the guidelines and the standard: Nebraska – Section Best regards – Al.

However, CP requires a certification procedure rather than a written practice. CP also requires that the candidate prepare a test procedure as part of the practical examination. ASNT Standard for Qualification and Certification of Nondestructive Testing Personnel Summary This ANSI-approved American National Standard establishes minimum requirements for the qualification and certification of nondestructive testing and predictive maintenance personnel and details the minimum training, education, and experience requirements for NDT personnel and provides criteria for documenting qualifications and certification.

For an individual to become certified in multiple test methods, each method must be represented by method-specific training, experience and examinations. Florida West Coast – Section Plumstead, Vice Chair George C. This certification meets the requirements for the basic and method specific examination, leaving only the practical examination to be administered by the employer. My question is what are the requirements for PdM since either don’t have any formal training or experience hour requirement.

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Certification schemes are available to operate as company internal quality measures with internal or external moderation. Additionally, ASNT does not have an audit function to assure that compliance to the intent of the document is met.


Employers are sometimes under pressure to put certified NDE technicians to work and keep their personnel billable. Rochester – Section SNT-TC-1A is not a mandatory standard or code but rather is an employer-based program with recommended guidelines for initial training, experience and testing of NDE personnel for qualification and certification. Harris Scott Miller Bruce D. It differs significantly in several areas.

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An age-old phrase of justification is that of “continued satisfactory performance” but what does this mean? Another difference is in the visual acuity exams: Employers may simultaneously asmt both programs in place within their businesses. The document intends that employers will create their own programs based on their business streams and needs by developing a written practice.

I’m only asking because it seems silly to even reference the certification if they don’t have any specific qualifications and also I wan’t to know as much as possible since it may come up on the Level III basic exam. In that case it is a contractual obligation.

Colorado – Section Vision Requirements – The vision requirements for near vision acuity are more stringent in CP requiring acuity to read the Jaeger 1 instead of Jaegar 2.

Thanks for your response. CP adds certification levels of trainee and instructor. When a company decides to follow CPthey must accept all the requirements of that standard, with little or no adjustment or leeway and the relevant training requirements!

Not logged in American Welding Society Forum. The intent was to produce a new document that provided strict requirements rather than simply guidelines. The CP outlines five levels of certification rather than three.

I found through PdMprofessionals. Clear as Oktoberfest Beer eh?