NDE Proficiency Demonstration

National/international round robin studies and industry events have shown that current NDE personnel qualification and certification programs do not result in high levels of probability of detection in certain applications. To address these weaknesses, a new approach is needed to include industry best and proven practices such as the Systematic Approach to Training, Job Task Analysis, and Qualification Cards to direct the development of training and experience. The objective of the new approach is to consistently improve the skill level of NDE practitioners through effective training and proficiency demonstrations by applying psychometric and performance-based practices for both written and practical examinations. This paper will primarily focus on the current performance issues and industry-proven practices that will result in improved NDE reliability.

References
  • Nondestructive Evaluation: A Review of NDE Performance Demonstrations NDE Round Robin Report. EPRI, Palo Alto, CA: 2008. 1016969. (Note: this report is publicly available at (www.epri.com/search/Pages/results.aspx?k=1016969)
  • NDE Performance Demonstration Test for Intergranular Stress Corrosion Cracking. EPRI, Palo Alto, CA: 2005. Report 1013546
  • NRC Letter to ASME. January 12, 2010. NRC ADAMS public wed site, Accession Number ML100140091
  • http://adamswebsearch2.nrc.gov/webSearch2/main.jsp?AccessionNumber='ML12342A2 49
  • U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Training Program Handbook: A Systematic Approach to Training (SAT) example. Designation: DOE-HDBK-1078-94. web site: http://energy.gov/search/site/hdbk-1078-94
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