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ASNT Standards

Standards and Recommended Practices developed by ASNT define qualification and certification for NDT personnel. Through ASNT committees, we facilitate top NDT experts and business professionals in developing and defining personnel qualifications that support industries and governments needs worldwide. 

ASNT does not publish standards that describe how to perform NDT tasks; those are published by ASTM International and other organizations standards that affect NDT users and are highlighted in Codes and Standards Bodies Involved in NDT Industry.   

Recommended Practice No. SNT-TC-1A
Personnel Qualification and Certification in Nondestructive Testing

 Provides guidelines that can be used by companies to develop employer-based** in-house NDT and PdM certification programs. Included are recommended skill levels for all levels of NDT qualification, the recommended training and experience hours for Level I and Level II personnel, and the examination eligibility requirements for  Level III personnel. These guidelines can be modified by employers and, when incorporated into a company’s Written Practice, become the NDT certification requirements for that company. Information on certification program types, written practices and other NDT program-related information can be found on the NDT Certification page. The first edition of SNT-TC-1A was published in 1966, and it provided the general format for the development of almost all other NDT certification standards in use today. Product Number # 2072 (2016 Edition)

Responses to a collection of inquiries regarding various provisions of Recommended Practice No.  SNT-TC-1A by ASNT’s SNT-TC-1A Interpretation Panel can be purchased in the ASNT Store, Interpreting SNT-TC-1A, 2016 Edition.

ASNT Standard for Qualification and Certification of Nondestructive Testing Personnel

 This employer-based standard establishes the minimum requirements for the qualification and certification of nondestructive testing (NDT) and Predictive Maintenance (PdM) personnel. An American National Standard (ANS), CP-189 provides requirements as opposed to the guidelines of SNT-TC-1A.   A collection of inquiries regarding various provisions of CP-189 and the responses from the ASNT Standard Development Committee's Interpretation Subcommittee can be accessed here. Product Number # 2511 (2020 edition)

ASNT Standard Topical Outlines for Qualification of Nondestructive Testing Personnel

 This standard provides training outlines for Level I and Level II personnel and topical outlines for the qualification of Level III NDT personnel and details the minimum training course content for those personnel. CP-105 is the compilation and updated revision of the Recommended Training Course Outlines formerly found in Recommended Practice No. SNT-TC-1A and CP-189. CP-105 comes with SNT-TC-1A and CP-189 when those documents are purchased. Product Number # 2823 (2020 edition)

Nondestructive Testing - Qualification and Certification of Personnel

This is the U.S. adoption of ISO 9712:2005 as modified in accordance with ISO Guide 21 and provides certification requirements for personnel certifying in the ET, MT, PT, RT, UT & VT test methods. This is a “central” certification system that requires certification examinations to be administered by an accredited third-party certification body. Product Number # 2826 (2018 edition)

In-line Inspection Personnel Qualification and Certification Standard

This ANS establishes the minimum requirements for the qualification and certification of in-line inspection (ILI) personnel, and was developed to address the Operator Qualification requirements of 49CFR192 and 49CFR195 see the Code of Federal Regulations section of this web page. Product Number # 2801 (2010 Reaffirmation)

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