1 October 2020
Columbus, Ohio, 1 October 2020: The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), a global leader in NDT, announced today the launch of its Employer-Based Certification (EBC) Audit Program. Over the last several years, there has been renewed conversations from industry manufacturers and partners, as well as ASNT members and certification holders regarding the oversight of NDT certification programs. The question being asked is, “Why does ASNT, which writes, maintains, and clarifies the expectations and requirements for NDT personnel certification through ASNT Recommended Practice No. SNT-TC-1A and ANSI/ASNT CP-189, not police or have oversight through an accreditation program?” In response, the ASNT EBC Audit Program was born. It provides the NDT industry with a registry program that ensures NDT service providers and inspection agencies meet minimum compliance with either ASNT Recommended Practice No. SNT-TC-1A or ANSI/ASNT CP-189 through the employer’s written practice or employer’s certification procedure. Going forward, employers must be assessed and accredited to have their names included on this registry.
James Bennett, the Director of Standards and Accreditation, said this about the program: “The inception of the EBC program came at the request of the volunteers and the industry. Their request was based on three issues:
- Fairness – to differentiate between an employer that is capable or not of meeting the requirements, and providing a competitive edge;
- Consistency – assessments performed by individuals of varying experiences creating a multilayered employer-based certification program showing inefficiencies and inconsistencies around the globe; and
- Oversight – there has not been a review body or group that consistently looks at the health of EBC programs to ensure they meet the needs of the industries and customers served, while also considering the overall profession of NDT.”
An EBC assessment is performed in two stages:
Stage 1 involves reviewing and comparing the company’s NDT written practice or NDT certification procedure against SNT-TC-1A and/or ANSI/ASNT CP-189.
Stage 2 assesses actual practice of the NDT certification process, ensuring that it complies with the requirements of the company’s NDT written practice or NDT certification procedure.
Most assessments are conducted remotely; however, ASNT can accommodate onsite assessments by special request. The process entails three levels of oversight, which results in a “fresh eyes” approach at key stages of the process:
- Assessor performs the assessment;
- ASNT staff works with the company to review and close out the assessment package; and
- A review team assesses the final report to make the determination whether or not to grant the accreditation.
All of the individuals involved in conducting the audit are qualified as auditors and hold ASNT Level III certification.
Just last month, ASNT issued its first EBC accreditation, to National Inspection & Consultants (NIC).
“Our team at NIC is honored to have been given the opportunity to be the first company in the world to achieve ASNT’s EBC accreditation,” stated NIC Vice President Dave Vigne. “The audit conducted by ASNT was comprehensive and strenuous but fair and unbiased, and in the end allows us to demonstrate this major accomplishment to any and all who are interested. In these times of rising technological advances, growing liability, and global competitiveness, EBC accreditation can provide a measure of confidence that NDT personnel certification programs meet industry standards. I would encourage all companies who use NDT to explore this program and consider applying for accreditation.”
If you have more questions about the EBC Audit Program, please email email@example.com.
The American Society for Nondestructive Testing Inc., based in Columbus, Ohio, is an international technical society dedicated to making the world a safer place through nondestructive testing. With more than 21,000 members and certificate holders, ASNT is an effective advocate for the global nondestructive testing community, providing standards and certification credentials for the qualification of NDT personnel, as well as technical information and learning and networking opportunities. www.asnt.org