The Importance Of Government Certification For NDT In Canada

  • By Eric Kivlin
  • 24 Oct, 2017
Non-destructive testing (NDT) plays a crucial role in everyday life. It can be used to find, size and locate surface and subsurface flaws and defects to assure safety and reliability. Typical examples are found in aircraft, pipelines, bridges, trains, power stations, refineries, buildings and oil platforms – all of which are all inspected using NDT.
Used as a ‘Quality Assurance’ management tool, NDT can give impressive results when used correctly by professionals with the proper certifications and experience. Being proficient in NDT requires an understanding of the various methods available, their capabilities and limitations, as well as knowledge of the relevant standards and specifications for performing the tests.
When is comes to obtaining the proper certification, the Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) manages the Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body (NDTCB), which is the national program that certifies all personnel who perform NDT.
The NDTCB’s goal is to protect both Canadians and Canada’s natural resources by developing and implementing programs to certify those who inspect metals and materials used in Canada’s natural resources industries, as well as continually improve and maintain reliability, security and safety with regards to how industries use metals and materials throughout Canada.

“We are committed to quality, and have achieved certification for our quality management system to the ISO 9001:2015 standard.” - NDTCB

In order to be eligible to be certified in non-destructive testing, you must have a combination of the appropriate training and work experience.
  • ATOs are also responsible for properly pre-screening and administering math-skill tests for students. 
  • Candidates must complete radiation safety training (minimum 8 hours) provided by an ATO.
NDT Method                                                                                        Months of Experience Required

                                                                                    Level 1                                            Level 2                                        Level 3

Eddy Current                                                         3                                                        9                                                    18

Industrial Radiography

Ultrasonics

Magnetic Particle                                                 1                                                        3                                                     12

Liquid Penetrant

Visual Testing 
With processes in place to manage potential conflicts of interest and ensure all certification activities are objective, the NDTCB does not delegate its decisions relating to certification, including the granting, maintaining, recertification, expansion and reduction of scope, suspension, or withdrawal of certifications.
As the prime NDT contractor for Oil & Gas, Power Generation, Manufacturing and Infrastructure clients across the country, Specialized NDE is always staying abreast of the latest in industry standards and certifications. For more information on the many NDT and NDE services we provide, please browse our extensive website or contact us directly .
By Eric Kivlin 08 Jan, 2018

There’s no denying that safety in the workplace is of utmost importance. Learning and maintaining the safest practices for when you are on the job could save lives. The not-for-profit, self-funded organization, Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA),has been dedicated to promoting and enforcing public safety since 1997.

Accountable to the Government of Ontario, they are responsible for providing safety services in key sectors, including:

-Boilers and pressure vessels, and operating engineers

-Elevating devices, amusement devices and ski lifts

Acting as both a regulator and an advocate of safety standards throughout the province, The TSSA is required to enforce the Technical Standards and Safety Act and regulations, as well as promote and enforce actions to continuously improve safety, and educate users and industry participants about safety practices, new codes, regulations and requirements.

During recent work in Hamilton, Ontario, the team at Specialized NDE received a bulletin from the TSSA, outlining the importance of periodic inspection requirements for pressure vessels at pressures greater than 15 psig, such as deaerators and high temperature (212°F and above) hot water storage tanks, in order to prevent steam generation that could potentially cause failure due to corrosion and fatigue cracking.

“Seams and their heat affected zone and all structural attachment welds of vessels shall also be wet-fluorescent-magnetic particle examined for the presence of cracks, pinholes or other defects. Light surface preparation may be necessary to obtain meaningful results from wet-florescent-magnetic particle examination.As a minimum, internal visual examination (IVF) and WFMPE of not less than 20% of the highly stressed weld areas, including the longitudinal weld seams and adjacent heat affected zone are to be performed at the following intervals:

- No cracks shown 3 years

- Cracks have historically shown 2 years

- Cracks have shown in the year previous 1 year”

-         TSSA Safety Information Bulletin SB00-18 Rev. 3

As it is the organizations job to review everything from new technology to modifications on existing equipment to ensure they comply with all codes and regulations, we are very pleased with their commitment to safety, and pleased to offer our services,  to similar inspections, such as:

DeaeratorsInspections, Pressure Vessel inspections, Visual Inspection, Magnetic Particle Inspection, NDE, NDT, CGSB and much more!

As the prime NDT contractor for Oil & Gas, Power Generation, Manufacturing and Infrastructure clients across the country, Specialized NDE is always staying abreast of the latest in industry standards and certifications. For more information on the many NDT and NDE services we provide, please browse our extensive website   or contact us  directly!

By Eric Kivlin 24 Nov, 2017
Established in 2001, ISNetworld  is the global leader in contractor and supplier management. Maintaining safety, insurance, quality and regulatory information on contractors and suppliers can be a strain on internal resources. ISN streamlines these processes, saving time and improving safety standards. Hiring Clients use ISNetworld to standardize contractor management across multiple sites and geographic regions, clearly communicate requirements and expectations and exchange data with other internal systems. The result is lower incident rates and higher compliance numbers.
By Eric Kivlin 24 Oct, 2017
Non-destructive testing (NDT) plays a crucial role in everyday life. It can be used to find, size and locate surface and subsurface flaws and defects to assure safety and reliability. Typical examples are found in aircraft, pipelines, bridges, trains, power stations, refineries, buildings and oil platforms – all of which are all inspected using NDT.
By Eric Kivlin 26 Sep, 2017
Non-destructive testing (NDT) is often thought of as broad field. However, at its core it refers to a wide group of proven inspection methods used to analyze the soundness of a material, component or structure – without chemically or physically altering it.
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