Pathway To Certification

Certification is the procedure through which an authorised organisation grants recognition that established requirements or standards have been met. The Australian Institute of Non Destructive Testing (AINDT) and the British Institute of Non Destructive Testing (BINDT) are internationally recognized to assess and verify the qualifications of candidates who wish to become certified in Non Destructive Testing, and have qualified ATTAR as having the resources and expertise necessary to provide authorised training and qualification examinations to candidates.

ATTAR is an Authorised Qualifying Body (AQB) for both the Australian and British Institutes of Non Destructive Testing (AINDT & BINDT), as well as being a BINDT Accredited Training Organisation (ATO).  As a result, ATTAR is authorised to conduct training and examinations in accordance with AINDT requirements for certification, as well as the Personnel Certification in Non-Destructive Testing (PCN) scheme – the largest NDT personnel certification system in the world.

To become certified, individuals must provide evidence of eligibility.  Certification to ISO 9712 requires adherence to four specific criteria:

1. Visual acuity

2. Adequate training

3. Satisfactory performance in written and practical examinations

4. Supervised industrial experience 

Certification is attested to in writing by means of a certificate.  Ongoing obligations must also be met, such as retesting or participating in continuing education activities.

Visual Acuity
The AINDT Guide to Qualification and Certification states that all for all levels of certification, the applicant is required to produce documented evidence of compliance with ISO 9712 and ISO 20807 regarding Near Vision Acuity  and Colour Vision; confirmation must come from an optometrist or other competent body.  Students attending training at our Melbourne venue can be tested and issued with Vision Test Certificates.  For details on the visual requirements for certification, contact AINDT.

According to the AINDT Guide to Qualification and Certification, “The applicant shall have successfully completed a program of training in the relevant NDT Method and Product/Industry Sector in accordance with the requirements of ISO 9712 [and is] required to produce validated evidence of training”.  As an Authorised Qualifying Body (AQB), ATTAR provides the training required for successful certification. 

As required by AINDT, applicants must pass written and practical examinations in the relevant NDT method, depending upon the level of certification sought. An approved Examination Centre, ATTAR conducts assessments of candidates in accordance with AINDT or BINDT criteria; letters of results issued by ATTAR are accepted as valid evidence of both training and assessment (examination results).  A candidate who fails to obtain the pass grade required for certification may be re-examined in accordance with guidelines.

Supervised Industrial Experience
Candidates seeking certification are required to provide evidence of the hours of supervised industrial experience accrued in each NDT Method for which they seek certification. Please refer to the comprehensive table for training and experience provided in the AINDT Guide to Qualification and Certification.