Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Training

Qualifications and Certifications for Personnel Involved in Non-destructive Testing of Materials

The DIN EN 473 standard, which had been valid in Germany previously, was finally superseded at the beginning of 2013 by DIN EN ISO 9712. With the DIN 18800 standard changing to DIN EN 1090, we face a new challenge in the field of non-destructive material testing.

We give you expert training in the following procedures:

  • Visual inspection
  • Magnetic particle inspection
  • Dye penetrant inspection

  • Ultrasonic inspection
  • Film evaluation of radiographic images

Which Is the Right Level for You?

We offer training in level 1 and 2 and certification for all levels. As a certified training center, we also provide in-house seminars, in which we can adapt our structured training sessions to meet your specific requirements.

  • Level 1:
    To pass the level 1 test, you must configure devices and perform non-destructive tests. You take readings and subsequently record the test results.

  • Level 2:
    To pass level 2, you must be capable of all the level 1 requirements. In addition, you must operate test equipment and media and take and interpret readings. You will compile a test report, which you can then sign as the responsible inspector or test supervisor.

  • Level 3:
    Level 3 training is intended for those in managerial roles, e.g. manager of the QM division, or also those in intermediate positions between commercial and technical fields. As a level 3 inspector, you must be responsible for e.g. signing test reports, perform tasks as an assigned inspector involving the respective procedures and compile process instructions for performing a test.

Want to know more about test methods at TÜV Rheinland? Read more about material testing .

Non-destructive Testing Training Courses

We offer training in level 1 and 2 and certification at all levels. As a certified training center, we also provide in-house seminars, in which we can adapt our structured training sessions to meet your specific requirements.

Your Conventional NDT Training Course Options

  • Visual inspection, VT
    • Level 1 and 2 - Combined course VT 1 and VT 2

      A visual inspection is the optical or visual control to evaluate the condition or quality of a product or portion of a product. It is carried out for quality assurance purposes at the end or after completion of a part of the production or the portion of a product. Visual inspections are also carried out on parts in operation. It has been standardized in the general basics of the visual inspection.

      • Basic principles of visual testing
      • Working techniques of visual testing
      • Lighting for direct visual testing
      • Tools and equipment for direct visual testing
      • Error analysis I – production-related imperfections
      • Typical application examples of a direct visual testing
      • Detail perception in visual testing
      • Visual aids for indirect visual testing
      • Regulations for visual testing on welding seams
      • Establish test reports

  • Penetration test, PT
    • Level 1 and 2 - Combined course PT 1 and PT 2

      Penetration Testing is a non destructive testing method based on capillary action, where low surface tension fluid penetrates into clean and dry surface-breaking discontinuities. A distinction is made between the dye penetrate inspection and the fluorescent penetrate inspection.

      • Basic principles of penetrant inspection I and II
      • Preparation and pre-cleaning of the test surface
      • Penetrants and penetrant process
      • Intermediate cleaning and drying
      • Developer and development process
      • Inspection and recording
      • Test equipment and test facilities
      • Monitoring of test system
      • Evaluation of test results
      • Regulations for penetrant inspection
      • Object-related methods and error analysis
      • Establish PT test instructions

  • Magnetic particle inspection, MT
    • Level 1 and 2 - Combined course MT 1 and MT 2

      The magnetic particle testing (also called magnetic particle crack detection) is a non destructive testing method used to detect surface and near surface flaws in ferromagnetic materials.

      • Basic principles of magnetic particle testing I and II
      • Magnetic effect of electricity
      • Magnetization technologies
      • Inspection equipment for magnetic particle testing
      • Procedure, test instruction and test report
      • Object-related methods and error analysis
      • Equipment and its maintenance in PT
      • Control and surveillance of magnetic particle testing
      • Evaluation of test results of magnetic particle testing
      • Regulations for magnetic particle testing
      • Object-related methods and error analysis for magnetic particle testing

  • Ultrasonic inspection, UT
    • Ultrasonic Testing is an acoustic method using ultrasonic waves to detect material defects. As this technology belongs to the non destructive test methods, components can be tested when installed or even in operation.

      UT Level 1

      • Basic principles of ultrasonic testing
      • Construction of headform, sound field and equipment technology
      • Calibration with standardized calibration blocks
      • Basics of straight beam inspection
      • Ultrasonic Testing of welds and wrought products
      • Ultrasonic Testing of castings
      • Basics of angle beam inspection
      • Ultrasonic Testing of welding seams in structural steelwork, pipeline construction and pressure vessels
      • Ultrasonic Testing of pipes in pipe works

      UT Level 2

      • Laws of dispersion
      • Adjustment of range and sensitivity
      • Control and surveillance of ultrasonic test equipment
      • Influence of material on Ultrasonic Testing
      • Geometrical influences on Ultrasonic Testing
      • Evaluation of test results
      • Objects and error analysis: castings / forgings / rolled products / fusion welds
      • Testing techniques and regulations for castings / forgings / rolled products / fusion welds
      • Pipe manufacturing, flaws and testing technique in pipe work
      • Techniques and regulations for Ultrasonic Testing in pipes

  • Film evaluation, RT-FI
    • Level 2 - Assessment of radiographs in product sector w

      The film analysis of X-ray images of welding seams is a method of evaluating errors documented on an X-ray film.

      • Welding seams
      • Quality requirements in welding joints
      • Welding seam error in X-ray image
      • Influences on the image contrast
      • Image resolution and distortion
      • Recording technology control
      • Evaluation of X-ray images
      • Assessment according to regulations

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Our Recommendation: Preparatory Training

Up to 50% of the practical experience time should be spent on a suitable work placement, whereby the duration can be weighted with a maximum factor of five (5). This approach should be avoided, however, if the proposed certification has a limited scope of validity. The work placement must be focused on practical solutions to frequently recurring testing problems and should include a significant number of practice tests with known errors. The program must be recognized by the certification body.

In-house Seminars on Demand

Seeking customized further training solutions for your company? Why not try the in-house seminars from the TÜV Rheinland Academy to ensure further training perfectly tailored to your employees.

Whether NDT or one of our 71 other topics, we are more than happy to join you in customizing our seminars right in line with what your company needs.

Advantages of our in-house training courses

  • Develop individual solutions to problems perfectly matched to your company
  • Cost-effective seminars that can be optimally exploited
  • Trainers and speakers with abundant practical experience
  • One-to-one training, seminars and courses for groups of up to 12 people

Detailed Training Course Information

Our seminars mainly target those working in the quality assurance field from companies in aerospace, wagons and rail vehicle construction, shipbuilding and wind power station construction, the automotive industry and testing laboratories. In addition, the scope also includes employees or self-employed persons who meet the basic admission requirements for the training.

Admission requirements

The admission requirements imposed to take part in the training and testing as well as certification vary depending on the procedures involved. All levels require a up-to-date written evidence of satisfactory close visual and color visual ability (eye test), which must meet the following requirements in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9712:

  • Close visual ability
    The close visual ability must suffice to allow Jaeger number 1 characters or Times Roman 4.5 or equivalent test characters (1.6 mm high) to be read at a distance of at least 30 cm with at least one eye, with or without visual aids.

  • Color visual ability
    The color vision must suffice to allow the candidate to detect and distinguish contrasts between colors or shades of gray, namely those used in the relevant NDT methods, as specified by the employer.

The certification body may consider a suitable alternative in place of the requirements posed in a).

In accordance with the certification, tests for close visual ability must be conducted at least once a year and confirmed by the employer.

Minimum Training Requirements

Method Level 1 (hours) Level 2 (hours) Level 3 (hours)
MT 16 24 32
PT 16 24 24
RT 72 80 40
UT 64 80 40
VT 16 24 24

NDT Training and Testing Participation Requirements

Combined courses Visual inspection and Visual inspection – aktPlastic, penetration test, magnetic particle inspection

  • Written evidence of industrial experience lasting at least 3 weeks with the respective method, signed by the employer
  • Recent eye test

Assessment of radiographs (RT-FI)

  • Written evidence of industrial experience lasting at least 3 weeks in film evaluation, signed by the employer
  • Recent eye test

Level 1 - Ultrasonic inspection and Plastic ultrasonic inspection

  • Written evidence of industrial experience lasting at least 2 weeks in ultrasonic inspection, signed by the employer
  • Recent eye test

Level 2 - Ultrasonic inspection and Plastic ultrasonic inspection

  • Evidence of successfully completing level 1 training in the respective method
  • Written evidence of industrial experience lasting at least 4 weeks in ultrasonic inspection, signed by the employer
  • Recent eye test

The Path to Obtaining Your Certificate in Accordance with DIN EN ISO 9712

Certification Requirements

Combined courses Visual inspection and Visual inspection – Plastic, Penetration test, Magnetic particle inspection

  • Evidence of successfully completing the respective level 1 and 2 in the respective method
  • Written evidence of industrial experience lasting at least 4 months (640 hours) in the respective method, signed by the employer
  • Recent eye test

Assessment of radiographs (RT-FI)

  • Evidence of successfully completing the film evaluation seminars, level 2 (RT-FI)
  • recent eye test

Level 1 - Ultrasonic inspection and Plastic ultrasonic inspection

  • Evidence of successfully completing the Ultrasonic inspection training, level 1
  • Written evidence of industrial experience lasting at least 3 months (480 hours) in the respective method, signed by the employer
  • Recent eye test

Level 2 - Ultrasonic inspection and Plastic ultrasonic inspection

  • Evidence of successfully completing level 2 training in the respective method
  • Written evidence of industrial experience lasting at least 12 months (1,920 hours) in ultrasonic inspection, signed by the employer
  • Recent eye test

Applicable Deadlines

Initial certification must be separately requested. Subject to a successfully completed test and up to a maximum of 2 years from that point, initial certification can be requested.

Renewal
This is required 5 years after the initial certification. Details of the documents to be enclosed can be found from the certification application. This certificate shall be valid for an additional 5 years, after which the validity shall either expire or recertification must be obtained.

Recertification
10 years after the initial certification and 5 years after renewal, a recertification test must be taken. This certificate shall be valid for an additional 5 years, after which the validity shall either expire or recertification must be obtained.

Where is the certification application?
You will receive it at the end of the training or you can download a PDF file from the Downl