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NDT Employer-Based Certification Programs and COVID – 19

23 April 2020

The ongoing pandemic of COVID-19 continues to provide challenges for employers, customers and NDT certified individuals. As a standards developer, ASNT understands the importance of codes and standards to meet contractual requirements. As with most standards developers, their standards typically do not address actions to take during an unprecedented global pandemic. ASNT is no different.

For those involved in employer-based certification programs and in need of recertifying individuals or being recertified, the pandemic creates a challenge. How does an individual obtain re-certification during a lock down, where services are not available? These are the types of inquiries that ASNT is receiving related to SNT-TC-1A and ANSI/ASNT CP-189 employer-based certification programs. While ASNT cannot overrule customer / contractual requirements to indicate extending of employer-based certifications is acceptable, ASNT is positioned to provide guidance and recommendations for those responsible or affected by employer-based programs. This includes the employer, customer, NDT certified individuals, ASNT/ACCP cert holders, etc.

For individuals, whose certification has expired after March 13th, 2020:

ASNT recommends employer-based certifications be extended until July 31, 2020, providing that all other aspects associated with the Employers NDT written practice have been complied with for the individual in need of recertification.

The next re-certification expiration date shall be based on the original re-certification due date and not the extended date. See examples in table below:

Original Certification Expiration

Extended Certification Expiration

Certificate expiration (assuming 5-year recertification frequency)

Apr 30th, 2020

July 31st, 2020

April 30th, 2025

May 31st, 2020

July 31st, 2020

May 31st, 2025

June 30th, 2020

July 31st, 2020

June 30th, 2025


An employer choosing to extend the certifications must ensure the individuals certification records include:

  1.  A copy of this notification.
  2.  A written statement approved by the Level III that the conditions for extension as recommended by ASNT has been satisfied.

The COVID-19 situation changes daily which ASNT continues to monitor. It is possible another notification of extension may be necessary. Such a decision will be made closer to the July 31st, 2020 due date and will be communicated accordingly.

Again, it is stressed that ASNT is positioned to provide guidance and recommendations to ASNT certification holders responsible for employer-based programs, specifically SNT-TC-1A and ANSI/ASNT CP-189 based programs. This does not constitute an approval to deviate from a customer requirement or contract but provides clarification on ASNT’s position. Any deviations or approvals must be agreed upon by the customer.