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NDT Basic Examinations

Topical Outline

This examination is 4 hrs in length, having 135 questions of equal value.

  1. Administration of NDT personnel certification programs
    • SNT-TC-1A, 2016 edition
    • ASNT CP-189, 2016 edition
  2. General familiarity with other NDT methods
    • Radiography (safety, X-ray, and isotope methods)
    • Neutron radiography
    • Ultrasonic testing
    • Eddy current and flux leakage testing
    • Liquid penetrant testing
    • Magnetic particle testing
    • Leak testing
    • Acoustic emission testing
    • Visual testing
    • Thermal/infrared
  3. Materials, fabrication, and production technology
    • Properties of materials, origin of discontinuities, and failure modes
    • Materials processing (casting, welding, forging, brazing, soldering, machining, heat treatment, surface treatment, adhesive bonding, etc.)
    • Dimensional metrology


The number in parentheses following each reference is the ASNT catalog number.