Inquiry 95-01When an outside organization is engaged to perform Level III duties, is that organization to provide the employer with copies of the exam for the employer’s records?
Inquiry 96-01Does CP-189 allow limited certification in NDT methods if documented in the employer’s written procedure.
Inquiry 97-01In accordance with ANSI/ASNT CP-189-1995; when a company does not have an NDT Level III on staff and elects to hire an outside organization to perform the duties of an NDT Level III, is the ASNT NDT Level III(s) of the engaged outside organization required to take the employer’s Level III Specific Examination (for each method)? Section 6.2.2. If an outside organization’s ASNT NDT Level III(s) is required to take a company’s Level III Specific and Practical Examinations, what authority will prepare and administer said tests on the company’s behalf? Section 6.7.
Inquiry 97-02There is some confusion as to what “administration” of a practical exam really means in Paragraph 6.4.1 of CP-189-1991. Does a Level III have to be looking over the inspector’s shoulder during a practical or not? It seems contrary to the way practical exams are supervised in the ACCP program. From what I understand of the ACCP GHOP, the candidate is given the equipment, parts, and requirements and is left to inspect the parts with minimal supervision and is graded based upon results rather than precisely how the individual performed the inspection.
Inquiry 97-03I currently certify about 120 inspectors in PT, MT, RT, UT, and ET as Level I or II. I have developed checklists for practical exams in the methods I am certified Level III. We have Level IIs in our organization who have been delegated the responsibility of administering and grading written exams for our customers. Will we be in compliance with CP-189 if we use these Level IIs to give practical [examinations] to Level I and II candidates, assuming they use the checklists?
Inquiry 03-01Is it the intent of Appendix A that additional hours of experience in other NDT methods are required in addition to the minimum hours specified for each method prior to certification?
Inquiry 03-02Does an ASNT NDT Level III certified individual need to provide annual documentation of experience? This assumes that the individual performs hands-on testing and not just oversight duties. How does ASNT interpret experience for Level IIIs in order to be compliant to CP-189?
Does CP-189 allow personnel other than the corporate Level III to act as the employer’s certifying representative?
1. Where are the techniques defined, or to be defined, for each NDT method listed in ANSI/ASNT CP-189?
2. If an individual is not going to be performing all techniques of a method, e.g., immersion UT but will be performing contact UT, would this be considered as a "limited" certification?
3. If so, where is this to be addressed?
1. CP-189 identifies the NDT methods only, techniques need to be defined within the employer's qualification and certification procedure.
2. Designating a limited certification must be defined in the employer's qualification and certification procedure.
3. Must be defined in the employer's qualification and certification procedure.
Inquiry 05-01If hours in a specific method for Level II certification takes several years to acquire, can NDT experience hours be used towards the specific method hours to fulfill experience requirements?
If included in our written practice, is it permissible to allow for the Level III examiner to extend a technician's certification for 30 days if extenuating circumstances prevent testing before the technician's certification expiration date?
Inquiry 05-03Can an ASNT PdM Level III administer qualification exams under CP-189?
1. What initial training and experience requirements should be used for Level Is and IIs in the laser method (LM) shearography? (Appendix A)
2. Lacking the above guidance, does Paragraph 4.1 permit the employer’s NDT Level III to determine these requirements provided they are documented in their written procedures?
Inquiry 06-01An NDT Level III possesses a current ASNT NDT Level III in RT, PT, UT, MT, and VT and ACCP Level III in RT, PT, UT, MT, and VT with documented evidence of experience including the preparation of NDT procedures to codes, standards or specifications and the evaluation of test results. Is it necessary that the employer shall qualify him by specific examination for RT, PT, UT, MT, and VT?
Does CP-189-2001 require the ASNT Level III approving an employer's written procedure for personnel certification to be certified in the specific methods addressed by that written procedure?
Does CP-189-2001 require the ASNT Level III administering a facility's NDT program to be ASNT Level III certified in all NDT test methods performed by the facility?
2. No. An NDT Level III for ANSI/ASNT CP-189 is any valid ASNT NDT Level III certificate holder. Specific method certification requirements are described in the document where applicable. As an example, practical examinations must be administered by an NDT Level III certified in the applicable method to ensure credibility in assessing satisfactory performance.
Inquiry 07-01Can an ASNT Level III not certified in a particular method sign certification of personnel in that particular method, if he is designated by the employer as the certifying representative?
Inquiry 07-02Is it the intent to allow Limited Certifications other than UT and RT film interpretation? This is not defined in the document. Both Paragraphs 3.4 and 4.2.2 reference, Appendix B of this document, which is specific to RT and UT.
Inquiry 07-03The predictive maintenance (PdM) individual is identified in two paragraphs in this document: Scope 1.1 and NDT Levels 2.2.1, with no clear understanding who this individual is. In 1.1 the scope of this standard is to establish the minimum requirements for the qualification and certification of the PdM. This does not exist in this standard. Is it the intent of this document to address PdM personnel qualification and certification requirements?
Inquiry 07-04If the employer does not have NDT personnel, but has PdM personnel, is it the intent of this document that there is still a need for a procedure for certification?
Inquiry 07-05Does this statement (Paragraph 2.2.2) imply that the certificate holder (PdM) can perform the actions in 3.2 (General familiarity because of basic examination) and 5.3 for all methods not just IR and VA?
Inquiry 08-01Is the requirement and/or intent of Paragraph 4.3.2 that if an individual holds a current ASNT NDT Level III, the backup documentation including training and experience records need not be reviewed or retained by the employer to certify an individual in accordance with CP-189?
Inquiry 09-01CP-189 addresses the initial on-the-job training requirements. Are we to assume that the hours required for each method must be met during each certification cycle? Example: PT requires 140 h in the method and 270 h total in NDT for the Level II. Considering that these hours are required for initial certification, must we meet the same requirements each time we recertify?
1. Is it the intent of Paragraph 6.3.3(b) that when a candidate is performing a Level II practical examination and the candidate certification will be limited to a technique (e.g. limited to dry powder yoke magnetic partial) that only one sample needs to be used in administration of the practical examination?
2. Is it the intent of Paragraph 6.2.4 that when a candidate is certifying to CP-189 from previous uninterrupted service as a Level III per SNT-TC-1A that a level III is required to perform the demonstration examination per the Level II practical examination during SNT-TC-1A certification?
1. No, Paragraph 6.3.3(b) states in part, “Level II. The candidate shall demonstrate proficiency … a minimum of two samples per method …”
2. No, Paragraph 6.2.4 states in part. “… The practical examination shall include demonstrations of candidate’s ability to perform required activity(ies).” Documented evidence of the candidates’ ability to perform required activity(ies) satisfies this requirement.
Inquiry 09-031. Is it the intent of CP-189 that the development of the qualification examinations described in Sections 6.2 and 6.3 be done by an ASNT Level III certified in the applicable test method? 2. If the answer to (1) above is no, must those examinations be approved by a Level III, and if so, must the Level III be certified in the applicable test method?
Inquiry 09-04Can an ASNT Level III who is not certified in the applicable test method administer a multiple-choice specific written examination to another Level III in that test method if he is designated by the employer as the certifying representative and that designation is documented in the company's certification procedure?
Inquiry 09-05Appendix C: Sample Certification Form has a section to document education, including high school or equivalent. However, the pertinent sections of the document reflect no requirement for education or documentation of such (except for instructors). Suggest reflecting the requirements as needed to accommodate this aspect of qualification.
Inquiry 10-014.1.3 states “All training shall be presented by an NDT instructor.” 18.104.22.168 states “possess a current ASNT Level III certificate in the NDT method to be taught.” Does it imply that if an employer has an NDT Level III in direct employment he does not require an NDT instructor to present training, since the employer’s Level III has met the requirement of 22.214.171.124?
Inquiry 10-02Can the eye examination for near vision given in the middle or beginning of a month expire at the end of that same month 1 year later? Example: If an eye examination for near vision is conducted on Dec. 15th of 2009, can the expiration date be Dec. 31st, 2010.
Inquiry 10-03Improperly formatted request.
Inquiry 10-04Improperly formatted request.
Inquiry 10-05CP-189 Paragraph 6.2 requires NDT Level III examinations administered by the employer as follows:
1. Specific exam: written exam on NDT-related requirements of specifications or standards used by the employer, e.g. ASME codes.
2. Practical exam which requires that the candidate should prepare an NDT procedure. (If the documented experience demonstrates that the candidate has previously prepared acceptable procedures using specifications and requirements of codes applicable to he employer, a practical exam is not required.)
Is it required from ACCP Professional Level III anyway to undergo the exams mentioned above?
Inquiry 10-06Improperly formatted request.
Inquiry 10-07Is it the intent of Paragraph 9.2: 9.2 Contents of Documentation. The employer's certification documentation shall include at least a training record, certification record, an experience record, a record of previous experience (if applicable), employee's current examinations, and a vision examination record. That these records should be kept in one file for each individual?
Inquiry 11-01The State of California, Department of General Services, Division of the State Architect has jurisdiction over construction of schools and other state-owned buildings. They are now requiring a Licensed Civil Engineer to sign off on all of our firm’s nondestructive testing (NDT) certification documents. We feel this is an unnecessary level of bureaucracy, as per CP-189, and the ASNT NDT Level III is the certifying authority, and he administers the tests and signs the certifications. Is the state’s requirement in conformance with CP-189, and would it not require a formal revision to ANSI/ASNT CP-189?
Inquiry 12-02Will ANSI/ASNT CP-189 accept and recognize certification of nondestructive testing (NDT) personnel issued by ISO 9712 or EN 473 schemes? Under which conditions and terms?
1. If the responsible person is a Level III per a certifying body other than ASNT (for example, BINDT and certified to PCN Level 3, CSWIP Level 3, EN 473 Level 3, and so on) does this individual meet the intent of ASNT’s designation of NDT Level III, as is the case with ACCP Professional Level III? If the answer to 14-01 is “yes,” then ignore (2) and go straight to (3).
2. Per CP-189 (2006), may a Level III per a certifying body other than ASNT (for example, BINDT and certified to PCN L3, CSWIP L3, EN 473 L3, and so on) be responsible for the administration and grading of examinations for Level I and Level II?
3. In case one or more part(s) of the examinations’ requirements (general, specific, practical) is/are performed by a central certification body such as BINDT, only the results of the examinations and not the actual examination paper are not released to either the test taker (employee) nor his/her employer (as is also the case with ASNT and ACCP examinations).
1. No. Rationale: an ASNT, ACCP, or PdM NDT Level III certificate is required.
2. No. Rationale: an ASNT, ACCP, or PdM NDT Level III certificate is required.
3. Not applicable. (This is a statement, not a question.)
Inquiry 14-02If the examinations used to determine comprehension of training as required by Paragraph 4.1.1 also meet the requirements for qualification examinations as described in Paragraph 6.4, and the exams are administered by personnel meeting the NDT Instructor requirements of Paragraph 4.4, can the comprehension examinations be used to certify NDT personnel?
Inquiry 14-03In Appendix A, Note C, it states, “The required minimum experience shall be documented by method and by hour with supervisor or NDT Level III approval.” While gaining experience hours, can those hours be documented by a supervisor who is not NDT certified?
In Appendix A, Initial Training and Experience Requirements for Level I and Level II, there are minimum hours in method as well as total hours in NDT for Level I and II. Is there a required time frame to gain these hours or is it at the discretion of the employer?
Inquiry 14-05Is it the intent of CP-189 that individuals who meet the minimum requirements of later (or the latest) editions of the standard are also considered to be in compliance with earlier editions of the standard?
1. Can an NDT Level II certified individual whose certificate has been expired for two years be recertified by specific exam per CP-189, clause 8.1.1 if the individual has more than two months (350 h) of documented experience using the applicable method over the five-year certification interval?
2. If yes, will the five-year certification interval of the new certificate start from the expiration date of the previous or from the date of the specific exam?
3. If no, what is the maximum time gap between the expiration date and recertification by specific exam?
1. No. Rationale: expiration of certification requires a new certification using all the examinations for certification, that is: general, specific, and practical.
2. Not applicable.
3. See the Response to (1) above.
Inquiry 15-01Does ASNT’s ACCP VT Level II certification issued through the American Welding Society (AWS) Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) agreement meet the requirements of ANSI/ASNT CP-189 section 6.3, NDT Level I and Level II Examinations, for the Level II General, Specific, and Practical examinations?
1. Per 6.1.4, are vision exams mandatory for an NDT Level III who regularly performs tests?
2. If yes, then can an NDT Level III approve a quality control or quality assurance manager to perform vision exams?
Inquiry 15-031. Per 2.1.5, are employer provided training and contracted Level III provided training considered “appropriate authorities?” 2. Per 2.1.6, can “private” be applied to a company or an organization and not just to an individual?