ASNT Rolls Out New NDT Qualification Program in Houston

Inspectioneering Staff, May 24, 2019

The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) has announced Industry Sector Qualification (ISQ) for Oil & Gas, a new nondestructive testing (NDT) qualification program for the oil and gas sector. The purpose of the ISQ program is to provide the oil and gas industry with NDT personnel who have demonstrated competency in practical application of a specific technique through hands-on performance demonstration qualification examinations.

The program will launch in June 2019 and will only be available at one facility in Houston for now. ASNT is initially developing four ultrasonic testing (UT) technique qualifications that can be used as standalone qualifications or incorporated into an employer-based program. Additional technique exams will be added to meet industry needs as defined by participating oil and gas owner/operators.

During the initial program launch, the first technique to roll out will be UT Thickness, which emphasizes the candidate's ability to distinguish wall loss from laminations and accurately measure remaining wall thickness, potentially savings hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs or loss of production. Shear Wave, Phased Array, and Time Of Flight Diffraction (TOFD) for ASME weld quality will follow.

According to ASNT, a full rollout of the program in the United States will take place in the last quarter of 2019, followed by the international market in 2020.

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