Aug 09, 2022  
PUBLISHED 2022-2023 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2022-2023 Credit Catalog

Non-Destructive Testing Foundations

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Program Description

Play a vital role in the inspection industry by studying non-destructive testing - an important component of many industries. You can make a difference by identifying potential mechanical and structural failures that can save time, money and lives.

Develop the skills to enter the growing non-destructive testing (NDT) field by gaining basic overall knowledge of the inspection industry so you can progress through all levels of inspection methods. This program is a combination of online theory courses and on-campus practical labs, giving you flexibility to balance your other obligations while still furthering your education.

In Canada, NDT certification is regulated by the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) and there are three steps required to obtain the certification: training, work experience and CGSB exams. These three steps are required for each level of certification in each method. This program will help you to accomplish the training step that will prepare you for a job in the field.

Program Overview

Your Career

In today’s economy, the demand for qualified NDT Technicians is high. Travel opportunities may be available with many NDT service providers. Technicians may find work across Canada or internationally in a wide variety of industries including: pipeline and refinery, transportation, utilities, construction, manufacturing and maintenance.

To be successful as a Non-Destructive Testing Technician, you may need the following skills: the ability to work independently - often with little supervision, math skills, communication skills, attention to detail, ability to work flexible hours in varying locations, and the ability to physically maneuver a job site freely.

Student Success

Strong skills in Math and English (written and verbal) preferred.


After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT certificate in Non-Destructive Testing.


There are no formal accreditation arrangements at this time. Please contact the School of Manufacturing and Automation for more information.


The progression requirement for students taking credit courses is a Term GPA and Total Institutional GPA of 2.0, with the exception of English Language Foundations and Academic Upgrading programs.

Admission Requirements

  • Students must have successfully completed Grade 10 Math and Grade 10 English or equivalent.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Total Credits 16.5

Program Outcomes

1. Work, behave and interact with others in a professional and respectful manner.

2a. Communicate technical and inspection information by written, visual and oral means using supporting technologies, where applicable.

2b. Build communication networks and relationships among co-workers, clients and management in order to achieve common goals.

3. Perform applicable inspection techniques to detect and identify defects, in order to ensure safety and quality.

4. Accurately interpret and use codes, drawings and other pertinent documentation to perform inspections and comply with requirements.

5. Follow applicable codes, standards and specifications to perform quality, comprehensive and repeatable inspections for consistent results.

6. Demonstrate proficiency in using and maintaining all applicable equipment required in the field.

7. Follow site specific safe working practices including Occupational Health and Safety and Safety requirements.

8. Act in an honest, responsible and ethical manner with due regard for the social and business implications and standards.

9. Demonstrate basic critical thinking and problem solving skills.

10. Plan on-going training and personal development for personal and professional growth to achieve excellence in their career field.


This flexible offering is available evenings and weekends for approximately 8 months.

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