National Credential
Credential: ASNT Central Certification Program Level II - Liquid Penetrant Testing (ACCP-PT)
Credentialing Agency: American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT)

ASNT Central Certification Program-Liquid Penetrant Testing (PT) (ACCP-PT) Level II, certifies individual's familiarity with the scope and limitations of the Liquid Penetrant Testing method and technique. The certification holder demonstrates the skills and knowledge required to set up and calibrate equipment, conduct tests, interpret, evaluate, and document results in accordance with procedures approved by an ACCP Professional Level III or ASNT NDT Level III. ASNT requires candidates to meet the ACCP-II training and experience requirements and pass General, Specific, Practical and Instruction Preparation Examination. The ACCP Level II certification is also available in five (5) additional Nondestructive Testing (NDT) methods: Magnetic Particle Testing (MT), Ultrasonic Testing (UT), Radiographic Testing (RT), Electromagnetic Testing (ET) and Visual and Optical Testing (VT).

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 5 years

ASNT Central Certification Program Level II - Liquid Penetrant Testing (ACCP-PT)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 12H Construction Engineering Supervisor MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 12N Horizontal Construction Engineer MOS other          
Enlisted 12T Technical Engineer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15D Aircraft Powertrain Repairer MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted 15G Aircraft Structural Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 15N Avionic Mechanic MOS other          
Enlisted 18C Special Forces Engineer Sergeant MOS other          
Enlisted 74D Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Specialist MOS other          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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ASNT Central Certification Program Level II - Liquid Penetrant Testing (ACCP-PT)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 600 hours
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT)
PO Box 28518
1711 Arlingate Ln
Columbus, OH  43228-0518
Phone: (614) 274-6003
Fax: (614) 274-6899
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ASNT Central Certification Program Level II - Liquid Penetrant Testing (ACCP-PT)

Candidates must have minimum documented experience of 200 hours in Liquid Penetrant Testing (PT) method and 400 hours in PT Nondestructive Testing (NDT).

Note: Candidates experience shall be based on the actual hours worked in the specific method. While fulfilling total NDT experience requirement, experience may be gained in more than one (1) method, and hours spent performing NDT-related tasks may be counted. 

Candidate must have minimum 40 hours of documented training in Liquid Penetrant Testing (PT) method.

Note: Training hours may include both practical and theory courses. Practical training may not make up more than 50% of the overall level II training curriculum.

The ASNT Central Certification Program Level II - Liquid Penetrant Testing (ACCP-PT) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidate must agree to abide by the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), Central Certification Program (ACCP) Level II Code of Ethics.
  • Candidates must pass a visual acuity examination no earlier than 12 months before submitting the application. A Visual Acuity Report form is included with the application and must be signed by the person who administered the visual acuity exam.

ASNT Central Certification Program Level II - Liquid Penetrant Testing (ACCP-PT)

Candidate must pass a General Examination,one or more Specific Examinations,one or more Practical Examinations,and an Instruction Preparation Examination.

  • Review
  • Selection of the Appropriate Penetrant Testing Method
  • Inspection and Evaluation of Indications
  • Inspection Procedures and Standards
  • Basic Methods of Instruction

Candidate must pass at least one Specific exam. This exam determines the certification sector. The exam covers General Industry questions based upon a supplied general industry NDT procedure and Pressure Equipment questions based upon a supplied pressure equipment sector NDT procedure.

  • General Industry
  • Pressure Equipment

Candidate must pass at least one Practical exam. This exam determines the certification technique.

  • Post-Emulsifiable
  • Solvent-Removable
  • Water-Washable
  • Candidate must complete an instruction based upon a supplied general NDT procedure. The Instruction Preparation exam result counts as 15% of the Practical exam final score.

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the ASNT Central Certification Program Level II - Liquid Penetrant Testing (ACCP-PT) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by Pearson VUE. The test centers are located in the U.S. They also have some test centers on military bases.

To find out more, use the following links on the Pearson VUE website:

For more information on the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) testing process, visit the agency website.

ASNT Central Certification Program Level II - Liquid Penetrant Testing (ACCP-PT)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The ASNT Central Certification Program Level II - Liquid Penetrant Testing (ACCP-PT) credential has the following recertification information:

At the 5-year interval after initial certification or recertification by examination, ACCP Level II certificate holders may renew their certification(s) by meeting the following requirements:

  • Submit the appropriate ASNT recertification application and fees
  • Re-affirm the ASNT Level II Code of Ethics and other applicable agreements
  • Affirm continued active employment in Level II functions as related to the NDT Method(s) for which renewal is sought.
  • Submit a current copy of the certificate holder's signature, color photo, and current address.

At the 10-year interval after initial certification or recertification by examination, ACCP Level II certificate holders must renew by examination by completing the following requirements:

  • Submit the appropriate ASNT recertification application and fees
  • Re-affirm the ASNT Level II Code of Ethics and other applicable agreements
  • Pass the required practical exam(s)
  • Submit a current copy of the certificate holder's signature, color photo, and current address

At any time prior to their expiration date, ASNT certificate holders may apply to take the renewal examination(s) applicable to their certifications.