American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT)

ASNT Central Certification Program (ACCP) Professional Level III - Visual Testing (VT)


Credential: ASNT Central Certification Program (ACCP) Professional Level III - Visual Testing (VT) CA Eligible
Credentialing Agency: American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), ASNT Central Certification Program (ACCP) Professional Level III - Visual Testing (VT) candidates should have the skills and knowledge to establish techniques, interpret codes, standards, and specifications, designate the particular technique to be used, and to prepare or approve procedures and instructions. An ACCP Professional Level III should also have general familiarity with other NDT methods. Visual Testing (VT) involves the visual observation of the surface of a test object to evaluate the presence of surface discontinuities. VT inspections may be by Direct Viewing, using line-of sight vision, or may be enhanced with the use of optical instruments such as magnifying glasses, mirrors, boroscopes, charge-coupled devices (CCDs) and computer-assisted viewing systems (Remote Viewing). Corrosion, misalignment of parts, physical damage and cracks are just some of the discontinuities that may be detected by visual examinations. Candidates must have a minimum of 4 years of experience in an assignment at least comparable to that of a Level II in the applicable NDT method(s). ASNT Central Certification Program Professional Level III certification candidates are required to pass Basic, Method, Procedure Preparation, and Practical examinations.

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

ASNT Central Certification Program (ACCP) Professional Level III - Visual Testing (VT)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 4 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

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

Exam Requirements (View Details)

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

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 5 years

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

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

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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Education and/or Experience REQUIREMENTS

Option 1:

Candidates must have four years of experience beyond the level II requirements in NDT in an assignment at least comparable to that of an NDT Level II in the applicable NDT method(s).

Option 2:

Candidates must have completed with passing grades at least two years of engineering or science study at a university, college, or technical school; plus two additional years of experience beyond the level II requirements in nondestructive testing (NDT) in an assignment comparable to that of an NDT Level II in the applicable test method(s).

Option 3:

Candidates must have graduated from a minimum four-year college or university curriculum with a baccalaureate degree in engineering or science, plus one year of experience beyond the level II requirements in nondestructive testing (NDT) in an assignment comparable to that of an NDT Level II in the applicable NDT method(s).

  • Administration of NDT personnel certification programs
    • SNT-TC-1A, 2011 edition
    • ASNT CP-189, 2011 edition
  • 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
  • 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

  • Fundamentals
  • Vision and light
  • Ambient conditions
  • Test object characteristics
  • Equipment Accessories
  • Magnifiers/microscopes
  • Mirrors
  • Dimensional
  • Borescopes
  • Video systems
  • Machine vision
  • Replication
  • Temperature indicating devices and materials
  • Chemical aids
  • Surface comparators
  • Lasers
  • Applications and Requirements
  • Raw materials
  • Primary process materials
  • Joining processes
  • Fabricated components
  • In-service materials
  • Coatings
  • Other applications
  • Requirements
  • Variables Affecting Results of interpretation/ Evaluations
  • Equipment including type and intensity of light
  • Material including the variations of surface finish
  • Discontinuity
  • Determination of dimensions (ie: depth, width, length, etc.)
  • Sampling/scanning
  • Process for reporting visual discontinuities
  • Personnel (human factors)
  • Documentation
  • Safety

  • Candidates must take an essay-type written examination to demonstrate the ability to prepare an NDT procedure for the applicable test method for a specified part based on a supplied NDT specification commonly used in the applicable Industry Sector.

Practical Exam

ACCP Professional Level III candidates must successfully complete a combination practical which covers all techniques within the method.

  • Direct
  • Remote

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the ASNT Central Certification Program (ACCP) Professional Level III - Visual Testing (VT) 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 section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

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.

RECERTIFICATION

ASNT Central Certification Program (ACCP) Professional Level III - Visual Testing (VT)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The ASNT Central Certification Program (ACCP) Professional Level III - Visual Testing (VT) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The ACCP Level III program permits certification holders to renew by "Points" at 5-year intervals. The "points" system requires that certification holders earn 25 points during their current 5-year certification period for NDT-related activities. See the point categories and structure.
  • Renewal by points without re-examination is permitted at the first 5-year interval after initial certification (or recertification) by examination. Renewal by examination is required 10-years after examination unless otherwise noted below. Renewal by examination may be done in lieu of renewal by points.

Additional considerations for the ASNT Central Certification Program (ACCP) Professional Level III - Visual Testing (VT) include:

  • For Professional Level III candidates with a currently valid ASNT NDT Level III certificate in the applicable test method(s), the Basic and Method examination is waived.
  • If an examination is required for both Level II and Level III certification, those examination requirements are waived for Level III candidates that hold a currently valid ACCP Level II certificate in the applicable test method.

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