Turnbow, Michael; ASME; United States
Turnbow, M.L.; ASME; USA
Session: Qualification and standards 1
Time: 14:10 - 14:30
The American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has developed and is implementing a Nondestructive Examination (NDE) and Quality Control (QC) personnel qualification and certification program (ANDE). In keeping with ASME development of codes and standards the NDE program was assembled by industry experts and is being administered centrally by ASME. A new ASME standard approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and published by ASME on November 18, 2015 was first developed as the core of the program and based on industry best practices and lessons learned. The total program is a significant paradigm change from the traditional employer based and other central qualification and certification programs. The new standard includes features such as the Systematic Approach to Training, Job Task Analysis and Qualification Cards to direct the development of training and experience. The program was designed to improve the skill level and performance of NDE practitioners and will use the performance-based approach including psychometric practices in the development of both written and practical demonstration examinations. This paper will primarily focus on the differences in the ANDE-1 standard and other current personnel qualification and certification practices.