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Non-Destructive Testing Foundations

Open for Winter 2018

Open for Fall 2018

Length: 15 Weeks
Credential: Certificate
Available: Full Time Classroom or Blended

Program Highlights

Study how to identify possible mechanical and structural failures for oil and gas, transportation and utilities companies through this program that covers the basics of the high-demand inspection industry. If you're self-disciplined and need additional flexibility, consider our blended learning option

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $8,159
Year 1 (International): $12,158

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change


You will be offered admission to this program if you meet the admission requirements and qualify through competitive entry. Competitive entry is based on a two-step process: an aptitude test evaluating mathematics skills and completion of the Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) requirement.

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.

Full-time day

TermProgram start
Winter 2018 Jan. 8, 2018
Winter 2018 March 12, 2018
Fall 2018 Sept. 4, 2018

Blended learning option

TermProgram start
Fall 2018 Sept. 4, 2018

Program Details

Canada-Alberta Job Grant This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.

Program Description

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) is a very important component of many industries such as oil and gas, manufacturing, transportation and aviation, to name a few. Identifying potential mechanical and structural failures can save time, money and lives. This 15-week program enables you to enter the growing NDT field by providing a basic overall knowledge of the inspection industry, and a foundation to progress through all levels of inspection methods. Online/blended learning option available.

Areas of study:

  • Radiography
  • Ultrasonics
  • Liquid penetrant
  • Magnetic particle
  • Eddy current
  • Visual Inspection Level II
  • Radiation safety

In Canada, NDT Certification is regulated by the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB). There are three steps required to obtain CGSB Certification; 1 - training, 2 - work experience, and 3 - CGSB exams. These three steps are required for each level of certification in each method. The NDT Foundations program at SAIT helps you to accomplish step 1 of this process - training, which prepares you to complete step 2 and step 3 after successful program completion.

The Online/Blended Learning approach is a combination of approximately four months of online theory courses and one month of on-campus practical labs. If you are self-disciplined, and need additional flexibility to balance your other obligations - while still furthering your education - this program may be a fit for you.

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.

  • Graduates of the Non-Destructive Testing Foundations program have a 73% employment rate.

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.

Transfer Options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.

Make note of the program start date as you'll need this when you submit your application.

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.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

Competitive Entry: Seven Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Review the selection information to understand the process and deadlines 

Applications and proof of the admission requirements (transcripts and/or anticipated final grades) must be submitted to be included in selection.

Selection Requirements

An aptitude test evaluating your competency in mathematics.

  • You will be registered in EXAM 111 and will be sent an email with instructions on how to access the exam online.

Successful completion of the Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) requirement of Materials and Processes for Non-Destructive Testing (NDT). 

  • You must register for CODE 118 online or in the classroom. There is a course fee for the 40 hour Materials and Processes course but to consider a career in NDT, you must complete this requirement for training mandated by the NDT certifying body NRCan. 

Step 4: Apply to Non-Destructive Testing Foundations and submit your transcripts

Step 5:  Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status. If eligible, your status will indicate that you are "In Selection."

Step 6: Complete the selection requirements.

  • You will be offered admission to the program or waitlisted in ranked order, based on your CODE 118 and EXAM 111 scores.
  • Preference is given to those who achieve 70% or above in CODE 118 and 75% or above in EXAM 111 .
  • Offers will be dependent on seat availability.

Step 7: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. We recommend you add ndt@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages.

Online/blended learning option

Did you know that you can complete this program through a combination of online learning and on-campus labs? Find out more


Program Outline

To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our Course Finder.

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
CODE-270 Materials and Processes for NDT 1.5
COMM-249 Technical Communications 1.5
INSP-210 Radiography Level I 1.5
INSP-236 Ultrasonics Level I 3.0
INSP-207 Eddy Current Level I 1.5
INSP-220 Certified Exposure Device Operator 3.0
INSP-200 Visual Inspection Level 2 1.5
INSP-263 Magnetic Particle Levels I & II 1.5
INSP-264 Liquid Penetrant Levels I & II 1.5
Program Total 16.5


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines. 


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $7,336 $300 $523 $8,159

International Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $11,335 $300 $523 $12,158


Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $140 (If you meet the eligibility requirements, the UPass fee will be assessed with your tuition.)

SAIT Students' Association Fees

Health Plan: $110 
Dental Plan: $125
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and Supplies*

  • Books and supplies are included.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

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Non-Destructive Testing Foundations

Inspiring Stories

Curtis appreciated having instructors who taught using many methods, which helped him learn what to expect in the industry.

Curtis Anderlich
Non-Destructive Testing Foundations | 2015

“They’re very knowledgeable in their field and they made sure we understood everything. I feel really prepared.”