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Personnel certification: ANDE is a new certification program for Non-Destructive Examination (NDE) personnel and quality control (QC) inspectors. ASME NDE (ANDE) Personnel Certification will include features consistent with other ASME Personnel Certification best-practices. Initially ANDE will focus on nuclear in-service inspection and new nuclear construction, but ultimately will expand to include pressure-boundary and structural applications in other industries throughout the U.S. as well as internationally.
Compliance: ANDE will comply with the applicable requirements of ASME NQA-1 for the qualification and certification of NDE personnel. It will also comply with ANSI N45.2.6 and NQA-1 for the qualification and certification of QC Inspectors. ANDE will provide independent, third-party centralized certification for NDE & QC inspection personnel as an option to the historical, employer-based NDE & QC certification systems
Transportable credentials: ANDE will assist workforce development of nuclear NDE & QC with transportable certification credentials. For international users and domestic users working with international customers, these credentials will satisfy the requirements for third-party certification imposed in some jurisdictions.
The primary objective: develop a third-party NDE/QC certification organization to provide a central NDE/QC personnel-certification program. This program will be administered through ASME and governed by a consensus committee composed of subject-matter experts drawn from industry and regulators.
Responsive to industry needs: ANDE responds to industry concerns of too much variability in current NDE & QC certification programs:
Workforce development: ANDE allows transportability of NDE & QC credentials, motivating more industry personnel to become trained and certified.
Public safety: ANDE applies lessons learned from aging of plants worldwide, on the need for up-to-date and predictable NDE testing & QC verification.
Best-practices: ANDE applies industry best-practices in NDE & QC training and certification:
Administration: ASME will serve as the certification body:
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