ANDE Certification Program for Non-Destructive Examination (NDE)

What is ANDE:

The new ASME Non-Destructive Examination and Quality Control Inspection (ANDE) program certifies personnel proficiency in knowledge, skills, and performance for NDE personnel and QC inspectors. Initially, ANDE will focus solely on the nuclear industry, but will expand to include non-nuclear NDE throughout the U.S. and internationally. 


ASME, the industry leader in nuclear safety and certification, was entrusted by NRC to develop this performance-based program. ANDE addresses industry concerns that NDE inconsistently detects or identifies material degradation conditions. In many cases, important flaws are missed, resulting in component failure in operating plants. ANDE leverages ASME’s experience and knowledge of NDE, and personnel certification best practices. By certifying the qualifications of NDE personnel, ANDE aims to increase public safety, improve reliability, enhance quality and reduce costs industry wide.

The ANDE program recognizes an individual’s ability to perform non-destructive examination and quality control inspection in accordance with the ANDE-1 Standard. ANDE-1 includes Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), Guidelines with Systematic Approach to Training (SAT), performance based concepts, and psychometric principles. There are three levels of ANDE certification (link to levels), and certification requires passing both a written and practical test.