ASME NDE/QC Personnel Certification Program (ANDE)

What is ANDE:

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.

 

ANDE objectives:

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.

Additional objectives:

  • develop the NDE/QC workforce
  • expand the numbers entering the profession
  • increase the quality and predictability of NDE inspection
  • improve the efficiency of NDE/QC testing and training.

The importance of ANDE:

Responsive to industry needs: ANDE responds to industry concerns of too much variability in current NDE & QC certification programs:

  • increase NDE probability of detection of flaws in testing, causing results to be underestimated out of caution;
  • increase QC ability to effectively inspect craft activities to ensure proper and complete verification in accordance with applicable code requirements;
  • increase the NDE & QC credentials of industry personnel, plus industry agreement of what constitutes NDE best-practices for plant safety;
  • reduce time and expense from redundant testing.

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:

  • Independent, job-specific assessment of an individual's level of qualification;
  • Stakeholders establish the certification criteria;
  • Documented training and experience prerequisites;
  • Standardized and secure written/practical exams utilized for assessment;
  • Psychometric practices applied for validity, reliability, and fairness;
  • Certification is independent of training;
  • Certification is time-limited; renewal requirements measure or enhance continued competence.

Administration: ASME will serve as the certification body:

  • ASME issues and maintains ANDE certifications and credentials to personnel passing the assessments