ASNT 9712 Program

This program certifies NDT personnel through examination to the highest standard. It offers third-party certifications, including performance demonstration, and supports qualification requirements as per SNT-TC-1A and ANSI/ASNT CP-189. It promotes national and international recognition of NDT certification and can be used within employer-based programs.

ASNT 9712 requires the successful completion of examinations in any of the four NDT test methods available: MT, PT, UT, and RT. VT will follow soon. Level II is attainable in individual techniques within a test method or may cover all techniques. Practical examinations for ASNT 9712 certification will be conducted at the ASNT Houston facility. More locations may be added later.

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Level II examinations include:

  • General Written Examination: covers fundamentals, principles, and theory of the method. 
  • Specific Written Examination: covers specific applications of the test method in accordance with codes and standards used in the applicable industry sectors. 
  • Practical Examination: applicants must demonstrate the ability to perform the test method and technique on specimens containing known defects. 
  • Instruction Preparation: applicants must prepare written instructions for the test method. 

Level II Application   Exam Preparation

Level II Fee Structure

Level III examinations include:

  • Basic Examination: covers certification processes, materials and processes, and general knowledge of other NDT test methods.
  • Basic Supplemental Examination: covers additional knowledge of examination requirements according to ISO 9712:2021: Non-destructive testing — Qualification and certification of NDT personnel. NDT Methods: RT, UT, MT, PT, and VT (coming soon).
  • Method Examination: covers specific knowledge of the test method.
  • Practical Examination: applicants must demonstrate their ability to perform the method on test samples containing known defects.
  • Procedure Preparation: Examination: applicants are required to write an NDT procedure based on a supplied NDT standard. 

Level III Application   Exam Preparation

Level III Fee Structure


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Retake Policy

If you fail one or more Level II or Level III exam element (e.g. general, specific, practical, etc.), you can retake the failed element as follows:

After Initial Attempt

  • Wait 30 days.
  • Retake the failed practical exam or computer-based exam element.

After Retake Attempt

  • Complete organized training of at least 1 day (minimum 7 hours).
  • Wait 90 days.
  • Retake the failed practical exam or computer-based exam element. 

After Second Retake Attempt

  • Wait six months.
  • Reapply to take all (computer-based and practical) exams again. 


The retake policy is in alignment with the ASNT 9712 program document. Review Section 8.5 for complete reexamination details.