1.0-5.0 Written Practice

1.0 Scope

  • This audit is intended for use for internal audits at MSM and for auditing MSM's NDT suppliers. The criteria found within is largely based on Nadcap's audit checklist AC7114 with changes and modifications.

2.0 General Information

  • 2.1 Instructions for the Auditor:

    In completing this audit, auditors must respond with a Yes, No, or N/A to address each requirement. For any No response, the auditor must initiate an NCR. Yes responses indicate adequate compliance. N/A may only be used for items that do not apply to the system at all. If an opportunity for improvement or observation is noted, that response may be indicated. This response shall be considered the same as a Yes with notes for potential improvement for upcoming audits.

    Note: guidance attached to any question may contain required information.

3.0 Information

3.1 Company Information

  • Nature of Business:

  • Total Number of Employees:

  • Number of NDT Personnel

  • Contact Person for Audit:

  • List below all Prime/ End User/ Customer approvals for the applicable method.

  • List below all documents (procedures, drawings, specifications, etc.) and revision levels used during this audit.

  • Were the applicable procedures, exams, and other technical data available in English per OP 1114?

  • List below all third party accreditations including Quality System, Nadcap, etc.

  • Were all corrective actions for non-conformances found during the previous audit implemented?

    Guidance: verification of corrective actions taken as a result of non-conformances identified during the previous audit will be conducted by the auditor. N/A if this is the first audit conducted or immediately previous audit found no non-conformances. Opportunities for improvement and observations do not need to be reviewed.

  • Does the company's corrective action system, as it applies to the NDT area, ensure that the required changes in procedures resulting from corrective actions are implemented and effective?

    Guidance: The company shall have a written corrective action system or policy for implementing necessary changes as a result of NCRs or product issues. If previous audits resulted in NCRs, verify that the corrective action system was used as necessary.

4.0 NDT Quality System Requirements

4.1 Customer Requirements

  • Has a Level 3 been given accountability for identifying and assuring implementation of customer NDT requirements for the following?
    - Review of NDT requirements?
    - Sequence of NDT operations?
    - NDT procedure development and approval?
    - NDT technique development/ review and approval?
    - Training of NDT personnel?
    - Examination of NDT personnel?

    Guidance: The supplier shall identify those accountable for identification and implementation of customer NDT requirements. The Level 3 in the method shall review NDT requirements and assure the proper sequence for NDT operations is achieved as specified by the appropriate process standard and/or drawing.
    The method Level 3 shall be responsible for NDT procedure and/or technique development, review, and subsequent approval. The Responsible Level 3 shall ensure that NDT personnel are properly trained and examined in accordance with the appropriate standard.

4.2 Procurement

  • Is there a procurement procedure to ensure that Prime contractor requirements are adequately imposed on sub-tier suppliers that includes, but is not limited to, calibration services, cleaning/etching facilities, process control tests, materials and equipment, and inspection facilities as related to NDT?

    Guidance: The procedure shall address flow-down of the specifications or standards to which services or materials are procured, certification requirements, accuracy, range, and any other data pertinent to justify acceptance. N/A applies if no procurement, as defined, is performed.

  • Is there evidence of compliance to the procedure?

  • Is there a procedure in place to ensure that all required customer approvals are obtained prior to performing NDT on customer hardware?

    Guidance: Compliance may be in a high level contract review or other quality procedure and not necessarily in an NDT procedure. The procedure must be documented. Question would be N/A only for those suppliers not required to hold any specific customer approval.

  • Is there evidence that all required customer approvals are current for all of the NDT methods being audited?

4.3 Internal NDT Audits

  • Is there a procedure requiring an annual internal audit of the NDT System and does it address a review of the NDT inspection process, the associated documentation, personnel certification records, NDT process procedure adequacy, and equipment?

  • Does the annual internal audit include a review of the NDT inspection process, the associated documentation (planning, travelers, and inspection certifications), personnel certification records, NDT procedures, and equipment to determine adequacy and completeness?

  • Is there evidence that the employer has defined the requirements for personnel performing technical NDT audits, surveys, or assessments (internal and external) to have the training, skills, and knowledge in the applicable methods?

    Guidance: must be addressed in writing.

4.4 Personnel- Technical Proficiency

  • Is there a procedure defining performance reviews and is it approved by the Responsible Level 3?

  • Is there a documented annual review in each method the individual is certified to process and inspect hardware?

    Guidance: The auditor shall verify that the documentation utilized is adequate to indicate that parts were processed and/or evaluated per the specified requirements. This requirement applies to all individuals certified to process hardware including Level 3s. A practical exam may replace the review in the year of recertification.
    Documentation of the review shall include the following at a minimum: name of reviewee, name of reviewer, process criteria, acceptance criteria, part identification (part number, serial number, nomenclature, etc.), NDT method (PT, MT, etc.), disposition of reviewee, evaluation of reviewee by reviewer, and date of review.

  • Is this review performed by the Level 3 or designee (minimum of Level 2) in the method being reviewed and records retained?

    Guidance: the review shall include the ability of the individual to process hardware in accordance with approved procedures when certified, evaluate and disposition hardware in accordance with customer requirements. Documentation of such reviews shall be maintained on file for review. Nadcap audits cannot be used as a performance review. Supplier is responsible for maintaining the most current record on file for each individual approved to process and/or inspect hardware in each method.

4.5 NDT Inspection Status

  • Is there a procedure addressing the method to be used for control and identification of NDT inspection status?

    Guidance: identifiers may be in the form of signatures, initials, stamps, clock numbers, or any other method that can be controlled.

  • Does the procedure address the requirements for a record to be maintained for the issuance, recall, and traceability of all inspection status identifiers?

  • Are appropriate actions included in the control procedure to deal with lost status identifiers, misuse of identifiers, reassigned identifiers, and removal of names of previously authorized but reassigned personnel?

  • Is the inspection status identifier traceable to the assigned inspector?

  • Are records of personnel identification (signatures, initials, stamps, clock numbers, etc.) maintained for all personnel required or authorized to sign-off on any NDT inspection sequence, NDT inspection report, or NDT procedure?

  • Were all inspection status identifiers properly controlled to prevent misuse?

    Guidance: control is to be considered as the company's procedure defines but at a minimum means that the stamp or identifier is not available to be used by anyone other than the individual to whom it is assigned.

5.0 NDT Qualification/ Certification: NAS-410/ EN4179

5.1 Written Practice: must contain the following at a minimum

  • Is the training, qualification, and certification of NDT personnel written practice approved by the Responsible Level 3?

    Guidance: The written practice may be approved by the previous Responsible Level 3.

  • Does the written practice identify the standard(s) to which it is compliant?

    Guidance: this must include customer requirements if the customer flows down unique requirements other than NAS-410 (i.e. SPOC 165.7, NDTQ, etc.)

  • Does the written practice identify the specific techniques within each method as defined by the employer?

  • Does the written practice identify the levels of certification used by the employer for each method?

    Guidance: Levels of certification may include Level 1 limited, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3. At a minimum, the written practice must address and use Level 3.

  • Does the written practice address the personnel duties and responsibilities for trainees?

    Guidance: a trainee is an individual who is documented as participating in a training program for an NDT method and is in the process of becoming qualified for certification to Level 1 limited, Level 1, or Level 2. Trainees shall:
    - Be documented as a trainee and actively participating in the training program for a stated NDT method for a limited and specified period of time.
    - Obtain experience under the direct observation of a Level 2 or Level 3 in the same method.
    - Obtain experience under the direct observation of a Level 1 or Instructor only when approved by the Responsible Level 3.
    - Not make accept or reject decisions.
    - Not independently conduct tests.
    - Not independently perform any other NDT function.

  • Does the written practice address the personnel duties and responsibilities for Level 1 Limited?

    Guidance: Level 1 Limited is a limited certification allowing only the performance of a specific NDT test on a specified part, part feature, or assembly. In the test technique and method in which certified, Level 1 Limited personnel shall:
    - Be able to follow work instructions
    - Receive guidance or supervision from a certified Level 2 or Level 3 in the method when necessary.
    - Have the skills and knowledge to process parts, document results, and perform equipment standardization in accordance with approved work instructions.
    - Have the skills and knowledge to carry out any necessary preparation of parts before or after inspection in accordance with approved work instructions.
    - When specified in the written practice and when the CEO allows, have the skills and knowledge to evaluate test results and perform acceptance or rejection of a specific part, part feature, or assembly in accordance with approved work instructions, and within the limitations documented by the Responsible Level 3.

  • Does the written practice address the personnel duties and responsibilities for Level 1?

    Guidance: Level 1 personnel shall:
    - be able to follow work instructions
    - Have the skills and knowledge to process parts, document results, and perform equipment standardization in accordance with approved work instructions.
    - Have the skills and knowledge to carry out any necessary preparation of parts before or after inspection in accordance with approved work instructions.
    - Have the skills and knowledge to conduct system performance checks in accordance with the applicable process standard.
    - Receive guidance or supervision from a certified Level 2 or Level 3 in the that method when necessary.
    - When specified in the written practice and approved by the Responsible Level 3, may perform interpretations and evaluations of specific products or product forms for acceptance or rejection in accordance with approved work instructions.

  • Does the written practice address the personnel duties and responsibilities for Level 2?

    Guidance: Level 2 personnel shall:
    - Have the skills and knowledge to set up and standardize equipment, process parts, interpret and evaluate for acceptance or rejection, and document results.
    - Be thoroughly familiar with the scope and limitations of the technique/ method.
    - Have the skills and knowledge to conduct system performance checks in accordance with the applicable process standard
    - Be capable of providing the necessary guidance and/or supervision to trainees and Level 1 personnel
    - Be familiar with the codes, standards, and other contractual documents that control the method as used by the employer
    - When specified in the written practice, be capable of developing work instructions from approved general procedures. Such work instructions shall require final approval by a Level 3 certified in the method.
    - Have a basic knowledge of relevant product manufacturing and inspection technology
    - When specified in the written practice, have a basic knowledge of aircraft or vehicle maintenance

  • Does the written practice address the personnel duties and responsibilities for Examiner?

    Guidance: An examiner shall be a Level 3 certified to NAS-410/En4179 and designated by the Responsible Level 3 to administer all or part of the qualification and certification process in the NDT methods in which the Examiner is certified.
    When the RL3 does not cover all the exams for the methods used by the employer, additional Examiners as defined in NAS-410 may be identified and delegated in writing as necessary to provide coverage for all methods used by the employer.

  • Does the written practice address the personnel duties and responsibilities for Level 3?

    Guidance: Level 3 personnel shall:
    - Have the skills and knowledge to interpret codes, standards, and other contractual documents that control the NDT methods.
    - Be capable of assuming technical responsibility for the NDT facility and staff
    - Be capable of selecting the method and technique for a specific inspection.
    - Be capable of preparing and verifying the adequacy of procedures and work instructions
    - Approve NDT procedures and work instructions for technical adequacy
    - Have a general knowledge of other NDT methods and product manufacturing and inspection technologies used by the employer.
    - When specified in the written practice, have a basic knowledge of aircraft or vehicle maintenance
    - Be capable of providing or directing training, examination, and certification of personnel
    - Conduct NDT for the acceptance of parts and document the results if a demonstration of proficiency in this ability was included in the practical examination
    - When required by the written practice, be capable of auditing outside agencies to ensure the requirements of the written practice are met.

  • Does the written practice address the personnel duties and responsibilities for Responsible Level 3?

    Guidance: The employer shall identify in writing a Responsible Level 3 to act on its behalf in matters regarding the NDT qualification and certification process. The RL3 shall be certified in accordance with NAS-410 as a Level 3 in one or more NDT methods and shall have a thorough knowledge of the written instructions, codes, specifications, and standards used by the employer. The RL3 shall also have a thorough knowledge of the materials, components, product technologies, NDT methods, and NDT techniques used by the employer. The RL3 may be an outside agency.

  • Does the written practice address the training requirements?

  • Does the employer have a formal plan showing objectives for obtaining certification for trainees?

    Guidance: N/A only applies if the employer does not currently have any trainees.

  • Does the written practice address the experience requirements?

    Guidance: Reductions of required of experience hours is not allowed. For trainees gaining experience, documentation shall be available for review to indicate individual, date, task, hours, and certified personnel providing direct observation.

  • Does the written practice address the examination requirements?

    Guidance: the written practice shall include the designation of the individuals or organizations responsible for administering examinations, the number of examination questions to be administered, and the specific visual acuity examination methods to be used. If required, the use of a general examination for recertification shall be documented in the written practice.

  • Does the written practice address the required records to be maintained?

  • Does the written practice include the designation of the individuals or organizations responsible for maintaining the qualification and certification records and where such records are kept?

  • Does the written practice address certification expiration?

    Guidance: certifications shall expire when the certification interval has lapsed with no recertification issued. Certification, annual maintenance, and vision examinations are considered to expire at the end of the corresponding month in which the event began.

  • Does the written practice address certification suspension?

    Guidance: certification shall be suspended when:
    - vision examination has expired
    - individual does not perform in the method certified for at least 12 consecutive months
    - individual fails recertification exam
    - individual's performance is found to be deficient in any manner
    - annual maintenance is expired

  • Does the written practice address certification revocation?

    Guidance: certification shall be revoked when the individual does not perform int eh certified method for the employer for at least 24 consecutive months, when employment has been terminated, or when the individual's conduct is found to be unethical or incompetent. When an individual is re-hired by the same employer within 24 months, certification may be considered suspended.

  • Does the written practice address certification reinstatement?

    Guidance: Suspended certifications may be reinstated up to the original certification date when the cause for suspension has been corrected and the correction verified by the employer of the individual's proficiency is verified by the Responsible Level 3 or Examiner. Expired or revoked certifications may only be reinstated by specific and practical examinations equivalent to initial certification.

  • Does the written practice address the requirements for additional training of personnel that fail the recertification/ certification examinations?

    Guidance: Candidates failing any general, specific, or practical examination shall receive additional training as determined and documented by the Responsible Level 3 or Examiner before attempting re-examination of the failed exam. The additional training shall be documented and shall address those areas found deficient in the candidate's skills or knowledge.

  • Does the written practice address the requirements for re-examination of those personnel who have failed their certification/ recertification examinations?

    Guidance: The re-examination shall not use the same written tests or test samples that were used in the failed examination. The re-examination test must contain a minimum of 25% new questions. A current certification shall be suspended if an individual fails an examination for recertification.

  • Does the written practice address the certification and re-certification requirements?

  • Does the written practice reference or include the NDT training outlines used by the employer?

  • Does the written practice identify the individuals or organizations responsible for administering and maintaining all or part of the employer's certification program?

  • Does the written practice define the recertification option to be used for the Level 3, whether it be by examination and/or by a credit system?

5.2 Personnel Records Guidance: Review one certification package for each method at each level administered since the last audit. If no new certifications were issued since the last audit then N/A each question except those addressing annual maintenance.

  • Are all required records of training, qualification and certification of NDT personnel maintained and made available for review?

    Guidance: Only 1 certification package for each method at each level administered since the last audit need be reviewed; this is not applicable to examinations when administered through the NANDTB. Exceptions may apply if it is necessary to investigate an issue or the issuance of a non-conformance warrants the need to determine if the issue is systemic or not, by reviewing other certification packages. If no certification packages were reviewed as a result of the above, the questions may be answered as NA. Document names, certification dates, and level for individuals reviewed.

  • Do the records indicate the name of the certified individual?

  • Do the records indicate the level, method and technique(s) for which the individual is certified?

    Guidance: The techniques on the certificate must be listed as techniques in the written practice.

  • Do records include the name and signature of the employer’s representative authorizing the certification?

  • Are the latest written and practical examinations on file?

    Guidance: The facility shall maintain the results of all qualification examinations. A copy of the latest examinations shall be made available for review during the audit. Documentation shall be adequate to ascertain all pertinent facts surrounding the exams. In the case of the practical exam, evidence shall exist that the candidate has documented their results. In the case where a recognized Independent National Aerospace NDT board (NANDTB) provides the qualification examinations, these do not need to be maintained at the employer’s facility.

  • Are the scores for immediately previous examinations on file?

    Guidance: The answer would be NA only if the individual in question has only taken one set of examinations for a particular NDT method at the employer being audited, i.e., no previous examinations.

  • Are the certification and expiration dates of current certification(s) included in the records?

    Guidance: Certification for all levels is considered to expire at the end of the corresponding month in which the certification began.

  • Do records include NDT experience history including any previous certifications, both with current and previous employers sufficient to justify satisfaction of experience requirements for qualification?

    Guidance: A candidate’s experience with a previous employer may be accepted by the current employer only if such experience is documented and approved by the Responsible Level 3 or examiner.

  • Do the records include the NDT training history that identifies the source, type of training, dates of training and course hours?

    Guidance:
    • For personnel credited with previous training, or personnel not certified within 12 months of their training, refresher training must be provided. Previous training must be documented to be accepted by the employer. As a minimum, refresher training shall cover products, equipment set-up, operation and standardization, specific operating procedures, applicable techniques,
    • General, specific and practical training may be obtained with the employer or an outside agency, but shall always be supplemented by practical on-the-job training with the employer.

  • Is documentation on file regarding equivalent experience accepted by the responsible Level 3 to meet qualification requirements?

    Guidance: For personnel previously certified under NAS 410, EN 4179 or other recognized NDT qualification program, the adequacy and equivalency of their previous experience shall be determined and documented by the Responsible Level 3 or examiner.

  • When used to meet Level 3 qualification requirements, do records indicate the extent of and provide documentation of formal education?

  • Is documentation on file regarding equivalent training accepted by the Responsible Level 3 to meet qualification requirements?

    Guidance: For personnel previously certified under NAS 410, EN 4179 or other recognized NDT qualification program, the adequacy and equivalency of their previous training shall be determined and documented by the Responsible Level 3 or examiner. All or a portion of previous hours may be accepted as applicable.

  • Is documentation appropriate to justify Level 1 ‘Limited’ certifications and is it maintained with the Responsible Level 3?

    Guidance:
    • For Level 1-Limited certifications, the case-by-case justification, the cognizant engineering organization’s approval, the training and experience hours, the length of the certification (up to 1 year), the specific NDT test to be performed, the specific hardware to be tested, and, if applicable, the approval to accept reject hardware.
    • An individual shall not possess more than three (3) Level 1 Limited certifications at any given time.

5.3 Examinations Guidance: Only 1 certification package for each method at each level administered since the last audit need be reviewed; this is not applicable to examinations when administered through the NANDTB. For Initial audits a representative sample shall be reviewed for each level and method. Exceptions may apply if it is necessary to investigate an issue or the issuance of a non-conformance warrants the need to determine if the issue is systemic or not, by reviewing other certification packages. If no certification packages were reviewed as a result of the above, the questions may be answered as NA.

  • Is there evidence that the qualification examinations have been administered and graded by the Responsible Level 3 or Examiner?

    Guidance:
     In the case where an NANDTB provides the qualification examinations, the exams do not need to be maintained at the employer’s facility, however the examination scores shall be on file.
     The administration and grading of all examinations shall be the responsibility of the Responsible Level 3 or Examiner. All practical examinations shall be administered by the Responsible Level 3 or Examiner. Responses to essay and fill-in questions must be evaluated by the Responsible Level 3 or Examiner, certified in the applicable test method, to verify the candidate's adequate understanding of the subject matter.

  • If the Level 3 delegates the administration of examinations, was the delegation documented?

    Compliance Assessment Guidance: The Responsible Level 3 or Examiner may delegate in writing the administration and grading of examinations using multiple choice or true/false questions to non-Examiner personnel. All practical examinations shall be administered by the Responsible Level 3 or Examiner certified in the applicable test method.

  • Does evidence exist that qualification exams have not been administered by a subordinate or to one’s self?


    Compliance Assessment Guidance: In no case can an examination be administered by one's self or by a subordinate.

  • Are Level 1 ‘Limited’ personnel examinations administered yearly?

  • Are the Level 1 and Level 2 personnel re-certified at a frequency not to exceed five years?

  • Are Level 3 personnel re-certified at a frequency not to exceed five years?

  • When points are utilized for Level 3 re-certification, is the required documentation on file?

    Compliance Assessment Guidance:
    • Documentation for recertification shall be submitted to the Responsible Level 3 or NANDTB at least 14 days prior to the expiration date of the certification.
    • Application for Level 3 recertification of the Responsible Level 3 shall be made directly to the applicable regulatory agency, NANDTB, or employer for review by a designated Level 3. This application shall provide documented evidence that the requirements outlined in NAS410/EN-4179, Annex A have been met. A copy of this application shall be maintained in the Level 3 candidate’s NDT personnel records.

    • Continuity in the method shall be demonstrated prior to NAS 410/EN4179 Annex A Recertification. A candidate shall provide a list of 8 verifiable Level 3
    tasks in each NDT method for which recertification is sought covering the 5 year period.
    • Documentation of credit points used for Level 3 recertification shall be kept on file. However, the last written and practical examinations need not be maintained.
    • Regarding NAS 410/EN4179 Table A.1 Activity Credit - A single event shall only be used for one award credit activity during a five year period.

  • When examinations are utilized for Level 3 re-certification, is the required documentation on file?

    Compliance Assessment Guidance: Specific and practical examinations (at a minimum) equivalent to initial certification are required for re-certification.

  • Are Level 1, Level 2 and Level 1 ‘Limited’ re-certification examinations equivalent to those given for initial certification?


    Compliance Assessment Guidance: Only specific and practical examinations equivalent to initial certification are required for re-certification.

  • Does the examination scoring system for qualification examinations conform to the requirements of the governing standard?

    Compliance Assessment Guidance: All examination scores shall be of equal weight in determining the average score. For example, if only a specific and practical examination is administered for recertification, only those scores shall be factored into the average score. If a general examination is also given for recertification, the general score shall also be factored into the average score. For a Level 3 recertified using points, the score for the hands-on practical, if administered, will be used as the average score. Scores for ASNT, or ISO 9712 NDT certificates scored as “pass/fail” and used in lieu of the general examination shall be assigned a value of 80%.

  • Do the general examinations have the minimum number of questions and does the question content cover the subject material for the level and method for which certification is sought?

    Compliance Assessment Guidance:
    • The general examination for all levels shall be a closed book examination (An examination administered without access to any reference materials) covering the cross-section of the applicable method at the appropriate level. A minimum of 10 questions shall be administered for the general examination for Level 1-Limited. A minimum of 40 questions shall be administered for the general examination at Levels 1, 2 or 3. Passing a “basic” examination covering the other NDT methods used before passing any NDT method examination shall be considered satisfactory evidence the other NDT methods have been satisfactorily covered. Possession of a current ASNT, or ISO 9712 NDT certificate at the appropriate level by the candidate may be satisfactory evidence that the general examination requirement is satisfied as defined in the employer’s written practice.
    • In the case where an NANDTB provides the qualification examinations, these do not need to be maintained at the employer’s facility and question is NA.
    • For Level 3, the general examination questions shall address the general knowledge of all other methods as well as the method for which certification is sought.

  • Do the specific examinations have, at least, the minimum number of questions and do the specific examination questions reflect the specifications, codes, equipment, operating procedures and test techniques that the candidate may use in the performance of his/her duties with the employer?

    Compliance Assessment Guidance:
    a) The specific examination for all levels shall be an open book examination (Reference material such as specifications, tables, formulas, etc. shall be provided as determined by the Responsible Level 3 or Examiner. Questions utilizing such material shall require understanding of the information contained therein rather than merely finding its location.) covering the requirements and use of the specifications, codes, equipment, operating procedures and test techniques the candidate may use in the performance of his/her duties with the employer. A minimum of 8 questions shall be administered for the specific examination for Level 1-Limited. A minimum of 30 questions shall be administered for the specific examination at Levels 1, 2, and 3.
    b) In the case where an NANDTB provides the qualification examinations, these do not need to be maintained at the employer’s facility and question is NA.
    c) Where the NDT personnel qualification examinations are under the general control of an NANDTB, the employer is responsible for administering supplemental examinations representative of the employers processes and such evidence shall be available for review during the audit. Where the NANDTB has formally declared in writing that the qualification examinations under its general control are representative of the employers processes, supplemental examinations are not required.

  • Is there evidence that test samples used for the practical examination contain known discontinuities or conditions?

    Compliance Assessment Guidance:
    • The test samples shall be representative of the products to be encountered by the candidate in the performance of his/her duties with the employer. When only one configuration of hardware is to be inspected upon certification, both test samples may be of the same configuration.
    • Test samples can refer to actual hardware, fabricated test parts, or, when applicable, images of actual hardware such as radiographs. Process control tools or reference standards used for equipment set-up and production inspection shall not be used for examination test pieces.
    • The same qualification examination test samples may be used when location and severity of flaws in the test samples are not apparent or familiar to the candidate and differing configuration must be used for each technique within a method.
    • In the case where an NANDTB provides the qualification examinations, these do not need to be maintained at the employer’s facility and question is NA.
    • Where the NDT personnel qualification examinations are under the general control of an NANDTB, the employer is responsible for administering supplemental examinations representative of the employers products and such evidence shall be available for review during the audit. Where the NANDTB has formally declared in writing that the qualification examinations under its general control are representative of the employers products, supplemental examinations are not required.

  • Do the Level 1 practical examinations provide evidence that at least one test sample per technique, with a minimum of two test configurations for each method, were processed?

    Compliance Assessment Guidance:
    • Technique is defined by the Level 3 in the employer’s written practice.
    • When only one configuration of hardware is to be inspected upon certification, both test samples may be of the same configuration.
    • The checklist shall include proficiency in the use and standardization of equipment, materials,and adherence to procedural details.
    • If the Level 1 candidate is to accept products, the candidate shall document the NDT results. The checklist shall also include proficiency in the interpretation and evaluation of indications. All practical examinations shall be administered by the Responsible Level 3 or Examiner.
    • In the case where an NANDTB provides the qualification examinations, these do not need to be maintained at the employer’s facility and question is NA.
    • Where the NDT personnel qualification examinations are under the general control of an NANDTB, the employer is responsible for administering supplemental examinations representative of the employers products and such evidence shall be available for review during the audit. Where the NANDTB has formally declared in writing that the qualification examinations under its general control are representative of the employers products, supplemental examinations are not required.

  • Do the Level 2 practical examinations provide evidence that at least one test sample per technique, with a minimum of two test configurations for each method, were processed?

    Compliance Assessment Guidance:
    • Technique is defined by the Level 3 in the employer’s written practice.
    • When only one configuration of hardware is to be inspected upon certification, both test samples may be of the same configuration.
    • The candidate shall document the NDT results in accordance with the applicable acceptance criteria. The checklist shall address proficiency in the use and standardization of the equipment and materials, adherence to procedural details and the accuracy and completeness of interpretation and evaluation of indications. All practical examinations shall be administered by the Responsible Level 3 or Examiner.
    • In addition to the two minimum known and documented test samples with discontinuities, specimens without discontinuities may be included.
    • In the case where an NANDTB provides the qualification examinations, these do not need to be maintained at the employer’s facility and question is NA.
    • Where the NDT personnel qualification examinations are under the general control of an NANDTB, the employer is responsible for administering supplemental examinations representative of the employers products and such evidence shall be available for review during the audit. Where the NANDTB has formally declared in writing that the qualification examinations under its general control are representative of the employers products, supplemental examinations are not required.

  • Does the Level 3 practical examination provide evidence that an NDT procedure or work instruction appropriate to the employer’s current requirements for the method was written in conjunction with the general and/or specific examinations?

    Compliance Assessment Guidance:
    • The Level 3 practical shall require the candidate to develop an NDT procedure or work instruction. This is a document detailing the NDT technique and testing parameters to be used for the inspection of a specific component, group of parts, e.g. aluminum extrusions or steel brackets, or assembly. These are sometimes referred to in the industry as technique sheets or data cards. Such work instructions are based on procedures defined in NAS410/EN4179 appropriate to the employer’s requirements. A part specific data card (technique) may be adequate for the procedure requirement provided it contains sufficiently detailed information for processing and inspecting a part and demonstrating a Level 3 candidate’s practical knowledge of the method and customer requirements. As guidance, a penetrant technique would generally not meet this requirement. A written checklist shall be used to address the technical and practical adequacy of the procedure.
    • Results of all practical examinations shall be documented with evidence as to date reviewed, signature of reviewer and title.
    • In the case where an NANDTB provides the qualification examinations, these do not need to be maintained at the employer’s facility and question is NA.
    • Where the NDT personnel qualification examinations are under the general control of an NANDTB, the employer is responsible for administering supplemental examinations representative of the employers products and such evidence shall be available for review during the audit. Where the NANDTB has formally declared in writing that the qualification examinations under its general control are representative of the employers products, supplemental examinations are not required.

  • If the Level 3’s duties include processing and/or accepting hardware, does the practical examination provide evidence that at least one test sample per technique (as defined by the written practice) with a minimum of two test samples of differing configurations for each method were evaluated?

    Compliance Assessment Guidance:
    • The practical examination shall encompass proficiency in performance of such tasks and be demonstrated to the requirements of Level 2.
    • The additional practical examination to accept/reject hardware is not required for Level 3s who write or approve procedures or work instructions even if those instructions are used by personnel to accept/reject hardware. All practical examinations shall be administered by the Responsible Level 3 or Examiner.
    • In the case where an NANDTB provides the qualification examinations, these do not need to be maintained at the employer’s facility and question is NA.
    • Where the NDT personnel qualification examinations are under the general control of an NANDTB, the employer is responsible for administering supplemental examinations representative of the employers products and such evidence shall be available for review during the audit. Where the NANDTB has formally declared in writing that the qualification examinations under its general control are representative of the employers products, supplemental examinations are not required.

  • Is there evidence that a written checklist was used to document all practical examinations, including those administered by an outside agency or NANDTB?

    Compliance Assessment Guidance:
    • For all practical exams, a written checklist covering the topics detailed by the appropriate standard shall be developed and completed by the Responsible Level 3 or Examiner
    • In the case where an NANDTB provides the qualification examinations, these do not need to be maintained at the employer’s facility and question is NA.
    • Where the NDT personnel qualification examinations are under the general control of an NANDTB, the employer is responsible for administering supplemental examinations representative of the employers products and such evidence shall be available for review during the audit. Where the NANDTB has formally declared in writing that the qualification examinations under its general control are representative of the employers products, supplemental examinations are not required.

  • Does the practical examination documentation indicate the acceptance criteria and acceptance status of all indications and/or conditions established by the Level 3 Examiner?

    Compliance Assessment Guidance: In the case where an NANDTB provides the qualification examinations, these do not need to be maintained at the employer’s facility and question is NA. NA also applies for Level 1 personnel who do not accept products

  • Are controls in place that assures NDT qualification examinations are only made available during administration of the exam?

  • Are examinations located in an area preventing access by those other than the Responsible Level 3 or examiner?

    Compliance Assessment Guidance: Examinations shall be maintained in a secure environment.

  • Does the written procedure address actions to be taken to assure all qualification examinations, including those provided by an outside agency, are available for review during the audit?

    Compliance Assessment Guidance: When an outside agency provides the qualification exams and maintains them, the procedure must address actions to be taken to allow review by the customer, or Nadcap representative, in a timely manner. Responsibility for making examinations available for review is solely that of the employer. The only time NA can be used is when a NANDTB is utilized and provides all qualification examinations, therefore procedural coverage is not required.

5.4 Vision Examinations Compliance Assessment Guidance: Only one (1) vision examination for each method at each level administered since the last audit need be reviewed. For Initial audits a representative sample shall be reviewed for each level and method. Exceptions may apply if it is necessary to investigate an issue or the issuance of a non-conformance warrants the need to determine if the issue is systemic or not, by reviewing other certification packages. The employer shall ensure the flowdown of the (NAS 410/EN4179) Table V vision requirements to all necessary personnel and/or facilities.

  • Are visual and color perception examination results current for all certified inspection personnel?

  • Are records of vision exams maintained and available for review?

  • Do the records provide evidence that the near vision examinations meet one of the following?
    • Tumbling E in accordance with ISO 18490
    • 20/25 (Snellen) at 16 inches (40.64cm), +/- 1 inch (2.54cm)*
    • Jaeger No 1 at not less than 12 inches (30.48 cm)*
    *With at least one eye, either natural or corrected?

  • Do the vision examination records indicate that the technicians can distinguish and differentiate between the colors used in the method for which certification is sought?

    Compliance Assessment Guidance: Any limitations in color perception shall be evaluated by the Responsible Level 3 prior to certification and must be approved in writing.

  • Are near vision examinations administered prior to certification and annually thereafter and color perception examinations administered prior to certification and at least every five years thereafter?

    Compliance Assessment Guidance: Certification expires at end of the anniversary month in which it was conducted. Vision exams are required for certification in accordance with NAS 410/EN4179, at some point prior to certification, every trainee shall be given a vision exam. However, trainees do not require a vision exam to function as trainees.

  • Is there evidence that trained personnel designated by the Responsible Level 3, or qualified medical personnel administered the vision exams?


    Compliance Assessment Guidance:
    • Snellen and Jaeger tests shall be administered by trained personnel designated by the Responsible Level 3 or by qualified medical personnel.
    • ISO 18490 tests (Tumbling E) shall be administered in accordance with the requirements therein.

5.5 Review of Employer's Level 3 Personnel

  • Do records indicate that the employer has designated a Responsible Level 3?

    Name of Responsible Level 3: ___________________________________________________
    0 Internal Responsible Level 3
    0 External Responsible Level 3
    Compliance Assessment Guidance: Corporate Level 3’s not stationed at this facility are considered as External Responsible Level 3’s.

  • Does the employer utilize an internal Level 3 in all methods being audited?

    Compliance Assessment Guidance: The employer may choose to utilize an on site Level 3 for any or all NDT methods performed. All methods performed at the facility shall be covered by a Level 3, either internal or external. This question shall be answered as “yes” if a combination is used but with an explanation. NA applies only if an external Level 3 is utilized.

  • List names and methods of all applicable Level 3 personnel.

  • Are outside agencies, including Corporate Level 3’s not stationed at this facility, used to provide Level 3 services? Note: An “NA” response must be explained in detail.

  • List the name, company, location, method, and services provided for each external level 3.

  • Does the facility have documentation on file to verify the adequacy of the qualification / certification for the outside Level 3?

    Compliance Assessment Guidance: If a employer uses external Level 3 services (including Corporate Level 3’s not stationed at this facility) for qualification examinations; to approve techniques and/or procedures; to inspect hardware; or as the Responsible Level 3 then that Level 3 shall be qualified and certified to NAS410 /EN4179. The NDT Task Group requires that the employer who utilizes the Level 3’s services shall have proof, on file, of this certification. “Proof of certification” in this sense is evidence of certification in accordance with NAS 410 / EN4179, the employer is not required to maintain copies of the Level 3’s examinations. External sources who provide only training services are not required to prove certification only proof of adequate background experience. “Proof of Background Experience” in this sense is documentation that justifies the suitability of the outside source. Documentation may be in the form of a resume citing qualifications, evidence of certifications held or previous industry-related work experience that proves the candidate’s suitability as a trainer.

  • List names, methods, and certification dates of all external Level 3s.

5.6 Training Course Outline

  • Are training course outlines for NDT personnel in place, including those used by an outside agency?

  • Is the training subject matter sufficient enough to ensure that NDT personnel at all levels (excluding Level 3) become proficient with the principles and practices of the applicable test method and technique(s)?

  • Are the training course outlines approved by the Responsible Level 3, as applicable?

    Compliance Assessment Guidance: This includes those training course outlines used by an outside agency. If an outside agency or NANDTB is used to provide the training, the Responsible Level 3 shall verify that the training meets the employer’s requirements.

  • Do the training course outlines address the following for each method?
    - Basic Theory
    - Test principles including choice of NDT methods, relevance to different materials, and part test variables
    - Product forms and materials, defect formation, and characterizations
    - equipment operation and standardization
    - applicable process controls
    - applicable NDT processing steps and parameters
    - safety related training requirements
    - advantages and disadvantages of each NDT technique
    - limitations and capabilities of each NDT method and technique
    - applicable specifications, codes, operating procedures, and work instructions
    - evaluation and interpretation processes and documentation of the inspection results

  • Have instructors been designated or approved by the Responsible Level 3 or NANDTB?

    Compliance Assessment Guidance: Instructors shall have the skills and knowledge to plan, organize, and present classroom training and practical exercises in accordance with approved course outlines.

  • Do the training course outlines include a list of references from which the training material is derived?

6. Personnel

  • The auditor shall review the employer's list of NDT personnel for adequacy, content, and correctness. This list shall include trainees and suspended personnel. The employer may use Nadcap checklist attachment AC7114-A or a similar format. No NCRs are issued against employee lists.

  • Does the employer's list of NDT personnel include all active NDT personnel, including trainees and suspended personnel? Does the list of NDT personnel contain or provide traceability to personnel certification data including expiration dates, vision examination due dates, and unique identifiers?

7.0 Inspection/ Records/ Procedures

7.1 Evidence of Unauthorized Changes

  • Is there a procedure that addresses how changes are to be made and who is authorized to make changes?

  • Were all record and/or procedure changes properly authorized?

    Compliance Assessment Guidance: The auditor is expected to review substantial documentation to make this determination.

  • Does the supplier maintain a list of authorized personnel?

    Compliance Assessment Guidance: Authorized personnel may be expressed generically in the terms of job title, e.g., Quality Engineer.

7.2 Inspection Records

  • Is an inspection record maintained of all parts submitted for NDT inspection and evaluation?

  • Do inspection records contain or provide traceability to the date of Inspection?

  • Do inspection records contain or provide traceability to the name of the Supplier that carried out the inspection?

  • Do inspection records contain or provide traceability to the part number or material?

  • Do inspection records contain or provide traceability to the serial number, if applicable?

  • Do inspection records contain or provide traceability to the number of parts in the lot, the number inspected, and the number accepted or rejected?

  • Do inspection records contain or provide traceability to the applicable process specification and acceptance criteria specification and revision?

  • Do inspection records contain or provide traceability to the identification of the inspector performing the inspection?

  • Do inspection records contain or provide traceability to the nature of the discrepancy and, if applicable, the rejection tag number?

7.3 Work Orders/ Shop Travelers

  • Is a work order or shop traveler in use that contains, or provides traceability to, the product identification traceable to the applicable purchase order number, part number, or product specification?

  • Is a work order or shop traveler in use that contains or provides traceability to the applicable process specification and/or procedure?

  • Is a work order or shop traveler in use that contains or provides traceability to the inspection method?

  • Is a work order or shop traveler in use that contains, or provides traceability to the inspector performing the operation?

  • Is a work order or shop traveler in use that contains or provides traceability to the quantity inspected, accepted / rejected?

  • Is a work order or shop traveler in use that contains or provides traceability to the correct sequence of the inspection operation(s) within the manufacturing process?

    Compliance Assessment Guidance: For independent inspection facilities only the sequence within the inspection process is applicable.

8.0-9.0 Calibration/ Process Control Failure

8.0 Calibration

8.1 Procedure

  • Is there a procedure that flows down calibration requirements for NDT related equipment?

    Compliance Assessment Guidance: The calibration for any device / gage used for NDT begins on the date the device / gage was calibrated. Deferring calibration dates to commence when a device / gage is removed from bonding stores or similar, is not allowed.

  • Does the procedure specify the number of points to be checked for each instrument and reference to the accuracy required and the range to be checked?

  • Do purchase orders or procedures for calibration services identify or provide traceability to requirements for the standard to be used, accuracy, range of use and number of points to be checked (3 minimum unless otherwise stated in the applicable method standard) encompassing that range?

8.2 Calibration Certificate

  • Do calibration certificates contain or provide traceability to the unit under test, identify the accuracy, nomenclature and/or serial number of the unit, the range, the point(s) that were checked and results?

  • Is there evidence that calibration records are reviewed to verify equipment was within tolerance as received for calibration and that a correct calibration has been performed?

    Compliance Assessment Guidance: Calibration records shall be reviewed to ensure accuracy of data and verify all equipment was within tolerance when checked by the calibration source.

8.3 Calibration Intervals

  • Does the calibration procedure address criteria to extend the calibration intervals, if allowed by the governing specification?

    Compliance Assessment Guidance: The procedure must define what is considered as acceptable justification, i.e., number of acceptable calibrations required before extension is possible; etc.

  • Does the calibration procedure address criteria to reduce the calibration intervals?

    Compliance Assessment Guidance: As a minimum it is expected that a review of the impact on results captured whilst the equipment was “out of tolerance” will be documented, an assessment of suitability for further use shall be made and their impact on the process determined. Any additional requirements imposed eg limitations of use, increased tolerances or changes in intervals would also need to be shown.

  • If calibration intervals have been extended, is adequate documentation on file to substantiate the extension?

    Compliance Assessment Guidance: Adequate documentation at a minimum would be considered as 4 acceptable calibrations in a row. Acceptable would be considered a calibration or verification where no adjustments or changes were required.

9.0 Process Control Failure

  • Is there a procedure that addresses the actions to be taken if unacceptable results are obtained for process control tests?

  • Does the procedure address the requirements for customer notification when product impact is suspected?

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