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ANDE Application Process & Testing

Any individual seeking ANDE Certification must prepare and submit an application, which includes information about their education, training, experience, and employment history, as well as references who can verify training and experience. Applicants must also submit a completed Qualification/Continuity Card for each NDE method in which they would like to be certified. In addition, candidates will need to submit eye examination records showing compliance with the requirements of this Standard.

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Available as of November 2017


ANDE UT Provisional Level III

$341.00

Within 24 hours of making your ANDE purchase you will recieve an email containing instructions to complete your application for ANDE Provisional Certification.


ANDE UT Level III Practical Demonstration

To Be Determined

Please contact ande@asme.org if you have any questions.

Qualification/Continuity Cards

The ASME PC Qualification Card ensures that individuals are properly trained and qualified to conduct NDE, and indicates an individual’s level of competency in areas applicable to nuclear power plant fabrication, construction, and inservice inspection, providing appropriate documentation of their training and qualifications.

While knowledge based learning is essential, the skill-based application of NDE is of particular importance, requiring sufficient and appropriate experience confirmed by a proficiency demonstration.

Individuals are assigned a Qualification Card and are responsible for developing the skills and knowledge necessary for a specific method and/or technique. Candidates for certification are responsible for obtaining appropriate signatures for on-the-job training and task performance evaluation as each task is successfully completed.

The ANDE Level III Examiner is responsible for the overall administration of On the Job Training and Task Performance Evaluation programs for the methods certified. They are also responsible for ensuring that candidates obtain the skills, knowledge, and ability to perform successfully in their area of certification. The Level III Examiner is qualified to perform task performance evaluation and is required to administer Qualification Card tasks that require performance level ‘Perform’ (P) verification.

*The ANDE Level III must be able to demonstrate competence in performing NDE in the method, including evaluation of indications, in accordance with the ASME PC Certification Scheme and applicable ANDE requirements.

ASME Qual Card Please download all 7 documents

  1. Cover Sheet For ANDE Nuclear Specific Industry Sector Qualification Card
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Introduction
  4. Ande Qualification Card Procedure
  5. Ultrasonic Examination (UT) Non-encoded Manual Qualification Card Criterion and Minimum Requirements Qualification Card
  6. Ultrasonic Qualification Card Guidance Instructions
  7. Ultrasonic Performance Areas Qualification Card

ANDE Certification Testing Part 1 - Written

Written Examination

The ANDE written examination is closed book, with the exception of reference materials identified by ASME PC. Written examination questions are developed and maintained by ASME PC from an approved Job Task Analysis (JTA).

The questions on the written examination cover the following topics:

Physical principles and theory

Codes, standards, specifications, procedures, instructions, and their interpretations

Practical applications and problems

To pass the written exam, a candidate must correctly answer 80% of the test questions. The written exam is administered and graded by ASME PC, in accordance with procedures approved by the applicable Specific Industry Sector (SIS) Committee. Written exams are given at your local Prometric Testing Centers. (https://www.prometric.com)

Ande Certification Testing Part 2 - Practical Demonstration

Practical Demonstration (PD)

The practical demonstration evaluates an individual’s hands-on skills and knowledge in a particular NDE method, as specified in the JTA.
Test samples for NDE Level II and Level III practical demonstrations include a secure test sample bank containing at least five attributes for evaluation. Defects in the test sample bank may be actual or simulated defects. ANDE also includes a standard performance based practical examination with realistic flawed samples, simulating fabrication and in-service field conditions based on JTA.
The practical demonstration will be available in select locations.

Level II (PD) Requirements

Level II Practical Demonstration Requirements
A Level II candidate seeking certification must demonstrate proficiency by performing QC inspections for the endorsement qualification and certification being sought, as well as passing a practical demonstration.

Level III (PD) Requirements

Level III Practical Demonstration Requirements
A Level III candidate may be required to perform QC inspections or evaluate examination results. This practical demonstration includes demonstrations of the candidate’s ability to perform the required activity by passing a Level II practical demonstration.

Grading of ANDE Certification & Qualification

Level II and III practical demonstrations are graded using a standardized checklist, approved by the applicable SIS Committee. The checklist is part of the candidate’s certification records and is maintained by ASME PC.

The passing criteria for the practical demonstration is 80%.

ASME PC uses a centralized examination database, developed using JTA and psychometrics. The written and practical examinations will be administered by ASME PC CB as an independent third party, establishing a standard process of evaluation and assuring program integrity.

The test samples or grading units used for each practical demonstration are randomly assembled from the test sample bank defined by the psychometric process. The INPO SAT process provides feedback from field performance for continuous training and exam improvement.

Vision

** In addition to presenting proper identification prior to examination, the testing individual must present proof of current eye examination by a board certified doctor. Eyes examinations are to be performed on an annual basis (i.e., certified personnel shall receive and successfully pass vision acuity examinations at intervals not to exceed 1 year, which expire on the last day of the month of the expiration date, in order to maintain their certifications in an active status) in accordance with the following requirements:

(1) Near Vision Acuity. Near vision acuity, natural or corrected, of Jaeger 1 or equivalent at a distance of not less than 12 in. (30 cm) or other requirements that may be required by the referencing Code, Standard, Procedure, Specification, or Instruction in at least one eye, shall be demonstrated by the candidate. Testing methods that are capable of determining equivalent visual acuity may be used.

(2) Far Vision Acuity. Far vision acuity, natural or corrected, of at least 20/30 (Snellen) at a distance that is required by the referencing Code, Standard, Procedure, Specification, or Instruction in at least one eye, shall be demonstrated by the candidate. Testing methods that are capable of determining equivalent [i.e., equivalency same as in (1) above] visual acuity may be used.

(3) Color Differentiation/Contrast. Personnel shall demonstrate the capability to distinguish the colors applicable to the test methods for which certified and to differentiate contrast between these colors. Accepted examination types include H-R-R Pseudo isochromatic, Ishihara, Dvorine, and Farnsworth. Equivalent examinations may be performed when equivalency by a qualified and licensed medical professional has been determined.

(4) Vision Correction. When, vision correction is necessary to pass the visual acuity examinations, the same vision correction device shall be worn during all testing/inspections. Candidates utilizing multiple correction devices during testing/inspections such as eye lenses and contact lenses shall complete a visual acuity examination for each correction device.

**Alternative methods are available to Board Certified Doctors - Please refer to IWA-2321 Vision Tests

**** Please be advises, as of September 15, 2017, the AANDE examination is only comprised of Section 1 and 2, table 2-2.2-1, Nuclear NDE portion of Mandatory Appendix I and Non Mandatory Appendix A

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Step 1: Provide Payment

The ASME PC Qualification Card ensures that individuals are properly trained and qualified to conduct NDE, and indicates an individual’s level of competency in areas applicable to nuclear power plant fabrication, construction, and in-service inspection, providing appropriate documentation of their training and qualifications.

While knowledge based learning is essential, the skill-based application of NDE is of particular importance, requiring sufficient and appropriate experience confirmed by a demonstration of proficiency.

Phone ASME PC Customer Care, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM ET:

Email: Customercare@ASMEPC.org   In the subject line please put, ASME ANDE Certification

  • 1.800.843.2763 (U.S./Canada, toll free)
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  • 1.646.616.3100 (outside North America)

Please be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Applicant contact information (name, title, organization, mailing address, email, phone)
  • Credit card information.

ANDE certification:

  • Written
  • Practical

If you are not paying by credit card, please see other payment options.  Please note that these payment formats require more processing time.

Other options

Check/Money Order – Follow the instructions on the form to submit one or more applicants using a check or money order. You will need each applicant’s physical mailing address, as well as their email address.

Purchase Order – A purchase order (PO) may be used to submit four or more applicants. If you are currently a certificate holder or wish to check on your application please log in to ASME PC-Connect.

Note: Before you purchase your certification on-line and create an account, review the three options below to see which option applies to you:

  1. You may already have an account: If you’ve ever completed an ASME PC certification, been on an ASME PC Committee, taken ASME PC courses or attended workshops, chances are you’re already in our system, even in this is your first time seeing this screen. Please use the Forgot Password option before creating a new account.
  2. You are unsure whether you already have an account: Please email: customercare@ASMEPC.org to confirm your account details and get your user name and password or call: 1.800.843.2763 (U.S./Canada, toll free); 001.843.2763 (Mexico, toll free); 1.646.616.3100 (outside North America)
  3. This is your first time using any ASME PC system: If so, please create a new account per the sign-on screen.

Step 2: Receive purchase confirmation

Submit your application

Within 24 hours of making your ANDE purchase, you will receive a confirmation by email. This email will contain instructions for accessing ASME PC Connect, ASME PC’s online system to submit your application. Please refer to the ASME PC-Connect User’s Guide for in-depth guidance on submitting an online application.

Step 3: Receive scheduling instructions / Schedule your exam

Once your application has been accepted, you will receive an email with instructions on how to schedule your exam at a conveniently-located Prometric Testing Center.

ASME PC will notify you of your test results. If your test was successful, you will be mailed a certificate and your name will be entered on the certificate holder's listing on ASME PC-Connect. If your test was not successful, you will be provided with instructions for retest.

Step 4: Recertify

Your certification is valid for five (5) years. The recertification/renewal process will be managed through ASME PC-Connect, allowing you to continue to enjoy the benefits of being certified.

Please contact ASME PC’s Customer Care for questions: 1.800.843.2763 (U.S./Canada, toll free); 001.843.2763 (Mexico, toll free); 1.646.616.3100 (outside North America)

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