This certification scheme has been accredited by the Argentine Accreditation Body (OAA, Organismo Argentino de Acreditación) since 2006.
In general terms, IRAM-NM-ISO 9712 Standard specifies three levels of certification, the scope of which is summarized below:
A person certified to Level 1 has demonstrated competence to perform NDT in accordance with written instructions and under the supervision of a Level 2 or Level 3 operator. Within the scope of competence defined in the certificate, the Level 1 operator may be authorized by the employer to perform the following tasks, in accordance with NDT instructions:
Level 1 certified personnel are not responsible for the selection of the method or technique to be used, nor for the interpretation of the test results.
A person certified to Level 2 has demonstrated competence to perform NDT in accordance with established procedures. Within the scope of competence defined in the certificate, the Level 2 operator may be authorized by the employer to:
A Level 3 certified person has demonstrated competence to perform and conduct the NDT operations for which he/she is certified. Level 3 operators have demonstrated:
Within the scope of competence defined in the certificate, a Level 3 operator may be authorized to:
The IRAM Non-Destructive Testing Operator Certification is then defined by the NDT level, method and scope of application. These three variables constitute the scope of the certification.
The candidate for this type of certification must meet specific pre-requisites of training, experience and visual aptitude. Then the candidate must pass a theoretical-practical exam at the Authorized Qualification Bodies (AQB).
IRAM has approved the training courses designed under the IAEA-TECDOC 628 standard; ANSI/ASNT CP-105 standard for the case of Scattered Flow; and for Ultrasound – Phased Array, download here the characteristics of the course, in compliance with the training requirement for certification.
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