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The status of NDT personnel qualification and certification (PQ) is reviewed from the point of view of U.S. practitioners. Present U.S. practices and standards are compared with those of some other nations and those of ISO.
Results of a survey of U.S. organizations and individuals familiar with various PQ systems are used to evaluate the spectrum of current U.S. attitudes on the subject. It is concluded that an international standard acceptable to the United States as well as to most other nations should now be achievable in a relatively short time.
personnel qualification, personnel certification, PQ, U.S. attitudes, PQ practices, PQ standards, future directions
President, Wheeler Nondestructive Testing, Inc., Schenectady, NY