Apprenticeship Document Download

Guidance documents 

If you are interested in becoming a NDT apprentice or are an employer who would like to offer a NDT apprenticeship, please view or download the documents below.

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Engineering Technician

NDT Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Standard
This document explains the knowledge, skills and behaviour that must be gained by the apprentice during the apprenticeship.

NDT Engineering Technician Assessment Plan
This document gives an overview of the scheme and explains how the apprentice will be assessed at the end of the apprenticeship.

On-Programme Competency Development
This document explains the rationale for the development of the Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Engineering Technician apprenticeship and defines the responsibilities for those participating in the scheme. It also explains the recommended on-programme content through to the end-point assessment and is a guide for the apprentice and the employer.

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Operator

NDT Operator Apprenticeship Standard
This document explains the knowledge, skills and behaviour that must be gained by the apprentice during the apprenticeship.

NDT Operator Assessment Plan
This document gives an overview of the scheme and explains how the apprentice will be assessed at the end of the apprenticeship.

On-Programme Competency Development
This document explains the rationale for the development of the Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Operator apprenticeship and defines the responsibilities for those participating in the scheme. It also explains the recommended on-programme content through to the end-point assessment and is a guide for the apprentice and the employer.

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Engineer

NDT Engineer Apprenticeship Standard
This document explains the knowledge, skills and behaviour that must be gained by the apprentice during the apprenticeship.

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Apprenticeship Guidance Documents

Employer's 'Let's Get Started' Guidance
This document advises the employer of their role and responsibilities to the apprentice and the funding arrangements during the apprenticeship.

An Introduction to NDT Common Methods
This document explains the different methods and competencies that the apprentice can undertake during the apprenticeship.

Employer's Unit of Competence – Eddy current testing of materials, products and plant
This unit identifies the competencies required to carry out eddy current testing (ET) inspection activities, using manual, semi-automatic or fully automatic equipment, on engineering materials, products and plant, in accordance with approved procedures.

Employer's Unit of Competence – Organisational health, safety & environment (HSE) requirements
This unit gives guidance and advice to employers to develop the competencies required to comply with all relevant health, safety and environment (HSE) regulations in the workplace and when working in different locations. General HSE responsibilities are defined in the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Employer's Unit of Competence – Infrared thermography (active) testing of materials, products and plant
This unit identifies the competencies required to carry out stimulated thermography testing (ST) inspection activities, using manual, semi-automatic or fully automatic equipment on engineering materials, products and plant, in accordance with approved procedures.

Employer's Unit of Competence – Infrared thermography (passive) testing of materials, products and plant
This unit identifies the competencies required to carry out infrared thermography (IRT) survey activities on engineering products, plant, materials or structures in accordance with approved procedures.

Employer's Unit of Competence – Magnetic particle testing of materials, products and plant
This unit identifies the competencies required to carry out magnetic particle tests on ferromagnetic components, materials or structures in accordance with approved procedures.

Employer's Unit of Competence – Management of human factors (behaviours)
This unit identifies the competencies required in human factors. The unit is designed to give the employer guidance and advice to define and develop generic behaviours.

Employer's Unit of Competence – Penetrant testing of materials, products and plant
This unit identifies the competencies required to carry out penetrant flaw detection tests on ferrous and non-ferrous engineering products, materials or structures in accordance with approved procedures.

Employer's Unit of Competence – Project management with a focus on non-destructive testing
This unit is to ensure that apprentices have a sound understanding of project management techniques and processes and will be able to apply this knowledge in their daily inspection activities.

Employer's Unit of Competence – Quality assurance, audit and surveillance of NDT and related activities
This unit relates to the apprentice’s ability and understanding of the principles and complexities of quality assurance, audit and surveillance.

Employer's Unit of Competence – Radiographic testing of materials, products and plant
This unit identifies the competencies required to carry out radiographic testing activities on engineering products, materials or structures in accordance with approved procedures.

Employer's Unit of Competence – Sector-specific product technology
This unit identifies the key areas of sector-specific background engineering knowledge that the apprentice is required to acquire in order for them to effectively apply the most appropriate NDT inspection method(s)/technique(s) to full advantage.

Employer's Unit of Competence – Ultrasonic testing of materials, products and plant
This unit identifies the competencies required to carry out ultrasonic testing activities using manual, semi-automatic or fully automatic equipment, in accordance with approved procedures.

Employer's Unit of Competence – Visual testing of materials, products and plant
This unit identifies the competencies required to carry out the dimensional and visual inspection of engineering components in accordance with approved procedures.