Education requirements matrix

Education requirements for Voting Membership 

This table has been drawn up to assist candidates and those responsible for assessing applications to understand what qualifications can contribute to an acceptable level for the different membership grades. The table is based on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework (SCQF) and the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ).

Council may, at its discretion, accept into membership candidates without exemplifying education qualifications but who are assessed as exhibiting the appropriate level of knowledge and understanding in their work roles. Candidates may progress via the Individual Route to membership and this may be evidenced through an experiential assessment.

Grade
Exemplifying education level NQF/QCF/FHEQ level
SCQF level
Fellow (FInstNDT)
Doctorate
Master’s degree
8
7
12
11
Member (MInstNDT)
Bachelor’s degree in engineering or NDT
Foundation degree in NDT
Higher National Diploma
Diplomas of Higher Education
PCN Level 3
EN 473/ISO 9712 Level 3
ASNT Level 3
EN 4179 Level 3
SNT-TC-1A Level 3
API 510 Pressure Vessel Inspector
API 570 Pressure Piping Inspector
API 653 Tank Inspector
Higher National Certificate
NVQ Level 4, SVQ Level 4
CSWIP SWI (3.2)
3.4U Underwater Inspection Controller
ASME Plant Inspector Level 2
6
5
5
5
4/5*
4/5*
4/5*
4/5*
4/5*
4/5*
4
4
4 (NVQ) 5 (SVQ)
4*
4*
4*
9/10
8
8
8
7/8*
7/8*
7/8*
7/8*
7/8*
7/8*
7
7
7 (NVQ) 8/9 (SVQ)
7*
7*
7*
Associate Member
(AMInstNDT)

(from 01/01/2016)
BTEC Diploma Level 3
NVQ/SVQ Level 3
PCN Level 2
EN 473/ISO 9712 Level 2
SNT-TC-1A Level 2 (by examination**)
EN 4179 Level 2
CSWIP WI (3.1)
ASME Plant Inspector Level 1
BTEC Diploma Level 2
NVQ/SVQ Level 2
PCN Level 1
EN 473/ISO 9712 Level 1
SNT-TC-1A Level 1 (by examination**)
EN 4179 Level 1
CSWIP Visual WI (3.0)

3
3
3*
3*
3*
3*
3*
3*
2
2
2*
2*
2*
2*
2*

6
6 (NVQ) 6/7 (SVQ)
6*
6*
6*
6*
6*
6*
5
5
5*
5*
5*
5*
5*

* estimated equivalence    ** independent examination


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