PROCEDURE FOR NDT CLASSROOM ON-LINE TRAINING
It is the purpose of this procedure to cover the essential elements of the on-line training program referred to herein as NDT Classroom. Course outlines have been developed from the ANSI/ASNT Standard CP 105 which the on-line presentations follow. Each subject will be offered separately and will include periodic quizzes and an end of course final examination. A certificate of completion will be issued to all who satisfactorily complete each subject.
Candidates will register for the course desired and payment will be made on-line or with a Purchase Order. Once enrolled, the student will be able to log on with a unique password and username. The time spent taking the course after log-on will be tracked and records maintained of the on-line activity. The final examination will track every answer given by the learner.
The periodic quizzes relating to various key subjects will be monitored and questions answered incorrectly will require a review of that particular subject to provide a means of review and understanding of the correct answer. If the student does not pass the Final Examination, then the student will be able to review the Exam and applicable course material and have the opportunity to retake the Final Examination. If the retake is failed, the student must re-register as a new student.
CREDIT FOR TIME
The recommended training hours as contained in SNT-TC-1A can be fulfilled by completing the following:
1. Actual time spent on line which will be tracked. The system is structured to ensure students must view all content.
2. The completion of the recommended reading assignments and other self-study materials related to the course subject, should be documented by the student. The Level III for each specific company, if applicable, should ascertain the validity of the reading and self-study materials and approve the documented time spent. If the student is not employed during the time the course is taken, the documentation should be maintained for presentation to the prospective employers Level III for acceptance.
3. The time spent in the “hands-on” sessions (see below) should be documented and confirmed by the administrator of the training segment.
4. The sum of the times spent completing the on-line training, self-study, and “hands-on” should be sufficient to satisfy the training recommendations of SNT-TC-1A and CP-189. Where other certification schemes are being followed, the Level III or employer should determine how much credit can be claimed through completion of the three training segments.
READING AND SELF STUDY
Self-study is strongly encouraged which will add to the overall training time to be credited. It will also better prepare the student for the practical lab/’hands-on” session to follow. It is recommended that the student maintain a log of the self-study time. It is recommended that the applicable Level III acknowledge that self-study was completed. This should become a part of the training records for use with subsequent certifications.
HANDS-ON PRACTICAL TRAINING
Recognized NDT training schools and laboratories can apply for and be approved as sources for the practical “hands-on” training which is necessary to satisfy the recommendations of SNT-TC-1A. Ideally, in addition to the guidelines for conducting the practical training portion, there should also be a series of lab exercises describing the expectations of the lab, equipment required, personnel and support staff.
FOLLOW-UP DURING AND AFTER COMPLETION OF PROGRAM
There will be a process to provide student contact with the instructor in the event that there are questions. An on-line “comments” form allowing the student send comments or ask questions after the course is completed is being considered. This is preferable to having the students contact the instructor directly via phone or email. An “ask the instructor” link, which will send questions to NDTclassroom will be added. The administrator can then either direct the learner to a “Frequently Asked Questions” section or forward the question to the appropriate instructor for reply. This will be evaluated. Every student will be added to a contact list to receive future offerings, etc.
Every student receives and must acknowledge a disclaimer stating that the on-line program is not intended to “certify” but only to present the subjects contained in the body of knowledge as defined in ANSI/ASNT CP- 105. This disclaimer also states that passing the course does not guarantee that future examinations (including those to be used for certification) will also be passed.