CERTIFICATION PREP Courses FAQs

Formerly Refresher Courses

Frequently asked questions about the ASNT NDT Level III Certification Prep Courses

What are Certification Prep Courses (CPCs)?

ASNT CPCs are designed to help review and expand your knowledge of important concepts in each NDT method. A thorough review of each subject’s Body of Knowledge will give you an awareness of areas where further study is needed and are intended to supplement each candidate’s personal studies. 

The subject matter for all of the courses is derived from the training topics found in the Level III Topical Outlines of Topical Outlines for Qualification of Nondestructive Testing Personnel, CP-105, as referenced in Recommended Practice No. SNT-TC-1A Personnel Qualification and Certification in Nondestructive Testing and CP-189, ASNT Standard for Qualification and Certification of Nondestructive Testing Personnel. This is the same Body of Knowledge from which the ASNT NDT Level III exams are written. Courses should not be considered the sole source for exam preparation.  

Who should take CPCs?

ASNT’s CPCs are considered Level III courses and are designed for those who are currently Level II and are looking to become an ASNT Level III certified in the respective methods.  

Will CPCs help me pass the Level III ASNT exam?

CPCs are not designed to be used as “exam prep” courses. The courses are designed to help review and expand your knowledge of important NDT concepts and should not be used as the sole source of exam preparation. The courses cannot possibly cover everything that may appear on the exam. They are not sufficient by themselves to pass a Level III exam. However, many people do choose to take CPCs before the exams. The courses do offer dedicated study time away from work, the opportunity to interact with other students in NDT, and learn from an experienced instructor so the courses may offer an advantage over someone who did not take a course before the exam. There is a section of referenced publications that is recommended to be purchased and/or referenced during exam preparation. 

Where are CPCs held?

CPCs when are held in person they're at ASNT Houston, 912 Gemini St, Houston, TX 77058 (directions)  

If a CPC is held virtually, it will be conducted via Zoom Meetings.  

Are CPCs only offered in Houston, TX?

At this time, yes.

What CPCs are offered, what are the dates, and what are the registration fees?

Please visit the main Certification Prep Course page for all offerings, pricing, and dates. 

What does the registration fee include?

When classes are held at ASNT Houston the fee includes light snacks. Regardless of the class being held virtually or in-person, the registration fee includes the days of instruction and electronic class materials (handouts).

If students need the acquire the recommended publications, those will need to be purchased separately.

What publications are available for purchase?

Visit the main CPC webpage, scroll to the bottom, and click on the individual course descriptions for a listing of the course material.  

When will I receive the course materials?

Course materials are distributed electronically prior to the first day or session of the class. If you wish to purchase electronic or physical copies of the recommended publications, you will do so on https://source.asnt.org. Recommended publications for each course are listed in their respective sections at the bottom of the CPC page.

How many CEUs or recertification points will I earn?

Those who plan to recertify by points will earn Continuing Education Units by attending ASNT CPCs. CEUs convert to recertification points at the rate of 1 CEU = 2.5 recertification points. Full course attendance is required to receive CEU credit. 

What kind of documentation do I receive to show I attended the course for recertification credit?

Your attendance will be marked whether the course is held in-person at ASNT Houston or virtually. You can retrieve your certification of attendance via ASNT’s learning platform (LMS) upon conclusion of the class. Full course attendance is required to receive complete credit. Partial credit is not issued.

Who teaches the courses?

ASNT contracts with instructors that are ASNT Level IIIs in the respective method.

What time do the CPCs begin and end?

In-person classes: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (CT).  

Virtual classes: time zones vary but they’re generally 8:00 am. - 5:00 pm (ET) but confirm with the class page following registration.  

You can expect 2 shorter breaks during the day, in addition to roughly 30-60 minutes for lunch to be determined by the instructor.

What are the class sizes?

Class sizes vary depending on the course. The minimum class size is around 5 people and the maximum is 15 people. Interaction with fellow students and classroom participation is encouraged.  

What forms of payment are accepted?

ASNT accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Purchase orders are not accepted.

Do the classes ever sell out?

Yes, sometimes CPCs sell out, so we recommend that you register early. Class registration is on a first come, first served basis, and registration is not complete until electronic payment is received.

I have my registration ready but I’m waiting for approval and payment from my employer, can you place me in the class?

No, payment must be received to be registered for the class.

What is the cancellation/transfer policy for Certification Prep Courses?

Registrants can cancel or transfer by sending your written notice to education@asnt.org by the cancellation deadline, which is four weeks prior to the first day of the class. You will receive a credit for your registration fee, minus a $100 fee per class. Transferring to another session also incurs a $100 fee per method. Please note that no cancellations or transfers are allowed 14 calendar days or less prior to the start of the class.

What if ASNT cancels a course?

We reserve exclusive right to modify, postpone/reschedule or cancel programs for any reason, including but not limited to emergency, inclement weather or other 'acts of God'. This is to include changing the modality (in person to virtual or virtual to in person). If we cancel a course, a full refund of registration fees will be made available, or you may transfer your registration to another CPC class (in-person or virtual).

We recommend that registered attendees do not book air travel until 14 days prior to the start of the class to ensure the class is being held.

When will I receive confirmation of registration for the class?

An automatic email confirmation and receipt will be sent upon electronic registration. A separate email will be sent from our Education Department confirming your enrollment in the class on our learning platform (our LMS). Typically, this is 14 calendar days prior to the start of the classes.

What should I bring with me to class?

In-person: Please bring a laptop or tablet (laptop recommended), any calculators or writing utensils you are accustomed to, and anything else you may need to learn with.  

Virtually: Ensure your webcam and microphone are functional, double check your internet connection (have a backup plan should your primary internet go out), and have Zoom installed and updated to the latest version (check here). 

Where should I stay if I'm visiting ASNT Houston?

ASNT has a corporate rate with a nearby hotel: Homewood Suites by Hilton Houston Clear Lake NASA. The hotel is very close to ASNT Houston, and offer complimentary wifi and breakfast. Reservations can be made through the scheduling link or by calling 281-486-7677. When making reservations you need to make sure to refer to The American Society for Nondestructive Testing Inc. to get the rates below.

One-bedroom Suite: 1-6 nights: $114.00 + tax/night, 7-29 nights: $104.00 + tax/night, 30+ nights $94 + tax/night

Am I qualified to take the exams?

Please refer to this document to see if you have met all of the qualifications to take the exam.

Is there a separate fee for exams?

Yes, there is a separate fee and application for exams. Information regarding exams can be found at ASNT Certification Services on this page.

Where can I take exams?

You can take your exams at one of the Pearson VUE test centers. For more information, please refer to our Computer Based Testing Questions.

Does ASNT offer Level I or II courses?

ASNT does not offer Level I or II courses however these courses are offered by many other NDT training companies. You can find a listing of other courses that may better meet your needs at NDT Training Courses or Directory of Educational Institutions.

Does ASNT offer online training?

We offer online Certification Prep Courses (CPCs) that are posted to our site when they are available. View upcoming courses now on our CPC calendar or register for a course now.

What is the dress code?

When CPCs are held at ASNT Houston, the dress code  is casual.

What accommodations are available for those with disabilities?

ASNT will provide reasonable accommodations for persons living with disabilities. Registered attendees should contact education@asnt.org prior to the first day of class to discuss any requests. Attendees with disabilities are also encouraged to discuss appropriate accommodation requests with their instructor.

I am new to NDT and interested in learning more but am not currently looking to certify, what do you recommend?

For a listing of educational institutes visit our website our Directory of Educational Institutions. For general NDT information, you can visit ndt-ed.org.

I still have questions, who can I contact?

Contact our Education Department at education@asnt.org or via phone 614-274-6003, option 7 for the Education Department.