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NDT Training Programs

Whether you want training for a specific inspection method or are prepared to begin a new career in nondestructive testing with our NDT Career Program, the National Inspection Academy provides the training you need for a price that is affordable.  

NDT Career Program

The National Inspection Academy has created an innovative NDT Career program that combines hands-on equipment familiarization with on-demand online instruction to provide all the educational requirements needed to begin a career in nondestructive testing. tuition cost: $8,000

Introduction to NDT

Nondestructive Testing (NDT) is the process of inspecting material in search for discontinuities without destroying the item being testing and in some situations the inspections can be carried out without removing the part from service.

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Mission Statement:

Provide quality cost-effective inspection training for the infrastructure, alternative energy, petrol-chemical, aerospace, and commercial industries. – NIA’s activities will primarily consist of providing technical education in Nondestructive Testing (NDT), Construction Material Testing (CMT) as well as preparation training for recognized inspection industry technical certifications.

About Us

Welcome to National Inspection Academy

Our nation is experiencing a shortage of skilled tradesmen for our various construction needs across all industries, in addition to that much needed workforce exists an equal if not greater need for qualified technicians to perform the life safety inspections of that construction. NIA intends to fill this gap in our workforce by providing the needed education for Nondestructive and Construction Material Testing training through the use of a hybrid training environment consisting of both online and hands-on education.

NIA will seek granting opportunities in support of our primary mission focusing on providing training to veterans, minorities, women, those of alternative genders and those seeking career transition due to the hardships of the Covid pandemic. NIA will support apprenticeship programs as well as promote outreach and education to the general public, partnering with other organizations to support the inspection industry. Funding sources for these activities will include supporter fees, proceeds from publication sales, donations from sponsors, fees from training courses, and obtaining grants.


Our Training Programs Offer

NIA’s NDT Career Program immerses students in the world of nondestructive testing, providing them with a robust training program which includes Level I and Level II training in seven highly sought after NDT methods as well as a full radiation safety training course.  This level of education propels students into the NDT industry with a diverse training background highly sought after by employers compared to individuals with limited training.

Our blended training program separates the lecture and laboratory training elements into separate components to provide a more flexible learning environment for our students.

Students will be expected to complete approximately 400 hours of online training over a six-month period.  At the time of enrollment students will be scheduled for the three-week laboratory portion of the training program six months from their online initiation date.  Laboratory training will be provided at the NIA facility in Baxter Minnesota.  This provides students ample time to complete the online training portion of the program.  Students may request to attend the laboratory portion of the training program in advance of their scheduled date provided that all online training modules are complete, and all examinations have been passed.

The laboratory portion of the training program consists of three weeks of Level I and Level II hands on training for all seven NDT methods included in the program.  Laboratory classes are from Monday through Friday at 10hrs of instruction per day for three consecutive weeks.


Earning Potential

The PQNDT Salary Survey is a comprehensive annual report that provides insights into the compensation and benefits within the nondestructive testing (NDT) industry. It has been a critical resource since 1994, offering valuable data on industry trends by region, sector, and certification level.

Key findings from recent surveys highlight the following trends:

Compensation and Employment Trends: The survey indicates a positive trend in full-time employment and compensation within the NDT industry. For example, the average compensation for full-time NDT professionals saw an increase of over 4%, reaching approximately $102,977 in recent years. This rise in compensation was consistent across various certification levels​ (PQNDT)​​ (PQNDT)​.

Shift from Contract to Full-Time Positions: There has been a notable shift from contract to full-time positions. The economic recovery has led to employers offering more stable, full-time jobs, reducing the reliance on contractors. This shift is reflected in a 7% increase in full-time employment among NDT professionals since 2011​ (NDT.org)​.

Geographical and Sectoral Insights: The survey provides detailed breakdowns of compensation and employment trends across different regions and sectors, helping employers create competitive compensation packages and understand where most jobs are located​ (PQNDT)​​ (PQNDT)​.

Overall, the PQNDT Salary Survey serves as an essential tool for both employers and employees in the NDT industry, enabling them to benchmark salaries, understand industry trends, and make informed decisions about career and business strategies.

For more detailed results and to participate in future surveys, you can visit the PQNDT website​ (PQNDT)​​ (NDT.org)​.

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