In any field, stagnation is a dangerous state. This couldn’t be more true in a discipline such as nondestructive testing. With how quickly the NDT field develops and new disciplines are added to the expectations of technicians, it is vital for every NDT professional to stay up to date on new practices in this rapidly developing field.
If you are a technician considering NDT training, or if you’ve already earned NDT certification, here is what you need to know about continuing your education after NDT certification.
If you’re looking for the quickest route to NDT certification, your journey will end directly after a Level I Limited NDT course. While this is a great first step, though, you may quickly find yourself frustrated if you stop learning here.
Technicians at Level I Limited certification have the least amount of experience in their field and therefore are under close supervision. Furthermore, these technicians are only permitted to perform a small number of tasks until they reach a higher level of certification.
Continuing your NDT education shows employers that you are willing to go beyond the status quo and reach a level of excellence in your skill.
Basic learning theory teaches us that the highest level of mastery over a subject is demonstrated by the ability to teach others a given skill.
By continuing your education and taking more nondestructive testing courses, you can attain a level of certification that qualifies you for supervisory and training positions.
By becoming an NDT training supervisor, you can continually sharpen your knowledge of nondestructive testing practices and help to educate the next generation of highly qualified NDT technicians.
Aside from becoming more familiar and skilled with your field of work, continuing education is vital for a number of reasons.
If you are continuing your NDT training to achieve a higher level of certification, you’ve made a great choice. In many circumstances, jobs will require that the technician have Level II or Level III NDT certification to safely and efficiently accomplish the given task.
Furthermore, there are a number of different areas of expertise in which you can receive training. Testing disciplines vary depending on the type of job you are hired for, but continuing your education by taking an NDT certification course for another testing discipline will help expand your knowledge of the field and open up more opportunities for employment. From Liquid Penetrant Testing to Ultrasonic Testing, continuing your education is always a beneficial choice.
At TXNDT we are committed to ensuring that all technicians receive certification through our program leave as seasoned professionals with ample hands-on experience, guided by the best minds in the business.
From introductory NDT courses to NDT level III certification, we ensure that personnel are qualified and equipped to best serve their job functions and stay aware of any and all compliance needs and specifications.
If you or your staff are looking for ways to expand your skills and broaden your career opportunities through nondestructive testing courses, get in touch with TXNDT today at (281) 231-0001 or check out our website for more information.