Play a vital role in the inspection industry by studying non-destructive testing – an important component of many industries. You can make a difference by identifying potential mechanical and structural failures that can save time, money and lives.

Develop the skills to enter the growing non-destructive testing (NDT) field by gaining basic overall knowledge of the inspection industry so you can progress through all levels of inspection methods. This program combines theory courses and practical labs, giving you the flexibility to balance your other obligations while furthering your education.

In Canada, NDT certification is regulated by the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB). There are three steps required to obtain CGSB Certification

  1. training
  2. work experience
  3. CGSB exams

These three steps are required for each level of certification in each method.

The NDT Foundations program at SAIT helps you to accomplish the first step of this process, which prepares you to complete steps two and three.

To be successful as a Non-Destructive Testing Technician, you need the following skills:

  • the ability to work independently, often with little supervision
  • math skills
  • communication skills
  • strong attention to detail
  • ability to work flexible hours in varying locations
  • the ability to physically maneuver a job site freely.

The opportunity to advance your education by transferring into this program or gain credit for previous postsecondary courses may be available.

There may also be opportunities to further your education by transferring to another institution once you graduate.

Learn more about program and institution transfer options

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT certificate in Non-Destructive Testing.

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Careers and opportunities

Each year, SAIT conducts a survey between February and April to determine the employment rate, salary and satisfaction of our newest SAIT alumni. 

people icon 75% graduate employment rate

salary icon $40,000 average starting salary

Find out more about our graduate employment statistics >

Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.


Career counselling and support

Unsure which career path is for you? SAIT offers career planning services to help you decide your future.

You can also get started by taking our online career finder quiz, which can help you narrow down your search based on your current skills and interests.

Finally, you can also head to Alberta alis for various tools and resources, including additional quizzes and labour market information to help you narrow down a career path.

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The Non-Destructive Testing Foundations certificate requires 16.5 credits (nine courses) to complete.

The program spans 15 weeks (one semester.)

Course Credits

Materials and Processes for NDT provides an overview of casting, forging and welding processes. Learners will discuss defects at various stages of processing and during service, defect detection, mechanical testing and heat treatments.


This course explores and develops skills for public speaking and technical presentations. Students will focus on technical writing for reports. Students will also develop resume styles to assist them in their job searches.


In this course learners are introduced to Visual Testing (VT) methods which allows technicians to locate defects in many materials. Learners work with various equipment and accessories and follow inspection procedures and standards outlined by industry and regulatory groups.


In this course learners cover generation and properties of eddy currents, sensing element types, factors affecting the test system, instrumentation and applications. Eddy currents are based on a circulating electrical current induced in a conductive material by an alternating magnetic field.


This course provides a basic foundation to Industrial Radiography for Non-Destructive Testing (NDT). Learners cover the physical principles of penetrating radiation, sources, detection, process and weld interpretation. They also focus on practical applications and theory for Level 1 CGSB certification. Radiation safety with x-ray tubes, required by the Alberta Government codes, is also covered.

  • INSP 201

Certified Exposure Device Operator is the first step in preparing learners for a career in Industrial Radiography. Learners will have the opportunity to review the basics of chemistry and ionizing radiation. The learner will also study safety, biological effects, radiation detection, emergency procedures, and procedures for the operation of exposure devices and Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission regulations.


This course is a part of the NDT Inspection Foundations program. It covers topics which include: fundamental properties of sounds, wave propagation, generation of ultrasonic waves, test equipment and test methods. Instruction is provided in calibration, performance tests, weld inspection, specification and result interpretation. Learners must provide their own calculator with scientific functions, which they will use throughout the course.

  • INSP 205

In this course learners are introduced to Magnetic Particle (MPI) methods which allow technicians to locate defects in ferro-magnetic materials. Learners work with various equipment and accessories and follow inspection procedures and standards outlined by industry and regulatory groups.


Liquid Penetrant Inspection (LPI) also referred to, as Dye Penetrant Testing, is a sensitive, inexpensive and very portable Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) method that is capable of detecting and locating discontinuities that are surface breaking. This method is an enhancement of visual inspection. Topics covered are Basic Principles of Liquid Penetrant Inspection and Processing, Advantages and Disadvantages of various processes, System Controls, Test Equipment and Accessories and Inspection Procedures and Standards.



Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

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Admission requirements

Applicants educated in Canada

Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and meet the following requirements or equivalents.

  • Successfully completed Grade 10 Math and Grade 10 English or equivalent.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English Language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find out what educational documents are accepted and assessment options.

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.


Academic Upgrading

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English language proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

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Available intakes

Fall 2024

Start dates:

Domestic students: Open
  • Application deadline: June 28, 2024
International students: Waitlisted
  • Application deadline: May 29, 2024


2023/24 tuition and fees

The following costs are effective as of July 1, 2023. They are an estimate of tuition and fees based on the recommended course load per year.

Domestic students

Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 1 $10,230 $950 $11,180
Total cost:

Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 1 $15,427.34 $950 $16,377.34
Total cost:

Books and supplies are approximately $500 per full-time year.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a standard computer hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date. Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck; no textbook purchase is required this term.

Required tools and personal protective equipment (PPE)

You will need overalls, steel-toe boots and safety glasses. We recommend waiting to purchase these until classes begin, as your instructors will discuss industry-approved PPE in class.

Your tools will be provided. 


Financial aid

Paying for your education may feel overwhelming, but we have resources and programs that can help, including information about payment options, student loans, grants and scholarships.

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Application process

Ready to apply?

Follow our step-by-step guide to submitting a successful application.

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Communication during admission

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. We recommend you add the ma.info@sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages.


Begin your application

Apply now using the online application portal. 

Ensure you have a valid Visa or Mastercard to pay the non-refundable application fee of $120 for domestic applicants or $150 for international applicants. 

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Information sessions

Prepare for a strong start in your chosen program or get the details you need to decide your future path.

Our expert staff and faculty are ready to answer your questions and provide information about the following:

  • What sets SAIT apart
  • An introduction to the program and area of study
  • Admission requirements
  • Future career paths
  • Information on the earning potential and graduate employment rates.

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