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Non-Destructive Testing Foundations

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Open for Spring 2021

Closed for Winter 2021

Length: 15 Weeks Credential: Certificate Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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Enter the inspection industry with the foundations needed to succeed in all levels of inspection methods. Identify possible mechanical and structural failures, failures for oil and gas, transportation and utility companies.

The Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Foundations program assists you to enter the growing NDT field by providing a basic overall knowledge of the inspection industry. This knowledge is a foundation for you to progress through all levels of inspection methods including identifying potential mechanical and structural failures that can save time, money and lives. For example, inspection and reporting must be carried out on equipment in the oil and gas, transportation and aviation industries, just to name a few.

The online/blended learning approach is a combination of approximately four months of online theory courses and one month of on-campus practical labs. If you are self-disciplined and need additional flexibility to balance your other obligations - while still furthering your education - this program may be a fit for you.

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 step two and step three.

Is this the right fit for me?

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


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

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities in pipeline and refinery, transportation, utilities, construction, manufacturing and maintenance. Potential positions include:

  • NDT technician
  • NDT maintenance technician
  • NDT inspection technician
  • physical sciences technician/technologist

Related careers include:

  • boilermaker
  • avionics technician
  • aircraft structure technician

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $9,695

Year 1 (International): $15,466

Year 1: TBA 

Year 1 (International): $14,437 (+fees TBD)

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Full costs
Tuition and financial aid

Canada-Alberta Job Grant  This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.


You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

Admission requirements

When can you apply?

  • Applications for winter 2021 open March 30, 2020, and are accepted until the program start.
  • Applications for spring and fall 2021 open Oct. 7, 2020, and are accepted until the program start.

Full-time day

Term Program start
Winter 2021 Jan. 11, 2021
Spring 2021 May 10, 2021
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021

How to apply

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Admission requirements

Admission and selection

  • Winter 2021 start: applications open March 30, 2020, and are accepted until the program start date.
  • Spring or fall 2021 start: applications are open Oct. 7, 2020, until the program start date but are subject to change.

Make note of the program start date as you'll need this when you submit your application.

Admission requirements

  • Students must have successfully completed Grade 10 Math and Grade 10 English or equivalent.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct entry: four-step process

Step 1: Read the program overview information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Non-Destructive Testing Foundations and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Communication during selection

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. 


Program outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

Course code Course name Credit
CODE-270 Materials and Processes for NDT 1.5
COMM-249 Technical Communications 1.5
INSP-200 Visual Inspection Level II 1.5
INSP-207 Eddy Current Level I 1.5
INSP-210 Radiography Level I 1.5
INSP-220 Certified Exposure Device Operator 3.0
INSP-236 Ultrasonic Level I 3.0
INSP-263 Magnetic Particle Levels I & II 1.5
INSP-264 Liquid Penetrant Levels I & II 1.5
Program total 16.5


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. 

Transfer options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available. Visit  transfer options to learn more. 


2020/21 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $8,473 $682 $288 $252 $9,695

2020/21 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $14,153 $682 $288 $344 $15,466

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Check back for updates on the 2021/22 domestic tuition and fees. 

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 TBA $- $- $- TBA

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Check back for updates on the 2021/22 fees and program total.  

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $14,437 $- $- $- TBA

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $344
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $500.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Winter 2021


Orientation for new students will take place online on Jan. 11, 8 am - 3 pm.

View our orientation page.


This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Winter 2021 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

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

Required equipment/tools

Your tools will be provided. 

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

You will need 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. 

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

Required textbooks

A digital copy of the course materials will be provided. Students who wish to purchase a hard copy of the course materials may do so at the bookstore. 

The Winter 2021 booklist will be available beginning in late November.

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 required this term.


Phone: 403.210.4343
Email: ma.info@sait.ca

Academic chair

Josh Brewster, Academic Chair
Email:  josh.brewster@sait.ca

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

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