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Non-Destructive Testing Foundations

Open for Fall 2022

Open for Spring 2022

Open for Winter 2022

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

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This program will be delivered in a blended format (OA, OS, OR and OF/CLAS) for the Fall 2021 semester.
Some courses will be delivered online while others occur on-campus.
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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 is a combination of online theory courses and on-campus practical labs, giving you flexibility to balance your other obligations while still 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 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: $10,399

Year 1 (International): $15,770

*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 2022 open March 31, 2021 and are accepted until the program start.
  • Applications for spring 2022 open June 14, 2021 and are accepted until the program start.
  • Applications for fall 2022 open Oct. 6, 2021 and are accepted until the program start.

Full-time day

Classes begin Year start date Year end date
Winter 2022 Jan. 10, 2022 April 29, 2022
Spring 2022 May 9, 2022 Aug. 19, 2022
Fall 2022 Sept. 6, 2022 April 28, 2023

How to apply

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Admission requirements

Admission and selection

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Winter 2022 start: applications open March 31, 2021.
  • Spring 2022 start: applications open June 14. 2021.
  • Fall 2022 start: applications open Oct. 6, 2021.

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. 


2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $9,066 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $10,399

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $14,437 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $15,770

*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: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

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: $252
  • 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.
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.

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.

Fall 2021


Your program orientation will take place on the first day of class.

Learn more about your orientation.

We are expecting to meet you at student orientation. Important program information is discussed to ensure you are prepared to begin classes that begin on day one. Orientation is a mandatory part of your learning experience to ensure student success.

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, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year:

PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities

This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.

PREP 100: The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.

Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace D2Lbefore the first day of classes.

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 SAIT Bookstore.

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.


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

Have questions about this program?

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