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Non-Destructive Testing Foundations

Open for Fall 2021

Length: 8 Months Credential: Certificate Delivery: Part Time Classroom

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Study how to identify possible mechanical and structural failures for oil and gas, transportation and utility companies through this program that covers the basics of the high-demand inspection industry.

The Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) 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. It is a full-time, 15 week program.

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, and 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 step 1 of this process - training, which prepares you to complete step 2 and step 3 after successful program completion.

Is this the right fit for me?

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

  • the ability to work independently - often with little supervision
  • math and communication skills
  • 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): $15,583

*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 fall 2021 open Oct. 7, 2020, until the program start date.
Term Program start
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021

How to apply

Admission requirements

  • Fall 2021 start: applications are open Oct. 7, 2020, until the program start date but are subject to change.

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 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

This flexible offering is available evenings and weekends for approximately eight months.

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

Semester 1

Course code Course name Credit
CODE-270 Materials and Processes for NDT 1.5
COMM-249 Technical Communications 1.5
INSP-220 Certified Exposure Device Operator 3.0
INSP-200 Visual Inspection Level 2 1.5
INSP-263 Magnetic Particle Levels I & II 1.5
Semester 1 total 9.0

Semester 2

Course code Course name Credit
INSP-210 Radiography Level I 1.5
INSP-236 Ultrasonics Level I 3.0
INSP-207 Eddy Current Level I 1.5
INSP-264 Liquid Penetrant Levels I & II 1.5
Semester 2 total 7.5
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. 


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

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $14,153 $682 $288 $344 $15,446


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.

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

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

The booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

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.


Email: ma.info@sait.ca

Academic chair

"Thank you for choosing the Non-Destructive Testing Foundations program in the SAIT School of Manufacturing and Automation!

As your academic chair, it is my pleasure to welcome you, on behalf of the entire program, as the newest members of our innovative learning community. We look forward to seeing the impact you’ll make and to supporting your academic journey."

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

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