Non-Destructive Testing Engineering Technician Level 3

With expert trainers and quality technical content, the Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Engineering Technician Level 3 is a great way to advance your NDT career.

NDT Engineering Technicians oversee, validate and audit by reinspection the work of NDT Operators, and manage projects and specific areas of work. On completion, you will hold three NDT certificates (mapped to engineering registration at the EngTech level) and will have transferable skills which include a broad knowledge of engineering principles and manufacturing processes.

NDT Engineering Technicians are in-demand and can work in a variety of industries such as aerospace, motorsport, power generation and distribution, manufacturing, railways, oil and gas, marine and construction.

This Apprenticeship is delivered in partnership with specialist NDT Training schools, including Lavender International, IMechE Argyll Ruane and the South West School of NDT.

Typical Job Roles: NDT Operator



Apprenticeship Duration

30 months

Training method

Online, classroom and practical

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What to expect from Skills Training UK
  • Course content customized for your organisation and its goals.
  • Support from a dedicated trainer who will support with learning, skill competency and developing evidence for assessment.
  • Individual support and mentoring to make every apprenticeship a success.
  • Access to our virtual learning environment with virtual classes, on-demand videos and tasks to reinforce learning.
What does an employer need to do?
  • provide the learner with the opportunity to take part in work and projects which are used to produce a portfolio of evidence required for Apprenticeship assessment and completion.
  • Take part in progress reviews at regular intervals.
  • Have some involvement in the project(s) being undertaken.
  • Allow the apprentice an agreed amount of classroom time.

What is included in the Standard?


  • Numerical and data analysis
  • Supervisory techniques – leading, motivating, performance evaluation
  • Formula-based engineering / scientific principles
  • Preparation of NDT Procedures, Technique Sheets and Work Instructions
  • Limitations of standard tests and measurements
  • Health and safety
  • Defects against acceptance / rejection criteria
  • Material and product technology
  • Quality aspects and working practices
  • Consequences of failure and risk to life


  • Working at heights and confined spaces
  • Ability to carry out NDT in three methods, including one complex (mandatory) and choice of two other methods to national and international standards:
    • Ultrasonic Testing – complex
    • Radiographic Testing – complex
    • Eddy Current Testing – complex
    • Infrared Thermography Testing – complex
    • Magnetic Particle Testing
    • Penetrant Testing
    • Visual Testing
  • Apply appropriate solutions to well-defined engineering problems
  • Supervise and project manage
  • Select appropriate methods and techniques
  • Exhibit environmental awareness
  • Implement quality control and quality assurance


  • Leadership – including motivating people.
  • Teamwork – manage a team and to support others.
  • Courage – willing to make independent decisions.
  • Delivery – consistently manage activities / tasks through to timely completion.
  • Respect – for the abilities of others, particularly those working under your direction.
  • Ethics – to act with maturity, honesty and integrit.

Eligibility criteria

For NDT Operator Level 2 the individual employer will decide whether an employee is suitable for the programme. There is a requirement to have good aided or unaided eyesight to satisfy the mandatory NDT eyesight test and have appropriate physical fitness.

Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End Point Assessment.

Qualifications and professional recognition

In the NDT Testing Sector, apprentices are required to achieve NDT Level 2 certification in three methods in accordance with national and international standards.

End Point Assessment

To successfully complete the apprenticeship, the learner needs to pass an independent End Point Assessment which consists of three distinct assessment methods:

Assessment Method Area Assessed Weighting
Synoptic Assessment Interview Knowledge 25%
Review of Portfolio evidence and achievements Knowledge, skills and behaviours 15%
Project showcase Knowledge, skills and behaviours 60%

An apprenticeship was always a route I wanted to go down. I was unhappy in my previous job and there was limited chance to progress. However now I can really see a future. I’m really looking forward to pushing on and reaching the next level. Everyone – GB Inspections and Skills Training UK – has been so supportive. It’s made a real difference.

William Hawksford, 24, Level 3 NDT Engineering Technician at GB Inspections Ltd

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