Apprenticeship Standard

Non-Destructive Testing Operator Level 2

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Operators are responsible for performing inspections of materials, components or welds to verify their integrity under set conditions.

You will learn about product technology, engineering, inspection techniques and health and safety. The skills developed by an NDT Operator, whilst singularly focused on one NDT method, are transferable across all engineering sectors such as manufacturing, power generation, transport, oil and gas and defence.

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

14 months

Training method

Blend of online and classroom

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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 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?


  • Health and safety
  • In-depth knowledge of one NDT method and awareness of others
  • Defects against acceptance / rejection criteria
  • Material and product technology
  • Quality aspects and working practices
  • Consequences of failure and risk to life


  • Health and Safety competencies such as working at heights and in confined spaces
  • Carry out inspections using one method from list below:
    • Ultrasonic Testing
    • Radiographic Testing
    • Eddy Current Testing
    • Infrared Thermography Testing
    • Magnetic Particle Testing
    • Penetrant Testing
    • Visual Testing
  • Carry out inspections which
  • reveal defects
  • ensure safe operation of equipment
  • Exhibit environmental awareness
  • Disciplined approach to industry standard operations


  • Communication – communicate effectively with senior NDT staff.
  • Teamwork – to work effectively in a team and to support others.
  • Delivery – to consistently see things through to timely completion.
  • Common sense – to consistently apply knowledge and experience with balance.
  • Influence – have a positive impact without relying on others.
  • Ethics – to act with maturity, honesty, integrity and responsibility.

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 one method 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
Observational Interview (Professional discussion) Knowledge 40%
Review of Portfolio evidence and achievements Knowledge, skills and behaviours
Project showcase Knowledge, skills and behaviours 60%

I never thought when I left school that I’d be doing physics and things like that. But it’s practical, on the job learning. I’d rather be getting hands on experience.

Tyler Sharrock, GB Inspections Ltd

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