A hands-on practical examination will be used to assess the candidate's ability to perform ultrasonic testing (UT) on a minimum number of specimens and product forms per the shear wave pressure equipment weld ISQ exam. The specimens and areas of interest contain actual or artificially-induced discontinuities representing those discontinuities found in the product type and industry sector for which qualification is sought. Candidates must locate, interpret, and evaluate discontinuities, and properly document test results. Candidates are required to pass a weld defect plot drawing examination in addition to a sample scanning and defect detection examination. Additional details may be found in the UTSW Protocol document O&G-UTSW-4 and the exam instructions O&G-UTSW-5.1 & O&G-UTSW-5.2.
The ISQ UTSW candidates shall understand that the expected prerequisite level of competency to sit for this exam is at least equal to a Level II ultrasonics certification per the guidelines in Recommended Practice No. SNT-TC-1A: Personnel Qualification and Certification in Nondestructive Testing (latest edition).
All O&G UTSW candidates shall have first successfully passed the ASNT O&G UTT qualification. This is a one-time requirement.
Candidates are expected to bring their own equipment, and to understand the protocol, instructions, and report form before arriving for the examination.
Examples of Required Equipment:
Candidates will be required to present two forms of original (no photo copies), valid (unexpired) IDs; one form as a primary ID (government issued with name, recent recognizable photo, and signature) and one form as a secondary ID (with at least a name and signature, or name and recent recognizable photo).
Safety toe shoes are required to conduct the exam.
Candidates will be required to agree to a code of ethics and ASNT terms and conditions.
For the ISQ Shear wave exam session you will not be permitted to leave for lunch, but we recommend that you bring a sack lunch to eat in the exam room. This is a 7-8 hour exam session.
Candidates who fail the exam shall meet the following conditions to apply and retake the examination: