Nondestructive testing (NDT) is the examination, test, or evaluation of a part without destroying or altering the part in any way, for the purpose of determining whether conditions exist that might have an effect on the usefulness of the part. The goal of this certificate program is to prepare students for employment as high-quality entry-level technicians within the diverse industries that NDT serves.

Why Great Bay?

NDT is a rapidly growing field that includes rewarding work with many opportunities for career growth – and GBCC can get you started. Courses include a combination of classroom instruction, demonstrations, and hands–on training to support student learning.  Connect the theory to practice as you develop your skills and knowledge. Learn from a variety of NDT experts coming from a variety of industries to increase perspective and networking opportunities.

In-Depth Description

This program will provide technical training in the inspection methods most commonly used in the industries in Southern and Seacoast NH: radiography (RT), ultrasonic (UT), and liquid penetrant (PT), as well as visual inspection. The NDT courses are developed using the American Society for Nondestructive Testing, Inc, and National Aerospace Standard (NAS) to meet formal training requirements. Industry certification as an NDT Technician must be provided by the employer.

Requirements for certification as an NDT Technician include a specific number of classroom (formal) training for each inspection method, plus a specific number of hours of experience on the job. This program is designed to meet the requirements of classroom hours for level II technicians without previous level 1 certification. On the job experience must be completed after being hired by the company who will do the actual certification.

Dual Enrollment: Students enrolled in the NDT Certificate program may elect to enroll in the Associate Degree in Technical Studies. Dual enrollment is contingent upon active or graduate status of the certificate. Completion of the NDT certificate satisfies the requirement for the technical specialty core of the Technical Studies degree.

This certificate program is offered at our Rochester Campus.

Certificate Program First Semester

Course IDCourseTheoryLabCredits
ACM120GTechnical Blueprint Reading122

Quantitative Reasoning

OR Quantitative Reasoning Plus


Intro to Nondestructive Testing

CIS110G / (CIS107G)

Introduction to Computers OR (Essentials of Computer Literacy)








Manufacturing Ethics

Total Credits13-15

Additional Coursework

Course IDCourseTheoryLabCredits
ACM254GQuality Inspection and CMM Operator223
NDT Methods courses     Select 10 credits:
NDT212GUltrasonic Inspection 324
NDT214GRadiographic Testing324
NDT210GLiquid Penetrant Testing122
NDT205GVisual Testing303
NDT211GMagnetic Particle Testing202
NDT215GDigital Radiographic Testing303
NDT220GEddy Current Testing324
Total for Second Semester and Methods Courses13

Certificate Total : 26-28

Curriculum Recommendations

A higher-level CIS course may be substituted for CIS110G Introduction to Computers. Recommended substitutions are CIS111G Computer Technologies, or CIS156G Computer Applications in Business.

A higher MATH course may be substituted for MATH145G Quantitative Reasoning.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Complete an application for the
  2. Provide proof of high school completion or
  3. Provide an official copy of prior college transcripts if

Prior experience in or knowledge of manufacturing is recommended.

Health and Safety Considerations

The program includes work in a nondestructive testing lab where potentially hazardous equipment and materials are used. Students will be taught industry standards for safety and will be expected to follow all safety procedures. Personal protective equipment must be worn. Students will provide their own safety glasses and boots or shoes.

Technical Standards

This program includes work in manufacturing labs and requires participants to physically perform the functions of reaching, walking, climbing, and standing, safely lifting up to 20 lbs., the ability to hear equipment and alarms, and ability to visually inspect parts.

Program Outcomes

The goal of the NDT Technology certificate is to prepare students for entry-level jobs in nondestructive testing. Students completing the program may continue to earn an Associate Degree in Technical Studies. After successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Meet the number of hours of classroom training required for certification once on the job training is done with an
  • Explain the skills, knowledge, ability, and qualifications required of the NDT
  • Understand the origins and classifications of discontinuities.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with the principles and practices of the applicable test method and techniques, including ability to process parts, document results, and perform equipment standardization in accordance with approved work
  • Demonstrate ability to properly perform a field calibration test and adjustment, evaluation for acceptance or rejection determinations according to written instructions, and record results.
  • Demonstrate the ability to carry out the duties of an entry level NDT technician or NDT trainee.
  • Select and explain appropriate testing methods for various situations and explain advantages and limitations of that


Contact an Admissions Representative at (603) 427-7600 ex 7500 or gbadmissions@ccsnh.edu