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Non-Destructive Testing Engineer

Testing materials used in machinery and structures to find faults like corrosion, cracks and other imperfections.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


6 (equivalent to bachelor's degree)

Typical length
48 months
Current funding band
Up to £27,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

Typically, candidates will either have achieved:

  • grades A to C in three A levels, including maths and a science or engineering subject, or
  • a minimum of three Non-destructive testing (NDT) level 2 methods, including at least one complex method
  • advanced NDT qualifications, such as NDT level 3 certification
What apprentices will learn
  • analysing engineering problems, selecting and using mathematical and theoretical data to provide suitable NDT solutions
  • observing, recording and drawing conclusions from data and experimental evidence
  • creating technical reports that meet the requirements of the prevailing verification process
  • applying the standards and procedures for NDT as required by the industry sector
  • managing projects and contributing to financial planning
  • Bachelor's degree in science (BSc NDT) or Bachelor's degree in engineering (BEng NDT)
  • apprentices without level 2 (equivalent to GCSE grades 9 to 4 or A* to C) English and maths will need to achieve this before taking the end-point assessment
Professional registration

Apprentices will be eligible to apply for professional registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and membership of the British Institute of NDT.

How apprentices are assessed

A government-approved organisation must assess apprentices towards the end of their apprenticeship.

This end-point assessment ensures apprentices achieve the skills, training and any qualifications necessary to complete their apprenticeship.

You can download the assessment plan from the Institute for Apprenticeships. There are no end-point assessment organisations for this apprenticeship yet. Please email if you urgently need an end-point assessment organisation.

More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.