ECT Level I

ECT I operators should be competent to setup the relevant NDT equipment, perform the test, report and classify any indications and record the results, all in accordance with a provided written instruction. General, specific and practical training is provided and daily formative assessments are used to monitor progress and a final summative assessment is utilised to assess the success of the training programme   and to issue a proof of training document. Following the successful completion of the training programme, candidates will be eligible to write the qualification examination conducted by the Personnel Certification Body, where after industrial experience of 3 months can be gained towards personnel certification.

Practical applications / techniques

Single and multi-frequency / Material properties, coating thickness, wall loss and defect detection / Differential and absolute modes / Surface, bobbin, saddle, profiled and rotating probes

General Theory

Advantages, disadvantages and limitations / Discontinuities, indications, defects / Basic electricity, magnetism and electromagnetism / Electromagnetic induction / Coil properties and impedance / Production and nature of eddy currents / Signal detection and measurement / Inspection frequency and mode.

Specific Theory

Sample preparation / Probe and frequency selection / Inspection modes and frequency mixing / Signal response and influencing factors / Limitations / Calibration and reference samples / Calibration and system checks / Signal interpretation

Practical Skills

Performance and quality checks / Performance of tests / Characterisation of indications / Recording results / Report writing

Course notes shall be provided on first day

ECT I General and Specific Notebook / Written instructions / Questions and answer sheets / Homework


Access Conditions

Please note that RT Safety is mandatory for access to an RT 1 course and no RT 1 certificate shall be issued unless a RT Safety certificate in accordance with DOH and issued by Nelson Mandela Metropiltan University Certificate can be shown.

Direct access to the course shall be granted if the candidate has passed both mathematics and science at Grade 12 (Proof of Grade 12 – or equivalent such as N3 certificate is required).

Alternatively, the candidate shall be required to pass a Proficiency Exam for surface methods, prior to being eligible to sit the applicable NDT course.

Please note that the Proficiency test is free of charge and only assesses the basic skills relating to mathematics, science, comprehension and communication capabilities required within the applicable NDT method. The pass mark for the Proficiency test is 70%. Please contact Harold Jansen ( to ascertain availability and to make a booking.

Proficiency tests are performed on Thursdays between 8:00 and 11:00. In the case of candidates not being able to attend the Proficiency test due to transport problems, arrangements can be made to have the test e-mailed to a suitable invigilator and returned via email once completed.


Training & Initial Examination (Non Members)

ECT 1.1  & ECT 1.2
R13 650 (including VAT)

Training & Initial Examination (Corporate Members)

ECT 1.1  & ECT 1.2
R12 626 (including VAT)

Initial Certification

ECT 1.1  & ECT 1.2
R2 415 (including VAT)

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