Train in NDT professions

The NDT Inspector is a “doctor” who ensures that the material is in good health when designed.

Non-destructive testing, although relatively unfamiliar to the general public, hides an essential activity in guaranteeing product quality as well as the safety of people and goods. Industry uses physical measurement processes on a daily basis to ensure the state of “health” of the material without altering it so that it can be used over time.

Hundreds of thousands of tests are carried out every year on planes, trains, bridges, in nuclear power plants, refineries, foundries, boiler-making and on car equipment components.

The specialist NDT engineers, technicians and testing operators apply a set of test methods to materials, equipment and industrial installations. These methods include radiography, ultrasonic testing, penetrant testing and more, to detect internal or surface anomalies and prevent any failure.


There are a variety of professions in non-destructive testing. From the inspector to the engineer, the skills require at least good knowledge of and expertise in the various methods and techniques applied.  Based on the scope of the profession and its industrial environment, COFREND certification will be required. Every year in France, COFREND certifies nearly 14,000 non-destructive testing operators.


The initial training  (BEP (diploma of occupational studies), Baccalauréat, Bachelors degree, Masters degree, engineering school, etc.) is still the traditional route towards an NDT profession. The number of schools offering NDE/NDT diplomas is increasing rapidly and opening up to work-study programmes. NDE/NDT on-going training courses are ideal for people from other professions wishing to reconvert.

Academic training