Question 1 Answer:
Yes, except for Entry Level, beginning January 1, 2009, you will receive ISO compliant certification in addition to the ASNT certification if you are eligible (see Question 9). You will need to decide in which Analyst Registry you want your name to be listed on the Technical Associates web site.
Technical Associates may contact your supervisor or manager to confirm your work responsibilities and activities for the past 5 years.
Question 2 Answer:
No, TABofC has never charged yearly fees for either the ASNT or ISO vibration analyst certification.
Question 3 Answer:
You are being certified by TABofC. ASNT uses an employer-based system with the employer being responsible for certification of their personnel. ISO does not provide vibration analysis training or certification.
Question 4 Answer:
Question 5 Answer:
Category I - 30 hours
Category II - 38 hours (68 Cumulative)
Category III - 38 hours (106 Cumulative)
Category IV - 64 hours (170 Cumulative) (Total training hours for two seminars, Analysis III and Advanced Vibration Analysis)
Question 6 Answer:
Yes, Technical Associates has now added ISO Category IV training and certification. The training necessary to cover all Category IV certification topics requires two seminars, Analysis III and Advanced. An analyst attempting to pass the Category IV exam without taking both of these seminars will find it very difficult to achieve a passing score.
Question 7 Answer:
No, Open Book Testing will no longer be available for Vibration Analyst Certification as of January 1, 2014. Only Closed Book Testing, as required by ASNT and ISO, will be offered at Technical Associates seminars. However, Balancing seminar testing will remain open book format.
Question 8 Answer:
Yes, if you submit documentation of your current ISO compliant certification, you may pursue the next higher ISO Category with TABofC.
Question 9 Answer:
As per the ISO 18436-2 standard, Category I certification is not a prerequisite for Category II. However, certification for Category III or Category IV requires previous certification at the lower category. You must have Category II certification to be eligible for Category III; and Category III certification to be eligible for Category IV.
Question 10 Answer:
ASNT certification does not expire while the ISO compliant certification is valid for a period of 5 years. TABofC can then renew ISO compliant certification for qualified individuals for subsequent 5-year periods if an analyst meets certain criteria as per the ISO 18436-2 standard.
Question 11 Answer:
There will be a $200 fee to renew ISO compliant certification. You must also submit verifiable documentation of your continued activity in the vibration analysis field and documentation of continuing education in vibration technology.
Question 12 Answer:
The individual is ultimately responsible for his renewal so please take note of the expiration date shown on your certificate. However, TABofC will attempt to notify you prior to your certification expiration date. Thus, it is very important that you keep us continually updated on any changes to your contact information (mailing address, email address, phone number, etc.). You can easily update your contact information by clicking on this link: Update Your Contact Information
Question 13 Answer:
Your ASNT or Traditional Technical Associates certification would still be valid since they do not expire. Unfortunately, if you allow your ISO compliant certification to lapse, you will need to apply for recertification. Please contact TABofC for recertification options and procedures.
Question 14 Answer:
Yes, ISO 18436-1 requires that retesting take place no sooner than 30 days after the previous exam. A candidate who fails three consecutive attempts shall be excluded from reassessment for 12 months.
Question 15 Answer:
Once you register with our Training Coordinator, you can retest on Friday morning at any of our public seminar sites. A private testing session can also be arranged at the Technical Associates office in Charlotte, NC.
A proctor (invigilator) must be present to oversee your examination.
Question 16 Answer:
Beginning January 1, 2015, the passing grade for all ISO compliant Certification exams is 70% as specified by the ISO 18436-2 Standard.
Question 17 Answer:
You would need to pass the Category IV exam given following the Advanced Vibration Analysis Seminar. The questions in this 5-hour Certification examination cover material from both the Analysis III and Advanced seminars. A notable portion of the Category IV questions will come from topics taught only in Analysis III, so attendance at both classes is strongly recommended.
Question 18 Answer:
Candidates passing the exam but not having the required amount of training hours, vibration work experience and/or lower category certification, if applicable, will be classified as “Provisional Candidates" and issued an ASNT certificate.
It will be the responsibility of these candidates to notify TABofC in writing when they meet all of the criteria required for the ISO category. At that time, such candidates will be issued full ISO compliant certification at the pursued category.
If I pass a Technical Associates Board of Certification (TABofC) exam, will I receive both ASNT and ISO compliant certificates?
Is a yearly fee required for me to maintain my ISO compliant certification with TABofC?
Am I being certified by ASNT, ISO or TABofC?
How do the ISO Categories and ASNT Levels correspond to the Technical Associates seminars?
How many training hours are recommended by ISO 18436 for each Category?
Does TABofC offer certification for Category IV in addition to Categories I, II & III?
Can I test open book as I have in the past?
Can I continue my ISO compliant certification progression with TABofC if I began certification with another training organization?
Does ISO require me to be certified at the lower Category before proceeding to the next higher Category?
How long are the ISO and ASNT compliant certifications valid?
What will the cost be to renew my ISO compliant certification?
Whose responsibility is it to ensure that I recertify every 5 years - mine or Technical Associates?
What happens if I let my ISO compliant certification lapse?
If I fail a certification exam, is there a waiting period before I can retest?
If I fail a certification exam, where can I retest?
What is the Passing Grade for ISO Categories I, II, III and IV?
How can I achieve full ISO compliant Category IV Certification from TABofC?
Why am I classified as a Provisional Candidate?