Apprenticeship Standard

Non-Destructive Testing Engineer Level 6

This unique degree-level apprenticeship offered by Skills Training UK in partnership with the University of Northampton is the country’s only BSc Non-Destructive Testing (NDT).

The programme includes advanced NDT techniques such as corrosion analysis, thermographic testing, vibration analysis and advanced inspection techniques.

You will also need to complete an extended project on a topic of your choice, relating to your work in NDT.

Employers will be able to select a specialist NDT Training school for practical assessment, including Lavender International, IMechE Argyll Ruane and the South West School of NDT.

Typical Job Roles: NDT Operator



Apprenticeship Duration

3 years

Training method

Blend of online, classroom and practical

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What to expect from Skills Training UK
  • Course content customized for your organisation and its goals.
  • Support from a dedicated trainer who will support with learning, skill competency and developing evidence for assessment.
  • Individual support and mentoring to make every apprenticeship a success.
  • Access to our virtual learning environment with virtual classes, on-demand videos and tasks to reinforce learning.
What does a learner need to do?
  • Commit to the necessary time to attend classes and complete assignments.
  • Work with your tutor/supervisor to keep learning on track.
  • Undertake the necessary reading and training to deepen your NDT knowledge and develop expertise.
  • Complete the required coursework to deadline.

What is included in the Standard?


  • Interaction between NDT and other engineering functions
  • Root cause analysis
  • Health and safety
  • Defects against acceptance / rejection criteria
  • Material and product technology
  • Quality aspects and working practices
  • Consequences of failure and risk to life


  • Advanced skills in NDT methods
  • Critically apply knowledge of concepts, principles and theories of developing engineering technology
  • Responsibility for health, safety, radiation protection, environmental protection, quality, security, safeguards and principles of risk management
  • Analyse engineering problems
  • Development, operation, maintenance and progression of technologies used for NDT
  • Observe, record and draw conclusions from data and experimental evidence, recognising inherent uncertainties and limitations
  • Develop technical reports
  • Financial planning


  • Leadership – including motivating people
  • Teamwork – manage a team and to support others
  • Courage – willing to make independent decisions
  • Delivery – consistently manage activities / tasks through to timely completion
  • Respect – for the abilities of others, particularly those working under your direction
  • Ethics – to act with maturity, honesty and integrity

Eligibility criteria

Apprentices must hold a minimum of two basic NDT Level 2 methods or at least one complex method (ultrasonic, radiography, eddy current, shearography, vibration analysis, acoustic emission, oil analysis or thermography) in order to be eligible for the BSc.

Additionally, they may hold advanced NDT qualifications, such as NDT Level 3 certification. Dependent upon prior qualifications, exemptions may apply.

The course duration will depend on previous experience. Please talk to our friendly team is you would like to find out more – this course enrolls for September and January starts.

Qualifications and professional recognition

On completion of the Apprenticeship, the NDT Engineer will hold a degree (BSc Non-Destructive Testing) & will have achieved a NDT Level 3 qualification.

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

End Point Assessment

To successfully complete the apprenticeship, the learner needs to pass an independent End Point Assessment which consists of three distinct assessment methods:

Assessment Method Area Assessed Weighting
Synoptic Assessment Interview Knowledge 25%
Review of Portfolio evidence and achievements Knowledge, skills and behaviours 15%
Project showcase Knowledge, skills and behaviours 60%
NDT Engineer Apprenticeship Degree

The tutors and trainers at Skills Training UK, the University of Northampton and Argyll Ruane (IMechE) have been great and the course has been hugely beneficial to my career development. I’ve not only built on my existing knowledge of testing methods, but I have also had the opportunity to become certified as IEng within the Engineering Council.

Robert Jackson, aged 31, NDT Engineer Apprentice at IRIS NDT

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