A New Approach to Learning NDT

August 30, 2016

 A New Approach to Learning NDT


Colleges, universities and trade schools alike are all beginning to introduce a new type of training: blended learning. This new training concept allows students to take the theory portion of their training online, and then combine that with some amount of in-class hands-on, practical training.

The NDT industry is really no different! There are online schools that offer the theoretical (textbook) portion of the learning, and then require the student to take several days of hands-on practical training either at an NDT training school or in-house at their company.

Online training is just the first step

Online training provides a great start to NDT training, but a student should not and cannot get the full training needed without physically being familiar with the equipment. Online training fulfills the necessary minimum theory training specifications, and is a great first step towards NDT certification. So how does one get the hands-on training required as well? Blended learning is the answer.



Why blended training works

This process is ideal for most NDT training situations:

a)      It allows for the students to take the theory online and then take the practical at their convenience

b)      The student only misses 2 days of work rather than 5

c)      2 days of intense practical allow the instructors to focus all their training on the equipment rather than needing to incorporate theory (it is assumed the student should know the theory)

d)      The cost is much lower because the instructor only needs to be available for 2 days instead of 5

e)      Employers only lose their employees for 2 days at a time instead of 5, thus reducing the amount of in-class requirements by 60%!

Blended Learning, as it pertains to NDT is becoming more and more prevalent because of the cost saving measures and also because most of the technicians in the industry work in either remote locations or at times that are not conducive to classroom learning. Added to that, there are only a few NDT training schools (in most cases less than one per state/province) and the convenience of being able to learn the theory when it is most convenient for the student is ideal.

There are now several institutions that are offering online NDT training and this proves not only the demand, but also the validity of the service.