Hello again. I posted a little while ago regarding a new business in NDT. On the advice of many here, I have done a little more research in my local area. I have made some contacts in my area as well that have said that if I were to attain certification, I would be considered for a contract. What I need to know is, in Canada, are you required to have a certain number of hours in order to run your own business, or can you just take the required course, write the exam, and you are then legally able to do NDT?
Also, I have been looking around at supplier of NDT equipment, and I cannot find any companies that post their prices online. You alway have to call or email them for a quote. In order to get a detailed business plan, I need two know the prices of the equipment. Can anyone recommend any suppliers that post their prices online?
For one thing, it is very hard to get prices online, because most of the NDT equipment comes from the USA and therefore subject to dollar flunctuation. Companies will be happy to give you a quote that would normally be good for a period of 30 to 90 days.
When it comes to opening your own company, it would be wise to have a general written procedure for what you intend to do. This procedure should also be approved by a Level 3 in the method.
You have been given some good advice by not only Michel, and anjafo, about procedures and quality manuals, as you can use they to form a quality system, which will show your Clients, what standards you will work to.
Which can also help you get more work. Good luck in your venture.
I imagine that certification is contractual rather than a legal requirement unless a National Board or suchlike is controlling the method application. There is no required certification for many test methods such as portable hardness testing, metallography.
In line with your previous post regarding obtaining thermograohic work, I came across published non-industrial applications of thermography - tree testing and determining animal (specifically Caribou) population size. Even you could offfer your services to commercail and residential clientele looking for heat loss from homes and offices. With such a plethora of different uses maybe conventional industrial certification is not required, though I would not skip the training (with a certificate stating satisfactory course completion) nor the quality documentation. These are evidencce of due care and professionalism to your clientele.