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Industrial Radiography Certification

Industrial radiography (IR) is the process of performing nondestructive testing of materials using radiation from a radioactive materials source or a radiation-producing machine.  The potential for harmful radiation exposure to the industrial radiographer, to other workers, and to the general public exists if the radioactive material or x-ray machine is not handled properly.  Statistics show that more radiation-related accidents occur in this industry than in any other. 

In an attempt to ensure that industrial radiographers are familiar with appropriate radiation safety procedures and thereby reduce the number of accidents, states and NRC have adopted regulations requiring industrial radiographers to attend a radiation safety course, complete a specified number of on-the-job training hours, and successfully complete a written examination prior to being certified.  In order to facilitate the certification of industrial radiographers, 10 states and the American Society for Nondestructive Testing, Inc. (ASNT) have nationally recognized certification programs.  CRCPD's G-34 Committee on Industrial Radiography is active in issues regarding IR certification. 

Industrial Radiography efforts:

Certifying entities:

 

CRCPD brokers Industrial Radiographer Certification examinations created by Texas for state certifying programs.

   

A List of States and Contact Information appears below along with information about obtaining certification examinations through CRCPD.

   

 

  double arrow red bullettASNT is recognized by CRCPD as an independent certifying organization. 
 

CRCPD National Materials Program Pilot Project (NMP) National Industrial Radiography Certification Program

 

The purpose of this Pilot Project was to have the CRCPD, through the G-34 Committee on Industrial Radiography, serve as the lead organization for the oversight of all activities associated with a national industrial radiographer certification program.   The final report for this project was submitted and can be found at the Leaving crcpd.orgNRC National Materials Program website.

Central certification promotes the efficient use of resources and expertise. Individual states do not have to do independent reviews in order to determine whether to recognize a new state or an Independent Certifying Organization. Having comparable programs nationwide encourages the uniform acceptance of cards and what they mean. This helps to accommodate the mobile nature of the industrial radiography industry.  Building off of the NMP Pilot Project, the G-34 Committee on Industrial Radiography is developing procedures to review state certification programs.

Overview of the Pilot Project 
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CRCPD's G-34 Committee on Industrial Radiography

 

Provides states with recommendations and guidance on the regulation of industrial radiography, and in the testing of radiographers for certification.

CRCPD brokers Industrial Radiographer Certification examinations used by the following states (except for Texas) in their certification programs:

Note:
RAM = Radioactive Materials Only;
X-RAY = X-Ray Machines Only;
Both = a combination of Radioactive Materials and X-Ray Machines

Alabama
Certifications offered: RAM, X-RAY, Both
Contact person: David Turberville
Telephone: (334) 206-5391 or 1-800-582-1866 (in Alabama)
E-mail: dturberville@adph.state.al.us
Leaving crcpd.orgwww.adph.org/RADIATION/Default.asp?DeptId=127&TemplateId=2250&TemplateNbr=3


Georgia
Certifications offered: RAM
Contact person: Eric Jameson
Telephone: (404) 362-2675
E-mail: ejameson@dnr.state.ga.us

Illinois
Certifications offered: RAM, X-RAY, Both
Contact person: Paul Brown
Telephone: (217) 785-9978
E-mail: paul.h.brown@illinois.gov

Iowa
Certifications offered: RAM, X-RAY, Both
Contact person:Tonya Osman
Telephone: (515) 281-0403
E-mail: tonya.osman@idph.iowa.gov

Louisiana
Certifications offered: RAM, X-RAY, Both
Contact person: Melanie Bauder
Telephone: (225) 219-3647
E-mail: melanie.bauder@la.gov

Maine
Certifications offered: RAM, X-RAY, Both
Primary contact person: Thomas Hillman
Telephone: (207) 287-8401
E-mail: tom.hillman@maine.gov
Secondary contact person: Jean Geslin
Telephone: (207) 287-8404
E-mail: jean.geslin@maine.gov

North Dakota
Certifications offered: RAM, X-RAY, Both
Contact person:
Telephone: (701) 328-5188
E-mail: jlawson@nd.gov
Additional information: The North Dakota Radiation Control Program does not
administer these exams on a set schedule. For the most part, radiographer
safety examinations are provided once per year, usually in the spring.

Oklahoma
Certifications offered: RAM and Both
Contact person: Julia Ralston
Telephone: (405) 702-5168
E-mail: julia.ralston@deq.state.ok.us

Texas
Certifications offered: RAM, X-RAY, Both
Contact person: Bridget Stephens
Telephone: (512) 834-6688 ext. 2229
Email: bridget.stephens@dshs.state.tx.us
Leaving crcpd.orgwww.dshs.state.tx.us/radiation/ir.shtm

 

For information regarding contracting with CRCPD to receive Industrial Radiography examinations for your state's certification program, contact Sue Smith at CRCPD: ssmith@crcpd.org, Tele: 502/227-4543, Ext. 2228.