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Non-Destructive testing is the branch of engineering concerned with all methods of detecting and evaluating flaws in materials. Flaws can affect the serviceability of the material or structure, so NDT is important in guaranteeing safe operation as well as in quality control and assessing plant life. The flaws may be cracks or inclusions in welds and castings, or variations in structural properties which can lead to loss of strength or failure in service.

Non-Destructive testing is used for in-service inspection and for condition monitoring of operating plants. It is also used for measurement of components and spacings and for the measurement of physical properties such as hardness and internal stress.

The essential feature of NDT is that the test process itself produces no deleterious effects on the material or structure under testing conditions.

The subject of NDT has no clearly defined boundaries; it ranges from simple techniques such as visual examination of surfaces, through the well-established methods of radiography, ultrasonic testing, magnetic particle crack detection, to new and very specialised techniques such as the measurement of Barkhausen noise and positron annihilation.

NDT methods can be adapted to automated production processes as well as to the inspection of localised problem areas.


DSD has received recognition from ICNDT (International Committee for Non-Destructive Testing) from 26 September 2019 and has been listed in ICNDT MRA Schedule 2 (Download: Schedule 2 & Schedule 1) as an NDT Certification Body that has met the requirements and requirements of International Standards applicable (ISO 9712 and ISO 17024). ICNDT is an independent international organization composed of countries that implement the NDT certification system and is registered and based in Vienna, Austria.

The ICNDT MRA (Multilateral Agreement on Recognition) recognition indicates that the quality of the national certification system for the NDT program, namely SPKM-NDT, is equivalent to the international certification system.


Courtesy Visits to Government Agencies, Training Centers and Non Destructive Testing (NDT) Industry in Nepal.

Date: 1st November - 4th November, 2022

Venue: Tribhuvan University Pulchowk Engineering Campus & Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) Kathmandu, Nepal

Department of Skills Development (DSD) is the only accredetation body for the scope of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) in Malaysia which has obtained MS ISO/IEC 17024:2012 accreditation (Conformity Assessment: General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification of Persons) from theDepartment of Standard Malaysia (DSM) from October 3, 2012 until now. 
DSD has also obtained recognition from ICNDT (International Committee for Non-Destructive Testing) from 2019 until now and is listed in Schedule 2 of ICNDT MRA (Multilateral Agreement on Recognition) as one of the NDT Certification Bodies that comply with International Standards (ISO 9172 and ISO 17024) ). ICNDT is an independent international organization made up of countries that have an NDT certification system.

In addition, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has appointed Malaysia through the Malaysian Nuclear Agency (ANM), which is a government agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) as a mentor to developing countries such as Nepal, in training and developing personnel in the field of NDT. Despite, ANM would like to cooperate with JPK, as the only NDT certification body in Malaysia to certify NDT personnel in the country through the NDT Skills Malaysia Certification.

Therefore, this courtesy visit has been arranged to meet the certain objectives which are to;

i. develops cooperation with training institutions and NDT industry with Nepal;
ii. making the NDT training center in Nepal as one of the International NDT Certified Centers through the NDT Certified Center in Malaysia;
iii. internationalize the Malaysian Skills Certificate (SKM) of NDT in line with recognition by ICNDT; and
iv. promote SKM NDT more widely and internationally.
Attended by:
1. Mr. Mohd Sukri bin Ismail (DSD)
2. Mr. Ahmad Muzafar bin Mamat @ Adam (DSD)
3. Mr. Mohd Aris Fathillah bin Salleh (NDT Expert, SIRIM, Bhd)
4. Dr. Ilham Mukriz bin Zainal Abidin (NDT Panel, Malaysian Nuclear Agency)

11-1June 2018 [Gothenburg, Swedeen]: SKM Internationalization Roadmap Meeting with the International Committee for NDT and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in conjunction with the European Conference on NDT