EN 473/NORDTEST Scheme

Certification of personel for Non Destructive Testing

The EN 473/Nordtest scheme for certification of NDT personnel is based on the European standard EN 473 (Qualification and certification of NDT personnel - General principles) and is supplemented with the elements needed to make the scheme an independent operative system. The bodies that certifies according to the EN 473/Nordtest scheme shall also fulfil the requirement of EN 45013 (General criteria for certification bodies operating certification of personnel) and they have to be accredited.


Certifying Bodies

There are five certifying bodies in the Nordic countries who administrate the procedures for issuing the certificates for NDT personel according to the requirements of the standards.


Nordtest EN 473 certificates

Ultimo 2011 11.742 certificates were valid (maximum 5 years old). This is a growth of 50 % in ten years. The figure shows the development. The curve is both new issued with exam and reissued without exam and for all three levels of certification.nordtest-ndt certificates 2011


Nordtest Scheme ctr ISO 9712

The comparisons between the standards EN 473/Nordtest and ISO 9712 shows small (marginal) differences and some of the certification bodies in Europe is accredited for both. These bodies issues certificates containing both standards and in the certificates they refers to own detailed handbooks of instructions which fulfils the requirements from both systems.



Nordtest Technical Group (NTG)

The NTG will convene once a year in a participating country. 
The responsibilities of the NTG are:

• to advice the NICe board on all issues related to the Nordtest Sampler Certification Scheme
• to perform simple maintenance of the scheme
• to suggest required maintenance and development of the scheme, including the scheme handbook, to the NICe board
• to promote international collaboration for the scheme
• to suggest appointments of new members of the NTG to the NICe board
• to initiate regular (normally annually) joint Nordic Baltic seminars for the course units and certifying bodies as applies.




Nordtest Technical Group for NDT (TG-NDT) consist of one representative from each Nordic country. TG-NDT acts as a forum for discussion for operation and development of the EN473/Nordtest Scheme. TG-NDT also acts as advisor for the Boards within the field of this certification. The responsiobility for preparing all necessary documents for the Nordtest Scheme.


Certifying bodies

Certifying Body in Denmark

Agern Allé 5
DK-2970 Hørsholm
Contact Jette Bjerre Hansen
Tel. +45 4516 9200
Mail jbh  @  dhigroup.com
Web www.dhigroup.com

Scope Groundwater, soil and solid waste 

Certifying Body in Sweden 

Campus Gräsvik 1
SE-371 75 Karlskrona
Contact Magnus Jerlmark
Tel +46 (0) 455 305600 
email  office  @ swedcert.se
Web www.swedcert.se

Scope: bottom sediment, groundwater, soil, solid waste, solid sludge and waste water




Sampling Scheme Handbook

Scheme principles

The procedures of this handbook describe the principles of the Nordtest personnel certification scheme for samplers. The scheme is available for operation in all Nordic and Baltic countries.

The certification scheme is established according to the globally accepted process of assessment, subsequent surveillance and periodic reassessment of the competences for certified persons. The certification scheme and the certification bodies connected to this scheme shall meet the requirements of ISO/IEC 17024.

This scheme handbook presents the organisation and framework of the scheme. A collection of supporting documents related to competence, performance and sampling requirements and to the certification process is included as appendix normative with the same status as the handbook.

The handbook kan be downloaded for free here.


Nordtest is a trademark of Nordic cooperation in conformity assessment. The emphasis of Nordtest is to develop, promote and innovate Nordic test methods and pre-normative activity. Nordtest endeavours to remove technical barriers to trade and promotes the concept: “Approved once, accepted everywhere”.