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RCI-1 Approved Inquiries


This section provides a complete list of inquiries received for RCI-1 and the replies approved by the National Board Committee on Qualifications for Inspection.

A request for the Committee on Qualifications for Inspection to consider an Inquiry may be submitted to the Secretary of the Committee on Qualifications for Inspection at SecretaryCQI@nationalboard.org

Each inquiry references the edition applicable to the committee response and approval. Use of inquiries, for other than the approved edition, may not be appropriate for reference.

 


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2021 Edition Inquiries

Inquiry
Edition, Part, Paragraph
Subject
RCI-21-01
2021 & 2019, Parts 4 & 5, 4-1.1.3, 5-2.4
Remote Performance Audit of Authorized Inspectors and Repair Inspectors

INQUIRY RCI-21-01

Subject: Remote Performance Audit of Authorized Inspectors, as defined in RCI-1 Part 4, paragraph 4-0, and Repair Inspectors

Edition: 2021 & 2019, Parts 4 & 5, 4-1.1.3, 5-2.4

Question: Under what conditions may the appropriately qualified Supervisor conduct the required performance audit of assigned Inspectors when the Authorized Inspector Supervisor, as defined in RCI-1 paragraph 4-0, or Repair Inspector Supervisor/Technical Manager is unable to be physically present at the assigned shop or field site where the Inspector has been actively engaged in performing authorized inspection and repair inspection activities?

Reply: It is the opinion of the Committee that the Authorized Inspector Supervisors and Repair Inspector Supervisors/Technical Managers (Supervisor) may conduct the performance audits required in Part 4 paragraph 4-1.1.3 and Part 5 paragraph 5-2.4 when they are unable to be physically present at the shop or field site location under the following conditions:

  1. The Supervisor is prevented from physically being present at the location due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
  2. The audit activity is live streamed using audio-video technology, and the Supervisor, Inspector and appropriate shop or field personnel must be able to view and hear the live feed of the event in real time.
  3. The Authorized Inspection Agency shall have documented procedures established that include, as a minimum, the following controls:
     
    1. Supervisor responsibility to ensure access to the required audio-video technology, and adequate connectivity required to execute the activity in an acceptable manner.
    2. Supervisor responsibility to facilitate and coordinate the remote activity with the assigned Inspector and appropriate shop or site personnel to ensure that the activity can be conducted in an effective and meaningful manner. The Supervisor shall ensure that access to all applicable and required Certificate Holder documentation can be provided.
    3. Documentation of audio-video recording checks at the start and conclusion of the activity to confirm the quality of the live audio-video feed, and provisions for the Supervisor to terminate the activity if at any time the audio-video feed is determined to be unacceptable. The live stream shall be demonstrated to have a minimum resolution capability of 1/32 in. (0.8 mm) and light intensity equivalent to at least 100 fc. (1076 lux).
    4. Defined audio-video recording file identification and retention requirements. As a minimum the file(s) shall be identified with the time, date and location of the recording. The file shall be retained until the audit is complete and any required follow-up has been documented as resolved.
    5. Mandated adherence to quality program requirements for documentation of the activity, such as the use of required checklists, written reports and follow-up activities, and a requirement that the written report indicate that the activity was completed remotely, with reference to this Inquiry number.
    6. Defined responsibilities for documentation in the Inspector’s Diary all remote Supervisor duties performed and the entry shall include, at a minimum, the following:
       
      1. Type of supervisor audit activity performed.
      2. The name, title, and location of each person that participated in the audit activity.
      3. Confirmation that the activity was performed using live audio-video conferencing technology and this Inquiry number.

      If the assigned Inspector’s diary is not available, then the information shall be recorded in an alternate diary. The provisions of which shall be described in the AIA’s quality procedures.
The provisions of this Inquiry will expire May 31, 2021.

 

2019 Edition Inquiries

Inquiry
Edition, Part, Paragraph
Subject
RCI-21-01
2021 & 2019, Parts 4 & 5, 4-1.1.3, 5-2.4
Remote Performance Audit of Authorized Inspectors and Repair Inspectors

INQUIRY RCI-21-01

Subject: Remote Performance Audit of Authorized Inspectors, as defined in RCI-1 Part 4, paragraph 4-0, and Repair Inspectors

Edition: 2021 & 2019, Parts 4 & 5, 4-1.1.3, 5-2.4

Question: Under what conditions may the appropriately qualified Supervisor conduct the required performance audit of assigned Inspectors when the Authorized Inspector Supervisor, as defined in RCI-1 paragraph 4-0, or Repair Inspector Supervisor/Technical Manager is unable to be physically present at the assigned shop or field site where the Inspector has been actively engaged in performing authorized inspection and repair inspection activities?

Reply: It is the opinion of the Committee that the Authorized Inspector Supervisors and Repair Inspector Supervisors/Technical Managers (Supervisor) may conduct the performance audits required in Part 4 paragraph 4-1.1.3 and Part 5 paragraph 5-2.4 when they are unable to be physically present at the shop or field site location under the following conditions:

  1. The Supervisor is prevented from physically being present at the location due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
  2. The audit activity is live streamed using audio-video technology, and the Supervisor, Inspector and appropriate shop or field personnel must be able to view and hear the live feed of the event in real time.
  3. The Authorized Inspection Agency shall have documented procedures established that include, as a minimum, the following controls:
     
    1. Supervisor responsibility to ensure access to the required audio-video technology, and adequate connectivity required to execute the activity in an acceptable manner.
    2. Supervisor responsibility to facilitate and coordinate the remote activity with the assigned Inspector and appropriate shop or site personnel to ensure that the activity can be conducted in an effective and meaningful manner. The Supervisor shall ensure that access to all applicable and required Certificate Holder documentation can be provided.
    3. Documentation of audio-video recording checks at the start and conclusion of the activity to confirm the quality of the live audio-video feed, and provisions for the Supervisor to terminate the activity if at any time the audio-video feed is determined to be unacceptable. The live stream shall be demonstrated to have a minimum resolution capability of 1/32 in. (0.8 mm) and light intensity equivalent to at least 100 fc. (1076 lux).
    4. Defined audio-video recording file identification and retention requirements. As a minimum the file(s) shall be identified with the time, date and location of the recording. The file shall be retained until the audit is complete and any required follow-up has been documented as resolved.
    5. Mandated adherence to quality program requirements for documentation of the activity, such as the use of required checklists, written reports and follow-up activities, and a requirement that the written report indicate that the activity was completed remotely, with reference to this Inquiry number.
    6. Defined responsibilities for documentation in the Inspector’s Diary all remote Supervisor duties performed and the entry shall include, at a minimum, the following:
       
      1. Type of supervisor audit activity performed.
      2. The name, title, and location of each person that participated in the audit activity.
      3. Confirmation that the activity was performed using live audio-video conferencing technology and this Inquiry number.

      If the assigned Inspector’s diary is not available, then the information shall be recorded in an alternate diary. The provisions of which shall be described in the AIA’s quality procedures.
The provisions of this Inquiry will expire May 31, 2021.
RCI-19-08
2019, Part 7, 7-4.4
Code of Ethics

INQUIRY RCI-19-08

Subject: Code of Ethics

Edition: 2019, Part 7, 7-4.4

Question: Can commissioned inspectors providing inspection services through AIA, which is a legal entity under a corporate structure/arrangement, inspect work that includes Certifying Engineer Services provided by another legal entity under the same corporate structure/arrangement for a User to certify the User’s Design Specification/revised User’s Design Specification in the case of alterations?

Reply: No.

RCI-19-07
2019, Part 7, 7-4.4
Code of Ethics

INQUIRY RCI-19-07

Subject: Code of Ethics

Edition: 2019, Part 7, 7-4.4

Question: Can an Authorized Inspector (AI) under an AIA who is also a Certifying Engineer (registered professional engineer) provide certification service for a User's Design Specification which is subsequently to be used by an ASME U2 Certificate Holder to construct a Class 2 vessel and inspected by the same AIA, but different AI?

Reply: No.

RCI-19-06
2019, Part 1, Table 1
NB-380 IS Course Class Requirement

INQUIRY RCI-19-06

Subject: NB-380 IS Course Class Requirement

Edition: NB-380 & 2019 RCI-1, Part 1, Table 1

Question: May the requirement for the successful completion of the National Board’s Inservice Commission Course described in NB-380, National Board Inservice Inspector Training Program, and RCI-1, Table 1 be waived?

Reply: No.

RCI-19-05 REVISED
2019, Part 1, 1-3.3
REVISED OCTOBER 16, 2020 - Extension of Application Period

INQUIRY RCI-19-05 REVISED - OCTOBER 16, 2020

Subject: Extension of Application Period

Edition: 2019, Part 1, 1-3.3

Question: If a candidate for endorsement that has passed the examination is unable to complete on the job training because of work slowdowns or stoppages that are caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, may the requirement specified in RCI-1 paragraph 1-3.3 to apply for the endorsement no later than two years after passing the examination be extended by six months?

Reply: Extensions of the application period have been authorized by the Board of Trustees on a case by case basis. Requests for extensions shall be made through the Executive Director.

RCI-19-05
2019, Part 1, 1-3.3
SEE RCI-19-05-REVISED - Extension of Application Period

INQUIRY RCI-19-05 - SEE RCI-19-05-REVISED

Subject: Extension of Application Period

Edition: 2019, Part 1, 1-3.3

Question: If a candidate for endorsement that has passed the examination is unable to complete on the job training because of work slowdowns or stoppages that are caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, may the requirement specified in RCI-1 paragraph 1-3.3 to apply for the endorsement no later than two years after passing the examination be extended by six months?

Reply: No.

RCI-19-04
2019, Part 7, 7-4.4
Code of Ethics

INQUIRY RCI-19-04

Subject: Code of Ethics

Edition: 2019, Part 7, 7-4.4

Question 1: Does RCI-1, paragraph 7-4.4 prohibit an AIA from providing authorized inspection or repair inspection services to a Certificate Holder for Code work when the AIA’s corporate structure includes an organization that also provides NDE training and examination services to the Certificate Holder for qualification of NDE personnel performing NDE required for Code work (e.g. NDE Level II or III), even though the Authorized Inspector and/or Repair Inspector and their AIS or Repair Inspector Supervisor/Technical Manager is not directly involved with the NDE training and/or examination services being provided?

Reply 1: Yes.

Question 2: Does RCI-1, paragraph 7-4.4 prohibit an AIA from providing authorized inspection or repair inspection services to a Certificate Holder for Code work when the AIA’s Authorized Inspector and/or Repair Inspector or their AIS or Repair Inspector Supervisor/Technical Manager are directly involved with the NDE training and examination services to the Certificate Holder for qualification of NDE personnel performing NDE required for Code work (e.g. NDE Level II or III)?

Reply 2: Yes.

RCI-19-03
2019, Part 7, 7-4.3, 7-4.4
Code of Ethics

INQUIRY RCI-19-03

Subject: Code of Ethics

Edition: 2019, Part 7, 7-4.3, 7-4.4

Question: Can Authorized and/or Repair Inspectors providing inspection services through an AIA, which is a legal entity under a corporate structure/arrangement, inspect work that includes Certifying Engineer Services provided by another legal entity under the same corporate structure/arrangement?

Reply: No.

RCI-19-02 REVISION 2
2019, Parts 4 & 5, 4-2, 5-3
REVISION 2, FEBRUARY 2, 2021 - Remote Inspections

INQUIRY RCI-19-02, REVISION 2 - FEBRUARY 2, 2021

Subject: Remote Inspections

Edition: 2019, Part 4, 4-2, Part 5, 5-3

Question: Under what conditions may the Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector perform inspections of boilers and pressure vessels as required in RCI-1, Paragraphs 4-2 & 5-3, remotely when the Authorized Inspector is unable to be physically present at the shop or field site location?

Reply: It is the opinion of the Committee that the Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector may perform inspections of boilers and pressure vessels remotely when the Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector is unable to be physically present at the shop or field site location where construction, fabrication or Repairs or Alterations are occurring under the following conditions:

  1. The Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector is prohibited from physically being present at the location due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
  2. The inspection event is streamed live via video and two-way audio and the Inspector shall view the live feed of the event in real time.
  3. The Authorized Inspector Supervisor/Repair Inspector Supervisor/Technical Manager shall review and accept all requests in which this Inquiry will be used to conduct remote inspection activities as provided for in paragraph d) 4.
  4. The Manufacturer/R Stamp Holder:
    1. Shall have the capability to stream live video and audio from the shop or field location.
    2. Shall coordinate with their Authorized Inspection Agency so that the Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector is available to witness and direct the live stream video of the inspection activity.
    3. Shall facilitate the remote inspection activity. This includes providing access to the video technology and connectivity required to execute the inspection activity in a manner acceptable to the Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector.
    4. Shall, at the start and conclusion of each inspection event, perform an audio-video recording check to establish the level of quality of the live video and audio feed. The equipment used in the inspection shall be demonstrated to have a minimum resolution capability of 1/32 in. (0.8 mm) and light intensity equivalent to at least 100 fc (1076 lux). The level of quality shall be acceptable to the Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector and the Authorized Inspector Supervisor/Repair Inspector Supervisor/Technical Manager.
    5. Shall assure that the video and audio can be recalled and viewed upon request.
    6. Shall provide for the Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector to have access to all documentation needed to evaluate and confirm compliance of the specific inspection activity being performed.
    7. Shall identify the video file with the time, date, location, and the job or work order number, and shall retain the file, without edits or alteration by any means, until the Data Report/ R Form is certified.
    8. The data report/ R form shall be registered with the National Board.
  5. The Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector:
    1. Shall be present for the full duration of the live video inspection activity.
    2. Shall have access to all documentation necessary to evaluate and confirm compliance of the specific inspection activity being performed.
    3. Shall have the ability to direct the remote inspection in a manner that the Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector can be satisfied that the specific inspection activity is in compliance with the applicable ASME Code/ NBIC criteria, and the Certificate Holders documentation.
    4. Shall enter into the Inspector’s Diary, as a minimum:
      1. Type of activity performed.
      2. The name, title, and location of personnel involved in the activity.
      3. The Authorized Inspector Supervisor/Repair Inspector Supervisor/Technical Manager acceptance of use of this Inquiry and the initial demonstration of the equipment used by the Certificate Holder. See paragraph d) 4.
      4. Confirmation that the activity was performed using live videoconference technology and this Inquiry number.

      If the assigned inspector’s diary is not available, then the information shall be recorded in an alternate inspector’s diary. The provisions of which shall be described in the AIA’s Quality Program.

  6. The Authorized Inspector Supervisor/Repair Inspector Supervisor/Technical Manager shall include the review of the use of this Inquiry during the annual audit of the Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector.
  7. The Certificate Holder’s Quality Control System policies, procedures, forms, and checklists that were established for use during physical on-site visits shall be followed.
  8. This Inquiry number shall be recorded on the inspection form, traveler, or inspection checklist and in the Remarks Section of the Manufacturer’s Data Report or R Form as appropriate.

The provisions of this Inquiry will expire MAY 31, 2021.

RCI-19-02 REVISION 1
2019, Parts 4 & 5, 4-2, 5-3
SEE RCI-19-02, REVISION 2 - Remote Inspections

INQUIRY RCI-19-02, REVISION 1 - SEE RCI-19-02, REVISION 2

Subject: Remote Inspections

Edition: 2019, Part 4, 4-2, Part 5, 5-3

Question: Under what conditions may the Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector perform inspections of boilers and pressure vessels as required in RCI-1, Paragraphs 4-2 & 5-3, remotely when the Authorized Inspector is unable to be physically present at the shop or field site location?

Reply: It is the opinion of the Committee that the Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector may perform inspections of boilers and pressure vessels remotely when the Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector is unable to be physically present at the shop or field site location where construction, fabrication or Repairs or Alterations are occurring under the following conditions:

  1. The Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector is prohibited from physically being present at the location due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
  2. The inspection event is streamed live via video and two-way audio and the Inspector shall view the live feed of the event in real time.
  3. The Authorized Inspector Supervisor/Repair Inspector Supervisor/Technical Manager shall review and accept all requests in which this Inquiry will be used to conduct remote inspection activities as provided for in paragraph d) 4.
  4. The Manufacturer/R Stamp Holder:
    1. Shall have the capability to stream live video and audio from the shop or field location.
    2. Shall coordinate with their Authorized Inspection Agency so that the Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector is available to witness and direct the live stream video of the inspection activity.
    3. Shall facilitate the remote inspection activity. This includes providing access to the video technology and connectivity required to execute the inspection activity in a manner acceptable to the Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector.
    4. Shall, at the start and conclusion of each inspection event, perform an audio-video recording check to establish the level of quality of the live video and audio feed. The equipment used in the inspection shall be demonstrated to have a minimum resolution capability of 1/32 in. (0.8 mm) and light intensity equivalent to at least 100 fc (1076 lux). The level of quality shall be acceptable to the Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector and the Authorized Inspector Supervisor/Repair Inspector Supervisor/Technical Manager.
    5. Shall assure that the video and audio can be recalled and viewed upon request.
    6. Shall provide for the Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector to have access to all documentation needed to evaluate and confirm compliance of the specific inspection activity being performed.
    7. Shall identify the video file with the time, date, location, and the job or work order number, and shall retain the file, without edits or alteration by any means, until the Data Report/ R Form is certified.
    8. The data report/ R form shall be registered with the National Board.
  5. The Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector:
    1. Shall be present for the full duration of the live video inspection activity.
    2. Shall have access to all documentation necessary to evaluate and confirm compliance of the specific inspection activity being performed
    3. Shall have the ability to direct the remote inspection in a manner that the Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector can be satisfied that the specific inspection activity is in compliance with the applicable ASME Code/ NBIC criteria, and the Certificate Holders documentation.
    4. Shall enter into the Inspector’s Diary, as a minimum:
      1. Type of activity performed.
      2. The name, title, and location of personnel involved in the activity.
      3. The Authorized Inspector Supervisor/Repair Inspector Supervisor/Technical Manager acceptance of use of this Inquiry and the initial demonstration of the equipment used by the Certificate Holder. See paragraph d) 4.
      4. Confirmation that the activity was performed using live videoconference technology and this Inquiry number.

      If the assigned inspector’s diary is not available, then the information shall be recorded in an alternate inspector’s diary. The provisions of which shall be described in the AIA’s Quality Program.

  6. The Authorized Inspector Supervisor/Repair Inspector Supervisor/Technical Manager shall include the review of the use of this Inquiry during the annual audit of the Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector.
  7. The Certificate Holder’s Quality Control System policies, procedures, forms, and checklists that were established for use during physical on-site visits shall be followed.
  8. This Inquiry number shall be recorded on the inspection form, traveler, or inspection checklist and in the Remarks Section of the Manufacturer’s Data Report or R Form as appropriate.

The provisions of this Inquiry will expire February 15, 2021.

RCI-19-02
2019, Parts 4 & 5, 4-2, 5-3
SEE RCI-19-02, REVISION 2 - Remote Inspections

INQUIRY RCI-19-02 - SEE RCI-19-02, REVISION 2

Subject: Remote Inspections

Edition: 2019, Part 4, 4-2, Part 5, 5-3

Question: Under what conditions may the Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector perform inspections of boilers and pressure vessels as required in RCI-1, Paragraphs 4-2 & 5-3, remotely when the Authorized Inspector is unable to be physically present at the shop or field site location?

Reply: It is the opinion of the Committee that the Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector may perform inspections of boilers and pressure vessels remotely when the Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector is unable to be physically present at the shop or field site location where construction, fabrication or Repairs or Alterations are occurring under the following conditions:

  1. The Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector is prohibited from physically being present at the location due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
  2. The inspection event is streamed live via video and two-way audio and the Inspector shall view the live feed of the event in real time.
  3. The Authorized Inspector Supervisor/Repair Inspector Supervisor/Technical Manager shall review and accept all requests in which this Inquiry will be used to conduct remote inspection activities as provided for in paragraph d) 4.
  4. The Manufacturer/R Stamp Holder:
    1. Shall have the capability to stream live video and audio from the shop or field location.
    2. Shall coordinate with their Authorized Inspection Agency so that the Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector is available to witness and direct the live stream video of the inspection activity.
    3. Shall facilitate the remote inspection activity. This includes providing access to the video technology and connectivity required to execute the inspection activity in a manner acceptable to the Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector.
    4. Shall, at the start and conclusion of each inspection event, perform an audio-video recording check to establish the level of quality of the live video and audio feed. The equipment used in the inspection shall be demonstrated to have a minimum resolution capability of 1/32 in. (0.8 mm) and light intensity equivalent to at least 100 fc (1076 lux). The level of quality shall be acceptable to the Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector and the Authorized Inspector Supervisor/Repair Inspector Supervisor/Technical Manager.
    5. Shall assure that the video and audio can be recalled and viewed upon request.
    6. Shall provide for the Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector to have access to all documentation needed to evaluate and confirm compliance of the specific inspection activity being performed.
    7. Shall identify the video file with the time, date, location, and the job or work order number, and shall retain the file, without edits or alteration by any means, until the Data Report/ R Form is certified.
    8. The data report/ R form shall be registered with the National Board.
  5. The Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector:
    1. Shall be present for the full duration of the live video inspection activity.
    2. Shall have access to all documentation necessary to evaluate and confirm compliance of the specific inspection activity being performed
    3. Shall have the ability to direct the remote inspection in a manner that the Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector can be satisfied that the specific inspection activity is in compliance with the applicable ASME Code/ NBIC criteria, and the Certificate Holders documentation.
    4. Shall enter into the Inspector’s Diary, as a minimum:
      1. Type of activity performed.
      2. The name, title, and location of personnel involved in the activity.
      3. The Authorized Inspector Supervisor/Repair Inspector Supervisor/Technical Manager acceptance of use of this Inquiry and the initial demonstration of the equipment used by the Certificate Holder. See paragraph d) 4.
      4. Confirmation that the activity was performed using live videoconference technology and this Inquiry number.

      If the assigned inspector’s diary is not available, then the information shall be recorded in an alternate inspector’s diary. The provisions of which shall be described in the AIA’s Quality Program.

  6. The Authorized Inspector Supervisor/Repair Inspector Supervisor/Technical Manager shall include the review of the use of this Inquiry during the annual audit of the Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector.
  7. The Certificate Holder’s Quality Control System policies, procedures, forms, and checklists that were established for use during physical on-site visits shall be followed.
  8. This Inquiry number shall be recorded on the inspection form, traveler, or inspection checklist and in the Remarks Section of the Manufacturer’s Data Report or R Form as appropriate.

The provisions of this Inquiry expired October 31, 2020.

RCI-19-01
2019, Part 1, 1-6
Reinstatement of a Commission

INQUIRY RCI-19-01

Subject: Reinstatement of a Commission

Edition: 2019, Part 1, 1-6

Question: Can a person engaged through a contractual arrangement to provide design, construction, manufacturing, repair, quality control, instructing, auditing, nondestructive examination, operation, or inspection of boilers, pressure vessels, or piping or other pressure-retaining items in boiler and pressure vessel industry, be considered in determining qualifying work experience to reinstatement his/her commission/endorsement?

Reply: Yes. Applications for Reinstatements are evaluated by the National Board staff and are subject to the approval by the Executive Director on a case by case basis using the requirements set forth in RCI-1.

 


2017 Edition Inquiries

Inquiry
Edition, Part, Paragraph
Subject
RCI-17-16
2017, Part 1, Table 2
Qualifications for Inspector Endorsements

INQUIRY RCI-17-16

Subject: Qualifications for Inspector Endorsements

Edition: 2017, Part 1, Table 2 

Question: May the on-the-job training requirement for qualification to obtain the “R” endorsement be performed on a combination of completed repair or alteration work and active in-process repair or alteration work?

Reply: RCI-1 does not specify the status of repair or alteration work to be used in on-the-job training for obtaining an “R” endorsement. The candidate’s employer shall use sound judgement in determining the criteria used for on-the-job training.

RCI-17-15
2017, Part 1, Table 2
Qualifications for Inspector Endorsements

INQUIRY RCI-17-15

Subject: Qualifications for Inspector Endorsements

Edition: 2017, Part 1, Table 2

Question 1: Per the requirements of RCI-1 (R10, 2017), Table 2, may a National Board Team Leader that holds a National Board Inservice Commission, and has conducted Joint Reviews for National Board “R” Certificate Holders as the Team Leader, meet the eighty (80) hours on-the-job training qualification requirement for an “R” Endorsement?

Reply 1: No.

Question 2: Per the requirements of RCI-1 (R10, 2017), Table 2, may an ASME Designee (Team Leader) that holds a National Board Authorized Inspector Commission, and has conducted Joint Reviews for ASME Certificate Holders as the Team Leader, meet the forty (40) hours on-the-job training qualification requirement for an “R” Endorsement?

Reply 2: No.

Question 3: Per the requirements of RCI-1 (R10, 2017), Table 2, may an ASME Designee (Team Leader) that holds a National Board Authorized Inspector Commission, and has conducted Joint Reviews for ASME Certificate Holders as the Team Leader, meet the one (1) year experience requirement for the “N” Endorsement?

Reply 3: No.

RCI-17-14
2017, Part 6, 6-3.1(d)
Inspector Diary

INQUIRY RCI-17-14

Subject: Inspector Diary

Edition: 2017, Part 6, 6-3.1 (d) 

Question 1: Per the requirements of RCI-1 (R10, 2017), paragraph 6-3.1 (d), is the Inspector Diary required to be available for the triennial Joint Review?

Reply 1: Yes.

Question 2: Per the requirements of RCI-1 (R10, 2017), 6-3.1(d), if the Inspector Diary is required for the triennial Joint Review, when multiple Inspectors are performing inspections, must all Inspector Dairies be available since the last Joint Review, and be available to the Team Leader?

Reply 2: Yes.

RCI-17-13
2017, Part 1, 1-3, Table 2
Qualification Requirements for N & I Endorsements

INQUIRY RCI-17-13

Subject: Qualification Requirements for N & I Endorsements

Edition: 2017, Part 1, 1-3 & Table 2

Question: Is it acceptable per the requirements of RCI-1 (R10, 2017), Part 1, 1-3, paragraph 1-3.2 (Table 2), that a candidate seeking the “N” or “I” endorsement to be engaged for at least one (1) year in a “combination” of ASME BPV Code related work “and” as an Inspector Trainee of nuclear items?

Reply: Yes.

RCI-17-12
2017, Part 7, 7-4.4
Code of Ethics

INQUIRY RCI-17-12

Subject: Code of Ethics

Edition: 2017, Part 7, 7-4.4

Question: Does the requirements of RCI-1 (R10, 2017), Part 7, paragraph 7-4.4 prohibit an AIA from providing Authorized Inspection or Repair inspection services to a Certificate Holder for Code work when the AIA’s corporate organization also provides training and examination services of NDE personnel qualifications to the Certificate Holder, even though the AI and/or Repair Inspector and their AIS or Supervisor is not directly involved with such training and examination services being provided?

Reply: Yes. RCI-1 prohibits commissioned inspectors from inspecting work that includes the qualification of NDE personnel that was performed by entities under the same corporate structure as the inspector.

RCI-17-11
2017, Part 1, 1-5.3
Commission / Endorsement Renewal

INQUIRY RCI-17-11

Subject: Commission / Endorsement Renewal

Edition: 2017, Part 1, 1-5.3

Question 1: Per the requirements of RCI-1 (R10, 2017), paragraph 1-5.3, is an Authorized Inspector (AI commission) required to “perform or supervise” some level of inspection-related activities within the scope of each AI commission related endorsement (R, B, N, I, C, NS, NSI, NSC) held in the current calendar year for the employer to request renewal?

Reply 1: No.

Question 2: As specified in RCI-1 (R10, 2017) paragraph 1-5.3, for renewal purposes, can an individual holding both the AI & IS commissions and the “R” endorsement be considered as meeting the requirement to have maintained proficiency by “performing” inspection-related activities if they have performed inspection activities utilizing their AI commission per RCI-1 Part 4, and their “R” endorsement per RCI-1 Part 5 in the current calendar year?

Reply 2: Yes.

RCI-17-10
2017, Part 4
Use of the National Board Commission / Authorized Inspector Duties

INQUIRY RCI-17-10

Subject: Use of the National Board Commission / Authorized Inspector Duties

Edition: 2017, Part 4

Question 1: Is it prohibited for a National Board commission holder to include their national board commission number on documents, other than ASME/NB documents, that are required or accepted by a NB member jurisdiction?

Reply 1: No.

Question 2: Does RCI-1 Part 4 cover the required duties related to B31.3 piping?

Reply 2: No.

RCI-17-09
2017, Parts 4 & 5, 4-2.1.12, 5-3.13
Participation in Joint Reviews

INQUIRY RCI-17-09

Subject: Participation in Joint Reviews

Edition: 2017, Part 4, 4-2.1.12, Part 5, 5-3.13

Question: May the Authorized Inspector Supervisor/Repair Inspector Supervisor/Technical Manager participate in Joint Reviews for “inactive” Certificate Holders (as defined in 4-1.1.8 & 5-2.7) in lieu of the assigned Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector specified as required in RCI-1 (R10, 2017) paragraphs 4-2.1.12 and 5-3.13?

Reply: Yes. The Authorized Inspector Supervisor/Repair Inspector Supervisor/Technical Manager is performing the activity as an Authorized Inspector/Repair Inspector.

RCI-17-08
2017, Part 7, 7-4.3, 7-4.4
Code of Ethics

INQUIRY RCI-17-08

Subject: Code of Ethics                    

Edition: 2017, Part 7, 7-4.3, 7-4.4

Question 1: May an individual who is in the employment as an Authorized Inspector of an AIA, contract independently, to provide ASME/NB code consulting services (e.g. generating ASME/NB Code calculations, writing welding procedure specifications or writing quality control procedures, etc.) with organizations (Certificate Holders) under contract with his employer, the AIA, whom he does not directly provide inspection services to as an Authorized Inspector?

Reply 1: No.

Question 2: Does RCI-1 prohibit an individual who is in the employment as an Authorized Inspector of an AIA, contract independently, with organizations (Certificate Holders) not under contract with his employer (AIA) to provide ASME/NB code consulting services that are outside the duties of an Authorized Inspector as listed in RCI-1:2017 Part 4 & 5?

Reply 2: No, provided the provisions of Part 7 Code of Ethics are not violated.

RCI-17-07
2017, Parts 4 & 5, 4-1.1.8, 5-2.7
Authorized Inspector Supervisor/Repair Inspector Supervisor Participation in Joint Reviews for New Certificate Holders

INQUIRY RCI-17-07

Subject: Authorized Inspector Supervisor/Repair Inspector Supervisor Participation in Joint Reviews for New Certificate Holders

Edition: 2017, Part 4, 4-1.1.8, Part 5, 5-2.7

Question: Do RCI-1, Paragraphs 4-1.1.8 & 5-2.7 require an Authorized Inspector Supervisor/Repair Inspector Supervisor to participate in a prospective stamp holder’s first joint review?

Reply: No. The shop is considered inactive. 

RCI-17-06 REVISED
2017, Part 7, 7-4.4
EFFECTIVE MARCH 13, 2018 - Inspection Services, Nondestructive Examination, and Calibration Performed within the Same Corporate Structure

INQUIRY RCI-17-06 REVISED EFFECTIVE MARCH 13, 2018

Subject: Inspection Services, Nondestructive Examination, and Calibration Performed within the Same Corporate Structure

Edition: 2017, Part 7, 7-4.4

Question: Does RCI-1, paragraph 7-4.4 prohibit a third party AIA from providing Authorized Inspection or Repair inspection services to a Certificate Holder for Code work when the AIA’s corporate structure includes an organization that also provides NDE and/or calibration or other code services to the Certificate Holder for Code work, even though the AI and/or Repair Inspector and their AIS or Supervisor is not directly involved with the NDE and/or calibration services being provided?

Reply: Yes.

RCI-17-06
2017, Part 7, 7-4.4
SUPERSEDED BY RCI-17-06-REVISED - Inspection Services, Nondestructive Examination, and Calibration Performed by the Same Parent Company

INQUIRY RCI-17-06  SUPERSEDED BY RCI-17-06 REVISED

Subject: Inspection Services, Nondestructive Examination, and Calibration Performed by the Same Parent Company

Edition: 2017, Part 7, 7-4.4

Question: Does RCI-1,  paragraph 7-4.4 prohibit a third party AIA from providing Authorized Inspection or Repair inspection services to a Certificate Holder for Code work when the AIA’s parent company also provides NDE and/or calibration or other code services to the Certificate Holder for Code work, even though the AI and/or Repair Inspector and their AIS or Supervisor is not directly involved with the NDE and/or calibration services being provided?

Reply: No, provided the Authorized Inspector or Repair Inspector does not perform code inspections where services were provided.

RCI-17-05
2017, Part 1, Table 2
Qualification Requirements for "R" Endorsement

INQUIRY RCI-17-05

Subject: Qualification Requirements for "R" Endorsement

Edition: 2017, Part 1, Table 2

Question 1: In RCI-1, Part 1, Table 2, it states that an applicant for the National Board Repair Inspector Endorsement must have, as holders of an AI Commission, forty (40) hours on-the-job training in the inspection of repairs/alterations in accordance with the NBIC at either shop or field locations. Can time spent by a Repair Inspector trainee participating as an observer in a National Board “R” Certificate of Authorization joint review be credited towards the forty (40) hours of on-the-job training?

Reply 1: Yes. A maximum of 4 hours may be credited towards the forty (40) hour requirement.

Question 2: If the repairs/alterations organization does not hold a National Board Repair/Alteration Certificate of Authorization but performs repairs/alterations and inspection activities according to the National Board Inspection Code, such as a shop following CSA B51, would on-the-job training in such a location count toward the required forty hours of on-the-job training?

Reply 2: No.

RCI-17-04
2017, Part 1, Table 1
On-the-Job Training for Authorized Inspector Trainees

INQUIRY RCI-17-04

Subject: On-the-Job Training for Authorized Inspector Trainees

Edition: 2017, Part 1, Table 1

Question: In Part 1, Table 1, it states that an applicant for the National Board Authorized Inspector Commission must have eighty (80) hours of on-the-job training in fabrication and inspection of pressure-retaining items certified in accordance with the ASME BPV Code at either a shop or a field fabrication site that holds an active ASME Certificate of Authorization.

Can time spent by an Authorized Inspector trainee participating as an observer in a joint review be credited towards the eighty (80) hours of on-the-job training?

Reply: Yes. A maximum of 8 hours may be credited towards the eighty (80) hour requirement.

RCI-17-03
2017, Parts 4 & 5, 4-2.1.12, 5-3.13
Authorized Inspector / Inspector Duties

INQUIRY RCI-17-03

Subject: Authorized Inspector / Inspector Duties               

Edition: 2017, Part 4, 4-2.1.12, Part 5, 5-3.13

Question: The wording in Paragraphs 4-2.1.12 and 5-3.13 states, The Authorized Inspector/ Inspector must participate in joint reviews of Certificate Holders to which the Authorized Inspector/Inspector is assigned. When this is not possible or practicable, a substitute Authorized Inspector/Inspector may participate. Is it a requirement that the substitute Authorized Inspector/Inspector must participate?

Reply: Yes.

RCI-17-02
2017, Parts 4 & 5, 4-1.1.8, 4-2.2.12, 5-2.7, 5-3.13
Authorized Inspector Supervisor / Inspector Supervisor Duties

INQUIRY RCI-17-02

Subject: Authorized Inspector Supervisor / Inspector Supervisor Duties           

Edition: 2017, Part 4, 4-1.1.8 and 4-2.2.12, Part 5, 5-2.7 and 5-3.13

Question: Can an Authorized Inspector Supervisor/Inspector Supervisor participating in a joint review consider this activity as the required annual audit of the performance of the Authorized Inspector/Inspector?

Reply: No.

RCI-17-01
2017 & 2015, Part 4, 4-2.1.11
Use of the National Board Commission

INQUIRY RCI-17-01

Subject: Use of the National Board Commission

Edition: 2017 and 2015, Part 4, 4-2.1.11

Question 1(a): In revisions of NB-263, prior to the 2015 Edition, there was a requirement that the Authorized Inspector shall record the National Board Commission Number and Endorsements on manufacturer’s data report only for items registered with the National Board. NB-263, RCI-1, 2015 and 2017 Editions, do not have this requirement. Is this still a requirement?

Reply 1(a): No.
Note: The Inspector’s Commission Number shall be recorded, regardless of whether the item is registered with the National Board or not.

Question 1(b): In revisions of NB-263, prior to the 2015 Edition, it was stated that the Inspector’s National Board Commission number shall be recorded on NBIC Forms R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4, NR-1, NVR-1, NB-5, NB-6, NB-7 and NB-136, and may be recorded on other inspection related forms (including electronic inspection reporting) as required or accepted by jurisdictions. NB-263, RCI-1 2015 and 2017 Editions are silent on the subject.

May the Inspector’s Commission number be recorded on inspection related documents meeting NBIC requirements, or as permitted by the jurisdictions?

Reply 1(b): Yes.

Question 1(c): In RCI-1, 2017 Edition, Paragraph 4-2.1.11 states “The Authorized Inspector’s National Board Commission number and endorsement(s) shall be recorded on the Manufacturer’s Data Report.” Is it still a requirement for the Inspector’s endorsement(s) to be recorded on non-nuclear Manufacturer’s Data Reports?

Reply 1(c): No.
Note: The 2019 Edition of NB-263, RCI-1 will be revised appropriately to reflect the response.

RCI-16-02
2017, Parts 4 & 5, 4-1.1.8, 4-2.1.12, 5-2.7, 5-3.13
Inspector Supervisor / Inspector Participation in Joint Reviews

INQUIRY RCI-16-02

Subject: Inspector Supervisor / Inspector Participation in Joint Reviews               

Edition: 2017, Part 4, 4-1.1.8 and 4-2.1.12, Part 5, 5-2.7 and 5-3.13

Question 1(a): Paragraph 4-2.1.12 states; “The Authorized Inspector must participate in joint reviews of Certificate Holders to which the Authorized Inspector is assigned.” Similarly, Paragraph 5-2.13 states; “The Repair Inspector must participate in joint reviews for Certificate Holders for which the Repair Inspector is assigned.”

Can the participation in a joint review by the Authorized Inspector or Repair Inspector be considered a monitoring activity?

Reply 1(a): No

Question 1(b): Paragraph 4-1.1.8 lists a duty of the Authorized Inspector Supervisor as; “Attending each joint review for Certificate Holders for each Authorized Inspector being supervised.” Similarly, Paragraph 5-2.7 lists a duty for the Repair Inspector Supervisor/Technical Manager as; “Attending each joint review for Certificate Holders for each Repair Inspector being supervisor.”

Can the Authorized Inspector Supervisor or Repair Inspector Supervisor/ Technical Manager participating in a joint review consider this activity as the required audit of the performance of the Authorized Inspector or Repair Inspector?

Reply 1(b): No

 


2015 Edition Inquiries

Inquiry
Edition, Part, Paragraph
Subject
RCI-17-01
2017 & 2015, Part 4, 4-2.1.11
Use of the National Board Commission

INQUIRY RCI-17-01

Subject: Use of the National Board Commission

Edition: 2017 and 2015, Part 4, 4-2.1.11

Question 1(a): In revisions of NB-263, prior to the 2015 Edition, there was a requirement that the Authorized Inspector shall record the National Board Commission Number and Endorsements on manufacturer’s data report only for items registered with the National Board. NB-263, RCI-1, 2015 and 2017 Editions, do not have this requirement. Is this still a requirement?

Reply 1(a): No.
Note: The Inspector’s Commission Number shall be recorded, regardless of whether the item is registered with the National Board or not.

Question 1(b): In revisions of NB-263, prior to the 2015 Edition, it was stated that the Inspector’s National Board Commission number shall be recorded on NBIC Forms R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4, NR-1, NVR-1, NB-5, NB-6, NB-7 and NB-136, and may be recorded on other inspection related forms (including electronic inspection reporting) as required or accepted by jurisdictions. NB-263, RCI-1 2015 and 2017 Editions are silent on the subject.

May the Inspector’s Commission number be recorded on inspection related documents meeting NBIC requirements, or as permitted by the jurisdictions?

Reply 1(b): Yes.

Question 1(c): In RCI-1, 2017 Edition, Paragraph 4-2.1.11 states “The Authorized Inspector’s National Board Commission number and endorsement(s) shall be recorded on the Manufacturer’s Data Report.” Is it still a requirement for the Inspector’s endorsement(s) to be recorded on non-nuclear Manufacturer’s Data Reports?

Reply 1(c): No.
Note: The 2019 Edition of NB-263, RCI-1 will be revised appropriately to reflect the response.

RCI-16-01
2015, Part 1, Table 2
On-the-Job Training

INQUIRY RCI-16-01

Subject: On-the-Job Training

Edition: 2015, Part 1, Table 2

Question 1(a): Must the eighty hours of training be actually performed at the physical location where fabrication and inspection activities are occurring?

Reply 1(a): Yes

Question 1(b): May training conducted by the inspector’s employer in a classroom environment in the subject of fabrication and inspection be considered “on-the-job training” and count toward the required eighty hours of on-the-job training?

Reply 1(b): No

Question 2: If the “ASME BPVC shop” or “ASME BPV Code shop” does not hold an ASME BPV Certificate of Authorization but performs fabrication and inspection activities according to the ASME BPV Code, Section VIII, Division 1, such as a shop following CSA B51, would on-the-job training in such a location count toward the required eighty hours of on-the-job training?

Reply 2: No

RCI-15-05
2015, Part 5, 5-3.1(c)
Inspector Diary

INQUIRY RCI-15-05

Subject: Inspector Diary

Edition: 2015, Part 5, 5-3.1(c)

Question: Paragraph 5-3.1(c) requires that entries in the Inspector Diary include the Authorized Inspector’s/Inspector’s signature or initials, the date and the Authorized Inspector’s/Inspector’s National Board Commission number. Is it acceptable, when more than one Authorized Inspector/Inspector makes entries, to record the name of each inspector, their initials, National Board Commission number and any jurisdictional identification on the first page of the Inspector Diary, then each Authorized Inspector/Inspector would record his/her initials and date on each entry in the Inspector Diary?

Reply: Yes, provided there is traceability between the Authorized Inspector/Inspector and the entry in the Inspector Diary, and the process is described in the Authorized Inspection Agency’s Quality Program.

RCI-15-04
2015, Part 5, 5-3.1
Inspector Diary

INQUIRY RCI-15-04

Subject: Inspector Diary

Edition: 2015, Part 5, 5-3.1

Question: To meet the mandate specified in Part 5 (5-3.1) to include “the requirement that prompted the activity” in the Inspector’s diary, is it permissible to specify either the applicable paragraph number from RCI-1 Part 3, Part 4 or ASME QAI-1 that is specifically related to the inspection activities being performed?

Reply: Yes

RCI-15-03
2015, Parts 3 & 4, 3-1.2.1.1, 4-1.1.3
Audit of Commissioned Inspector

INQUIRY RCI-15-03, Revision 1, September 20, 2016

Subject: Audit of Commissioned Inspector              

Edition: 2015, Part 3, 3-1.2.1.1, Part 4, 1.1.3

Question: Would the mandated audit(s) of the “Authorized Inspector”, including an ANI, an ANII, and an ANI(C), specified in Part 4, paragraph 4-1.1.3 fulfill the mandated audit for the “Commissioned Inspector” specified in Part 3, paragraph 3-1.2.1.1, if the individual is qualified as both an Authorized Inspector and Commissioned Inspector, and is performing new construction and some level of repair and alteration inspection activities?

Reply: Yes

RCI-15-02
2015, Parts 3 & 5, 3-2.2.2(c), 5-4
Monitoring Quality Program

INQUIRY RCI-15-02

Subject: Monitoring Quality Program            

Edition: 2015, Part 3, 3-2.2.2(c), Part 5, 5-4

Question: If a Certificate Holder’s scope and/or quality program is “Repairs and Alterations” only, (no inservice), then would the requirements of Part 3 and Part 5, with respect to monitoring, still apply?

Reply: Yes, both Part 3 and Part 5 apply.

RCI-15-01
2015, Parts 3 & 5, 3-2.2.2(c), 5-4.2
Monitoring Quality Program Every 12 Months

INQUIRY RCI-15-01

Subject: Monitoring Quality Program Every 12 Months           

Edition: 2015, Part 3, 3-2.2.2(c), Part 5, 4.2

Question: In Paragraph 3-2.2.2(c), it is required that the Inservice Commissioned Inspector monitor the repair organization’s accepted quality program on a continual basis. Is it also a requirement in Paragraph 5-4.2, that the Authorized Inspector (new construction) monitor the repair organization’s accepted quality program on a continual basis, or at least every twelve months?

Reply: Paragraph 3-2.2.2(c) specifies that monitoring of the repair organization’s quality program by an Inservice Commissioned Inspector shall be performed on a continual basis. Paragraph 5-4.2 specifies that each element should be monitored at least once every 12 months by either an Inspector (Inservice Commission) or an Authorized Inspector (New Construction) as appropriate.