National GPR University

NATIONAL GPR UNIVERSITY™
"CONFIDENCE THROUGH COMPETENCE"

Recently purchase your first Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) system? New employees need GPR training? Do your employees need real life onsite job training? National GPR University might be what you are looking for?

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About Us

Why type of training do you provide?

What equipment do you use?

How long is the training course?

Where does the training take place?

What is a Level I, II, & III technician?

How much does training cost?


About Us

Since 2001, we've been providing Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) services to thousands of clients throughout the USA, Canada, and Mexico. Our client list includes large contractors, utility contractors, municpal, and government organizations.

With a cirriculum created through real world experience and refined over more than a decade of classroom and field instruction, we specialize in taking the fear out of operating GPR through a linear, ground-up training approach that stresses a handful of key concepts.

Students learn practical solutions to routine GPR operations as well as how bad operating habits are formed, all while gaining an appreciation of the importance of proper operation. We offer a variet of training solutions to meet the varied needs of our clients; everything from daily training to six week training programs at your location, or our headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. With a schedule that's sensitive to your need to keep employees productive and a price that's highly competitive, it includes both knowledge testing and hands on real jobsite experience.

What Type of Training Do You Provide?

We offer courses in three separate areas of operation: high resolution concrete imaging, utility locating, and geophysical explorations. You can choose one course or all three.  When graduating from the course you will be at minimum, Level I (GPR) technician certified.  More information regarding Level I, II & III (GPR) certification can be found HERE.

What Equipment Do You Use?

Any GPR system can be used (GSSI, Sensors & Software, Mala, IDS, etc.) for any NGPRU course. We do recommend the student start out by completing the available manufacturer training course at their facility prior to enrolling at NGPRU. Our courses focus on set guidlines of GPR scanning procedures, screen interpretation, and understanding limitations, so any GPR system can be used.

How Long Is The Training Course?

We tailor the training course to the clients needs. Courses range from one day to six weeks.

Where Does The Training Take Place?

NGPRU courses are held at our corporate headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We can also send and instructor to your jobsite or location for training.

What is a Level I, II, & III (GPR) technician?

The National GPR University (NGPRU) certification is a non-accredited program that was developed to provide standardized training through general and specific examination guidelines concurrent with American Society of Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) requirements.  We are working on getting NGPRU certified as a training facility through ASNT, however accredited status is currently under review. 

The following is an overview of suggested certification levels:

APPRENTICE

Though not a certification level, an Apprentice is a person who is in the process of being initially trained, qualified and certified, and should work with a certified individual. An Apprentice may not independently conduct, interpret, evaluate or report the results of any GPR test.

Requirements

  • None

LEVEL I TECHNICIAN (GPR)

Individual should be qualified to properly perform specific calibrations, specific GPR evaluations for acceptance or rejection determinations according to written instructions and to record results. The GPR Level I should receive the necessary instruction and supervision from a certified GPR Level II or III individual.

Requirements

  • Possess a manufacturer Operator Certificate
  • Possess a NGPRU Level I Certificate

LEVEL II TECHNICIAN (GPR)

Individual should be qualified to set up and calibrate equipment and to interpret and evaluate results with respect to applicable codes, standards and specifications. The GPR Level II should be thoroughly familiar with the scope and limitations of the methods for which he/she is qualified and should exercise assigned responsibility for on-the-job training and guidance of Apprentice and GPR Level I personnel. The GPR Level II should be able to organize and report the results of GPR tests.

Requirements

  • Possess a manufacturer Operator Certificate.
  • Posses an NGPRU Level II Certificate
  • Possess or working towards a Software Processor Certificate.
  • Possess documented (800 hours minimum) theory & practical experience.
  • Twenty four (24) months practical experience.

LEVEL III TECHNICIAN (GPR)

Individual should be capable of developing, qualifying and approving procedures, establishing and approving techniques, interpreting codes, standards, specifications and procedures, as well as designating the particular GPR methods, techniques and procedures to be used. The GPR Level III should be responsible for the GPR operations for which he/she is qualified and assigned and should be capable of interpreting and evaluating results in terms of existing codes, standards and specifications. The GPR Level III should have sufficient practical background in applicable materials, fabrication and product technology to establish techniques and to assist in establishing acceptance criteria when none are otherwise available. The GPR Level III should have general familiarity with other appropriate NDT methods, as demonstrated by a GPR Level III Basic examination or other means. The GPR Level III, in the methods in which he/she is certified, should be capable of training and examining GPR Level I and II personnel for certification in those methods.

Requirements

  • Possess a manufacturer Operator & Software Processor Certificate.
  • Possess an NGPRU Level III Certificate
  • Satisfy one of the following:
    • Graduated from a minimum four-year college or university curriculum with a degree in engineering or a physical science, plus one year (12 months) of experience in GPR in an assignment comparable to that of a Level II in GPR.
    • Completed with passing grades at least two full academic school years of engineering or a physical science study at a university, college, or technical school, plus two years (24 months) of experience in GPR test methods in an assessment comparable to that of a Level II in GPR.
    • Four years (48 months) of experience in an assignment at least comparable to that of a Level II in GPR test methods.

 

How Much Does Training Cost?

Cost varies with the length of training, and the location. Call for estimate.

 

Confidence with Competence

Our in-house training facility at NGPRU™ consists of one-on-one training on multiple practice slabs and controlled utility locating grounds. We also provide real life experience with training at current job sites for our existing National GPR Service, Inc. clients in Minneapolis. We have found this approach not only give your employee the proper classroom training, but the "real life" experience that matters and helps protect your bottom line.