Q. What is the cost of the course?
Q. How often do you run this course?
A. Our course runs four times throughout the year. February, May, August and November. The course is timed to end a few days before the National Board Exam that is held at the same time each year, which is the first Wednesday of the months of March, June, September and December.
Q. Where do I take the exam?
A. Is is the responsibility of each participant to make his or her own arrangements for the National Board Exam. To do this, you must contact the Boiler Pressure Vessel Inspection jurisdiction in your state or the National Board of Pressure Vessel Inspectors directly. Alternatively, the National Board has partnered with Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP) to administer a computer-based examination. For more information, please visit AMP's website.
Q. Are code books included in the cost of the course?
A. No. Participants are required to obtain and bring their own code books. The ASME Code Books that are required for the course are:
- Section I - Rules for Construction of Power Boilers
- Section IV - Rules for Construction of Heating Boilers
- Section V - Nondestructive Examination
- Section VIII - Rules for Construction of Pressure Vessels Division I
- Section IX - Welding & Brazing Qualifications
- ASME/ANSI - B31.1 Power Piping
Participants are also required to obtain and bring to the course the National Board Inspection Code (NBIC) book and the NB-410 Boiler/Feedwater Guidelines which may be purchased from the National Board website.
Q. What is in the Pre-Course Study Guide?
A. The Pre-Course Study Guide consists of Practical Questions and Answers, Welding Terms and Definitions, Boiler Terms and Definitions and a lot of math problems and answers. The Pre-Course Study Guide is very helpful in determining whether or not you are 'ready' for the course.
Q. What hotel do you recommend?
A. We recommend that the students stay at the same hotel that the instructors decide to stay in. This may change from one time to another. There may be times when the group will meet in the conference room of the instructor's hotel in the evenings. If everyone is staying in the same place, that just makes things easier for you. We have reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn for the next course. Please call 812-543-9406 and ask for Stacey Metz. The negotiated price is $75 and includes a hot breakfast buffet.
Q. What are the hours of the class each day?
A. The first session on Sunday begins at 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The rest of the sessions are approximately 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. with a lunch hour and several breaks throughout the day.