Unit of competency details

MEM24005B - Perform basic eddy current testing (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to MEM24005 - Perform basic eddy current testing 18/Dec/2022

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1 1 (this release) 01/Dec/2005

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MEM40119 - Certificate IV in EngineeringCertificate IV in EngineeringCurrent
MEM60112 - Advanced Diploma of EngineeringAdvanced Diploma of EngineeringSuperseded1-2 
MEM50105 - Diploma of Engineering - Advanced TradeDiploma of Engineering - Advanced TradeSuperseded1-5 
MEM40105 - Certificate IV in EngineeringCertificate IV in EngineeringSuperseded1-4 
MEM60111 - Advanced Diploma of EngineeringAdvanced Diploma of EngineeringSuperseded1-4 
MEM30219 - Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical TradeCertificate III in Engineering - Mechanical TradeCurrent1-2 
MSA50108 - Diploma of Manufacturing TechnologyDiploma of Manufacturing TechnologyCurrent1-4 
MEM30505 - Certificate III in Engineering - TechnicalCertificate III in Engineering - TechnicalSuperseded1-2 
MEM50211 - Diploma of Engineering - TechnicalDiploma of Engineering - TechnicalSuperseded1-3 
MEM50205 - Diploma of Engineering - TechnicalDiploma of Engineering - TechnicalSuperseded
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ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030305 Materials Engineering  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030305 Materials Engineering  31/Aug/2006 
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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit covers operating eddy current testing equipment and performing basic testing procedures in a specific range of industrial applications. Knowledge of metallurgy, electricity, magnetism and electromagnetism associated with the level of application in this unit is required.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit applies to the preparation and performance of eddy current testing on fabrications, structures and components across a wide range of industries. It includes wheel bead seat, production line, tube production line and conductivity measurement methods. The work can relate to scheduled and unscheduled maintenance activities using general tools and specific eddy current testing equipment as specified in maintenance documentation, testing procedures or operator instructions.

Actual and potential defects are to be considered, together with ongoing abnormalities in fabrications, components and structures. Eddy current testing is performed on critical component or structural zones, and may require re-assessment of competency at regular intervals in accordance with relevant standards. All testing must be completed with particular attention to personal safety and OH&S regulations. Certification against Australian standards may be achieved where assessment in this unit of competency is carried out in conjunction with an examining authority as described in ISO 9712.

Materials and chemicals which are subject to codes and regulations - for example, chemicals, explosives, solvents, dangerous materials, acids, or noxious waste products - are subject to safe work habits and must be stored and used in accordance with safe work practices.

This unit should not be selected when Unit MEM24006B (Perform eddy current testing) has already been selected.

Where tests require the interpretation of drawings, Unit MEM09002B (Interpret technical drawings) should also be selected.

Where power tools are required, Unit MEM18002B (Use power tools/hand held operations) should also be selected.

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Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not Applicable


Prerequisite units 

Path 1 


Use hand tools

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare inspection areas for basic eddy current testing

1.1. Inspection areas are cleaned and prepared for testing using appropriate procedures and materials.

1.2. Preparation processes are carried out in accordance with the relevant procedures and OH&S requirements.

1.3. Inspection areas are visually assessed and obvious discontinuities are identified.

2. Perform basic eddy current testing

2.1. Nominated test is identified from standard operating procedures.

2.2. Test equipment is prepared in accordance with standards and/or procedures.

2.3. Eddy current test procedure is carried out in accordance with relevant work instructions and OH&S requirements.

2.4. Eddy current test equipment is maintained and stored in accordance with standard operating procedures and OH&S requirements.

3. Report the results of basic eddy current test(s)

3.1. Basic indications are checked and defects are identified in accordance with enterprise standards and/or procedures.

3.2. Basic indications are confirmed in accordance with enterprise standards and/or procedures.

3.3. Test results are reported in accordance with enterprise standards and/or procedures.

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

Look for evidence that confirms skills in:

  • interpreting and following procedures
  • identifying inspection areas
  • identifying discontinuities and defects
  • selecting appropriate testing techniques, equipment and procedures
  • documenting and reporting
  • assessing risk
  • reading and interpreting routine information on written job instructions, specifications and standard operating procedures. May include drawings
  • performing calculations using formulae

Required knowledge 

Look for evidence that confirms knowledge of:

  • cleaning and preparation processes
  • procedures and OH&S requirements in relation to the preparation process
  • visual inspection
  • eddy current instrument set-up
  • probe selection
  • established assessment procedures and techniques
  • types of discontinuities and their consequences
  • procedure for carrying out basic eddy current testing
  • system verification checks necessary to carry out basic eddy current testing
  • testing and compliance standards (enterprise specific)
  • standard recording and reporting formats
  • standard defects and comparative techniques
  • basic principles of electricity, magnetism, electromagnetism and eddy current testing
  • basic electrical principles
  • test principles
  • overview of factors affecting eddy current response
  • basic metallurgy
  • limitations of eddy current testing
  • hazards and safety precautions associated with eddy current testing
  • basic maintenance and storage procedures for testing equipment
  • common basic defects (these are industry-specific and relevant workplace defects should be chosen)
  • methods/procedures for reporting test results
  • use and application of personal protective equipment

Evidence Guide


The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to perform basic eddy current testing. Competency in this unit cannot be claimed until all prerequisites have been satisfied.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Assessors must be satisfied that the candidate can competently and consistently perform all elements of the unit as specified by the criteria, including required knowledge, and be capable of applying the competency in new and different situations and contexts.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

This unit may be assessed on the job, off the job or a combination of both on and off the job. Where assessment occurs off the job, that is the candidate is not in productive work, then an appropriate simulation must be used where the range of conditions reflects realistic workplace situations. The competencies covered by this unit would be demonstrated by an individual working alone or as part of a team. The assessment environment should not disadvantage the candidate.

This unit could be assessed in conjunction with any other units addressing the safety, quality, communication, materials handling, recording and reporting associated with operating eddy current testing equipment and applying basic testing procedures in a specific range of industrial applications, or other units requiring the exercise of the skills and knowledge covered by this unit.

Method of assessment 

Assessors should gather a range of evidence that is valid, sufficient, current and authentic. Evidence can be gathered through a variety of ways including direct observation, supervisor's reports, project work, samples and questioning. Questioning techniques should not require language, literacy and numeracy skills beyond those required in this unit of competency. The candidate must have access to all tools, equipment, materials and documentation required. The candidate must be permitted to refer to any relevant workplace procedures, product and manufacturing specifications, codes, standards, manuals and reference materials.

Guidance information for assessment 

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Preparation processes 

Surface cleaning and drying

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units 

Competency field

Competency field 

Non-destructive testing