National Board Announces Launch of Two National Board Inspection Code (NBIC)

Web Courses Beginning Mid-December.




The highly anticipated courses will be available through the National Board Web site at The two courses offered will be NBIC Part 1 covering installation, and NBIC Part 2 addressing inspections. Having a hard NBIC copy is strongly suggested as a reference for those taking the online program.


“These study programs have been prepared by National Board pressure equipment professionals intimately involved with the NBIC development process,” explained National Board Manager of Training Kimberly Miller. “Learning is accomplished via comprehensive narrative and dynamic visuals to provide students a solid understanding of individual sections comprising the respective part. The student is then asked to read the specific section before completing a multiple choice quiz, the collective scores of which determine his or her NBIC knowledge.” A certificate of completion is provided each student at course conclusion.


Students not having time to take the study program in one sitting may electronically pause the course as needed and return to the same point to either continue or complete the lesson.


“The course on NBIC Part 1 is designed to provide better comprehension of installation requirements,” the National Board official noted. “It is specifically intended for those installing boilers, owner/users, and inspectors responsible for initial vessel inspection.” Areas covered include installation requirements for power boilers, heating boilers and potable water heaters, pressure vessels, and piping.


Ms. Miller stated the course on NBIC Part 2 will help students establish a broader understanding of inservice inspection of pressure-retaining items. “This course is designed for operators, inspectors, owner/users, repair organizations – anyone involved in the inservice inspection process,” she emphasized.  Scope of the NBIC Part 2 course includes sections 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Among the areas addressed: safety guidelines, types of inspections, failure mechanisms, and various nondestructive examination (NDE) methods.


The training manager added an online NBIC Part 3 course covering repairs and alterations is currently available on the National Board Web site. “This course is particularly helpful for those responsible for making repairs and/or alterations, including R stamp holders, manufacturers, commissioned inspectors, and company inspectors.”  Focus of this course is on NDE, stamping, authorization, design, documentation, alternatives to post-weld heat treatment, repair methods, and alterations (based on allowable stress values).


Cost of each NBIC Web course is $150.00 USD. 


Consult the National Board Web site for posting dates of all NBIC online courses.