UPON REQUEST ASME Section III – QA Requirements: NCA-4000/NQA-1


This two-day course provides an in-depth review of the Quality Assurance (QA) requirements of Section III of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, for the design and manufacture of components used in the Pressure Boundary of Nuclear Power Plants. It will review and discuss the requirements for planning, managing and conducting QA programs for controlling the activities performed under the jurisdiction of Section III. It will examine the rules governing the evaluation of such programs prior to the issuance of Certificates of Authorization for construction of Pressure Boundary components.

Section III has adopted the NQA-1 Standard with some additions and caveats as appropriate. The course will provide an understanding of the basic requirements of the ASME NQA-1a – 2009 Standard referenced in Section III, including the modification to these requirements in NCA-4000 as they apply to N-type Certificate holders

Duration: Delivered over two(2) full-days or four (4) half-days

Course Content

  • Background and introduction to NCA-4000, including scope and applicability, definitions, establishment and implementation and the NQA-1 structure
  • The Quality Assurance Organization and the Quality Assurance Program, including the Quality Assurance Manual
  • Design Control, Instructions, Procedures, and Document Control
  • Relationship between ASME and Canadian Quality Standards and their Application – N285, N286, 10 CFR 50 Appendix B, and ASME

Course Content

  • Procurement Document Control, Control of Purchased Items and Services
  • Identification and Control of Items, Control of Special Processes, Inspections, Test Control, Control of Measuring & Test Equipment, Handling, Storage & Shipping, Inspection, Test & Operating Status
  • Control of Non-Conforming Items, Corrective Actions, QA Records, Audits
  • NCA-3800, NCA-3900, Inquiries, including a question and answer period

Who Should Attend?

This course will provide excellent training for persons whose work activity requires them to apply these Codes and Standards. It will enhance their understanding of why QA is fundamental to the nuclear program. The course will be useful to the many disciplines that are required to understand and/or implement Code QA requirements. These include design, inspection, purchasing, manufacturing, regulation, operations and maintenance.


At the end of the course participants should understand the approach to quality adopted by Section III, as well as the relationship between the elements of the quality program used in Section III of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.

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  • ASME Section III – QA Requirements: NCA-4000/NQA-1
     June 19, 2023 - June 22, 2023
     12:30 pm - 4:30 am


  • Mr. Richard W. Barnes, P. Eng.
    Mr. Richard W. Barnes is the Principle Engineer at ANRIC Enterprises Inc. and has been actively involved for over 30 years in the development of the ASME and CSA Codes and Standards associated with Pressure Boundary for both nuclear and non-nuclear power plants. Mr. Barnes leads the team at ANRIC Enterprises Inc that offers technical assistance for companies registering Pressure Boundary products, and provides expert consultation on the application of the various pressure boundary codes. The ANRIC team also develops and delivers training on both the CSA and ASME Codes and Standards for delivery on-site at the ANRIC Learning Centre and off-site at the clients’ premises. Mr. Barnes sits on various code committees responsible for the development of Codes and Standards. He is the...
    • Past- chair and member of the ASME Standard Committee of the BPV III, which is responsible for the development of Section III of the ASME BPV Code;
    • past Vice-Chair and member of N285A Technical Committee on CANDU Nuclear Power Plant Systems and Components
    • member of the B51Technical Committee on Boilers and Pressure Vessels
    • member of N286 Technical Committee on Overall Quality Assurance for Nuclear Power Plants of the CSA Standards Committee
    • member of ASME B16 Standards Committee of Standardization of Valves, Flanges, Fittings and Gaskets
    • member of the Subcommittee responsible for development of the B16:34 Standard .
    Mr. Barnes has received the...
    • ASME Dedicated Service Award and the highest ASME Nuclear award
    • the Bernard F. Langer Nuclear Codes and Standards Award in recognition for his contributions to the nuclear industry.
    In 2007, was elected to the ASME Grade of Fellow. In 2009, Mr. Barnes received the CNA Outstanding Contribution Award and in 2011 the CSA Award of Merit.

Venue:   Online Training Session


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  • The course is delivered on-line.
  • The maximum number of people per course is 16 people. This limitation is set because the courses are run with Workshops using Breakout Rooms to provide for maximum interaction and learning experience. This provides an excellent learning opportunity.
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  • There will be an examination at the end of each course. ANRIC Enterprises Inc. will only provide certificates of successful completion for participants that achieve an examination result of 80% or higher. Video access is required for the checkout.

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