UPON REQUEST Nuclear QA Lead Auditor Examination: NCA-4000/NQA-1

This written examination has been developed to meet one of the requirements of Section III, Division 1 for qualification of a Lead Auditor.


  • This is a written examination as required by Section III NCA 4000/NQA-1. It is a supervised, open book examination conducted over a 4 hour period.
  • The examination is a test of the participants’ knowledge of the attributes and skills required of a Nuclear Lead Auditor. It is also a test of the basic technical knowledge required by a Nuclear Lead Auditor to develop an appropriate Audit Plan and Audit Team capable of conducting an effective survey and/or audit.
Duration: 1 Day

Course Content

  • Introduction
    • Review of participant needs and understanding of Section III
  • Basic Concepts and Terminology
    • Structure of B&PV Code
    • Scope of Section III
    • Service Loadings and Limits
    • Code Class
    • Review of Concepts in the Glossary
    • Comparison with N285.0
  • Materials
    • Definition
    • Control
    • Concepts of traceability and Certification
    • Section III Material
    • Requirements
  • Components
    • Owner Responsibilities
    • Manufacturer
    • Certificates of Authorization
    • Design Specifications

Pre-Requisites & Requirements

Participation in this examination is limited to:

  • Persons who have successfully participated in an NCA-4000/NQA-1 course at ANRIC Enterprises Inc.
    or those who have proof of training in this subject from another recognized institution.
  • Persons who can provide objective evidence of training in Lead Auditor skills and attributes

Persons who can provide objective evidence of auditor experience and/or appropriate qualification with a utility operating nuclear power plants or a company involved in the construction of nuclear components or subassemblies.

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     October 3, 2022
     8:00 am - 3:30 pm


  • 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.

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Payment is non-refundable within 3 weeks prior to the start of the course.

Cancellation must be received in writing 7 days prior to course start date. You may send a substitute. Notification of a substitute must be received at least 72 hours prior to the commencement of the course to allow time for delivery of course material. If a substitute is not available, the fee for the course may be used towards another ANRIC course at a later date.

ANRIC Enterprises Inc. reserves the right to cancel any course and/or change lecturers. Courses that fail to register a “MINIMUM” of 6 participants will be cancelled. Personnel who require this course to meet qualification requirements should contact the office at [email protected] to discuss/arrange other options.

Important Course Information:

  • 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.
  • All rights, title and content of the course manuals and all other instructional material shall remain the property of ANRIC Enterprises Inc.
  • The manuals will be delivered to course participants by courier (a mailing address will be required to participate in this course).
  • This course requires participants to have video and audio capability.
  • 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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