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Certified Individuals

A Certified Individual is an employee of an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) certified organization authorized to use ASME marks (ASME Certificate Holder). The Certified Individual provides oversight to ensure that each application of the ASME certification mark is in accordance with the applicable ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (ASME BPV Code) Section. Further information is described in NB-383, Rules for Certified Individuals.

Certification Types
The following types of certifications are specified by the ASME BPV Code/ASME Standard. Each certification type has a corresponding National Board online training course to be completed as part of the criteria for becoming a Certified Individual.
Certified Individual Type ASME BPV Code Section / ASME Standard
Bioprocessing Equipment (BPE) ASME Standard BPE
Cast Iron Boilers (CIB) Section IV
Cast Aluminum Boilers (CAB) Section IV
Electric Boilers (EB) Section I, B31.1
Miniature Pressure Vessels (UM) Section VIII, Div. 1
Pressure Relief Devices (PRD)
HV Designator
Section XIII
Pressure Relief Devices (PRD)
UD Designator
Section XIII
Pressure Relief Devices (PRD)
UD3 Designator
Section XIII
Pressure Relief Devices (PRD)
UV Designator
Section XIII
Pressure Relief Devices (PRD)
V Designator
Section I
Reinforced Thermoset Plastic (RTP) ASME Standard RTP-1


The ASME Certificate Holder is responsible for qualifying the Certified Individual and for maintaining records containing objective evidence of the qualification and training program provided. Certified Individual qualifications include the following three (3) elements.
  • ASME BPV Code / ASME Standards Requirements
    The candidate must have knowledge of the requirements of the applicable section of the ASME BPV Code or ASME Standard for the application of the appropriate Code Certification Mark/Designator.
  • Quality Program Knowledge
    The candidate must have a working knowledge of the ASME Certificate Holder’s quality program. The ASME Certificate Holder is responsible for providing Quality Program training.
  • Product Knowledge
    The candidate must have training appropriate for the scope, complexity or special nature of the products/activities for which oversight is to be provided. The ASME Certificate Holder is responsible for providing the Product Knowledge training.

NBBI Training Requirement
In the certification process, the National Board provides a training course for each certification type. Individuals are required to complete the appropriate National Board Certified Individual online training course and pass a corresponding examination to determine the individual’s general knowledge of the applicable certification type. The National Board will provide to the individual documentation showing successful completion of the training course and the examination results.
All Certified Individual online courses are found in the Education Center's Online Training Catalog.

The ASME Certificate Holder is responsible for submitting a completed Certified Individual Online Application to the National Board. Each ASME Certificate Holder is required to have a designated Credential Contact with Company Administrator rights. The NBBI Credentials Department will create a Company Administrator account for the Credential Contact to access our Business Center to complete and submit the organization's Certified Individual applications.
If your organization does not have an existing Credential Contact, email our Credentials Department at
Upon receipt of the Online Application, the National Board will issue a Certified Individual card and certificate. The certificate will be prepared by the National Board but must be signed by an authorized representative of the ASME Certificate Holder upon receipt of the certificate.


Each Certified Individual card expires annually on June 30. To remain active, the ASME Certificate Holder must submit the renewal application AFTER the following are met:
  • must maintain employment with the ASME Certificate Holder, 
  • must maintain proficiency by performing the duties of a Certified Individual, and
  • must meet the continuing education requirements of NB-383, Rules for Certified Individuals.

The Certified Individual Renewal Assessments are available via the National Board's Education Center. Log into the Education Center now.

NOTE: Certified Individual credentials that have been expired for 2 years or less may be reinstated by the ASME Certificate Holder by submitting a reinstatement application AFTER the following are met:
  • must be employed with the ASME Certificate Holder,
  • must be proficienct by performing the duties of a Certified Individual,
  • must meet the continuing education requirements of NB-383, Rules for Certified Individuals, and
  • there is no change in the certification type.

Fees: New Applicant

Certified Individual Online Code Knowledge Training Course
Tuition: $125 USD

Program Application (includes Certificate and Card)
Fee: $45 USD

Fees: Renewal

Certified Individual Online Renewal Assessment (required once every two years)
Fee: $55 USD

Application for Renewal
Fee: $45 USD

For questions about the qualification process for Certified Individuals, please contact