National Board Technical Scholarship of National Board of Boilers and Pressure Vessel Inspectors

The National Board Technical Scholarship is available to the children, step-children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren of past or present National Board Commissioned Inspectors (living or deceased) and to past or present National Board employees (living or deceased).

Each year, the National Board offers two $12,000 scholarships to selected students meeting eligibility standards and who are pursuing a bachelor's degree in a qualified engineering curriculum or related studies. Applicants must also be enrolled, full-time, in an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S. or Canada with a cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

The application period is September 1 to February 28.  Following review of applications by the selection committee, recipients will be notified of their awards by the last business day of March.

Complete scholarship requirements are listed within the National Board Technical Scholarship application. Questions and further information may be obtained from the Scholarship Administrator Connie Homer at 614.431.3206, or by email at

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General Meeting

National Board of Boilers and Pressure Vessel Inspectors - The General Meeting is conducted each year to address important issues relative to the safe installation, operation, maintenance, construction, repair, and inspection of boilers and pressure vessels. Attendees include boiler and pressure vessel inspectors, mechanical engineers, engineering consultants, equipment manufacturers, representatives of repair organizations, operators, owners and users of boilers and pressure vessels, labor officials, welding professionals, insurance industry representatives, and government safety personnel.
The 84th General Meeting is in Colorado Springs, Colorado, April 27 - May 1, 2015.

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National Board of Boilers and Pressure Vessel Inspectors: Contact Us 

Headquarters, Training and Conference Center,
and Inspection Training Center
Mailing Address:
1055 Crupper Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43229-1183
Phone: 614.888.8320
Fax: 614.888.0750

Test Lab and Pressure Relief Operations
Mailing Address:
7437 Pingue Drive
Worthington, Ohio 43085
Phone: 614.888.8320
Fax: 614.848.3474

Other Operations

Accreditation and R Stamp 
Phone: 614.431.3234 or 614.431.3241
Fax: 614.847.1828

Phone: 614.431.3230
Fax: 614.847.1828

Commissions, Endorsements, and Certified Individuals
Phone: 614.431.3233
Fax: 614.847.1828

Laboratory Test Scheduling and Shipping
Phone: 614.431.3210
Fax: 614.848.3474

NBIC Committees 
Phone: 614.431.3236
Fax: 614.847.1828

Order Department
NBIC, Publications and Data Report Orders
Phone: 614.888.2463
Fax: 614.847.1147

Pressure Relief Device Certifications and VR Stamp
Phone: 614.431.3239
Fax: 614.848.3474

Public Affairs
Phone: 614.431.3204
Fax: 614.888.0750

Registrations & EDT System
Phone: 614.431.3219
Fax: 614.847.1147

Reviews and Surveys
Phone: 614.431.3235
Fax: 614.847.1828

Training Enrollments and Examinations 
Phone: 614.431.3216
Fax: 614.847.5542

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National Board Testing Laboratory 

As the world's only independent ASME certified flow laboratory, the National Board Testing Laboratory, located north of Columbus, remains the leader in promoting accurate performance measurement of pressure relieving devices and the development of technical standards.

The principle roles of the laboratory are to:

- Evaluate the performance and relieving capacity of safety valves.
- Support industry research and development efforts by testing new design concepts.
- Serve as the companion standard for other laboratories.
- Validate new concepts for industry technical standards.

To verify compliance with a variety of construction standards and specifications, pressure relief device testing is conducted on a regular basis for manufacturers, assemblers, and repair organizations located around the world. The laboratory’s testing methods, procedures, equipment, and personnel meet internationally-recognized standards.

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Owner-User Inspection Organizations 

An Owner-User Inspection Organization (OUIO) is an owner-user of pressure equipment that maintains an established inspection program and whose organization and inspection procedures meet the requirements of NB-371, Accreditation of Owner-User Inspection Organization   (en Español) and are acceptable to the jurisdictional authority where the owner-user is located. Organizations seeking accreditation by the National Board should complete NB-234, Application for Owner-User Certificate of Accreditation   (en Español).

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National Board of Boilers and Pressure Vessel Inspectors: About Us

The National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors was created in 1919 to promote greater safety to life and property through uniformity in the construction, installation, repair, maintenance, and inspection of pressure equipment.

The National Board membership oversees adherence to laws, rules, and regulations relating to boilers and pressure vessels. The National Board Members are the chief boiler inspectors representing most states and all provinces of North America, as well as many major cities in the United States. Please click for detailed listing.


The National Board's functions include:

- Promoting safety and educating the public and government officials on the need for manufacturing, maintenance, and repair standards.
- Offering comprehensive training programs in the form of continuing education for both inspectors and pressure equipment professionals.
 Enabling a qualified inspection process by commissioning inspectors through a comprehensive examination administered by the National Board.
- Setting worldwide industry standards for pressure relief devices and other appurtenances through operation of an international pressure relief testing laboratory.
- Providing a repository of Manufacturers’ Data Reports through a registration process.
 Accrediting qualified repair and alteration companies, inservice Authorized Inspection Agencies, and owner-user inspection organizations.
- Investigating pressure equipment accidents and issues involving code compliance.
- Developing installation, inspection, repair, and alteration standards (National Board Inspection Code).

Resources Available from the National Board

- Statistical reports of violation findings within participating National Board jurisdictions.
- Synopsized jurisdiction boiler and pressure vessel laws of North America.
- Access to pressure equipment expertise from knowledgeable industry professionals.
- An extensive collection of publications and technical articles available on the
- National Board Web site.
- Pressure equipment safety videos.
- State-of-the-art training facilities and online seminars.
- Annual General Meeting of pressure equipment professionals.

National Board Inspection Code

This American National Standard has been adopted by most states and cities, all Canadian provinces, and federal regulatory agencies including the US Department of Transportation. It is the only standard recognized worldwide for inservice inspection repairs and alterations of boilers and pressure vessels.

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Authorized Inspection Agencies

New Construction AIAs
For new construction, an Authorized Inspection Agency is an entity that meets the qualification and definition described in NB-360, Criteria for Acceptance of AIAs for New Construction. Authorized Inspection Agencies seeking acceptance by the National Board should:

- Complete NB-373, Application for NB Certificate of Acceptance:

Inservice Inspection AIAs
For inservice inspection, an Authorized Inspection Agency is either a jurisdiction as defined in the National Board Constitution or an entity that is accredited in accordance with NB-369, Accreditation of Authorized Inspection Agencies (AIAs) Performing Inservice Inspection Activities. AIAs seeking accreditation by the National Board should:
- Complete NB-372, Application for Certificate of Accreditation;
- Review NB-381, Quality Program Elements for AIAs accredited to NB-369; and
- Review NB-374, Checklist of Quality Program Elements for Accreditation of AIAs.

Federal Inspection Agencies 
A Federal Inspection Agency (FIA) is an entity accredited in accordance with NB-390,Qualifications and Duties for Federal Inspection Agencies Performing Inservice Inspection Activities. Entities seeking accreditation by the National Board should complete NB-393, Application for NB Certificate of Accreditation for FIAs.

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Review Team Leaders of National Board of Boilers and Pressure Vessel Inspectors

National Board Team Leaders

The Review Team Leader must either be an employee of the jurisdiction, or alternatively, the jurisdiction may request the joint review to be performed by the National Board with individuals certified by the National Board.

- Valve Repair Organizations: Repair organizations holding or applying for a National Board Certificate of Authorization to use the National Board VR stamp must have and demonstrate a quality control system that will ensure all NBIC requirements will be met. Before a Certificate of Authorization is issued by the National Board, the repair organization’s facility and operations are subject to a review by a representative certified by the National Board.

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