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PCN NDT TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION

 
Certification according to EN 473:2008 and/or ISO 9712:2005, awarded before publication of EN ISO 9712:2012, remains valid until the next mandatory step in the certification process, i.e. renewal or recertification, which shall be carried out according to this International Standard.

Certification according to this International Standard is considered as fulfilling the requirements of both EN 473:2008 and ISO 9712:2005; consequently, any requirement for certification to either of these standards is fulfilled by a certification according to this International Standard.

The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing is an accredited Independent Certifying Body, complying with the criteria of European standard ISO/IEC 17024 : 2003 (Conformity assessment – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons), and offering a flexible, reliable and cost-effective method of satisfying NDT personnel qualification and certification standard EN ISO 9712:2012 (Non-destructive Testing. Qualification and certification of NDT personnel).

The Institute is also accredited to assess and certify/register quality management systems for compliance with the criteria in the international standard BS EN ISO 9001 : 2008 series. The accreditation of the Institute for quality systems certification

The Institute's Certification services are MARKETED under the PCN Scheme, which has built up an international reputation for certification of competence of personnel in the NDT and condition monitoring fields. The PCN logo, shown right, signifies the highest standards in conformity assessment and certification, and those who have successfully aspired to gain authorisation to use the logo are justifiably proud of their achievements.

The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT), which owns and operates the PCN Certification Scheme,

Sector
Testing Methods
Aerospace
Eddy current, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle,
Castings
radiographic and ultrasonic testing of light and dense metal castings
Welds
radiographic, ultrasonic (including time-of-flight diffraction techniques) and electromagnetic testing of light and dense metal welds
Wrought 
eddy current and ultrasonic testing of wrought products
General Products
ultrasonic thickness measurement, liquid penetrant testing, magnetic particle testing and visual testing of general engineering products (multi-sector, including castings, welds and wrought products), and radiation safety certification
Railway
liquid penetrant testing, magnetic particle testing and ultrasonic testing of rail and ultrasonic testing of railway axles; liquid penetrant and magnetic particle testing of general railway products (multi-sector, including castings and wrought products)
Tubes & Pipes
liquid penetrant testing, magnetic particle testing eddy current testing and ultrasonic testing of tubes and pipes (including flat products for tube fabrication) for pressure purposes
The above accreditation covers certification according to EN ISO 9712  Non-destructive Testing. Qualification and certification of NDT personnel. The aim of the PCN Scheme is also to provide employers with assurance that the qualification criteria of 2nd party certification standards, such as EN 4179, ISO 11484 and NAS-410, are also satisfied.

BINDT is also accredited against the criteria of EN 45013 to certify personnel as having reached one of two levels of competence in the ultrasonic testing of steel plate, and three levels of weld inspection. Details of the competences are given in the PCN Scheme document WPSB/UT4/90 and PCN/WI_03 respectively (this certification is outwith the scope of EN ISO 9712).

The PCN scheme provides an independent central certification scheme embodying modern quality assurance requirements and a commitment to conform with European and international standards. The PCN scheme is owned and managed by the British Institute of NDT (BINDT). Certificates are issued following success in a thoroughly searching examination conducted at BINDT Authorised Qualifying Bodies, and are valid for five years. After the first five year period of validity, certificates may be renewed following the submission of evidence of continuous satisfactory employment in the application of NDT. At the end of a second five year period of validity, recertification follows success in an examination which, in the case of Levels 1 and 2, consists of a practical test or, in the case of Level 3, a written test or compliance with a structured credit system.

PCN certificates satisfy the requirements of European Standard EN 473 and international standard ISO 9712. The qualification requirements of PCN (eyesight, training and experience) also satisfy the provisions of a number of other widely accepted national and international standards and guidelines.

Candidates who are successful in the qualification examination, but who have not yet acquired the experience necessary for certification should, when experience has been gained under appropriate certified supervision ( see PCN/GEN for detail information ), apply for PCN certification directly to the certification services division of the British Institute of NDT with evidence of the requisite experience.

Employers may find it convenient to utilise the PCN system within their internal NDT personnel certification programs (e.g., within SNT-TC-1A or EN4179 systems). Further guidance on any aspect of NDT personnel certification may be obtained from BINDT certification services at Northampton.

The following levels of competence covered by the scheme:

PCN NDT LEVEL - I

An individual certificated to Level 1 is qualified to carry out NDT operations according to a written instruction and under the supervision of Level 2 or Level 3 personnel. PCN Level 1 certificated personnel have demonstrated the competence to set up equipment, carry out the test, record and classify the results in terms of written criteria, and to report the results. Level 1 personnel have not demonstrated competence in the choice of test method or technique to be used, nor for the assessment characterisation or interpretation of test results.

PCN NDT LEVEL - II

This Level 2 is qualified to perform and direct NDT according to established or recognised procedures and have demonstrated competence to choose the technique for the test method used; setup and calibrate equipment; perform and supervise the test; interpret and evaluate results according to applicable standards, codes or specifications; define the limitations of application of the testing method for which they are qualified; understand and transform NDT standards and specifications into practical testing instructions adapted to actual working conditions; prepare written test instructions; carry out and supervise all Level 1 duties; organise and report the results of Non-Destructive Tests.

PCN NDT LEVEL - III

Personnel holding this, the highest Level, or qualified to direct any NDT operation for which they are certificated and : assume full responsibility for a test facility and staff; established and/or validate NDT instructions or procedures; interpret, standards, specifications and procedures; designate the particular test methods, techniques and procedures to be used. Level 3 personnel have demonstrated: a competence to interpret and evaluate test results in terms of existing codes, standards and specifications; possession of the required level of knowledge in applicable materials, fabrication and product technology sufficient to enable the selection of methods and techniques, and to assist in the establishment of test criteria where none are otherwise available; familiarity with other NDT methods; the ability to guide personnel below Level 3. Where Level 3 duties regularly require the individual to apply routine NDT by a method or methods, BINDT recommends that industry demand that is person should hold and maintain Level 2 certification in those methods.

PCN NDT CERTIFICATION CODES

CODE SECTORS (Product)
C --- Castings
F --- Forgings & Wrought Products
W --- Weldments
B --- Tubes & Pipes

CODE --- SECTORS (Industry)
A --- Aerospace
G --- Pre and in-service inspection
H --- Railway

CODE NDT Methods
E --- Electromagnetic Testing
E1 --- Eddy Current
E2 --- ACFM
M --- Magnetic Particle Testing
P --- Liquid Penetrant Testing
R --- Radiography
U --- Ultrasonic Testing
V --- Visual Testing

CODE Scope of competence
H1 --- Railway Axles
H2 --- Rail (Refer to PCN/GEN Appendix F2.1 for detailed key to codes)
I --- Radiographic interpreter
S --- Radiation Protection
T --- Basic Radiation Safety
X --- X-Rays
Y --- Gamma Rays
e --- Dye Penetrants
f --- Fluorescent Penetrants
g --- Fixed Installations
h --- Portable Equipment
j --- Composite Materials
k --- Materials & Components
m --- Structures
n --- Light Metals
o --- Dense Metals
p --- Plates
q --- Bars & Billets
s --- Forgings
t --- Condenser Tubes
v --- NDT Instruction Writing
w --- Critical defect Sizing
x --- Single Frequency
y   --- Multiple Frequency
3.1 --- Butt Welds in Plate
3.2 --- Butt Welds in Pipe
3.7 --- ‘T’ Joint Welds
3.8 --- Nozzle Welds
3.9 --- Node Weld
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