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,
||Eddy current, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle,|
||radiographic and ultrasonic testing of light and dense metal castings|
||radiographic, ultrasonic (including time-of-flight diffraction techniques) and electromagnetic testing of light and dense metal welds|
||eddy current and ultrasonic testing of wrought 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|
||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|
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).
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
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PCN NDT LEVEL - II
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PCN NDT LEVEL - III
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PCN NDT CERTIFICATION CODESCODE 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