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Penetrant Testing Level 1

Special note

Candidates attempting a PCN examination must meet the PCN/GEN requirements. If attempting an ASNT/EN4179/NAS410 examination the requirements of your company’s written practice must be met. This course is not suitable for BGAS-CSWIP examination preperation.

Candidates will have the opportunity to use the various techniques on welds, castings and wrought products whilst gaining detailed theoretical and practical knowledge on all the commonly encountered penetrant testing techniques. This course is suitable for beginners and personnel with existing NDT knowledge, this course is PCN recognised and provides excellent preparation for Level 1 and 2 examinations. It meets the training hour requirements as specified by the relevant PCN documentation.

  • Penetrant testing terminology
  • Introduction to the penetrant method
  • Principles of penetrant inspection
  • Penetrant inspection equipment
  • Performance checking
  • Defect detection and evaluation
  • Penetrant techniques
  • Relevant standards & H&S considerations
  • PCN documentation
  • Product technology
  • Extensive practical element

Validated by BINDT and recognised by PCN

An individual certified to Penetrant Testing Level 1 has demonstrated competence to carry out Penetrant  Testing according to written instructions and under the supervision of Level 2 or Level 3 personnel. Within the scope of the competence defined on the certificate, Level 1 personnel may be authorised by the employer to perform the following in accordance with Penetrant Testing instructions:

  • Set up Penetrant Testing equipment
  • Perform Penetrant Inspection tests
  • Record and classify results of the tests according to written criteria
  • Report the results of Penetrant tests

Penetrant Testing Level 1 certified personnel shall neither be responsible for the choice of test method or technique to be used, nor for the interpretation of the test results.

Full PCN certification is only achieved once the required experience is acquired following the completion of the required training hours and passing of the examination:

Penetrant Testing
Level 1 – 16 training hours and 1 month experience
Level 2 – 24 training hours and 3 months experience if Level 1 held or 40 training hours and 4 months experience if direct to Level 2
Level 3 – 24 training hours (+80 hrs for Level 3 Basic) and 24 months experience

(excl. VAT)

Training course: £585
Examination: £210
PCN levy: £74
Total: £869

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