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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.

  • Ultrasonic testing terminology
  • Basic ultrasonic concepts
  • Ultrasound
  • Principals of ultrasonic testing
  • Flaw detector (operation and use)
  • Defect location and sizing techniques
  • Use of calibration and reference blocks
  • Plotting systems
  • Application of a written instruction
  • Examination of samples, welds, castings and wrought products
  • Report writing and discussion of relevant standards and specifications (BS EN etc.)

PCN Certification is awarded once the student has demonstrated the required experience and training hours have been met and successful completion of the PCN examination has been achieved.

Ultrasonic Testing (per sector – Welds, Castings, Wrought Products/Forgings*)
Level 1 – 40 training hours and 3 months experience

*Students are able to complete an additional 4 days training and 1 day examination for additional UT sectors e.g. if you hold welds and wish to add castings.


An individual certified to Ultrasonic Testing Level 1 has demonstrated competence to carry out Ultrasonic 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 Ultrasonic Testing instructions:

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

Ultrasonic 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.

If you are wanting to quickly gain the experience required for your certification, accelerated learning might be for you. You can gain up to 50% of the required experience through this method.

48 hours of training is the equivalent of 240 hours of work experience. This is 50% of the 480 required hours of experience to gain your certification.

The price of training will vary depending on your own requirements, contact us and we can work this out for you.


Training course: £1,013
Examination: £443
PCN Levy: £88
PED Admin Fee: £47
Total: £1,591


Training course: £1,485
Examination: £443
PCN Levy: £88
Total: £2,016

Forgings/Wrought Products:

Training course: £1,013
Examination: £443
PCN Levy: £88
Total: £1,544

Note: Prices are correct at time of issue but may be subject to change, with the exception of confirmed bookings.