Ultrasonic 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.

  • 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.)

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:

Ultrasonic Testing (per sector – Welds, Castings, Wrought Products/Forgings*)
Level 1 – 40 training hours and 3 months experience
Level 2 – 80 training hours and 9 months experience
Level 3 – 40 training hours (+80 hrs for Level 3 Basic) and 36 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.

Ultrasonic Nozzle & Node
Level 2 – Recommended 32 training hours & requires at least 1 Ultrasonic Testing Level 2 Welds certification

Ultrasonic Thickness & Laminations

Level 2 – 40 training hours and 4 months experience

Ultrasonic Critical Defect Sizing
24 training hours (supplementary to UT Level 2) and 9 months experience

Direct to Level 2 options are available, in this instance, students would be required to complete both Level 1 and 2 training and experience requirements.

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.


Training course: £855
Examination: £260
PCN Levy: £76
Total: £1,161


Training course: £855
Examination: £270
PCN Levy: £76
Total: £1,201

Forgings/Wrought Products:

Training course: £825
Examination: £260
PCN Levy: £76
Total: £1,161