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.

  • Basic concepts
  • Ultrasound
  • Principals of ultrasonic testing
  • Flaw detector (operation and use)
  • Defect location and sizing techniques
  • Use of calibration and reference blocks
  • Plotting systems
  • 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 2 – 80 training hours and 9 months experience

Direct access to PCN Level 2 would be achieved by combining the experience and training hours of Level 1 and Level 2:

Direct access Level 2 – 120 training hours and 12 months experience

An individual certified to Ultrasonic Testing Level 2 has demonstrated competence to perform NDT according to NDT procedures. Within the scope of the competence defined on the certificate, Level 2 personnel may be authorised by the employer to:

  • Select the Ultrasonic Testing technique for the test method to be used
  • Define the limitations of application of the testing method
  • Translate Ultrasonic Testing codes, standards, specifications and procedures into Ultrasonic Testing instructions adapted to the actual working conditions
  • Set up and verify Ultrasonic Testing equipment settings
  • Perform and supervise Ultrasonic tests
  • Interpret and evaluate results according to applicable standards, codes, specifications or procedures
  • Prepare written Ultrasonic Testing instructions
  • Carry out and supervise all tasks at or below Level 2
  • Provide guidance for personnel at or below Level 2
  • Report the results of Ultrasonic tests.

  • Scientific calculator
  • Overalls/Lab coat
  • Safety boots are mandatory in practical areas
  • PCN Candidates: PCN wallet card or other form of photographic identification

Welds

Training course: £1,755 (15 days)
Examination: £420 (2 days)
PCN Levy: £76
Total: £2,251

Castings

Training course: £1,745 (15 days)
Examination: £380 (2 days)
PCN Levy: £76
Total: £2,201

Wrought Products/Forgings

Training course: £1,745 (15 days)
Examination: £380 (2 days)
PCN Levy: £76
Total: £2,181

Accreditations