Penetrant Testing Level 3 - NDT Online Training Course

Forgotten password? or Not registered?

IMechE ETS Penetrant training 1

Penetrant Testing Level 3 - Online NDT Training

Why complete this course?

Penetrant Testing can also be referred to as Dye Penetrant Inspection (DPI) or Liquid Penetrant Inspection (LPI). It is a low cost inspection method used to reveal surface breaking defects, commonly used on non-porous materials such as metals, plastics or ceramics. LPI is used to detect casting, forging and welding surface defects, such as cracks, surface porosity or fatigues cracks on in service components, by the bleed-out of a coloured or fluorescent dye from the said defect.

This course has been devised in line with the applicable BINDT syllabus to provide detail of all key subject areas in line with ISO 9712. The course therefore provides a solid foundation of knowledge within magnetic particle testing to provide you the best chance of success in future PCN magnetic particle testing examinations as well as employer based SNT-TC-1A examinations.

Argyll Ruane's online training program allows students to work and track their progress through the course at their own convenience. This provides the opportunity to spend more time on and revisit specific areas of the course that are not fully understood.

The assessments provide an opportunity to test your knowledge. Students are able to attempt these as many times as they see fit but a 70% pass rate is required to progress.

You also have automatic access to our Product Technology General Theory course.

Special note: Candidates should ideally hold a PCN Level 2 approval in Penetrant Testing with at least 2 years’ experience in NDT/Inspection before attempting the course. See also the latest edition of PCN/GEN for the minimum requirements for examinations.

In-class training equivalent - 4 days



Access to the training course is up to 60 days (can be extended on request)

Course information

  • Penetrant Testing Level 3 is ideal for those who already have a good understanding of the techniques of penetrant inspection and would like instruction to improve their knowledge and increase their experience in preparation for a Level 3 examination.

    Course notes are able to be downloaded to be viewed on a separate device or printed for future use.

    Each assessment will be marked as complete once a 70% pass rate has been achieved, but don't worry, you can attempt these as many times as you like, even if you get higher than 70%.

    The final assessment takes questions from all previous assessments to fully review your learning and refresh your knowledge.
  • The course is split into modules to break down the learning in to manageable parts.
    Unit 1
    Penetrant Testing Introduction
    Unit 2
    Unit 3
    Drying & Developers
    Unit 4
    Interpretation & Reporting
    Unit 5
    Control & Performance Checks     
    Unit 6
    Unit 7
    Unit 8
    COSHH Conversions & Standards
    Unit 9
    Unit 10
    Unit 11
    Unit 12
    Final Assessment
  • The Argyll Ruane e-Learning program will work on various hardware platforms, but the following is an example of a minimum-specification that would be expected to deliver a rich, interactive user experience:

    • PC or Mac.
    • Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 or above, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or above, Modern Linux variant.
    • 32-bit colour graphics.
    • Keyboard and mouse.
    • Recommended minimum browser: Google Chrome 11, Firefox 4, Safari 5, Internet Explorer 8 (IE 10 required for drag and drop of files from outside the browser into the e).

    As e-learning is delivered online we would recommend the following bandwidths for internet access:

    • Minimum bandwidth: 256 kbps
    • If using video: 512 kbps

Book now >

Course and examination enquiries:
T +44 (0)114 399 5720

Contact us

For more information about our services:

Email us

T: +44 (0)114 399 5720
F: +44 (0)114 243 0035

Our locations

Follow us

iconmonstr-facebook-2-80 website  iconmonstr-linkedin-2- 80 website  iconmonstr-twitter-2-80 website  iconmonstr-instagram-7-80 website  iconmonstr-google-plus-2-80 website   

© 2016 Institution of Mechanical Engineers. IMechE is a registered charity in England and Wales number 206882