If you hold an NDT certification, you are required to revalidate your certificate by examination at a registered Authorised Qualifying Body to ensure the level of competency to conduct inspections is upheld.
The validity of a certificate is normally five years from the date of certification, and the expiry date is indicated on the certificate and/or wallet card.
It is the responsibility of the certificate holder to initiate the process required for revalidation and expiry of your certification means that you will no longer be certified to undertake inspections under the relevant certification scheme.
If you hold PCN radiography certification, you will be required to be in possession of a valid PCN basic radiation safety or radiological protection certification (or alternative national radiation safety certification where the certificate holder concerned is engaged in radiography exclusively outside of the United Kingdom) to maintain the validity of the radiography certificate.
If you hold an NDT certification for Employer Based Schemes, such as SNT-TC-1A, your recertification renewal date will be determined within the company written practice.
How we can help
We can support you with your recertification examination and refresher training for many of the main NDT methods at our training facilities.
We offer regular dates for:
- Visual Testing
- Magnetic Particle Testing
- Penetrant Testing
- Eddy Current Testing
- Weld Inspection
- Ultrasonic Testing and Advanced Ultrasonic Testing
- Radiographic Testing & Interpretation
Why recertify with us?
We know that undertaking an exam can be a stressful experience and we are committed to making the process as smooth as possible.
When recertifying with us, you can expect:
- A friendly & professional exam team to assist you wherever possible
- A relaxed, stress-free environment to facilitate your exam
- World class facilities with dedicated MT and PT recertification rooms
- High-quality examination samples
- Exam results to be processed within 14 days
- Support from your initial contact with us
Receive additional support and guidance from our knowledgeable trainers prior to your exam.
Available from as little as half a day, our refresher training includes:
- Relevant examination criteria
- Practical exercises on equipment similar to that encountered in examinations
- A theory package orientated towards examination requirements
- Instruction writing
- Mock examination
For MT and PT, you can utilise our dedicated refresher training rooms. Find out more about refresher training.
PCN six week requirement
From 1st January 2023, PCN will be re-instating the six week prior to expiry requirement for revalidation of certification, meaning you will need to complete your recertification exam at least six weeks prior to expiry date.
For example, you will need to revalidate your certificate by 2 January 2023 if your certificate expires on the 13 February 2023.
If you are unable to renew prior to the six-week expiry date, you can submit a late deferral form directly to PCN. If you have extenuating circumstances impacting your ability to recertify, this may be reviewed by PCN on a case-by-case basis.
Expiration of PCN certificate
If your PCN certificate has expired, you may apply for late renewal up to 12 months after the date of expiry (and no later) using PCN form PSL/28 obtainable from BINDT.
You may also use PSL/28 if you recognise in advance that, for whatever reason, you will be unable to submit their application for renewal by the expiry date. In this instance, you may apply on PSL/28 for deferred renewal.
It is emphasised that acceptance of an application for late or deferred renewal/recertification does not extend the validity of the PCN certificate concerned. Contact PCN directly for further information.
Recertify with us
Recertification examinations available weekly at our facilities in: