Penetrant Testing- Level 2 NDT Training Course

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Penetrant Testing: Level 2


Training course: 4 days
Examination: 1 day


Theory and practical training and examination



Why attend this course?

Candidates will have the opportunity to use the various techniques on welds, castings and wrought products whilst gaining detailed theoretical and practical knowledge on all the commonly encountered penetrant testing techniques. This course is suitable for beginners and personnel with existing NDT knowledge, this course is PCN recognised and provides excellent preparation for Level 1 and 2 examinations. It meets the training hour requirements as specified by the relevant PCN documentation.

Course content

  • Introduction to the penetrant method
  • Principles of penetrant inspection
  • Penetrant inspection equipment
  • Performance checking
  • Defect detection and evaluation
  • Penetrant techniques
  • Relevant standards
  • PCN documentation
  • Extensive practical element
  • Product technology

Validated by BINDT and recognised by PCN

Responsibilities of an Penetrant Testing Level 2 certified NDT professional

An individual certified to Penetrant 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 Penetrant Testing technique for the test method to be used
  • Define the limitations of application of the testing method
  • Translate Penetrant Testing codes, standards, specifications and procedures into Penetrant Testing instructions adapted to the actual working conditions
  • Set up and verify Penetrant Testing equipment settings
  • Perform and supervise Penetrant tests
  • Interpret and evaluate results according to applicable standards, codes, specifications or procedures
  • Prepare written Penetrant 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 Penetrant tests.

Training and experience hours required for Certification

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:

Penetrant Testing
Level 1 - 16 training hours and 1 month experience
Level 2 - 24 training hours and 3 months experience if Level 1 held or 40 training hours and 4 months experience if direct to Level 2
Level 3 - 24 training hours (+80 hrs for Level 3 Basic) and 24 months experience

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.


(excl. VAT)

Training course: £585
Examination: £290
PCN levy: £72
Total: £947

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Meet the trainer

Anthony Stubbs - Trainer


Tony possesses a wealth of not only industrial but teaching knowledge and experience from his time as a high school physics teacher.

Using his experience within metallurgy and manufacturing, he is able to pass on numerous gems of information to his students.


PCN Level 2: Magnetic Particle Testing, Liquid Penetrant Testing, Ultrasonic Testing, Eddy Current Testing

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'Excellent course and preparation for PCN Level 2 exam, delivered very well and expertly by Tony - thanks!'

Paul attended Penetrant Testing Level 2 in Sheffield, November 2016

NDT Examinations:

A full range of examinations are available to internationally recognised central and employer based schemes including PCN, SNT-TC-1A, EN4179 and NAS410.

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