Ultrasonic Time Of Flight Diffraction (TOFD) Welds Course - Level 2

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Ultrasonic Time Of Flight Diffraction (TOFD) Welds: Level 2


Training course: 8 days
Examination: 2 days


Theory and practical training course and examination



Why attend this course?

This TOFD welds course provides detailed information on the inspection of ferritic steel welds by the ultrasonic time of flight method. Suitable for personnel with existing UT Certification in welds, and recognised by PCN, providing excellent preparation for the Level 1 and 2 examinations. It meets the full training hour requirements as specified by the relevant PCN documentation. (Note: Level 1 requires a minimum of 40 hours' training. Direct entry to Level 2 requires a minimum of 80 hours).  The course utilises the latest Technology Design and Olympus TOFD equipment.

Course content

  • Ultrasonic theory
  • Theory of diffracted ultrasonic waves
  • Digitisation principles
  • Hardware utilised in TOFD
  • Calibration/setting up of equipment
  • Extensive practical element
  • Analysis software
  • Analysis and interpretation
  • Reporting
  • Relevant standards/PCN documentation

Validated by BINDT and recognised by PCN

Responsibilities of an Ultrasonic Time of Flight Diffraction (TOFD) Level 2 certified NDT professional

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

Ultrasonic Time of Flight Diffraction
Level 2 - 80 training hours and 12 months experience

Special note:

PCN qualification is required with a current valid UT Welds certificate by PCN or another recognised body by BINDT. 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.


(excl. VAT)

Training course: £2,425
Examination: £400
PCN Levy: £74
Total: £2,899


"Excellent facility and equipment and very clean. The best training facility I have been to, to do PCN courses"

George from Rolls-Royce, attended Magnetic Particle Testing Level 2 in Sheffield, August 2017

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Course and examination enquiries

+44 (0)114 399 5720 or argyllruane@imeche.org

Meet the trainer

Richard Horsfall - Trainer, Examiner and Level 3 Consultant


Richard is our lead Advanced UT tutor having joined IMechE Argyll Ruane in 2013 and has 10 years of standard and advanced NDT teaching experience.

Before training tomorrow's NDT specialists, Richard gained 8 years experience within the oil and gas sector as well as a Senior Turbine Specialist with Alstom.


PCN Level 2: Ultrasonic Testing, PAUT, TOFD, Magnetic Particle Testing, Penetrant Testing
PCN Level 3: Ultrasonic Testing, PAUT, TOFD, Magnetic Particle Testing, Penetrant Testing

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Meet the trainer

Andrew King - NDT Training Manager

 Andrew King

With a vast amount of experience working in various industries and as well as NDT training organisations, Andrew leads the NDT training department to deliver the high quality of training our customers expect. During from his time working in the petrochemical, nuclear, marine, mining and manufacturing industries, Andrew is able to draw from his vast experience to support his expert knowledge when in the classroom or supporting our team of trainers.


PCN Level 3: Ultrasonic Testing, PAUT, TOFD, Magnetic Particle Testing, Penetrant Testing, Radiographic Testing
PCN Level 2: Ultrasonic Testing, PAUT, TOFD, Magnetic Particle Testing, Penetrant Testing, Radiographic Testing
PCN Level 1: Basic Radiation Safety

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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.

Full initial, resit and recertification options are available depending on your requirements. Click here for more information >


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