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Visual Testing Level 2


Training course: 4 days
Examination: 1 day


Theory and practical training and examination



Why attend this course?

Designed to provide a full appreciation of the methods and practices of visual testing. A high level of theoretical and practical content is offered within these courses in preparation for ePCN Level 2 examinations. The courses meet the training hour requirements as specified in the relevant PCN documentation.

Course content

  • Definitions
  • Vision
  • Lighting
  • Environmental factors, direct and indirect methods of visual assessment
  • Visual inspection equipment
  • Surface conditions
  • Inspection and testing criteria
  • The reporting of results
  • Codes and standards
  • Preparation of a written instruction
  • Product technology (welds, castings, wrought), in-service and secondary process defects

Validated by BINDT and recognised by PCN

Responsibilities of an Visual Testing Level 2 certified NDT professional

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

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

David Thomas - Trainer

David Thomas 

Having previously been the lead Level 3 and M.D. of a leading inspection organisation, David is able to use his many years of developing other engineers and his own industrial experience in providing relevant and detailed examples of the theory and teaching being used in real world situations.


PCN Level 3: Ultrasonic Testing, Radiographic Testing, Magnetic Particle Testing, Penetrant Testing, Visual Testing
ASNT Level 3: Ultrasonic Testing, Radiographic Testing, Magnetic Particle Testing, Penetrant Testing, Visual Testing

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Meet the trainer

Michael Mullins - Trainer, Examiner and Level 3 Consultant

Mick Mullins 

Mick is our resident expert on new and advanced NDT methods with 37 years of experience in NDT. Specialising in the oil and gas industry, Mick joined IMechE Argyll Ruane in 2005.


PCN Level 2: Magnetic Particle Testing, Penetrant Testing, Ultrasonic Testing, UT: Phased Array, UT: TOFD
PCN Level 3: Magnetic Particle Testing, Penetrant Testing, Ultrasonic Testing, UT: Phased Array, UT: TOFD
ASNT Level 3: Magnetic Particle Testing, Penetrant Testing, Ultrasonic Testing, Visual Testing

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'Another excellent course experience at Argyll Ruane. Excellent range of practical test samples. Thank you!'

Spencer attended Visual Testing Level 2 in Sheffield, October 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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