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Visual Testing Level 3


Depending on own experience


Theory training course and examination



Why attend this course?

This programme includes a combination of general theory and specific application theory with procedure writing. It is ideal preparation for PCN Level 3 examinations. The courses meet the training hour requirements as specified in the relevant PCN documentation.

Course content

  • Definitions
  • Vision
  • Principles of light and lighting
  • Environmental factors, direct and indirect methods of visual assessment
  • Visual inspection equipment
  • Surface conditions
  • Inspection and testing criteria
  • Codes and standards
  • Current and developing methods in visual testing
  • Digital image assessment
  • Procedure writing
  • Product technology (welds, castings, wrought), in-service and secondary process defects as assessed by the specific application of visual testing

Validated by BINDT and recognised by PCN

"I underestimated the course totally and was very pleasantly surprised, I will recommend Argyll Ruane to my company Applus RTD"7

Dean attended Visual Testing Level 2 in Sheffield, July 201

Responsibilities of an Visual Testing Level 3 certified NDT professional

An individual certified to Visual Testing Level 3 has demonstrated competence to perform and direct Visual  Testing operators for which he is certified. Visual Testing Level 3 personnel have demonstrated:
  • The competence to evaluate and interpret results in terms of existing standards, codes, and specifications
  • Sufficient practical knowledge of applicable materials, fabrication, process, and product technology to select Visual Testing methods, establish Visual Testing techniques and assist in establishing acceptance criteria where non are otherwise available
  • A general familiarity with other NDT methods
Within the scope of the competence defined on the certificate, Visual Testing Level 3 personnel may be authorised to:
  • Assume full responsibility for the test facility or examination centre and staff
  • Establish, review for editorial and technical correctness and validate Visual Testing instructions and procedures
  • Interpret codes, standards, specifications and procedures
  • Designate the particular Visual test methods, techniques and procedures to be used
  • Within the scope and limitations of any certification held, carry out all tasks at all levels
  • Provide guidance for Visual Testing personnel at all levels
Level 3 certified personnel may be authorised to carry out, manage and supervise PCN qualification examinations on behalf of the British Institute of NDT (BINDT).

Where Level 3 duties require the individual to apply routine NDT by a method or methods within a particular product or industry sector, BINDT strongly recommends that the industry demand that this person should hold and maintain Level 2 certification in the applicable method(s) and sector(s).

The range and scope of PCN certification available at each level is defined in the relevant appendix to these general requirements.

Special note:

Candidates should ideally hold a PCN Level 2 approval in the method as a minimum and have at least 2 years’ experience in NDT/Inspection before attempting a Level 3 course. See also the latest edition of PCN/GEN for the minimum requirements for examinations.

Candidates must also pass the PCN Level 3 Basic Module before attempting a PCN Level 3 Main Method. Candidates then may opt to take the course which deals specifically with ultrasonic test information. These are ideal training courses for the PCN Level 3 Practitioner examination, covering basic and main methods.


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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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