CERTIFICATION SERVICES DIVISION
Call for volunteers for the certification of acoustic emission for NDT
BINDT is establishing a working group for the ISO 9712 qualification of acoustic emission testing NDT. The working group will be concerned with technical matters relating only to the certification of personnel engaged in non-destructive testing (NDT) AE, so its members should therefore have relevant expertise in the industrial application of NDT, or the training of personnel in the application of NDT.
Please visit http://www.bindt.org/documentdownload to download PCN/2 – ‘Constitution, Terms of Reference and Method of Working of an Industry Sector Method Working Group Committee’, Issue 2, Rev A, dated 1 December 2011.
Anyone that wishes to be involved in this working group should contact Nicole Scutt, tel: +44 (0)1604 89 3856 or email: email@example.com
ISO 9001: 2008 Quality Management Systems
The British Institute of NDT is accredited against ISO/IEC 17021 criteria to provide Quality Management Systems certification to the BS EN ISO 9000 series of standards.
Any companies who wish to have their quality management system certified by BINDT should contact Nicole Scutt, tel: +44 (0)1604 89 3856 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CP16 and CP17 applications for renewal/recertification of PCN Level 1, 2 and 3 certificates
As part of the points structure within the PCN renewal/recertification application processes, candidates can now claim points for attendance at BINDT Branch meetings. To download the relevant application forms, visit: http://www.bindt.org/Certification/PCN_Document_Download
PCN Registered Update Scheme
The British Institute of NDT offers the means for companies to ensure that all PCN documentation held by them is current. Your company can register and automatically receive, on a quarterly basis, all current PCN documents on CD-ROM.
The obvious saving in time, and the security of knowledge that your documentation is up-to-date, makes this service indispensable to the quality conscious company for a reduced annual fee of £135.00 (plus VAT for UK-based customers). An uncontrolled copy of the CD-ROM containing all PCN documents is available at £46.00 plus VAT.
Further information is available from BINDT Certification Services, tel: +44 (0)1604 89 3811 or email: email@example.com
Call for volunteers for the certification of thermographers for NDT
Colin Pearson, Chairman of the UK Thermography Association and Convener of PCN IRTWG, reports
Thermography is being used as an NDT method by personnel around the world in marine, aircraft and wind turbine applications. The methods are usually ‘active thermography’, that is using a dynamic energy source to generate an impulse or repeated wave of heat flow in a material and measuring the magnitude, spatial distribution and phase of the surface-radiated infrared waveform. Other methods, including automated product thermography, are used in specific industries.
The methods have been used and developed for at least 20 years and specialist equipment manufacturers now produce kits including energy source, infrared camera, control and data collection hardware and software.
However, unlike most NDT methods, there is no national, European or international certification process for either the methods or the personnel. DIN 54162, ‘Non-destructive testing – Qualification and certification of personnel for thermographic testing – General and special principles for Levels 1, 2 and 3’, has been used since 2006 for the certification of thermographers in Germany and Austria.
Personal certification in NDT requires appropriate method standards, training and certification standards.
Personnel carrying out active thermography in the aircraft industry have written procedures that are used within the industry and existing certification schemes, but it is recognised that a third-party certification scheme would be a step forward, and an internationally-recognised one would help thermographers to work worldwide.
DIN proposed the adoption of a set of German thermography standards, including DIN 54162, as European standards through CEN/TC 138/WG 11. Although they were provisionally approved, CEN/TC 138/WG 11 failed to adopt a NWI (Thermographic testing – Part 1: General principles) due to lack of CEN member participation.
ASNT Recommended Practice SNT-TC-1A: ‘Personnel qualification and certification in nondestructive testing (2011)’ provides guidelines for employers to establish in-house certification programmes for the qualification and certification of non-destructive testing personnel. The documentation provides some useful material, but does not give much detail of the knowledge, skills or experience required, leaving it to the employers to decide.
The certification standard for condition monitoring thermography (ISO 18436:7) is well established and the building thermography certification requirements (ISO 6781:3) are shortly to be published as a DIS. But these do not cover active thermography and are not aimed at NDT personnel.
ISO 9712 explicitly defines a method called ‘Thermographic Testing’ (TT), but there is no document defining what this should cover.
In 2012, ISO/TC 135/SC 8 approved new work items for ‘Non-destructive testing – Infrared thermographic testing – General principles’ and equipment standards under the leadership of the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS).
Suitable standards are now under development and it is time to start developing personal certification for NDT thermographers.
BINDT and the UK Thermography Association (UKTA) frequently receive enquiries about NDT thermography. It is time to start producing an NDT thermography certification scheme for both UK and worldwide use.
We are setting up a new NDT thermography working group and looking for members who are users, customers or instrument manufacturers. If you are interested, contact Nicole Scutt, tel: +44 (0)1604 89 3856 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Verification of PCN NDT certification
From time to time, instances of inaccurate statements concerning PCN certification do arise. Very rarely, users of certificate personnel may be presented with fraudulent certificates and/or wallet cards.
All employers, agencies and users of NDT personnel are encouraged to seek verification of PCN certification online at http://www.bindt.org/PCN
To search, please enter the name or PCN number (do not enter both).
PCN NDT certification data is updated in real time as a new qualification is issued. This also includes PCN CM certification.
Call for volunteers for the General Technical Committee
The British Institute of NDT is re-establishing the General Technical Committee (GTC). The GTC is concerned with technical matters relating only to the certification of personnel engaged in non-destructive testing (NDT), and its members should therefore have relevant expertise in the industrial application of NDT or the training of personnel in the application of NDT.
Membership of the GTC shall be by the acceptance of nominations from NDT organisations and major industrial companies with a specific interest in the certification of the competence of NDT personnel.
Each organisation approved as a BINDT authorised qualifying body (AQB) shall nominate a representative, who will be an ordinary member of the GTC. Additional representatives of AQBs may participate in formally constituted GTC Working Groups (WG).
Ordinary members of the GTC shall retire after three years, but shall be eligible for re-nomination by the organisation(s) they represent. Member organisations may, at any time, change their nomination or nominate alternates by informing the Certification Manager in writing.
Please visit http://www.bindt.org/documentdownload to download PCN/3 – ‘Constitution, Terms of Reference and Method of Working of the PCN Scheme General Technical Committee’, Issue 1, dated 23 July 2013.
Any organisation that wishes to be involved in the GTC should contact Nicole Scutt, tel: +44 (0)1604 89 3856 or email: email@example.com
New PCN ATOs/AQBs and extensions to scope
Following initial audits for new ATO applications, the following organisations are now approved as accredited training organisations (ATO):
- IRIS Thermovision (Condition Monitoring)
- Global School of NDT.
- ATH Consultants
- South West School of NDT
- NDT Consultants
- INP Kazakhstan
- Serco RTC
- SKF (UK) Ltd
- TWI Aberdeen
- KEK IVEPE
- TQCC Greece.
- A V Technology is now authorised to conduct courses in acoustic emission (condition monitoring).