Certification

Certification Services Division 

WITHDRAWAL OF EN473 AND UPDATE TO CERTIFICATION STANDARD EN ISO 9712:2012
TRANSITION BETWEEN EN 473:2008, ISO 9712:2005 AND EN ISO 9712:2012

Certification according to EN 473:2008 and/or ISO 9712:2005, awarded before publication of EN ISO 9712:2012, remains valid until the next mandatory step in the certification process, i.e. renewal or recertification, which shall be carried out according to this International Standard.


Certification according to this International Standard is considered as fulfilling the requirements of both EN 473:2008 and ISO 9712:2005; consequently, any requirement for certification to either of these standards is fulfilled by a certification according to this International Standard.

The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing is an accredited Independent Certifying Body, complying with the criteria of European standard ISO/IEC 17024 : 2003 (Conformity assessment – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons), and offering a flexible, reliable and cost-effective method of satisfying NDT personnel qualification and certification standard EN ISO 9712:2012 (Non-destructive Testing. Qualification and certification of NDT personnel). The accreditation of the Institute for personnel certification activities is signified by the use of the UKAS accreditation logo shown on the right.

The Institute is also accredited to assess and certify/register quality management systems for compliance with the criteria in the international standard BS EN ISO 9000 : 2005 series. The accreditation of the Institute for quality systems certification activities is signified by the use of the UKAS accreditation logo shown on the left.

The Institute's Certification services are marketed under the PCN Scheme, which has built up an international reputation for certification of competence of personnel in the NDT and condition monitoring fields. The PCN logo, shown right, signifies the highest standards in conformity assessment and certification, and those who have successfully aspired to gain authorisation to use the logo are justifiably proud of their achievements.

The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT), which owns and operates the PCN Certification Scheme, offers UKAS-accredited certification of competence as described below:

Sector
Testing Methods
Aerospace
eddy current, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, radiographic and ultrasonic testing of aerospace materials, components and structures

Castings
radiographic and ultrasonic testing of light and dense metal castings

Welds
radiographic, ultrasonic (including time-of-flight diffraction techniques) and electromagnetic testing of light and dense metal welds

Wrought Products 
eddy current and ultrasonic testing of wrought products

General Products
ultrasonic thickness measurement, liquid penetrant testing, magnetic particle testing and visual testing of general engineering products (multi-sector, including castings, welds and wrought products), and radiation safety certification

Railway
liquid penetrant testing, magnetic particle testing and ultrasonic testing of rail and ultrasonic testing of railway axles; liquid penetrant and magnetic particle testing of general railway products (multi-sector, including castings and wrought products)

Tubes & Pipes
liquid penetrant testing, magnetic particle testing eddy current testing and ultrasonic testing of tubes and pipes (including flat products for tube fabrication) for pressure purposes

The above accreditation covers certification according to EN ISO 9712  Non-destructive Testing. Qualification and certification of NDT personnel. The aim of the PCN Scheme is also to provide employers with assurance that the qualification criteria of 2nd party certification standards, such as EN 4179, ISO 11484 and NAS-410, are also satisfied.

BINDT is also accredited against the criteria of EN 45013 to certify personnel as having reached one of two levels of competence in the ultrasonic testing of steel plate, and three levels of weld inspection. Details of the competences are given in the PCN Scheme document WPSB/UT4/90 and PCN/WI_03 respectively (this certification is outwith the scope of EN ISO 9712).