PCN News

Certification Services Division – March 2019 


 
Qualifications & Certification Talk
 





An invitation to all Corporate members

Any employee from a BINDT Corporate member company can attend the quarterly meetings of the Trade and Industry Committee, which allows individuals to have a say in the future direction and development of the NDT industry through PCN and BINDT. 

The next meeting will be held at BINDT in Northampton on 24 April 2019, commencing at 10.30 am. The meeting will include an NDT apprenticeships update from Roger Lyon. Refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided. 

If you would like to attend please contact Cindy Bailey 
(email: cindy.bailey@bindt.org) to ensure adequate 
buffet provision.

For more information on the Committee’s current activities, see the BINDT website at: www.bindt.org/institute-committees-and-groups/institute-committees/trade-and-industry-executive-committee/

 





PCN Level 2 renewal customer satisfaction survey


The Certification Services Department is continuing with its satisfaction survey on the CP16 renewal process and a very good response has been received so far, with 308 candidates having completed the survey.  

All individual comments received are collated and reviewed and then considered when the Certification Services Department revises its strategic plan for documentation and processes.

More surveys regarding the department’s processes are in progress and will be published in due course.

Results from the survey so far are shown below:



Overall, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with
 the renewal process?


How would you rate the customer service received from
 the Certification Services Department?

 
  

How responsive has the Certification Services Department been
 to your questions/concerns during your renewal process?


How likely are you to use the renewal process for revalidation of certification in the future?
 
 




PMI Scheme

Certification Services will shortly be releasing the PMI Scheme for qualification of personnel who perform NDT applications of a limited nature with positive material identification. 

Further details will soon be available at: www.bindt.org/certification/pcn-exam-requirements-and-document-download




 

PCN online examinations

PCN has been working on a project to implement online examinations. The project is due to be rolled out in the UK during 2019.





Condition monitoring

The Certification Services Department is happy to report that it has reached its highest number of condition monitoring certificate holders since the scheme began. Since January 2018, the number of certificate holders has increased by 9% due to the continued input and development from working group members and stakeholders. 

For more information on CM certification, visit: www.bindt.org/COMADIT/CM-Certification







Revalidation of certification

It is the responsibility of the certificate holder to initiate the procedure required for revalidation. Reminders are automatically sent to PCN holders six months prior to expiry, so long as their contact details are kept up to date with PCN.

Options for revalidation:

  • Renewal by the paperwork method, direct to PCN (only for issue 1 certificates (CP16 and CP17)).
  • Recertification by examination, direct to the Authorised Qualifying Body (AQB) (for issue 1 and issue 2 certificates).
Things to remember:
  • Revalidation can be initiated six months prior to expiry;
  • Revalidation must be no later than six weeks prior to expiry:Recertification exams must be sat no later than six weeks prior to expiry
    – Renewal applications must be submitted to PCN no later than six weeks prior to expiry.
In cases where revalidation does not or cannot happen within the required time frame, the candidate should apply for either:
  • Deferred approval – PSL/28, current fee £85.00 + VAT (please always refer to PSL/35 for the latest fee). The PCN certificate holder will apply for deferred approval from BINDT, up until the expiry date of their certificate. Following receipt of the approval letter, the PCN certificate holder must then apply to an AQB for a recertification exam. This does not extend the certificate. 
  • Late approval – PSL/28, current fee £190.00 + VAT (please always refer to PSL/35 for the latest fee). The PCN certificate holder will apply for late approval from BINDT if their certificate has already expired. The late approval can be submitted up to ten months after the expiry of the certificate. Following receipt of the approval letter, the PCN certificate holder must then apply to an AQB for a recertification exam. This does not extend the certificate.
No extensions to the maximum five-year period of validity are permitted according to ISO 9712.







Product technology questions in PCN examinations

After serious consideration, the new PCN product technology changes that were due to be implemented 1 January 2019 have been postponed indeterminately until all the necessary procedures have been generated and understood by all Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) and Authorised Qualifying Bodies (AQBs).  


It is recognised that there will be a period of several months required for the ATOs and AQBs to implement the necessary changes to training and examination processes after the procedures have been issued.  





Verification of PCN NDT certification

All employers, agencies and end-users of NDT personnel are encouraged to seek verification of PCN certification using the online verification tool at: www.bindt.org/pcn. To search, please enter the name or PCN number (do not enter both).

Alternatively, the PCN Verifier app can be downloaded at: www.bindt.org/publications/ndt-apps
PCN NDT certification data is updated in real time as a new qualification is issued. This also includes PCN CM certification.





Approved PCN stamps

BINDT offers candidates the opportunity to purchase an approved form of stamp, which, when used in support of the usual signature, will positively identify the PCN certificate holder reporting the results of tests or authorising NDT instructions and procedures.

Two models of stamp are available:

  • Self-inking stamp.
 Approximate dimensions: 95 x 50 x 40 mm. Cost: £28.50 plus VAT.
 You can now include your PCN methods and levels – prices start at £28.50 plus VAT. 
Please note that this cost depends upon the amount of information to be added. For further pricing information please contact us by emailing: pcn@bindt.org
  • Rubber stamp.
 Requires separate ink pad (not supplied). Approximate dimensions: 70 x 30 x 25 mm. Cost: £22.00 plus VAT.
  • New! Coloured ink pads for self-inking stamps.
 Now available in red, green or blue at a cost of £3.50 including VAT.
A postage fee of £2.50 per stamp is added for delivery to UK addresses and a fee of £6.00 is added for airmail carriage to other destinations. Anticipated time from receipt of order to delivery is 
10-14 working days.

The resulting graphic for both models measures 30 x 20 mm and includes the PCN logo, the surname and initials and PCN number of the holder. Reference is provided to www.bindt.org/pcn, where the status of PCN certification can be found by searching the name or PCN number of the stamp holder.

For an order form and further information on approved PCN stamps, see PCN document PSL/66, which can be found at: www.bindt.org/downloads/PSL66.pdf






ID cards and PCN certificate validity

The following information is for PCN holders, employers, agencies and end-users. 

PCN rules state that a PCN ID (wallet) card is only valid for ten years, after which it will need to be renewed. 

The PCN rules also state that a certificate is only valid when signed by the PCN certificate holder and presented with an ID (wallet) card bearing the photographic image of the certificate holder. Wallet cards must be valid when presented with the certificate. 

BINDT Certification Services will continue to check ID card validity, for example when applications are submitted.

To renew your ID card, please complete and submit form PSL/18, which is available to download from the BINDT website using the following link: www.bindt.org/Certification/pcn-exam-requirements-and-document-download





New PCN AQBs/ATOs 

Up-to-date contact details for all Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) can be found on the BINDT website at:www.bindt.org/education-and-training/bindt-approved-trainers

Up-to-date contact details for all Authorised Qualifying Bodies (AQBs) can be found on the BINDT website at: www.bindt.org/downloads/PSL4.pdf




Lost stolen or withdrawn certificates

The certification for PCN number 335391 has been stolen. 
All employers, agencies and end-users are advised that PCN certificates are only valid when presented with a laminated wallet card bearing the image and signature of the certificate holder. 


The following staff at NDT International PTE Ltd have been banned from working with BINDT or another BINDT approved organisation permanently and had their PCN Certification removed indefinitely:
  • Mr G Venkataraman (PCN Number 309672)
  • Mr Francis Regis Joe (PCN Number 302284)
  • Mr Biju Pappu (PCN Number 325842)
  • Mr Venkaiah Vanka (PCN Number 329274)
  • Ms Lalitha Venkatesh
  • Mr C Thangachariman (PCN Number 333686)
  • Mr Andrew Harvey (aka A J Lourdes) (PCN Number 327730)
  • Mr K Kumaran (PCN Number 317701)
  • Mr R Ganesh (PCN Number 329206)
  • Mr G Narayanaswamy (PCN Number 329278)
  • Mr K V Sivaramakrishnan (PCN Number 313268)
  • Mr P Muthu Kumar (PCN Number 328063)
  • Mr Suman Dey (PCN Number 300332).
The following staff have been banned from working with BINDT or another BINDT approved organisation for a five-year period:

 Name PCN no
  Name PCN no
 Sankar Ramasundaram 
 310095 
  Aniket Ashok Sonawane
 331080
 Madan Lal Sharma
   Kumaran Kannan
 317701
 Sherin Roopa Nancy
 326495
  Arun Kumar Kandasamy
 320680
 Satish Naidu Bagadi 325344
  K R P Mahalakshmi
 326476
 S Mahesh Nainaganti
 323836
  Anamika Roy
 332655
 D Roshan Kumar
 320920
  Ankita Dutta Chowdhury
 332654
 Sharma Varun
 319564
  Simul Dey
 305683
Shiva Kumar Ramaraj
 310889
  Dino Davis
 329769
 Venkatesh Srinivasan 320027  Rini Baby
 334653
 Melvin Adaikalaraj 319724  P G Shaju
 300859
 Thirunavukkarasu Sundar
 308177
  Sridhar Yalla
 333872
 Roshin Issac Arakal
 327738
  Anil Arjun Khond
 327757
 Bindhu Varghese Moolan
 328111
  Rahul M Pathare
 327758
 Ganesh Ramadurai
 329206
  Sagar R Jaiswal
 334352
 Jamsheed Salahudeen
 325501
  Rajeev R Nair
 330884
 Narayanaswamy Guruswamy
 329278
  D V V Narendra Kumar
 319741
 A Rajamani
 
  Arul Vignesh Punniya Moorthy
 320026
 Muhamad Ridwan
 
  Vediyappa Mudali Govindasamy 
 310097
 Mrs Princy Shenny
 
  P Muthu Kumar D Pandiaraj
 328063
 Pruthu Likhankar
 
  Zuriadah Binti Hilal
 
 S Anantha Lakshmi
 
  Manimohan
 
 S Karthik Kumar
 
  Smitha Shaju
 
 Vinoth Kumar Balasubramanian
 312064
  S Janani
 
 Edwin Antony Raj Selvaraj
 329404
  Rama Kuna
 
 S Thiruvenkadam

 
  Bindu Babu
 

Affected certificate holders can contact alternative AQBs listed in document PSL/4: www.bindt.org/downloads/PSL4.pdf