PCN News

Certification Services Division – December 2018 

Qualifications & Certification Talk

BINDT releases enhanced online continuing professional development (CPD) resource

Continuing professional development (CPD) is the systematic acquisition of knowledge and skills and the development of personal qualities to maintain and enhance professional competence. 

CPD has several purposes, which will vary in relation to an individual’s circumstances, their needs and their career progression. Very often, individuals will carry out CPD to provide assurance of their continuing competence in their current job. At other times, CPD may be undertaken to enable them to fulfil a different role either within or outside of their organisation (which may have more management content or may not be a pure engineering role). Equally, CPD may help individuals to follow a longer-term career development plan or to enhance their professionalism in a context wider than a specific job role. The focus of an individual’s learning may therefore be on different areas of competence at different times.

CPD can take a variety of forms. At its heart is informal learning through the challenges and opportunities of working life and interaction with others (for example colleagues, customers and suppliers), including professionals from other disciplines. However, this may be supplemented by structured activities such as courses, distance learning programmes, private study, preparation of papers and presentations, mentoring, involvement in professional body activities or relevant voluntary work.

CPD is soon to become a mandatory requirement for BINDT or Engineering Council membership. The UK Engineering Council now requires all of its Licensed Members (including BINDT) to carry out a sample audit of registrants’ CPD records. BINDT has decided to apply this policy to all members, whether registered or not.

One of the main functions of a professional body is promoting and supporting the professional development of its members. BINDT has a Code of Practice for CPD and it expects that individual members will undertake CPD to maintain their professional standards. All CPD activities and achievements should be recorded, so that progress towards implementing the development plan and maintaining professional competence can be demonstrated.

To help with this process, BINDT has recently introduced an enhancement to the members’ area of its website, where members can record their CPD activities and keep a tally of the amount of CPD undertaken by means of points accumulated on an annual basis. 

It includes:
  • A template to create a record of CPD, which the user can show employers and administrators. Activities can be added and edited and points automatically accumulated;
  • The ability to record CPD points for certification renewal (for example linked to PCN documents CP16 or CP17);
  • The ability to upload relevant documents, such as certificates and attendance records; and
  • The ability to file documents by date and record content on an annual basis.
To access the new resource, visit www.bindt.org and log-in to the members’ area, ‘MyBINDT’. Then, simply click on the ‘My Continuing Professional Development’ link.

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 you 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 January 2019, commencing at 10.30 am. 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/

Call for aerospace representation on BINDT’s Certification Management Committee (CMC)

The BINDT Certification Management Committee (CMC) is looking to appoint a suitable person or persons to assist the Committee in discharging its roles and responsibilities for NDT certification products within the aerospace sector. The ideal person(s) should have current experience of working within or with a prime aerospace provider or experience of working within an aerospace maintenance organisation providing NDT services to the aerospace sector.

The committee meets on four occasions throughout the year; meetings predominantly take place in Northampton and are attended by, among others, industry and training organisations/examination and regulatory bodies such as the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). It is expected that your representation on the CMC would bring benefits to the aerospace sector in terms of regulating NDT certification schemes for the purpose of the inspection of aerospace materials, components and structures, in line with such standards as BS EN ISO 9712 and EN 4179.

General information pertaining to CMC and its operations is as follows:
The Certification Management Committee is predominantly responsible for assisting the Institute in developing policies relating to the impartiality of all certification activities and to counteract any tendency to allow commercial or other considerations to prevent the consistent objective provision of certification activities. CMC is the dominant committee for the purpose of regulating the affairs and methods of working of the Certification Services Division, which operates the PCN Scheme. Up to eleven of the members of the CMC are appointed by the Council of BINDT, with the remainder being co-opted to represent the interests of their particular industry sectors. In the case of this article, representation is being sought for the aerospace sector.

In order to provide for industry sector technical development and the maintenance of specific certification products through BINDT Working Groups (WGs), the BINDT Council constitutes a Certification Management Committee and delegates to the CMC the responsibility for maintaining a management overview of the operations of its Certification Services Division. The primary role of BINDT-nominated CMC members is to represent the interests of BINDT by ensuring the preservation of the international reputation of the PCN Scheme, while the primary role of industry-nominated CMC members is to represent the interests of users of the PCN Scheme and provide direction to the General Technical Committee, which ultimately develops and refreshes certification schemes through the use of working groups.

Participating industry organisations are therefore encouraged to nominate primary and alternative representatives, only one of whom will be required to attend at any one time, in order to ensure adequate industry representation at each meeting.

To gain more of an insight into the role and the workings of the committee, see the current terms of reference for the CMC (PCN/01 and PCN/02 (WGs)), which describe in greater detail the workings of the Committee and its obligations to both industry and the PCN Scheme:
If you feel passionate about the certification requirements affecting NDT within the aerospace sector and are willing to dedicate approximately four days per annum on a voluntary basis to assist BINDT in providing those services, which ultimately have an effect on your business, then we would be delighted to hear from you. 

Please direct all initial enquiries by email to Patrick Boulton: patrick.boulton@bindt.org, who will be happy to provide further guidance or answer any questions that you may have.  

UK NANDTB Advisory AD-012

Clarification of the content of the Level 3 basic examination per EN 4179:2017

EN 4179:2017 is ambiguous in terms of the content of the Level 3 basic examination. The standard could be interpreted as meaning either that the basic examination must contain questions on the other methods indicated within it, as per paragraph 1.3, OR that the basic examination must contain questions on the other methods used, as defined by the employer’s Written Practice, as per paragraph 7.1.2. There has been no unified view on which interpretation is correct.

In order to clarify this situation, attain consistency across industry and assist the Outside Agencies in issuing a valid Level 3 basic examination, the Aerospace Non-Destructive Test Board Forum (ANDTBF) has taken the initiative to provide direction on what the Level 3 basic examination should contain. Document ANDTBF/10 outlines the agreement from the forum member boards that:
  • In addition to the minimum 40 general examination questions in the NDT method for which certification is being sought, a separate ‘Other NDT Methods’ examination shall be administered to a Level 3 candidate as a one-time-only examination.
  • The examination shall comprise general knowledge questions covering at least four NDT methods as required for Level 2 and chosen by the candidate from the list of common methods per EN 4179. These four methods shall include at least one volumetric method (ultrasonic testing (UT) or radiographic testing (RT)).
  • Each NDT method shall be addressed by a minimum of 15 closed-book questions; the minimum total number of questions is 60.
  • The pass mark is 80%. The exam/score is not to be used as part of the composite score.

As the UK Board is a voting member of the ANDTBF, it is bound by the policies of the forum. Therefore, with immediate effect, all Level 3 basic examinations issued from the date of this advisory must comply with the above document to be recognised by the UK NANDTB. 
NOTE: No retrospective action needs be taken for previous Level 3 examinations, provided they are maintained in accordance with the standard.

Written by Kevin Pickup on behalf of the UK NANDTB.

Possible development of PCN visual testing certification for the aerospace sector

It has been brought to BINDT’s attention that third-party certification for visual testing (VT) within the aerospace sector is in demand. Currently, the international standard BS EN ISO 9712:2012 provides for third-party certification schemes, such as BINDT’s PCN Scheme, to develop VT within the aerospace sector. BINDT would like to engage with the readership in the aerospace sector to establish whether the development of such a product would be a beneficial addition to the current PCN Aerospace appendix document suite. 
The results of your feedback will be passed to BINDT’s Certification Management Committee (CMC) for consideration and, if appropriate, an industry sector (aerospace) working group for the production of a third-party (PCN) certification scheme for visual testing within the aerospace sector will be formed.

BINDT would be grateful if you could provide feedback to the following two questions:

  1. Does demand exist within the aerospace sector for PCN visual testing certification?
  2. Would you be willing to engage with BINDT to assist in developing PCN VT certification for the aerospace sector?
Please supply your answers on this matter directly to Patrick Boulton (patrick.boulton@bindt.org) and John Moody (john.moody@bindt.org). Thank you in advance for your time.  

Alert: PCN Tradename and Trademark clarification 

This alert will be of interest to anyone that is responsible for acquisition or provision of NDT services - download here (PDF). 

PCN Level 2 renewal customer satisfaction survey

On 5 July 2018, PCN launched a customer satisfaction survey of Level 2 candidates using the CP16 certificate renewal process. CP16 renewal applications are being processed by PCN within the 14-day service level agreement (SLA). However, to ensure the service provided to candidates and the support they receive meets or exceeds their expectations, a survey has been devised to gather feedback and monitor performance from a candidate’s point of view.


To date, 162 candidates have responded to the survey, which is being sent out with renewal emails. The results are presented in the Figures:

Overall, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the renewal process?
How would you rate the customer service received from PCN?
How responsive have we 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?

The survey will run indefinitely and all candidates using the certificate renewal process will have the opportunity to participate and give their views on the quality of service provided. Comments are also being invited and will be followed up by staff.


Similar customer satisfaction surveys covering other aspects of the PCN service will be rolled out in due course to enable PCN to monitor its performance and guide improvements to its service to candidates.


PCN update 

BINDT will be holding a PCN update from 09h00-12h00 on Monday 10 September 2018 at the colocated NDT 2018 and CM/MFPT 2018 Conferences, East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, UK. 

Senior representatives from BINDT will update delegates on the outcome of the NDT International situation and provide information regarding current PCN operations and future developments. 

The event is free of charge. For further information visit our events page at: www.bindt.org/events/PCN-Update-2018

Six-week rule for revalidation of certification

PCN certificate holders are reminded of the six-week rule for revalidation of certification. It is the responsibility of the certificate holder to initiate the procedure required for renewal.

As of 1 January 2017, all methods for revalidating a PCN certificate (including recertification examination and paper renewal applications) must be carried out no later than six weeks prior to the expiry date. The certificate will be issued from the previous expiry date and will expire five years minus a day from the original expiry date. Please refer to the relevant PCN form for clarification on the method.

MT/PT Equipment ATOs holding sector-specific approval

In a recent Certification Management Committee (CMC) meeting, a decision was taken on the need for all ATOs to hold the complete equipment stated in the CP8B checklist for the method in which they are approved. This has actually always been a requirement; however, some discretion has previously been allowed for those ATOs only holding magnetic testing (MT) and penetrant testing (PT) welds. 

The view of the CMC is that, although the requirements of the CP8B checklist need to be met, there are alternative ways to demonstrate the techniques without the need for fixed installations. 

Although the need for an actual PT fluorescent line may be negated, it would still need to be arranged in such a way that the process and sequence of events that are typical in a fluorescent flow line situation are demonstrated. 

ATOs have been informed of this requirement and any enquiries should be directed to Jennifer Cook, email:


Product technology questions in PCN examinations

In 2017, the Certification Management Committee (CMC) agreed to change the layout of PCN examination papers. Previously, product technology papers were included as part of the specific paper. The new layout will see a completely separate product technology paper covering a single sector. 

Issue 18 of PCN/GEN – General Requirements for Qualification and PCN Certification of NDT Personnel, dated 1 April 2018, describes the content. 

The product technology paper will consist of ten questions for each sector and will only need to be taken once if valid certification is held in that sector.

The number of questions in the specific paper has been reduced and the process has been developed so that it will not cost the candidates any extra or prove more complicated than the previous layout.

The implementation date has now been postponed until 1 January 2019. 
 For further information on the new layout, please contact Jennifer Cook, BINDT Certification Services, email: jennifer.cook@bindt.org 


NDT International PTE Ltd withdrawal update
All of the affected certificates have now been withdrawn. Employers are encouraged to check that the certificates of their employees or subcontractors are valid using the online verification tool at: www.bindt.org/pcn. Alternatively, the PCN Verifier app can be downloaded at: www.bindt.org/publications/ndt-apps 

Invalid PCN certificate numbers start with an uppercase ‘I’.

Candidates should not present certificates issued as a result of examinations conducted through NDT International PTE Ltd as being current or use them as valid certification. These certificates should be returned to BINDT Certification Services. 


Weld Inspection certificate wording update
Since the last update, PCN has been working on contacting all PCN Weld Inspection certificate holders to advise them of the upcoming change.

The scope of the Weld Inspection certification will now state that weld inspection ‘complies with PCN WI/01’ and fulfils the requirements of BS EN ISO 17637 (refer to ‘Specific requirements for the certification of personnel for welding inspection’ (www.bindt.org/downloads/PCNWI.pdf)).

This change has been introduced and all current certificates stating the old wording (does not comply with ISO 9712) have been re-issued. 

Should you have any queries relating to this notification, please forward these by way of email to pcn@bindt.org

Withdrawal of ATO/AQB

NDT International PTE Ltd has had its ATO and AQB status withdrawn with immediate effect at all of the following locations and sites:
  • Chennai
  • Singapore
  • Trichy
  • Cochin
  • Visag
  • Mumbai
  • Kolkata
  • Including all ad hoc and remote locations.
All candidates who hold PCN certification as a result of training and examinations conducted at any of the above centres will have their certification withdrawn.

NDT International has the right to appeal this decision.

All PCN certificates issued as a result of training and examinations through NDT international will be withdrawn. PCN will be writing to each candidate advising of the withdrawal and suggested actions to ensure they can quickly be re-examined at another centre.  

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
 V Sivaramakrishnan
  Aniket Ashok Sonawane
 Madan Lal Sharma
   Kumaran Kannan
 Sherin Roopa Nancy
  Arun Kumar Kandasamy
 Satish Naidu Bagadi 325344
  K R P Mahalakshmi
 S Mahesh Nainaganti
  Anamika Roy
 D Roshan Kumar
  Ankita Dutta Chowdhury
 Sharma Varun
  Simul Dey
Shiva Kumar Ramaraj
  Dino Davis
 Venkatesh Srinivasan 320027  Rini Baby
 Melvin Adaikalaraj 319724  P G Shaju
 Thirunavukkarasu Sundar
  Sridhar Yalla
 Roshin Issac Arakal
  Anil Arjun Khond
 Bindhu Varghese Moolan
  Rahul M Pathare
 Ganesh Ramadurai
  Sagar R Jaiswal
 Jamsheed Salahudeen
  Rajeev R Nair
 Narayanaswamy Guruswamy
  D V V Narendra Kumar
 A Rajamani
  Arul Vignesh Punniya Moorthy
 Muhamad Ridwan
  Vediyappa Mudali Govindasamy 
 Mrs Princy Shenny
  P Muthu Kumar D Pandiaraj
 Pruthu Likhankar
  Zuriadah Binti Hilal
 S Anantha Lakshmi
 S Karthik Kumar
  Smitha Shaju
 Vinoth Kumar Balasubramanian
  S Janani
 Edwin Antony Raj Selvaraj
  Rama Kuna
 S Thiruvenkadam

  Bindu Babu
 Sankar Ramasundaram  310095    

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

Suspended certificates
  • S Viswanathan, PCN number 309748 – all certificates suspended from 21 December 2016 for a period of 2 years.
  • K Viswanathan, PCN number 318093 – all certificates suspended from 21 December 2016 for a period of 2 years

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: £27.00 plus VAT.
 You can now include your PCN methods and levels – prices start at £28.00 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: £21.00 plus VAT.
  • New! Coloured ink pads for self-inking stamps.
 Now available in red, green or blue at a cost of £3.00 including VAT.
A postage fee of £2.50 per stamp is added for delivery to UK addresses and a fee of £5.00 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

PCN Handbooks

Those of you who are studying for a visual testing PCN examination may wish to obtain a copy of the PCN handbooks, which are listed as essential reading material:

  • PCN Classroom Training Handbook – Visual Testing. 

  • PCN Classroom Training Handbook – Product Technology.

The handbooks cost £15.00 each, which includes postage and packing.
If you wish to obtain a copy of either handbook, visit 
shopBINDT – the online bookstore at www.bindt.org/shopbindt – or contact Elaine Gerrish, tel: +44 (0)1604 438321 or email: elaine.gerrish@bindt.org


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