PCN News

Certification Services Division – September 2018 

Qualifications & Certification Talk

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

A recent Certification Management Committee (CMC) meeting took a decision 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 applied to 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 to demonstrate the process and sequence of events that are typical in a fluorescent flow line situation. 

ATOs have been informed of this requirement, any enquiries shall be directed to nicole.banks@bindt.org

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 October 2018. 
 For further information on the new layout, please contact Nicole Banks, BINDT Certification Services, email: nicole.banks@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 was introduced in August 2018 and all current certificates stating the old wording (does not comply with ISO 9712) will be re-issued. 

Certificates will immediately change on the PCN verification page to reflect this wording; however, due to the complexity of re-issuing such a large number of certificates, it is estimated that this process will be completed by the end of September 2018. 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/downloads/NDT_ATO.pdf

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