PCN News

Certification Services Division – May 2018 

Qualifications & Certification Talk

May 2018 update – Status of certificates

On 26 December 2017, all certificates affected by the NDT International PTE Ltd situation that were not successfully re-examined or granted an extension were withdrawn. Those certificate holders that have been granted an extension are listed in the documents below. Withdrawn certificates are also listed.

Extensions (certificates)
Extensions (candidates)


General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

A new data privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), has now been introduced. In order to meet the requirements of this regulation, all PCN applications will include the option to opt in to receiving BINDT-related promotional material.

The following wording will now be included on all application forms: ‘BINDT will store and use the information given on this form only for the purpose for which it has been provided. Your personal details and any other data you provide to BINDT will not be passed on to a third party without your permission. BINDT would like to contact you from time to time to let you know about its other services that may be of interest, such as special offers and discounts, events and new products’.

If you are happy to be contacted by BINDT, you should to indicate this by ticking a box on the form.

You can subscribe or unsubscribe at any time; simply let us know.


Aerospace general requirements – document PCN Aero A0

This document, together with its appendices, covers the specific requirements for PCN qualification and/or Level 2 or Level 3 certification of personnel engaged in non-destructive testing of aerospace materials and components, aerospace structures and aerospace welds. It provides certification in compliance with BS EN ISO 9712, as well as qualification in compliance with EN 4179.

With this in mind, the requirements must meet the higher of the two standards in the case of PCN for Level 3 certification, whether this be for general certification or for aerospace; the higher of the two standards would be BS EN ISO 9712:2012, which confirms that the candidate must hold or have demonstrated practical competence at Level 2 to be eligible to hold Level 3 certification. This will be reflected in the next issue of the document.

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 renewal fee

PCN certificate holders are advised that the renewal fee for 2018 will increase to £232.00 plus VAT from 1 April 2018. 

To renew, please see documents CP16 and CP17. Details of charges for certification services can be found in document PSL/35.

All PCN documents are available to download from the BINDT website using the following link: www.bindt.org/Certification/pcn-exam-requirements-and-document-download/

Product technology questions in PCN examinations

In 2017, the Certification Management Committee 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 be a completely separate product technology paper covering a single sector. 

Issue 17 of PCN/GEN – General Requirements for Qualification and PCN Certification of NDT Personnel, dated 1 March 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.

Levels 1 and 2 product technology shall be split as follows:
  • Any single-sector product technology examination paper should consist of ten product technology questions covering the sector for which certification is sought, ie ten questions should be attempted from either castings product technology, welds product technology or wrought product technology. The total number of product technology questions to be attempted within a single-sector product technology examination is ten from within the sector for which certification is sought. 
  • Any multi-sector product technology examination paper should consist of questions taken from all associated examination sectors. Questions should be spread equally within one single examination: ten castings product technology questions, ten welds product technology questions and ten wrought/forging product technology questions. The total number of product technology questions to be attempted within a multi-sector product technology examination is 30, to be split equally across the product sectors as described.
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 be more complicated than the previous layout.

The implementation date has now been postponed until 1 May 2018. For further information on the new layout, please contact Nicole Banks, BINDT Certification Services, email: nicole.banks@bindt.org 

Eddy current array certification

More than ever, people are utilising advanced eddy current technologies to inspect a wide range of structures. Eddy current arrays (ECAs) are available for a multitude of different applications, including the detection of stress corrosion cracking and surface discontinuities in welds and the inspection of heat exchanger tubing.
The use of arrays offers many advantages over conventional eddy current testing. Larger areas may be inspected at one time and with one scan, allowing the inspection time and associated cost to be reduced. Improved imaging techniques allow for easier interpretation by non-experts, while still retaining the raw data for analysis by skilled individuals when irregular signals occur. Arrays allow for the detection and analysis of discontinuities that historically may have been difficult to assess or, in the worst cases, have been missed altogether. 
Evidence suggests that there are close to 1000 eddy current instruments with array capability in existence in UK industry at the present time and that PCN certification associated with this technique is desirable.
If you or your organisation has an interest in the development of PCN ECA certification and would like to become a member of the Certification Working Group, formed and administered by BINDT Certification Services in conjunction with the PCN General Technical Committee, please forward you contact details to Jennifer Cook, email: jennifer.cook@bindt.org

NDT International PTE Ltd withdrawal update

On 27 December 2017, all the affected certificates of those who were not successfully re-examined or granted an extension were withdrawn. Lists of all withdrawn certificates and all extensions granted are available - see links above.

Employers are encouraged to check that the certificates of their employees or sub-contractors 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 

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

BINDT Certification Services is aware that the wording of PCN Weld Inspection certificates may have a negative undertone. The current wording within the scope section of the certificate states that weld inspection ‘does not comply with ISO 9712’. BINDT has been working with the PCN Weld Inspection Working Group, which is made up of industry members, trainers and examiners, to resolve this issue. 

The working group took the decision, which was ratified by the Certification Management Committee, to reword the scope of weld inspection certification. It will now state that weld inspection ‘complies with PCN WI 01’ and fulfils the requirements of BS EN ISO 17637.  

This change will not take effect immediately but it is estimated that it will be in place by 1 April 2018. However, this is only an estimate and may take longer to action. 

All holders of PCN weld inspection certification will be contacted directly by email or letter prior to the change. 

There are also changes to the document PCN_WI (issue 4 rev 2), which are due to be implemented on 1 May 2018. This document is available to download from the BINDT website using the following link: www.bindt.org/Certification/pcn-exam-requirements-and-document-download/Inspection-Documents

If you have any queries relating to this notification, please address these to Jennifer Cook, BINDT Certification Services, email: jennifer.cook@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.

Withdrawn certificates:
  • R Ranjit Joshi, PCN number 306461 – all certificates withdrawn from 27 July 2016 for a period of 2 years.
  • R Rajakumar, PCN number 203178 – all certificates withdrawn from 27 July 2016 for a period of 2 years.

PCN Registered Update Scheme

The British Institute of NDT offers the means for companies and individuals to ensure that all PCN documentation that they hold is current, as any updates to standards and processes may affect certification. A company/individual can register and automatically receive, on a quarterly basis, all current PCN documents on a USB stick.

The obvious saving of time, plus the security of knowing that your documentation is up to date, makes this service indispensable to the quality-conscious company for a reduced annual fee of £145.00 (plus VAT for UK-based customers). An uncontrolled copy of the USB stick containing all PCN documents is available at £50.00 plus VAT.

Further information is available from BINDT Certification Services, tel: +44 (0)1604 438300 or email: pcn@bindt.org

Verification of PCN NDT certification

From time to time, instances of inaccurate statements concerning PCN certification do arise. Very rarely, users of certificated 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: www.bindt.org/pcn. To search, please enter the name or PCN number (do not enter both).

Alternatively, the new 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.

Condition monitoring renewal applications

CM certificate holders are reminded that issue 01 certificates can be renewed by the paperwork method in place of the recertification examination, subject to criteria being met.

Information can be found by referring to document reference CP16-CM, which is available to download from the condition monitoring document download page on the BINDT website: www.bindt.org/downloads/CP16CM.pdf

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.

Clause 17 of PCN/GEN – General Requirements for Qualification and PCN Certification of NDT Personnel states: 

  • 17.1 – It is the responsibility of the certificate holder to initiate the procedure required for certification. 
  • 17.2 – The period of validity of the certification is normally five years from the date of certification and the wallet card is normally ten years. The expiry date is indicated on the certificate and/or wallet card.
  • 17.3 – Initial certification will be issued from the date the results notice is received by PCN and not before. 
  • 17.4 – Where success in the recertification procedure occurs no later than six weeks prior to expiry of the certificate, the new certificate will expire five years after the expiry date of the certificate being recertificated. 
  • 17.5 – It is the responsibility of the candidate to complete his or her own application forms and documentation to ensure the information provided is correct and up to date. In the event of a false statement being discovered, any certification awarded as a result of an examination or renewal application will be null and void and the certificate must be returned to BINDT. The candidate/PCN holder will accept responsibility for payment of examination fees in the event of non-payment by the sponsor. 
  • 17.6 – PCN certification shall be invalid: 
  • 17.6.1 – In any industrial sector that is not covered by the certificate (unless the holder successfully completes a supplementary examination for the industrial sector); 
  • 17.6.2 – At the discretion of the British Institute of NDT after reviewing evidence of unethical behaviour (see CP27 – Code of Ethics for PCN Certificate Holders); 
  • 17.6.3 – If examination or certification fees are not paid when due; 
  • 17.6.4 – If the individual becomes physically incapable of performing his or her duties based upon failure of the visual acuity examination taken annually under the responsibility of his employer; 
  • 17.6.5 – If a significant interruption (see ‘Terms and Definitions’ – Section 3 of this document) takes place in the method for which the individual is certificated; 
  • 17.6.6 – If the individual fails recertification, until such time as the individual meets the requirements for recertification or initial certification. 
  • 17.6.7 – In the case of certification for industrial radiography, if the period since the certificate holder has achieved success in a PCN (or recognised equivalent) radiation safety examination exceeds five years; 
  • – PCN radiography certification is considered by BINDT to be valid in any country outside of the United Kingdom where the certificate holder has passed an examination on local radiation safety regulations and provides BINDT evidence of valid radiation safety certification issued by a recognised independent authority in that country. 
  • 17.7 – Verification of current PCN certification is available at www.bindt.org/pcn provided the correct PCN number is entered for the individual. 
To renew your ID card, please complete and submit form PSL/18, which can be viewed or downloaded using the following link: www.bindt.org/downloads/PSL18.pdf

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