PCN News

Certification Services Division – December 2016 

Qualifications & Certification Talk
New PCN AQBs/ATOs and extensions to scope
The following ATOs/AQBs have been given continued accreditation following successful initial/annual surveillance audits/re-assessment:

  • AIT (Aerospace Inspection Training Ltd), England
    ATO and ISO surveillance plus extension of computed radiography

  • APPTRRA Global AS, Norway
    ATO and AQB approval

  • IRT (Institute of Infrared Thermography), England
    ATO re-assessment

  • Lavender International NDT Consultancy Services Ltd, Australia
    ATO re-assessment

  • MINDT Training & Certification Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
    ATO re-assessment

  • Serco Limited, England
    ATO surveillance

  • SKF (China) Sales Co Ltd, China
    ATO surveillance

  • SKF Argentina, South America
    ATO re-assessment

  • The South West School of NDT (MTD), Wales
    ATO surveillance

  • Tata Steel UK Limited, England
    ATO approval

  • TWI (India) Private Ltd, India
    ATO approval

Contact details for ATOs can be found on the BINDT website at: www.bindt.org/education-and-training/bindt-approved-trainers/

Contact details for AQBs can be found at: www.bindt.org/downloads/PSL04.pdf

Suspension of AQB/ATO
The AQB authorisation and ATO approval for Meena International (Chennai) have been suspended with immediate effect.

Lost, stolen or withdrawn certificates
The following certificate holders will not be permitted to work for any BINDT-approved organisation from 27 July 2016 for a period of 12 months:
  • B Chandramohan, PCN number 207149.

  • V Saravanavenkatesan, PCN number 305822.

  • S Prasanna Kumar, PCN number 305876.

  • R Rajesh, PCN number 308179.

Withdrawn certificates:
  • PCN number 308375 (individual) – Radiographic Testing certificate.

  • PCN number 300145 (individual) – Radiographic Testing certificate.

  • PCN number 302128 (individual) – Radiographic Testing certificate.

  • R Ranjit Joshi, PCN number 306461 – all certificates withdrawn from 27 July 2016 for a period of 2 years.

  • R Rajakumar, PCN number 203178 – all certificates withdrawn from 27 July 2016 for a period of 2 years.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 to ensure that all PCN documentation that they hold is current. Your company can register and automatically receive, on a quarterly basis, all current PCN documents on CD-ROM.

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 £140.00 (plus VAT for UK-based customers). An uncontrolled copy of the CD-ROM containing all PCN documents is available at £47.50 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

Working Group call out
BINDT is looking for volunteers that are interested in being part of NDT technical working groups to develop/update PCN certification schemes in NDT thermographic testing (TT) and ultrasonic phased array (PA).

Volunteers should (but are not limited to) represent industry, training and examination.

Meetings will take place at least quarterly and refreshments will be provided. Locations will be agreed at a later date.

If you feel you have the knowledge and time to dedicate to the development of these PCN schemes, BINDT would like to hear from you.

For further information or to register your interest, contact Jennifer Cook, email: jennifer.cook@bindt.org, or Patrick Boulton, email: patrick.boulton@bindt.org, or tel: +44 (0)1604 438249.

Distinction grading
  • Retest examinations
    Failed exams taken in 2015 will remain under the 2015 examination rules. A candidate retesting in 2016 must achieve a minimum of 80% for the failed part.
    The most recent examination results will be valid. Previous results will not be used.

  • Supplementary examinations
    The pass/distinction level will be awarded based on the latest examination result. This may result in the candidate gaining or losing the ‘D’ on their certificate.
    Failure on the supplementary examination means that the original certificate remains.
    A supplementary retest must still be taken at least six months prior to the expiry date of the certificate.

  • Recertification examinations
    In January 2016, the new 70% pass grade was introduced. At that time, the Certification Management Committee (CMC) made the decision that candidates could only be recertificated to the same level held previously. If a candidate failed to achieve the original 80% pass grade they would have two retests in which to achieve the 80% needed to pass.

    At the November meeting of the CMC this decision was revised. It was agreed that any candidate who took a retest and achieved the 70% pass but not the 80% distinction could be awarded the pass grade and still have the two retests in which to achieve the 80% distinction.

    BINDT Certification Services are in the process of writing to anyone affected by this decision, but should you wish to contact us sooner, tel: +44 (0)1604 438249 or email: pcn@bindt.org

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: £26.00 plus VAT.

    You can now include your PCN methods and levels – prices start at
    £27.00 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.
    R
    equires separate ink pad (not supplied).
    Approximate dimensions: 70 x 30 x 25 mm. Cost: £20.00 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 £2.00 per stamp is added for delivery to UK addresses and a surcharge 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/Certification/pcn-news/PCN-Stamps/

Dates to remember – major changes to PCN certification issue dates
Changes already implemented
  • Candidates should be aware that initial exam results notices will be issued from the date received by PCN, not from the examination date, and will expire five years minus a day from the date received.

  • All successful post experience applications received by PCN before the two-year deadline will be validated.

    Note: If an application for post experience is received by PCN with missing information and exceeds the two-year deadline, the PCN holder will revert back to an initial candidate.

Immanent changes for 2017
  • Recertification examinations
    From 1 January 2017, all recertification exams must be taken at least six weeks prior to the expiry date of the certificate. Recertification results notices will be issued from the previous expiry date and will expire five years minus a day from the original expiry date, unless a late or deferred application has been received.

    If the results notice is received after the expiry date, a late application will be required and further fees will be incurred regardless of the exam being taken before the expiry date.
  • Renewal applications (CP16/CP17)
    From 1 January 2017, all complete and correct renewal applications are required to be submitted to PCN at least six weeks prior to the expiry date. Certificates will be issued from the previous expiry date and will expire five years minus a day from the original expiry date, unless the late rule applies (see late renewal process):
  1. Renewal applications not received by PCN at least six weeks prior to expiry will be rejected and the candidate must undertake recertification by examination.

  2. If a renewal application (CP16/17) has been submitted prior to the six weeks before expiry but is not complete by the date the certificate expires, then the candidate must apply for late renewal (PSL/28). They are liable for the current fee and the late rule will apply.
    Example: A candidate whose certificate expires on
    20 February 2017 must submit their renewal application (CP16/CP17) to PCN by 9 January 2017 – this is the latest date (or the six-week point prior to expiry).

  3. Renewal applications submitted to PCN after this ‘latest date’ (ie within the six weeks prior to certificate expiry) will be rejected and the candidate will have to:
        i.    Apply to PCN for a late renewal
        ii.   Apply to an AQB for a recertification exam and the candidate will lose time on the certificate (as per the current PSL/28 rule).
  • Deferred renewal (submitted before the six weeks prior to certificate expiry)
    From 1 January 2017, PSL/28 deferred renewals will only apply to candidates recertificating by examination. The deferral must be submitted to PCN at least six weeks prior to the expiry date. This should allow enough time for the application to be processed before the certificate expires. The deferral rule will apply to the six-week period before expiry and onwards, up to the 12 months after expiry.
  • Late renewal (submitted within the six weeks prior and up to 12 months after certificate expiry)
    From 1 January 2017, PSL/28 late renewals will be required in the six weeks prior to certificate expiry. If the six-week rule for recertification has not been followed, then a candidate will need to apply for late renewal and must apply to an AQB for a recertification exam.

    Example: A candidate whose certificate expires on 20 February 2017 is required to submit a late renewal application from 9 January 2017, which is a day from the six-week point prior to expiry.

    If a renewal application (CP16/17) has been submitted prior to the six weeks before expiry but is not complete by the expiry date of the certificate, then the candidate must apply for late renewal and will incur the fee for the application.
  • Extension to retest
    If an extension to retest is requested, the extension will be based on the exam date and not the date received by PCN.
  • Supplementary examinations
    From 1 July 2017, all supplementary exams will need to be taken six months prior to the expiry date of the certificate being supplemented to ensure the results notice is received before the expiry date. The 56-day waiver rule will also be withdrawn.

    Under no circumstances can a supplementary examination be taken after the permitted six months prior to the expiry of the certificate being supplemented.

    One retest of a partly failed supplementary examination will be allowed within six months of the failed supplementary exam.
ISO 9001-approved organisations – Implementation of ISO 9001:2015
It is the responsibility of any BINDT-approved, authorised or certificated organisation to advise the BINDT Certification Services Division (CSD) when it is ready for a full recertification assessment for conformance to ISO 9001:2015. It must be noted that the complete process of recertification needs to be concluded before 1 September 2018 and this will require the recertification audit to be completed by 31 May 2018.

Organisations whose quality management system (QMS) is certificated by a certification body (CB) recognised by BINDT should also plan for their assessment and certification transition to be completed by 1 September 2018 at the latest. If in doubt, please contact BINDT Certification Services Division.

Note: BINDT agrees that ATOs and AQBs are not obliged to attain QMS certification through BINDT, but it should be noted that BINDT will only recognise ISO 9001 certification attained through and issued by ISO 17021 CBs that are accredited by accreditation bodies (ABs), which are affiliated to (members of) the International Accreditation Forum (IAF). Such CBs will be recognised by BINDT.

BINDT ATOs and PCN AQBs that have not completed the transition by 1 September 2018 will have their approval or authorisation suspended.

The British Institute of NDT is accredited against ISO/IEC 17021 criteria to provide quality management systems certification to the BS EN ISO 9000 series of standards.

Any companies who wish to have their quality management system certificated by BINDT should contact the audits team: audits@bindt.org

ID cards and certificate validity
PCN rules state that a PCN ID card is only valid for 10 years, after which it will need to be renewed.

The PCN rules also state that a certificate is only valid when presented with a wallet ID card bearing the photographic image of the 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 Non-Destructive Testing of Metallic Materials in General Engineering Use.

  • 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 – or contact BINDT Certification Services, tel: +44 (0)1604 438249 or email: pcn@bindt.org