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Certification Services Division – June 2017 

Qualifications & Certification Talk
Certificate holders affected by the withdrawal of NDT International PTE Ltd as an ATO/AQB

A document listing all certificate holders affected by the withdrawal of the ATO/AQB status of NDT International PTE Ltd can be downloaded here.

Letters have been mailed directly to all certificate holders who are named on this list and the individuals are advised to follow the instructions given in the letter and official statement in order to regain their certification.

BINDT is allowing candidates until 26th December 2017 to retake the full initial examination before their certification is formally withdrawn.

OFFICIAL STATEMENT (Revised 23 June 2017)

BINDT takes the reputation of the PCN Scheme very seriously and its responsibility to help end users maintain high levels of safety and reliability is of the utmost importance.

The training and examination processes are required to be performed to very high standards of integrity and quality, exceeding the requirements of international standards such as EN ISO 9712. Therefore, the approval and audit processes that BINDT has put in place are very robust.

However, in investigating a series of allegations and resorting to measures above and beyond those normally deployed (the use of covert investigations), BINDT has uncovered a very widespread and systemic breach of ethics and serious malpractice in the case of NDT International PTE Ltd.

As a result of its thorough investigations, it has no confidence that procedures have been followed and, after careful consideration, BINDT has taken the difficult decision to void all certificates gained through NDT International PTE Ltd.

It is not possible to discriminate between legitimate certificates and invalid certificates and so all certificates will have to be withdrawn without exception.

To regain certification, affected certificate holders are required to sit full initial examination(s) at another PCN-approved AQB. BINDT will allow candidates up to six months to retake the full initial examination before their certification is formally withdrawn. Candidates will not need to undertake relevant BINDT-approved training unless they fail the relevant examinations (one resit is allowed).

BINDT will be corresponding with all affected PCN certificate holders individually regarding this matter.

All affected certificate holders must inform their employer and/or customers that their certification is being withdrawn and explain the reason why so that employers/customers can manage the situation. As is clearly stated in the standard EN ISO 9712 and the PCN general requirements document, the employer shall be responsible for all that concerns the authorisation to operate. If you are self-employed, you are the employer.

BINDT recognises that some of those affected will have gained their certification legitimately and it is with great regret that BINDT has been forced to take this action in order to preserve the integrity and reputation of the PCN Scheme and to continually improve standards.

Anyone seeking compensation for losses incurred due to the actions/malpractice undertaken by NDT International PTE Ltd should address their concerns to NDT International PTE Ltd.

All PCN certificate holders are reminded that they have agreed to abide by the Code of Ethics as detailed in CP27

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 Sankar Ramasundaram (PCN Number 310095)
  • Mr Sridhar Yalla (PCN Number 333872)
  • Mr Biju Pappu (PCN Number 325842)
  • Mr Venkaiah Vanka (PCN Number 329274)
  • Ms Lalitha Venkatesh
  • Mr Muthu Kumar Gurusamy (PCN Number 313267)
  • Mr C Thangachariman (PCN Number 333686)
  • Mr Andrew Harvey (aka A J Lourdes) (PCN Number 327730).
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
 Sridhar Yalla
  Shenny Paul
 Thirunavukkarasu Sundar
  Anil Arjun Khond
 Roshin Issac Arakal
  Rahul M Pathare
 Bindhu Varghese Moolan
  Sagar R Jaiswal
 Ganesh Ramadurai
  Rajeev R Nair
 Jamsheed Salahudeen
  D V V Narendra Kumar
 Narayanaswamy Guruswamy
  Arul Vignesh Punniya Moorthy
 Suman Dey
  Vediyappa Mudali Govindasamy 
 A Rajamani
  P Muthu Kumar D Pandiaraj
 Muhamad Ridwan
  Zuriadah Binti Hilal
 Mrs Princy Shenny
 Pruthu Likhankar
  Smitha Shaju
 S Anantha lakshmi
  S Janani
 S Karthik Kumar
  Rama Kuna
 Vinoth Kumar Balasubramanian
  Bindu Babu
 Edwin Antony Raj Selvaraj
  S Thiruvenkadam

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

Suspension of ATO/AQB
  • The ATO approval for PT Pro-Specs, Indonesia, has been suspended with immediate effect.

  • The AQB authorisation and ATO approval for Meena International (Chennai) have been permanently withdrawn.

Suspended certificates
  • K Viswanathan, PCN number 308179 – all certificates suspended from 21 December 2016 for a period of 2 years.
  • 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.

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.
The following certificate holders will not be permitted to work for any BINDT-approved organisation from 3 February 2017 for a period of 12 months:
  • A Kasi Viswanath, PCN number 329870.
  • A Lambie, PCN number 303501.
  • Manimaran Baskaran, PCN number 301723.
  • P Balan, PCN number 209096.
  • Parasuram Sriram, PCN number 317664.
  • Ramalingham Janakaraj, PCN number 328520.
  • Raghavendra Pemmaraju, PCN number 307218.
  • Satish Kumar Dornal, PCN number 334252.
  • T Namasivayam, PCN number 327253.
  • P Sudhir Kumar (please contact BINDT Certification Services for further information).
  • Marudiah Jeyakandan (please contact BINDT Certification Services for further information).
Withdrawn certificates:
  • PCN number 308375 (individual) – Radiographic Testing certificate.
  • PCN number 300145 (individual) – Radiographic Testing certificate.
  • PCN number 212097 (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 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

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 time-of-flight diffraction (TOFD) and ultrasonic phased array (PA) methods.

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.

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/Certification/pcn-news/PCN-Stamps/

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

New PCN AQBs/ATOs and extensions to scope

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

Free practitioner tuition sessions at Materials Testing 2017

As part of the Materials Testing 2017 Exhibition, which will run alongside the 56th Annual British Conference on NDT, to be held 5-7 September 2017 at the International Centre, Telford, there will be a series of tutorial sessions for practitioners based on the fundamentals of some of the most important NDT methods, including ultrasonics and radiography.

Entrance to the exhibition and tutorials is free and CPD points will be awarded for attendance at the sessions.

The 'E session', as it is called, will be spread over two days: Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 September 2017. It will run alongside the three technical streams that comprise the NDT 2017 annual conference and the commercial ‘D session’, which will also be held in the exhibition area.

On the first day, which will basically cover the field of volumetric testing, Alec Smith of IMechE Engineering Training Solutions will begin the session with a talk on the 'ins and outs' of film radiography, covering the basic aspects of film image formation (something that is not always explained in the training any more) and demonstrating the reasons behind the high image contrast that is characteristic of film radiography.

This will form an excellent precursor to the next presentation by Rex Ankers of NFW NDT Ltd that will compare traditional film radiography with the emerging digital radiography and consider some of the factors that affect the choice between the two technologies, including the different approach needed by radiographers.

The following session will move on to ultrasonic testing and Andy Ward, Technical Manager at NDT Services Ltd, will give an insight into immersion UT, its application and the pros and cons of the method. Andy will describe the method and its application and present some examples of where collected data has proved invaluable to the customer.

After lunch on the Tuesday we welcome back Tim Armitt of Lavender International, who will introduce the phased array ultrasonic technique and cover the basic aspects and practical issues to be considered when applying this increasingly popular method of advanced volumetric testing. Tim will address the challenges that technicians routinely come up against in applying this technique and how to solve them.

To round off the first day of tutorials, Joe Heigold will make a presentation on product technology and will specifically talk on the origin of defects in wrought steel. This presentation will indicate the sectors in which wrought steel bars have some application and the processes of casting as the first step, followed by subsequent reheating and hot and cold mechanical working to produce wrought metallurgical structures. The talk will present an insight into the internal defects that can arise during steel manufacture and photomicrographs that illustrate the challenges in detecting these objects from an NDT perspective.

Day two of the practitioner tutorial sessions, on Wednesday 6 September, will focus on surface methods and will begin with a talk by Pete Burrows of Baugh & Weedon on magnetic particle inspection (MPI), followed by a presentation on penetrant testing by Terry Howell of Chemetall. Both of these techniques would appear to many to be traditional and unchanging but things do develop, new materials become available and new standards and regulations are introduced, so it is important to keep up to date. These sessions will provide the practitioner with a unique opportunity to keep abreast of advances in these popular methods.

The alternating current field measurement testing (ACFMT) technique has been in existence for over 30 years and is routinely used for some specific applications, particularly subsea oil and gas. However, many people in the wider NDT community have questions about the basic technique, how it differs from conventional eddy current testing and about the application areas where it could be used productively. In the tutorial before lunch on the Wednesday, Mike Smith of TSC Inspection Systems will aim to answer some of these questions and he will also demonstrate the latest hand-held ACFM instrument.

Guided Ultrasonics Limited (GUL) has developed both long-range and short-range guided wave testing systems. The latest innovation is the quantitative short range (QSR) system, which quantitatively measures the maximum depth as the tool travels along the pipe axially. Therefore, the profile of corrosion is automatically measured and displayed. This capability allows the profile of corrosion under supports to be scanned and mapped. After lunch, David Alleyne of GUL will describe how guided waves are used, the dispersion curves and mode shapes and how this affects their sensitivity to different defects. The excitation and reception of the different modes that are used in both long-range and short-range testing will be described. The important application of corrosion under pipe supports (CUPS) will be used to demonstrate the practical applicability of the theory and the science of these propagating stress waves.

To round off the practitioner tutorial sessions, there will be a panel session where the presenters will be available to answer questions and further discuss the advantages and disadvantages, capabilities and limitations of the various techniques that have been presented. This will present a great opportunity for practitioners to raise the challenges they face and receive an expert opinion on how to solve them.

Entrance to the practitioner sessions on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 September at Materials Testing 2017 is free; however, visitors are requested to register in advance via the link on the BINDT website. Details of how to claim the CPD points awarded will be provided at the session area in the exhibition hall.


Leak Testing Certification

BINDT has received a number of requests for information on leak testing, specifically for assistance on organisations providing leak testing certification.

BS EN ISO 9712:2012 includes within its scope leak testing (LT) as a recognised method and, as such, we would like to engage with our readership and ask:

 Does industry feel that there is a requirement for a leak testing certification scheme to be developed in accordance with the industry standard BS EN ISO 9712:2012 Non-Destructive Testing Qualification and Certification of Personnel?

If you have any thoughts on this matter, please provide feedback to BINDT and PCN through Patrick Boulton, BINDT Certification Engineer, by email to: patrick.boulton@bindt.org