TWI launches new concept for radiographic interpretation course


Based on the demands of industry, TWI has revised its radiographic interpretation training to include a new delivery concept. Following a series of successful pilot courses, the new model has now been launched worldwide.

The training is focused on practical knowledge, with tasks designed to simulate real-life industrial conditions. Both specific and practical parts of the training are based on real written procedures and the requirements of EN ISO standards, including acceptance criteria. A significant portion of the training time is dedicated to the practical sessions.

Each practical session consists of time for individual work, followed by a moderated discussion on the results and experience. At the beginning of the session, students are provided with an identical set of radiographs. All students work on the same task alongside an experienced lecturer, who is there to offer advice. Additional guidance is provided by extensive sets of multiple-choice questions, which address the key areas of the radiographs and lead students through the interpretation process. Each practical session is finished with a moderated discussion. Both correctly completed reports and correct answers to the questions are presented, explained and discussed within the

The main goals of the training are to build confidence in individuals in order for them to make qualified decisions, as well as to provide guidance on the use of acceptance criteria and, in general, nurture the practical habits that industry expects from professional radiographic interpreters.

During the pilot training, the feedback obtained from students was positive, with many of the candidates highlighting the practical elements of the course as being the most popular aspect. While there is a lot to learn, candidates expressed how the radiographs offer a ‘good range of scenarios’ to work through.

One candidate explained that the course provided ”a wide range of knowledge in a clear, constructive manner so that it could be understood with ease,” while another commented on how the lecturer “helped whenever anyone in the class struggled.”

With the training matching the specifications of EN ISO 9712, its content complies with the syllabus requirements of PCN and CSWIP. The course is followed by a qualification examination.

TWI is now working on a blended learning approach, whereby a part of the course will be studied online through the TWI Virtual Academy. This will reduce classroom attendance, therefore saving time, money and enabling the candidates to study at their own pace during a 60-day licence period, which is fully supported by the course tutors.