CM Certification

Certification of Competence in Condition Monitoring 

The Institute is a certification body accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) providing accredited certification in NDT and certification of competence for CM personnel in compliance with ISO 18436, managed by the internationally-renowned PCN (Personnel Certification in NDT) Scheme.

PCN certificates of competence are highly regarded in the UK and worldwide, and the Institute is registered under a European-wide multilateral recognition agreement for NDT personnel certification.

Members of the Institute are able to play an active role in shaping the PCN Scheme to suit the requirements of industry.

Why do I need a certificate of competence?

One of the many benefits of the Scheme will be to confer wider recognition of personnel who contribute to effective plant asset management and condition-based management and predictive or CBM maintenance. CM of machines, plant or structures improves safety, overall equipment efficiency (OEE) and the whole lifecycle cost and WLC management of the asset.

CM is becoming an important process in asset management as a large percentage of the world's engineering and structural infrastructure has exceeded, or is in the process of exceeding, its design life. CM allows the asset owners and operators to extend the working life of the assets by determining the service life prediction (SLP) and residual life of the asset. This requirement to maintain such assets will be dependent on the quality of the maintenance activities and the competency of the personnel involved. Other objectives and benefits of CM as it is applied to engineering or structural assets include lower operational costs, improved productivity and improved profits, energy optimisation and reduced carbon footprint of asset and therefore minimised damage to the environment. Many companies operating effective CBM programmes as part of their WLC and asset management enjoy significant lowered carbon footprint, with many becoming 'carbon neutral'. Also, CM is critical for asset sustainability, reliability, best practice and safety into the 21st Century. Many aspects of asset management and CBM utilise other standards that support processes such as WLCC, reliability and Failure Mode and Symptoms Analysis (FMSA), such as ISO 13374-1, ISO 13379 and ISO 17359, and many of the 30 interrelated VA and CM standards used within the condition monitoring scheme.

The qualification will also facilitate compliance with ISO 9001:2000, Quality management systems – Requirements for training and qualification of personnel and ISO 18436, Condition monitoring and diagnostics of machines – Requirements for qualification and assessment of personnel.

The key to effective maintenance and asset management is a good CBM programme, undertaken by competent CM personnel. The key to competent CM personnel collecting verifiable correct data, KPIs and performing accurate diagnostics is with the certification standard, ISO 18436 and a third-party certification body assuring confidence in the operator's competence, impartiality and standardisation of training and examination, anywhere. One of the key discriminators between third-party and second-party certification is the extensive demand for experience before certification is awarded in the third-party schemes, whereas many second-party companies simply provide the 3-4 day training course and issue a certificate, not cognisant of the demand for experience for the graduates after they qualify and attempt to gain employment.

Of all the certifying bodies within the European Federation of NDT (EFNDT), BINDT is the only CB offering a suite of three levels in all four CM technologies specified in ISO 18436, offering certification compliant to this standard. Yes, there are a few other 'sister' bodies offering limited certification in a CM technology, for example COFREND in France offers certificates in acoustic emission in accordance with ISO 9712 and EN 473 to the service inspection sector, but it is not in accordance with ISO 18436. Also, ITC-Europe and ASNT offer an IRT certificate in accordance with EN 473 or SNT-TC-1A, respectively. So, overall, BINDT continues to offer the only comprehensive third-party certification in CM globally.

Independent certification enhances confidence in competence!

Who is providing certification for Condition Monitoring personnel?
The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) has developed a scheme for the certification of competence of personnel engaged in various condition monitoring disciplines as part of the internationally-recognised PCN Scheme.
The resulting certification will comply with the requirements of international standard ISO 18436.

When and where are examinations available?
Examinations are widely available through the existing network of PCN Authorised Qualifying Bodies and Examination Centres, and at the premises of selected organisations currently offering Condition Monitoring training.

What Condition Monitoring technologies will be covered?
Qualification examinations being offered cover Vibration Analysis, Acoustic Emission, Infrared Thermography and Lubrication Management.
Successful candidates will be issued PCN certificates of competence at one of three levels in each of the technologies offered.
To assist candidates in their training, BINDT has produced a series of text books in infrared thermography and vibration analysis. For further information, click the 'CM Publications' link to the left.

Additional information may be obtained by email request to, or by directing your enquiry to the condition monitoring department on
+44 (0)1604 438300 option 1.