Certification Services Division 

The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) is an accredited certification body offering personnel certification against criteria set out in international and European standards through the internationally recognised PCN Certification Scheme.
NDT and CM qualifications are provided through a number of Authorised Qualifying Bodies and certificates of competence are issued under the brand name of the PCN Scheme.

A certificate of competence is a document issued under the rules of the certification system indicating that the certificated person is competent to perform the inspection tasks defined in the relevant documents and demonstrates your ability to detect flaws and defects, and to satisfy specifications that call for certificated competent inspectors.

PCN certification will also facilitate compliance with ISO 9001:2015 (clause 6.2.2) requirements for ‘competence, awareness and training’. 

What NDT methods and products are covered?

Present NDT qualification examinations cover ACFM, eddy current, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, radiographic inspection (radiation safety), ultrasonic (including advanced methods such as TOFD and phased array), guided wave and visual NDT methods including weld Inspection. Qualification examinations being offered in CM methods cover vibration analysis (VA), acoustic emission (AE), infrared thermography (IRT) and lubrication analysis and management (LA).

Products covered include castings, wrought products, welds, composite materials, rail, tube and pipe, in manufacturing and fabrication, as well as in service.

When and where is training available?

BINDT operates a scheme for the accreditation of NDT/CM training establishments and the validation of NDT/CM courses and modules leading to certification in any of the current schemes.

Training is conducted at a network of Approved Training Organisations, which are listed in the Approved Training list found at www.bindt.org/education-and-training/bindt-approved-trainers/

Examinations are conducted at a network of PCN Authorised Qualifying Bodies and Examination Centres, which are listed in PCN document PSL/4 and can be viewed and downloaded from the PCN Exam Requirements and Document Download section.

Examinations are generally available on a continuous basis.