PCN News

Certification Services Division – June 2019 

Qualifications & Certification Talk


To download the latest version of the PCN Advisory – PCN ADV-001 Form, click here.


SUBJECT: IMPORTANT Notification of training/certification NOT accepted by BINDT and clarification of eligibility for examination

This advisory is being issued to all AQBs for information to identify accredited bodies and pre-requisite training NOT accepted by BINDT/PCN.

I have been notified that there have been recent requests for PCN AQBs to accept candidates for examination based on training certificates issued by Global Veritas Certification Service (GVCS). We believe this organisation may be linked to the company previously known as NDT International.

BINDT does not recognise any pre-requisite training from this or any other organisation linked to the company previously known NDT International.
PCN AQBs must not accept pre-requisite training for PCN examinations from the following three organisations, or any other that is linked to NDT International:

•    Global Inspection and Certifications (GIC) www.gicgroups.com
•    International Academy of NDT (IANDT) www.iandtcb.org
•    Meena International Independent Personnel Certification (IPC) www.meenainternational.com

To re-iterate – eligibility for training:

PCN GEN issue 19
Clause 7.2. Training

7.2.1    To be eligible for examination the candidate shall provide documentary evidence of successful completion of a British Institute of NDT validated course of training at a BINDT ATO which covers the relevant part of the published syllabus (CEN ISO/TR 25107), that the candidate has satisfactorily completed training in the method and level for which the certification is sought. Please refer to www.bindt.org/education-and-training/training-courses/
7.2.2.     For all levels, the candidate shall satisfactorily complete a course of theoretical and practical training recognised by BINDT.

If approached by any individual or company about this, or if there is any doubt about what training is recognised by BINDT, please raise your enquiry with me and/or the technical department at BINDT.

Best regards

Jennifer Cook
CSD Office Manager

An invitation to all Corporate members

Any employee from a BINDT Corporate member company can attend the quarterly meetings of the Trade and Industry Committee, which allows individuals to have a say in the future direction and development of the NDT industry through PCN and BINDT. 

The next meeting will be held at BINDT in Northampton on 11 July 2019, commencing at 10.30 am. The meeting will include an update from John Moody regarding ISO 9712, which is currently under review. Refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided. 

If you would like to attend please contact Cindy Bailey 
(email: cindy.bailey@bindt.org) to ensure adequate 
buffet provision.

For more information on the Committee’s current activities, see the BINDT website at: www.bindt.org/institute-committees-and-groups/institute-committees/trade-and-industry-executive-committee/


Annual PCN certification event for AQBs/ATOs 2019

The PCN certification event is held annually for BINDT’s Authorised Qualifying Bodies (AQBs) and Approved Training Organisations (ATOs). Many topics are covered at the event, allowing all who attend the opportunity to collaborate face to face.

This year, BINDT was able to meet more of its stakeholders by spreading the event over two locations. The first session was held in Sheffield on 28 February 2019, utilising the conference facilities at IMechE Argyll Ruane. The second session was held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, over two days in March 2019. 

The meetings were very successful and the presentations that took place covered topics such as online examinations, the future of PCN and best practice.


PCN Level 2 renewal customer satisfaction survey

The Certification Services Department is continuing with its satisfaction survey on the CP16 renewal process and a very good response has been received so far, with 422 candidates having completed the survey.  

All individual comments received are collated and reviewed and then considered when the Certification Services Department revises its strategic plan for documentation and processes.

More surveys regarding the department’s processes are in progress and will be published in due course.

Results from the survey so far are shown below:

Overall, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with
 the renewal process?

How would you rate the customer service received from
 the Certification Services Department?


How responsive has the Certification Services Department been
 to your questions/concerns during your renewal process?

How likely are you to use the renewal process for revalidation of certification in the future?

PMI Scheme

Certification Services will shortly be releasing the PMI Scheme for qualification of personnel who perform NDT applications of a limited nature with positive material identification. 

Further details will soon be available at: www.bindt.org/certification/pcn-exam-requirements-and-document-download


PCN online examinations

PCN has been working on a project to implement online examinations. The project is due to be rolled out in the UK during 2019.

Condition monitoring

The Certification Services Department is happy to report that it has reached its highest number of condition monitoring certificate holders since the scheme began. Since January 2018, the number of certificate holders has increased by 9% due to the continued input and development from working group members and stakeholders. 

For more information on CM certification, visit: www.bindt.org/COMADIT/CM-Certification

Revalidation of certification

It is the responsibility of the certificate holder to initiate the procedure required for revalidation. Reminders are automatically sent to PCN holders six months prior to expiry, so long as their contact details are kept up to date with PCN.

Options for revalidation:

  • Renewal by the paperwork method, direct to PCN (only for issue 1 certificates (CP16 and CP17)).
  • Recertification by examination, direct to the Authorised Qualifying Body (AQB) (for issue 1 and issue 2 certificates).
Things to remember:
  • Revalidation can be initiated six months prior to expiry;
  • Revalidation must be no later than six weeks prior to expiry:Recertification exams must be sat no later than six weeks prior to expiry
    – Renewal applications must be submitted to PCN no later than six weeks prior to expiry.
In cases where revalidation does not or cannot happen within the required time frame, the candidate should apply for either:
  • Deferred approval – PSL/28, current fee £85.00 + VAT (please always refer to PSL/35 for the latest fee). The PCN certificate holder will apply for deferred approval from BINDT, up until the expiry date of their certificate. Following receipt of the approval letter, the PCN certificate holder must then apply to an AQB for a recertification exam. This does not extend the certificate. 
  • Late approval – PSL/28, current fee £190.00 + VAT (please always refer to PSL/35 for the latest fee). The PCN certificate holder will apply for late approval from BINDT if their certificate has already expired. The late approval can be submitted up to ten months after the expiry of the certificate. Following receipt of the approval letter, the PCN certificate holder must then apply to an AQB for a recertification exam. This does not extend the certificate.
No extensions to the maximum five-year period of validity are permitted according to ISO 9712.

Verification of PCN NDT certification

All employers, agencies and end-users of NDT personnel are encouraged to seek verification of PCN certification using the online verification tool at: www.bindt.org/pcn. To search, please enter the name or PCN number (do not enter both).

Alternatively, the 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.

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: £28.50 plus VAT.
 You can now include your PCN methods and levels – prices start at £28.50 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: £22.00 plus VAT.
  • New! Coloured ink pads for self-inking stamps.
 Now available in red, green or blue at a cost of £3.50 including VAT.
A postage fee of £2.50 per stamp is added for delivery to UK addresses and a fee of £6.00 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/downloads/PSL66.pdf

Lost stolen or withdrawn certificates

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 Biju Pappu (PCN Number 325842)
  • Mr Venkaiah Vanka (PCN Number 329274)
  • Ms Lalitha Venkatesh
  • Mr C Thangachariman (PCN Number 333686)
  • Mr Andrew Harvey (aka A J Lourdes) (PCN Number 327730)
  • Mr K Kumaran (PCN Number 317701)
  • Mr R Ganesh (PCN Number 329206)
  • Mr G Narayanaswamy (PCN Number 329278)
  • Mr K V Sivaramakrishnan (PCN Number 313268)
  • Mr P Muthu Kumar (PCN Number 328063)
  • Mr Suman Dey (PCN Number 300332).
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
 Sankar Ramasundaram 
  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
 Thirunavukkarasu Sundar
  Sridhar Yalla
 Roshin Issac Arakal
  Anil Arjun Khond
 Bindhu Varghese Moolan
  Rahul M Pathare
 Ganesh Ramadurai
  Sagar R Jaiswal
 Jamsheed Salahudeen
  Rajeev R Nair
 Narayanaswamy Guruswamy
  D V V Narendra Kumar
 A Rajamani
  Arul Vignesh Punniya Moorthy
 Muhamad Ridwan
  Vediyappa Mudali Govindasamy 
 Mrs Princy Shenny
  P Muthu Kumar D Pandiaraj
 Pruthu Likhankar
  Zuriadah Binti Hilal
 S Anantha Lakshmi
 S Karthik Kumar
  Smitha Shaju
 Vinoth Kumar Balasubramanian
  S Janani
 Edwin Antony Raj Selvaraj
  Rama Kuna
 S Thiruvenkadam

  Bindu Babu

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