PCN News

Certification Services Department – September 2023 

Qualifications & Certification Talk

Improvements to services


  • Revision of the PCN Scheme scheme to the latest edition of EN ISO 9712

The Certification Services Department and the Industrial & Technical Department are working together with industry representatives to fully revise the PCN scheme in line with the latest edition of EN ISO 9712. Although there are many changes to incorporate, BINDT aims to ensure there is no significant impact to PCN certificate holders and that this improves and streamlines the PCN Scheme overall.

  • Software development

BINDT is working on several projects to streamline the certification processes. These include external and internal application processes:

– Online Product Technology course for aspirant PCN certificate holders
– Internal application management system
– Online applications.

  • Resources

The certification Services Department and the Industrial & Technical Department have recently conducted a recruitment drive and additional resources have been allocated to improve services including PCN and address new technologies and schemes.

Progress will be reported as it happens on the PCN News page of the BINDT website, which can be viewed by visiting: www.bindt.org/Certification/pcn-news

  • Six-week prior to expiry requirement for revalidation of certification
    from 1 January 2023



    BINDT is now reintroducing the six-week prior to expiry requirement for revalidation of certification via renewal or examination. 

    It is the responsibility of the certificate holder to initiate the procedure required for revalidation.

    Please refer to PCN GEN issue 19 and the relevant renewal/recertification forms at: www.bindt.org/certification/pcn-exam-requirements-and-document-download

    PCN is currently experiencing a high volume of applications for renewal and late approval (CP16s and PSL28s). We apologise for any delay you may experience.


    Third-party accreditation and how it relates to BINDT’s Personnel Certification Scheme

    What is third-party (central) certification?

    Third-party (or central) certification is an independent certification that complies with European and international standards ISO 9712 and ISO 18436. Independent certification means that personnel are required to pass examinations that are devised and set by professional examiners authorised by a Certifying Body, which has overall control over the certification process it operates.

    The main advantage of such a system is that independently awarded verifiable certification carries wider recognition and acceptance. The Personnel Certification in Non-Destructive Testing (PCN) Scheme offers a system whereby certification of non-destructive testing (NDT) and condition monitoring (CM) personnel can be carried out in accordance with European and international standards by an Authorised Qualifying Body (AQB). An AQB is defined as: ‘A body, independent of any single predominant interest, authorised by the Independent Certifying Body to prepare and administer examinations to qualify NDT personnel.’

    Types of accreditation:

    One of BINDT’s key propositions is personnel certification, which it provides through the PCN Scheme, covering programmes that include NDT and CM across a number of industry and product sectors. BINDT is a Personnel Certification Body (PCB) accredited to ISO 17024 ‘Conformity assessment – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons’, accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS), reference: 0030 (accredited to ISO/IEC 17024:2012 to provide certification of persons against EN ISO 9712:2012).

    PCN is a central (or third-party) certification scheme, as opposed to an employer-based (or second-party) certification scheme, which means that a certificate issued under the scheme indicates conformance to an international standard and competence to undertake certain prescribed NDT or CM tasks.

    Ultimately, the aim of personnel certification is to provide assurances to those who rely on the tests being undertaken (for example end-users, regulators, insurers, etc) that they have been carried out competently and that is what PCBs and diligent employers set out to do. However, there are some misunderstandings that keep cropping up around personnel certification that can lead to unrealisable expectations being set, which in turn can lead to damage being done to the respective certification scheme’s reputation and, indeed, damage being done to the reputation of the whole NDT/CM profession. To certify students, professional organisations such as BINDT have two options in terms of accreditation: second- or third-party.

      Role of personnel certification

      The reliability of an NDT or CM system can be thought of as a function of the reliability of three elements of the system: the equipment, the procedure and the personnel. All three of these elements need to be considered when specifying NDT or CM.

      The whole NDT or CM system needs to be qualified or validated by the end-user and, although personnel certification has an important role in the qualification process, it is just one part of the qualification process.
      Personnel certification (whether central or employer-based) cannot be used as an accurate indicator as to how an individual will behave when at the workplace.

      Role of third-party (central) certification Central certification, when provided by PCBs that are accredited by a national accreditation service (such as UKAS in the UK), has the benefit of independence and impartiality, and a certificate issued by such a body provides assurance that the holder conforms to a European and international standard.

      For example, a certificate covering an NDT method may demonstrate conformance with ISO 9712 and a certificate covering a CM method may demonstrate conformance with ISO 18436.

      When searching for your next certification choice you should ensure that your provider has the UKAS logo, or local equivalent, as this provides reassurance that the certification/product you are receiving has been thoroughly reviewed and approved. Some examples of other third-party accreditation services are the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ).

      The British Institute of NDT

      BINDT offers certification marketed under the PCN Scheme. BINDT has built an international reputation for the certification of personnel in the testing, inspection and condition monitoring fields, indicating that the certificated personnel demonstrate conformity to the relevant documents when performing the defined tasks:


        BINDT actively encourages members to become registered with the UK’s Engineering Council. More than 80% of new members identified engineering registration and professional development opportunities as the main reasons for joining BINDT. BINDT is committed to providing both guidance and support for members to manage their professional development and to assist members in their preparation for registration.

        BINDT has also provided the framework for a very successful series of apprenticeship schemes and these not only produce more members and registrants, but they also help to address the skills shortage and in some cases the age profile issue within the industry.

        The Institute must help to advance the skills that its members and prospective members need to meet the existing and future demands of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) and to provide support to employers and industry partners too.

        Training is conducted at a network of ATOs, which are listed in the approved training list that is available at: www.bindt.org/education-and-training/bindt-approved-trainers 

        PCN Appendix E3.1 – Revised Basic Radiation Safety (BRS) certification and Advanced Radiation Safety (ARS) certification

        PCN is proud to announce a significant redesign in radiation safety training produced in partnership with NDT MainCal. The revised radiation safety appendix document and associated training package now encompasses the revised requirements of the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR17) and further guidance and reference to the approved code of practice published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), see:

          BINDT Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) are now in possession of PCN’s revised radiation safety appendix document PCN Appendix E3.1 Issue 10, which contains further clarification on the levels of radiation safety certification available. Many existing PCN radiation safety certification holders will already be familiar with the term ‘Basic Radiation Safety’ (BRS), which should be held by persons practising industrial radiography, demonstrating that they have been adequately trained in the hazards associated with ionising radiations, the precautions to be taken when employing ionising radiation and the methods of protection used. They will be aware of the content and importance of complying with any special requirements for permanent facility or site operations, as well as possible accident or emergency situations that can arise and the actions to be taken in the event of such occurrences.

          What the candidate will not be familiar with is a new level of radiation safety certification that has now been introduced for Advanced Radiation Safety (ARS). This new level of certification has been introduced to allow an employer to make a judgement when appointing persons to the role of Radiation Protection Supervisor.

          By achieving success in a PCN ARS examination, candidates will have demonstrated that they possess the knowledge, skills and characteristics for appointment as an RPS under Regulation 18 of the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 Approved Code of Practice guidance document for work with ionising radiation. A candidate for PCN ARS certification will have been adequately trained in the requirements for appointment to the post of Radiation Protection Supervisor by the employer and, in addition, will have been assessed for knowledge and understanding of the requirements to assess dose, carry out hazard assessments, implement contingency plans and emergency procedures, arrange for the provision of dosemeters and the keeping of dose records, etc.

          The revised scheme documents also contain syllabus details for both BRS and ARS and a selection of sample questions showing the complexity of potential questions a candidate may be expected to answer within any associated PCN radiation safety examination at the required level.

          If you have any enquiries about this revision, please email our technical engineers at: technical@bindt.org

          BINDT training and examination status

          All up-to-date contact details for Authorised Qualifying Bodies (AQBs)/examination centres can be found at: www.bindt.org/downloads/PSL4.pdf 

          All up-to-date contact details for Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) can be found at: www.bindt.org/education-and-training/bindt-approved-trainers

          Verification of PCN applications

          A large number of verification checks are carried out on information submitted in support of PCN applications. In the event that a deliberate attempt to deceive is detected, severe penalties will be applied; please refer to document CP27 ‘Code of ethics for PCN certificate holders’, available at: www.bindt.org/downloads/cp27.pdf

          If in doubt about the validity of the information you are providing, seek the advice of BINDT Certification Records Office staff at: pcn@bindt.org or tel: +44 (0)1604 438249.

          Code of ethics for PCN certificate holders

          Individuals certificated within the PCN Scheme must recognise that personal integrity and professional competence are the fundamental principles on which their testing activities are founded.

          Accordingly, it is a condition of PCN certification that certificate holders shall abide by the PCN Code of Ethics (PCN document CP27). All certificate holders agree to comply with this Code of Ethics at the point of application for examination, recertification and renewal.

          Complaints and appeals, which are handled with extreme discretion and impartiality, can be submitted using PCN form CP21.

          The process for whistleblowing can be viewed by visiting: www.bindt.org/membership/for-individuals/guidance-on-whistleblowing

          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.

          Details can be found here.

          Lost/stolen or withdrawn certificates

          All employers, agencies and end-users are advised that PCN certificates are only valid when presented with a laminated wallet card bearing the image and signature of the certificate holder.

          Withdrawn/suspended certificates:
          All certification for the following individuals has been withdrawn, with a five-year ban on attempts at PCN examinations/certification:

          • Jarred Thomas, PCN number 307289, withdrawn from 12 September 2019
          • Erik Aulin, PCN number 212770, withdrawn from 28 July 2020
          • Mohd Ismail Dollah, PCN number 315893, withdrawn from 28 July 2020
          • Mohd Nasir, PCN number 304873, withdrawn from 11 February 2021
          • Mark Jeffry Celis, PCN number 332973, withdrawn from 7 June 2021
          • Rohith Tadakala, PCN number 336997, withdrawn from 8 December 2021
          • Ruslan Moh, (no PCN number), withdrawn from 15 February 2022
          • Salim Agus, PCN number 301251, withdrawn from 4 March 2022
          • Shahrilahzam Bin Maraideen, PCN number 306704, withdrawn from 4 March 2022
          • Daniel Danczyszyn, (no PCN number), withdrawn from 6 April 2022
          • Sebastian Lata, PCN number 212298, withdrawn from 7 June 2022
          • Mohamad Mohaizzat Bin Mohktar, (no PCN number), withdrawn from 21 July 2022.

          The following individuals have been given a 12-month ban on attempts at PCN examinations/certification:

          • Darren Brownlie, PCN number 313014, certificate number F022S22129848 withdrawn from 7 September 2022
          • Ryan Hamala Prokoso Harahap (no PCN number ), withdrawn from 27 February 2023
          • Kamrul Islam, PCN number 342269, withdrawn from 17 March 20232
          • Graham Knowles, PCN number 206215, withdrawn from 25 April 2023.

          The following individuals have been given a permanent ban on attempts at PCN examinations/certification:

          • G Venkataraman – PCN number 309672
          • Francis Regis Joe – PCN number 302284
          • Biju Pappu – PCN number 325842
          • Venkaiah Vanka – PCN number 329274
          • C Thangachariman – PCN number 333686
          • Andrew Harvey (aka A J Lourdes) – PCN number 327730
          • K Kumaran – PCN number 317701
          • R Ganesh – PCN number 329206
          • G Narayanaswamy – PCN number 329278
          • K V Sivaramakrishnan – PCN number 313268
          • P Muthu Kumar – PCN number 328063
          • Suman Dey – PCN number 300332
          • Lalitha Venkatesh (no PCN number).