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Certification Services Department – April 2021 


 
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SUBJECT: Temporary remote examination procedure for the extension of PCN Aerospace certification resulting from on-going COVID-19 travel restrictions

Note: Requirements contained herein are supplementary to those contained in the current edition of PCN Aerospace A0.

The situation regarding the coronavirus pandemic 2019 (COVID-19) continues throughout the world. After carefully considering the official advice issued by worldwide governments, EASA, the UK NANDTB and UK CAA, BINDT and PCN have implemented the following procedure to assist holders of PCN Aerospace certification whose certification would otherwise expire due to ongoing travel restrictions.

To this end, PCN has adopted a common-sense and pragmatic approach and will assist where possible, in line with the requirements contained within ISO 9712 and EN 4179, to allow PCN certificate holders to recertify by remote examination.

1. BACKGROUND
EASA has confirmed to the EFNDT, NANDTB and regulators that no further extensions to EN 4179 certification will be granted, and although PCN Aerospace certification, is produced to meet the requirements of ISO 9712 it has also been deemed a requirement by the UK CAA that PCN Aerospace certification should also be recertified by examination.

BINDT wishes to make clear that within the UK, PCN Aerospace AQBs are open and operating and that recertification for UK inspectors shall be in accordance with PCN AERO A0 requirements.

It is recognised, however, that for those persons who cannot currently attend one of BINDT’s AQBs due to ongoing travel restrictions, then AQBs may need to provide additional support to PCN Aerospace certificate holders by remote means where travel and quarantine restrictions prevent either the examiner travelling to the candidate's site, or the candidate from travelling to the AQB.

To counter these ongoing restrictions, it is recognised that revised procedures shall be required to comply with EASA’s mandate.

Therefore, to demonstrate compliance it has been agreed that a temporary remote real-time examination procedure may be used. This document provides guidelines for the implementation of this process.

2. STATEMENT
Where travel in accordance with international regulations permits, PCN Aerospace certification renewal shall be undertaken in accordance with normal PCN Aerospace recertification procedures.

However, where travel in accordance with international regulations is not possible, then those AQBs wishing to support PCN Aerospace candidates with remote examinations shall have a procedure in place that details the process they use to maintain the safety and security of the provided remote PCN Aerospace examination.

BINDT and PCN through already adopted UK NANDTB procedures provide the following key points for clarification:

3. WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR REMOTE EXAMINATION?

  1. Existing PCN certificate holders who can demonstrate continued application of the method (30 hours within the preceding year – AQB to verify) may be supported with remote examinations.

  2. Remote examinations may be used for recertification examinations only and not for initial certification.

4. REMOTE EXAMINATION INVIGILATION
  1. The AQB will appoint an Invigilator at the candidate’s employer and provide training on the duties of invigilation to the appointed invigilator.

  2. The specific theory paper will then be transmitted securely to the invigilator and shall be administered by the invigilator to the candidate in accordance with the requirements contained within PCN AERO A0 and the AQB temporary remote examination procedure.

  3. The paper shall be returned securely to the AQB for marking and all copies, including electronic copies of the specific theory paper, shall be destroyed by the Invigilator.

5. THE EXAMINER
  1. The examiner shall be one of the AQB’s authorised examiners named on the AQB’s quality system of approved examiners for the method in which recertification examination is required.

6. SPECIMENS
  1. Examination specimens shall be sent by the AQB to the client company for the practical examination by secure means so as not to compromise the integrity of the specimen.

  2. Examination specimens shall be returned to the AQB by the client company, by secure means so as not to compromise the integrity of the specimen.

  3. BINDT expects AQBs to provide details of specimen security including outward and inward transmittal records.

7. LIVE PRACTICAL EXAMINATION REQUIREMENTS
  1. At an agreed date and time, a live Teams/Zoom/Webex/Skype session will be instigated (other platforms that provide uninterrupted live communication between AQB and the candidate may also be used).

  2. The examiner will observe the specific theory written examination and specific practical examinations remotely via the live video feed.

  3. The candidate will be alone in the testing environment with the Invigilator who shall operate the remote live link and facilitate the examiner requests.

  4. Where there is a temporary loss in communications the invigilator shall stop the examination and the examination shall not recommence until all live links can be restored.

8. AQB OPERATIONS
  1. The AQB will advise BINDT of all exams scheduled for the coming week, no later than Friday of the prior week.

    This shall be done using the form PCN ADV-014A and emailed to: technical@bindt.org

  2. BINDT will maintain a log of all remote examinations scheduled by the AQB; the log will be provided to the CAA for review where requested.

  3. Observers from BINDT may advise the AQB of their intent to join the examination session by remote means for the purpose of oversight.

  4. The AQB shall provide details of the session and facilitate monitoring to all concerned parties.

  5. Specimens used remotely shall not be used by the candidate or other candidates from the client company for a period of two years after the date of the remote examination.

  6. Any specific theory paper used for remote examination is deemed to be single use and shall not be used in another certification examination.

  7. The AQB shall produce the specific theory written examination paper for the required examination.

9. CERTIFICATES
  1. Certificates of Examinations conducted in this way shall include this document title for reference; certificates issued shall be valid for a maximum period of 12 months.

  2. BINDT reminds all using this process that certificates may be revoked prior to expiry at the discretion of BINDT in line with current UK NANDTB processes for remote certification.

While BINDT has considered the implications of this process, it is recognised that there will be exceptional situations that need to be considered on a case-by-case basis, and in this instance this process will remain under continued review.

STATEMENT FROM THE UK CAA:
The integrity of examinations along with the security of exam questions and test specimens shall be assured at all times.

Any breaches or evidence of misconduct shall be reported to the National Aviation Authority and the UK National Aerospace NDT Board.


Signed on behalf of BINDT:
Mr John Moody:
Senior Technical Engineer BINDT.







Your options with BINDT/PCN certification post-Brexit (for work under the EU Pressure Equipment Directive)
The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) is pleased to announce that it has agreed a robust certification process with an EU27 Recognised Third-Party Organisation for the certification of NDT personnel. This process is fully compliant with CEN/TR/15589 Route B requirements and allows BINDT/PCN to issue certification that is acceptable under the European Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) 2014/68/EU, Annex 1 § 3.1.3.

BINDT has received an appointment from WQ-iC Ltd, a Recognised Third-Party Organisation (RTPO) and Notified Body (NoBo No 2893) based in Dublin, Ireland. WQ-iC is a member of the Lloyd’s Register Group of companies.

What we have done

  • For current certification, a process has been agreed to review the technical documentation held by BINDT/PCN and issue an accredited certificate in accordance with the WQ-iC Scheme.
  • Therefore, WQ-iC has reviewed the technical records in line with WQ-iC Scheme requirements.
  • Your certification details will be posted to the WQ-iC website for official verification purposes (subject to Privacy Policy – see note below).
What you need to do now if you are affected
Update 26 April 2021:
We are pleased to announce that we have extended the time in which EXISTING valid certificates can be validated and approved with WQ-iC Ltd. Note: this does not affect the 1 May implementation date for initial, revalidated and supplementary examinations/renewals.

Existing valid certificates up to 30 June 2021:
  • In order for the certification to be validated, the holder simply has to complete a form on the WQ-iC website (as per the press release previously issued) before the end of June 2021. Failure to do so by 30 June 2021 will invalidate the approval.
  • There will be no charge for existing valid certificates up to 30 June 2021; BINDT has decided to cover the costs incurred in setting up this process.
  • Once validated for EU PED, approval will continue until the certificate has expired.
If you want a supplementary certificate to allow continued working under the European Pressure Equipment Directive under the Scheme, then please take the following simple steps before 30 June 2021:
  1. Please visit the online PCN certification verification page at www.bindt.org/pcn and, if you need to check any of your certification details before proceeding, use the search facility to see them. Then go back to the search page and click on the link to the WQ-iC website.
  2. When on the WQ-iC website (https://wqic-eu.com/ndt-operator-certs/), search using your PCN certificate number.
  3. Your details will come up as approved by WQ-iC Ltd and you can take a screen shot to demonstrate that your PCN certificate has been accepted by WQ-iC. If required, you can contact WQ-iC directly, by emailing: applications@wq-ic.eu, to request a copy. You will need to provide proof of address and identity.
  4. Your approval is considered to be valid from 1 January 2021 and is valid until the normal expiry date of your current PCN certificate, subject to maintaining compliance with the WQ-iC Scheme.
  5. In order for your certification to be validated, please go to the WQ-iC website and complete the form named ‘BINDT-PCN – Individual Contract Agreement’ in the ‘Services’ tab. Failure to do so by 30 June 2021 will invalidate your approval and it will be removed from the WQ-iC approved list.
In the circumstances, BINDT has decided to cover the costs incurred in setting up this process.

Please note:
In agreeing to this arrangement, you are confirming:
  • that your personal information can be shared with WQ-iC Ltd.
  • WQ-iC Ltd, as the RTPO, remains the owner of the certification as detailed in the Scheme.

Your other options
If, for whatever reason, you choose not to renew now, then your certification will still be valid for PER (PED in the UK) for UKCA marking work under the BINDT/PCN Scheme. Please note that the expedited process described above will not be available after 30 June 2021.

Please remember that your PCN certificate will still be valid in all cases for which you are qualified, except for work carried out under the European Pressure Equipment Directive.

As always, BINDT and PCN are committed to providing the best service we can to all of our clients and the NDT industry, operating and communicating with integrity at all times. We remain resolute in our drive to work collaboratively with businesses and organisations around the globe to promote the advancement of the science and practice of NDT and all associated disciplines.

What will happen next time you renew your certificate?
Your approval will continue until you next renew your certificate, either by renewal or re-certification, at which time your PCN administration fee from BINDT will be increased to include the issuing of approval from WQ-iC Ltd.

Examinations and revalidated certificates from 1 May 2021:

  • As of 1 May 2021, all examinations and renewal applications for those sectors/methods eligible for PED recognition (see table below) will include a charge of £45.00 plus VAT. This will be charged as an additional PCN PED administration fee.
  • The AQB will implement this charge in addition to the PCN administration fee for relevant examinations (listed below).
  • BINDT is forced to pass this charge on to candidates/PCN certificate holders to cover the cost of compliance with the agreement and issuing PED certification. The cost of validating existing certificates (up to 30 June 2021) is being absorbed by BINDT; however, considerable additional costs have been and are being incurred and, reluctantly, BINDT has no choice but to pass on some of these costs to certificate holders.
  • PCN certificate holders will receive automatic recognition to the Pressure Equipment Directive and will be visible on the WQ-iC verification page. They will be issued with a certificate showing compliance with PED.
  • Approval will continue until the certificate has expired.

Sectors 
Methods
2 Pre- and in-service
6 Welds
20 Eddy Current
21 Magnetic Particle Testing
22 Liquid Penetrant Testing
23 Visual Testing
24 Ultrasonic Testing
25 Radiography
27 TOFD
28 Phased Array
29 Computer Radiographic Testing
34 Radiographic Interpreter
35 Computer Radiographic Interpreter



For further information, contact:
Jennifer Cook
Certification Manager
The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing
Midsummer House
Riverside Way
Bedford Road
Northampton NN1 5NX
UK
Email: jennifer.cook@bindt.org

For details of how to apply to WQ-iC Ltd for certification, click here.

 



Previous posting – 08/04/2021
The following statement is an updated announcement with changes noted in bold and red

PCN certification meets requirements of EU Pressure Equipment Directive (PED)

The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) is pleased to announce that it has agreed a robust certification process with an EU27 Recognised Third-Party Organisation (RTPO) for the certification of NDT personnel. This process is fully compliant with CEN/TR/15589 Route B requirements and allows BINDT/PCN to issue certification that is acceptable under the European Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) 2014/68/EU, Annex 1 § 3.1.3.

BINDT has received an appointment from WQ-iC Ltd, an RTPO and Notified Body (NoBo No 2893) based in Dublin, Ireland. WQ-iC Ltd is a member of the Lloyd’s Register Group of companies.

The scheme applies to both current and new/renewal certification in the welding and pre- and in-service inspection sectors and, being an electronic/web-based solution, will minimise the inconvenience caused and simplify the process as far as possible. For current certification, a process has been agreed to review the technical documentation held by BINDT/PCN and issue an accredited certificate in accordance with the WQ-iC Ltd Scheme. Individuals’ certification details are searchable on the WQ-iC website for official verification purposes. Details of the certificate holder may be displayed, as approved by WQ-iC Ltd. Each individual’s approval is valid from 1 January 2021 and until the normal expiry date of the current PCN certificate, subject to maintaining compliance with the WQ-iC Scheme.

In order for the certification to be validated, the holder simply has to complete a form on the WQ-iC website before the end of April 2021. Failure to do so by 30 April 2021 will invalidate the approval.

There is no charge for this service; BINDT has decided to cover the costs incurred in setting up this process.

If, for whatever reason, certificate holders choose not to validate for EU PED work now, then their certification will still be valid for Pressure Equipment Regulations (PER) (PED in the UK) for UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) marking work under the BINDT/PCN Scheme. Operators should note that in this case PCN certification remains valid for all cases for which they are qualified, except for work done under the European Pressure Equipment Directive 2014/68/EU. The expedited process described above will not be available after 30 April 2021.

Once validated for EU PED, approval will continue until the certificate expiry date, at which time the certification administration charge from BINDT applied to new, renewal or recertification will be increased to include the issuing of approval from WQ-iC Ltd.

Following the announcement, BINDT CEO David Gilbert said: “We have been working very hard behind the scenes to ensure that we can provide a reliable and efficient arrangement for all our customers by ensuring we have an option for PCN certificate holders to continue serving the EU market and, in particular, meet the requirements of the European Pressure Equipment Directive. We are thrilled to have been appointed by WQ-iC Ltd for this purpose and we are confident that we have an effective and user-friendly solution in place that will minimise any inconvenience caused.

“As always, BINDT and PCN are committed to providing the best service we can to all of our clients and the NDT industry, operating and communicating with integrity at all times. We remain resolute in our drive to work collaboratively with businesses and organisations around the globe to promote the advancement of the science and practice of NDT and all associated disciplines,” he concluded.

Paul Karim, Managing Director of WQ-iC Ltd, said of the development: “I am delighted that WQ-iC Ltd has been able to develop a solution in conjunction with BINDT/PCN to help the manufacturing industry overcome post-Brexit challenges. Our teams have worked closely to develop an effective and efficient process for maintaining NDT approvals that are recognised and accepted across the EU. Technical integrity and quality governance are in our DNA, ensuring we can continue to add value to the wider industry by collaborating with our customers to meet the industry’s needs. The arrangements with BINDT/PCN clearly demonstrate how this works in practice.”

For details of how to apply to WQ-iC Ltd for certification, click here.



Previous posting – 01/01/21
EU/International Recognition of PCN certification (UKAS Accreditation) from 1st January 2021


Following the signing of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement on 24 December 2020, the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) wishes to clarify and confirm the following points with regard to certificates issued under its Personnel Certification in Non-Destructive Testing (PCN) scheme.

In summary:

1. The UK's departure from the EU has no impact on ISO standards and does not affect the validity of PCN certificates issued. PCN certification continues to be widely accepted and highly respected throughout the industrialised world.

2. However, as a result of the decision by the EU to reject the UK’s request for broad recognition of conformity assessments that would allow UK-based notified bodies to certify products to EU standards, new and renewal PCN certificates issued after 31 December 2020 can no longer be used by personnel to carry out non-destructive tests on permanent joints for pressure equipment in categories III and IV in accordance with section 3.1.3 of schedule 2 under the European Pressure Equipment Directive (PED).

3. It is understood that all valid certificates issued before 1 January 2021 may – unless otherwise advised – continue to be valid for their full scope of application as detailed on each individual certificate until their expiry. 

4. BINDT is currently engaged in negotiations with a European organisation to enable certificates to be issued by a third-party organisation recognised by an EU Member State, thus satisfying the EU requirement for certificates delivered by a body which is recognised as an EU Notified Body. These talks are at an advanced stage and it is anticipated that a solution will be in place within the next few weeks. More information will be provided when arrangements have been finalised.

5. With regard to pressure equipment supplied in or into Great Britain, the UK has established a new framework for UK-based bodies to assess pressure equipment and assemblies against GB rules. Existing UK notified bodies are granted new UK ‘approved body’ status and listed on a new UK database. This includes recognised third-party organisations (RTPO), so BINDT will be granted UK identification status.

Click here for further details (download PDF).



Previous posting – 21/12/20
BINDT has become aware of rumours circulating suggesting that PCN certification will no longer be recognised from the beginning of 2021 (i.e. end of the Brexit transition period), which will impact upon the acceptability of certificates issued. There appears to be some confusion about the areas where recognition will cease, and we wish to clarify the situation, as follows.

The PCN Scheme is an international programme for the certification of conformance of non-destructive testing personnel which satisfies the requirements of a number of European and international standards.

ISO 9712 is the internationally recognised and widely accepted standard for qualification and 3rd party certification of NDT personnel and the UK's departure from the EU does not affect the validity of PCN certificates issued – PCN certification will continue to be widely accepted and highly respected throughout the industrialised world.

Brexit may have an impact on some UKAS activities, for example in relation to CE marking, however this will not affect PCN and UKAS will remain a full member of European and International Mutual Recognition Agreements (such as the European cooperation for Accreditation, International Accreditation Forum and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation), which means that all UKAS accredited certificates and reports (with the exception of those related to EU Regulations/Directives and Schemes) shall continue to be recognised within Europe and around the world.

There will be no impact on ISO standards including ISO 9712 as ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies (ISO member bodies) and has no different affiliation to Europe or any other country including the UK.

PCN will thus continue to be an acceptable certification scheme meeting all the necessary requirements to be accepted in any country that recognises ISO standards.

European Pressure Equipment Directive (PED)
Please note that the following statement only applies to personnel using their PCN ISO 9712 certification to carry out non-destructive tests on permanent joints for pressure equipment in categories III and IV in accordance with section 3.1.3 of schedule 2 under the European Pressure Equipment Directive (PED).

PCN scheme accreditation covers certification according to international standard ISO 9712:2012 - Non-destructive Testing: Qualification and certification of NDT personnel and the British Institute of NDT is a Certification Body accredited to ISO 17024.

ISO 9712 is the internationally recognised and widely accepted standard for qualification and 3rd party certification of NDT personnel and the UK's departure from the EU does not affect the validity of PCN certificates issued – PCN certification will continue to be widely accepted and highly respected throughout the industrialised world.

In addition, PCN continues to be a signatory to and registered under the International Committee for NDT (ICNDT) international Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) and also the European MRA that is managed by the European Federation for Non-Destructive Testing (EFNDT).

During the time that the UK was a member of the European Union (EU), BINDT was appointed as a Recognised Third-Party Organisation (RTPO) under regulation 20 of the European Pressure Equipment Regulations 1999, which implement the provisions of Directive 2014/68/EU of the European Parliament concerning pressure equipment.

The scope of the appointment was for the approval of personnel to carry out non-destructive tests on permanent joints for pressure equipment in categories III and IV in accordance with section 3.1.3 of Schedule 2 to the Regulations.

Amid the continuing negotiations about the UK's future relationship with the EU, there is one thing we know for sure: the UK will no longer be part of the EU and unless there is a specific agreement or further transition period, UK bodies will not be in a position to perform conformity assessment tasks pursuant to Union product legislation. At the time of writing, the outcomes of the current UK-EU negotiations are eagerly awaited, particularly given the added challenge of the current Covid crisis.

Please refer to the UKAS weblink for clarification.
https://www.ukas.com/news/eu-recognition-of-ukas-accreditation-from-1st-january-2021/

Please watch this BINDT website and NDT News for further announcements.

 





CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 12: 6 JANUARY 2021

Most PCN training and examination providers are operating full services.

Globally, procedures have been amended allowing new ways of working and, where necessary, safe schemes of work to allow actual face-to-face training and examinations to continue, while providing a safe environment for all individuals. This has involved considerable effort by our service providers.

NOTE: PCN holders and candidates are encouraged to speak with their AQB for further information on examination/training bookings.

After analysing the continued effects of COVID-19 on the NDT and CM industry across the globe, specifically where there are severe travel restrictions, BINDT has identified a need to consider requests on a case-by-case basis. Full details of the temporary arrangements and examples of how candidates will be affected are described in the following documents:

Please remember the following terms when applying extensions:

It shall be the employing organisation's responsibility to determine whether additional job-specific training and/or examinations, covering the employer’s products and inspection processes, are required. This shall be in addition to any central certification issued by PCN. The employing organisation shall satisfy itself that the personal certification detailed on the PCN certificate meets the requirements of the company’s written practice or quality system for the purposes of carrying out and certifying NDT inspections on an employer’s or customer’s product. It is strongly advised that this requirement should be documented within the employer’s written practice or quality procedure.



CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 11: 29 SEPTEMBER 2020

Whilst the pandemic is still prevalent, we are urging PCN certificate holders to recertify as soon as possible, whilst PCN training and examination providers are operating full services, to prevent any adverse effects on their certification.

Globally, procedures have been amended allowing new ways of working and, where necessary, safe schemes of work to allow actual face-to-face training and examinations to continue, while providing a safe environment for all individuals. This has involved considerable effort by our service providers.

Please remember the following terms when applying extensions:

It shall be the employing organisation's responsibility to determine whether additional job-specific training and/or examinations, covering the employer’s products and inspection processes, are required. This shall be in addition to any central certification issued by PCN. The employing organisation shall satisfy itself that the personal certification detailed on the PCN certificate meets the requirements of the company’s written practice or quality system for the purposes of carrying out and certifying NDT inspections on an employer’s or customer’s product. It is strongly advised that this requirement should be documented within the employer’s written practice or quality procedure.




CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – PCN OFFICE

The BINDT office in Northampton is currently closed, though a limited number of staff may attend for essential tasks. Please be aware that the BINDT telephone lines are unmanned for the time being. However, we will soon implement an alternative contact system to improve communication and assist staff working from home.

You are asked to contact the relevant team by email; our staff will endeavour to respond as soon as possible.

If your enquiry is in relation to PCN certification, please email: pcn@bindt.org

If your enquiry is in relation to a Level 1 or Level 2 CP16 renewal application, please email: renewals@bindt.org

If your enquiry is in relation to a technical query, please email: technical@bindt.org

If your enquiry is in relation to an audit, please email: audits@bindt.org

The online certificate verification facility at www.bindt.org/pcn continues to be updated on a regular basis. We therefore urge employers to use the online resource or the PCN Verifier smartphone app.


CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 10: 1 SEPTEMBER 2020

UPDATE AND REMINDER TO THE BINDT COVID-19 TEMPORARY EXTENSION POLICY

The initial extension period, applied to affected candidates with original expiry dates from 16 March 2020, ended 30 September 2020 and PCN holders are reminded that it is their responsibility to recertify as soon as possible.

NOTE: PCN holders and candidates are encouraged to speak with their AQB for further information on examination/training bookings.

After analysing the continued effects of COVID-19 on the NDT and CM industry across the globe, specifically where there are severe travel restrictions, BINDT has identified a need to consider requests on a case by case basis.

Full details of the temporary arrangements and examples of how candidates will be affected are described in the following documents:


BINDT reserves the right to continually review the situation and will make further statements as and when required on the PCN News page on the BINDT website.

PCN is still accepting renewal applications and BINDT strongly encourages those eligible certificate holders to continue with renewal applications as usual. Please be aware that, due to remote working, the application process may take longer than usual so, to prevent further delay and gaps in certification, we recommend you submit the application as soon as possible. There are editable PDF application forms on the website for CP16, CP17 and CP17A (signatures are still required and we do accept scanned copies of these). Applications for renewal that have already been submitted and are in process will remain current until the application is completed or cancelled for a specific reason, for example the PCN holder cannot complete the application and requires a recertification exam. Please be advised that during this time there will be a significant delay for refunds.



CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 9: 14 AUGUST 2020

UPDATE AND REMINDER TO THE BINDT COVID-19 TEMPORARY EXTENSION POLICY

The initial extension period applied to affected candidates with original expiry dates from 16 March 2020, ends 30th September 2020 and PCN holders are reminded that it is their responsibility to recertify before the 30 September. NOTE: PCN holders and candidates are encouraged to speak with their AQB for further information on examination/training bookings.

After analysing the continued effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the NDT and CM industry across the globe, specifically where there are severe travel restrictions, BINDT/PCN has identified a need to consider requests for further extension to the validity of PCN certificates under certain uncompromising conditions.

Full details of the temporary arrangements and examples of how it will affect candidates are described in the following documents:
'BINDT PCN Temporary Extension Policy'
'PCN Extension application form 1'
'Guidance and FAQs'

You can find videos on the BINDT website covering some of the Health and Safety measures that may be adopted by our AQBs below.

BINDT reserves the right to continually review the situation and will make further statements as and when required.


CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 8: 6 JULY 2020

From 6 July, BINDT is introducing a phased return to the office and to help safeguard its employees has decided, for the time being, to run the office with a limited staff attending to essential work, with many staff continuing to work from home.
Please be aware that there will be a delay in the despatching of certificates, and PCN telephone lines will remain unmanned until further notice. Please continue to submit enquiries via email to the relevant department.
If your enquiry is in relation to PCN certification, please email: pcn@bindt.org
If your enquiry is in relation to a Level 1 or Level 2 CP16 renewal application, please email: renewals@bindt.org
If your enquiry is in relation to a technical query, please email: technical@bindt.org
If you enquiry is in relation to an audit, please email: audits@bindt.org

The online certificate verification facility at www.bindt.org/pcn continues to be updated on a regular basis. We therefore urge employers to use the online resource, or the PCN Verifier smartphone app.

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 7: 9 JUNE 2020 

UPDATE TO THE BINDT COVID-19 TEMPORARY EXTENSION POLICY

End date of extension: 30 September 2020

BINDT is working closely with its AQBs to monitor the situation with recertification exam bookings.

Due to the relaxation of lockdown restrictions, the majority of exam centres across the UK and internationally are re-opening in line with government guidance and with Health and Safety measures in place. 

With the end date of the extension (30 September 2020) fast approaching, exam centres may experience a surge in bookings and this, along with reduced class sizes to align with social distancing measures, mean that it may be a challenge to facilitate your recertification exam when required. 

Therefore, BINDT strongly urges you contact your AQB as soon as possible to check on the current situation and book for your recertification exam in good time. 

PCN holders are reminded that it is their responsibility to recertify before 30 September 2020; after this there is no further extension and the late approval process would have to be implemented. 

Full details of the temporary arrangements and examples of how it will affect candidates are described in the following documents: 

'BINDT PCN Temporary Extension Policy' 

'Guidance and FAQs' 

You can find videos on the BINDT website covering some of the Health and Safety measures that may be adopted by our AQBs below. 

BINDT reserves the right to continually review the situation and will make further statements as and when required.


BINDT COVID-19 PCN TEMPORARY EXTENSION PROJECT

Due to the fast escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic, these are exceptional circumstances and action is being taken by BINDT with regard to expiring NDT certificates (including PCN Aero and Weld Inspection) as per ISO 9712 requirements and CM certificates as per ISO 18436.
Please note that the processing of applications and other services is likely to be disrupted and delayed at this time.

In response to the current global situation of national/international travel restrictions, employers’ travel limitations and/or the closure of CM/NDT training and examination centres globally as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, BINDT is proposing to implement temporary contingency planning.
An extension has been applied to affected candidates with original expiry dates from 16 March 2020. The extension will be applied automatically and there is no requirement for application.

PCN is still accepting renewal applications. BINDT strongly encourages those eligible certificate holders to continue with renewal applications as usual. Please be aware that due to remote working the application process may take longer than usual, so to prevent further delay and gaps in certification we recommend that you submit the application as soon as possible. There are editable PDF applications on the website for CP16, CP17 and CP17A (signatures are still required and we do accept scanned copies of these). Applications for renewal that are already submitted and in process shall remain current until the application is completed or cancelled for a specific reason, for example the PCN certificate holder cannot complete the application and requires a recertification exam. Please be advised that during this time there will be a significant delay for refunds.

Full details of the temporary arrangements and examples of how they will affect candidates are described in the following documents:

PCN certificate holders and candidates are encouraged to speak with their Authorised Qualifying Body (AQB) for further information on examination/training bookings.
BINDT reserves the right to continually review the situation and will make further statements as and when required.

Considering the escalation of the seriousness of the coronavirus situation and following advice from the UK government, we have introduced further measures to help safeguard our employees. We have therefore, for the time being, closed the BINDT office in Northampton. As a result, please be aware that no certificates or ID cards will be issued until further notice. Our dedicated staff are nevertheless continuing to work from home where possible and the online certificate verification facility at www.bindt.org/pcn continues to be updated on a regular basis. We therefore urge employers to use the online resource, or the PCN Verifier smartphone app. 


Health & Safety procedures for people attending training courses at BINDT Approved Training Organisations (ATOs)


It is BINDT's top priority to take all the necessary steps to minimise the risk of infection, among our employees, volunteers, members and stakeholders. It is with this in mind that we have been pleased to work together with colleagues from our Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) in the production of a video presentation on the measures being introduced to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in the training and examination environment.

There are three versions of the presentation. Please choose the one(s) according to your needs and click on the appropriate link(s). Each video is in .pptx format and includes embedded videos (each one is approx 420 MB).

1. Health & Safety Presentation for UK ATOs
2. Health & Safety Presentation for ATOs overseas
3. Health & Safety Presentation: Rolling version


CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 6: 21 MAY 2020

Due to the recent easing of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown, a number of AQBs/ATOs will be re-opening from 1 June 2020. View the full list of international AQBs and examination centres here.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 5: 6 APRIL 2020 (revised 17 APRIL 2020)

BINDT COVID-19 TEMPORARY EXTENSION POLICY

NOTE: At this time, the processing of applications and other services are likely to be disrupted and delayed.

Due to the fast escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic, these are exceptional circumstances and action is being taken by BINDT with regard to expiring NDT certificates (including PCN Aero and Weld Inspection) as per ISO 9712 requirements and CM certificates as per ISO 18436.

In response to the current global situation of national/international travel restrictions, employers’ travel limitations and/or the closure of CM/NDT training and examination centres globally as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the British Institute of NDT is proposing to implement temporary contingency planning.

An extension has been applied to affected candidates with original expiry dates from 16 March 2020. The extension will be applied automatically and there is no requirement for application.

PCN is still accepting renewal applications. BINDT strongly encourages those eligible certificate holders to continue with renewal applications as usual. Please be aware that due to remote working the application process may take longer than usual, so to prevent further delay and gaps in certification we recommend you submit the application as soon as possible. There are editable PDF applications on the website for CP16, CP17 and CP17a (signatures are still required and we do accept scanned copies of these). Applications for renewal that are already submitted and in process shall remain current until the application is completed or cancelled for a specific reason, for example the PCN holder cannot complete the application and requires a recertification exam. Please be advised that during this time there will be a significant delay for refunds.

Full details of the temporary arrangements and examples of how it will affect candidates are described in the following documents:

'BINDT PCN Temporary Extension Policy'

'Guidance and FAQs'

NOTE: PCN holders and candidates are encouraged to speak with their AQB for further information on examination/training bookings.

BINDT reserves the right to continually review the situation and will make further statements as and when required.

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 4: 25 MARCH 2020

Considering the escalation of the seriousness of the coronavirus situation and following advice from the UK government, we have introduced further measures to help safeguard our employees. We have therefore decided, for the time being, to close the BINDT office in Northampton. As a result, please be aware that there will be a delay in the processing and despatching of certificates and the handling of associated enquiries until further notice. Our dedicated staff are nevertheless continuing to work from home where possible and the online certificate verification facility at www.bindt.org/pcn continues to be updated on a regular basis. We therefore urge employers to use the online resource, or the PCN Verifier smartphone app.

Please also note that any items for submission, for example PCN applications, should, for the time being, be sent via email to pcn@bindt.org

We will endeavour to deal with your enquiry as quickly as possible, but we do ask for your patience during this time.

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 3: 24 MARCH 2020


Please be advised that in addition to the help we are already offering to PCN certificate holders, BINDT is working with UKAS, our accreditation body, for guidance on some of the more difficult circumstances that PCN certificate holders may face. We will keep you updated on this page as soon as we receive any news. We wish you well during these unprecedented circumstances.

 CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 2: 18 MARCH 2020


Due to the ongoing situation regarding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), BINDT is having to maintain and manage the PCN certification scheme in unprecedented times never before experienced. However, we are implementing measures to mitigate the risks regarding those certificates that are due to expire over the next 3-6 months.

We will be continually assessing this risk on a case-by-case basis. We are aware that some organisations are implementing a ‘lock down’ procedure, meaning some individuals are unable to recertify their certificates. We realise this may have an impact on the status of your certification as a PCN certificate holder; however, we will be taking a common-sense approach to this and will assist where possible in line with the requirements of ISO 9712.

If you are aware of any impending impact to your certification, please contact pcn@bindt.org immediately so that your case can be reviewed.

In order for these measures to prove successful requires input from yourselves as stakeholders in the process. With your support, flexibility and understanding, we can collectively ensure that your certification remains appropriate in these testing times.

Thank you for your cooperation,

Your CSD Team


CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: 18 MARCH 2020


As you would be aware, the situation regarding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is developing daily across the world. We all have а responsibility to take the steps we can in order to help combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Considering the escalation of the seriousness of the coronavirus situation, we are introducing further measures to help safeguard our employees. We have therefore decided, for the time being, to run the office with a limited staff attending to essential work and services, with many staff now working from home. The PCN telephone lines will therefore be unmanned until further notice.

With this in mind, please be advised that the services provided by PCN may take longer than usual.

We are requesting that all enquiries, applications and other messages are sent via email. We will endeavour to deal with your enquiry as quickly as possible but we do ask for your patience during this time.

Should you have any enquiries for the Certification Services Department, please email them to the relevant team:

If your enquiry is in relation to PCN certification, please email pcn@bindt.org

If your enquiry is in relation to a technical query, please email technical@bindt.org

If you enquiry is in relation to an audit, please email audits@bindt.org

If your enquiry is in relation to a Level 1 or Level 2 CP16 renewal application, please email renewals@bindt.org

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and stress that we have implemented this stringent measure to help combat the spread of the virus. We appreciate your patience and cooperation during this uncertain time.

Stay safe and keep well.

Jennifer Cook
Office Manager, Certification Services Department

 



Important reminder to update PCN ID card


PCN holders are reminded to keep their ID cards up to date in line with international standard ISO 9712. 


Applications for expired ID cards can be made free of charge using PSL/18. If you have not received an ID card, please complete and return form PSL/33. This requirement is also pertinent to the article included on electronic certification, which will require a photo image of the PCN holder.





PCN introduces electronic certificates
The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) has announced that its Personnel Certification in Non-Destructive Testing (PCN) certificates are to be issued electronically, so that PCN certificate holders will be able to view and print their certificates from their laptop or mobile device.

The launch of electronic certificates (e-certificates) will help to protect the quality and robustness of the PCN Scheme whilst also making the issue of certificates a more streamlined and efficient process.

The new key features include the following:

  • The PCN holder’s photograph and signature will now appear on the certificate, thus removing the need for separate ID cards.
  • A watermark, end of qualifications statement and reminder of penalties for forgery are included on the certificate to safeguard integrity and increase the security of certificates.
  • Certificates will include a statement reminding certificate holders that they should always comply with the PCN Code of Ethics.
  • Certificates will also include information encouraging verification of PCN certification using the online verification tool or the PCN Verifier app.

NOTE: This process will not be retrospective, e-certificates will be issued following new and revalidated certification and/or changes made via the PSL18 reissuing certification/ID card applications and PSL33 verification of ID.

The e-certificates will be issued using digital rights management (DRM) security software. The PCN holder will be able to view their certification on a computer, laptop or mobile device via a secure password-protected portal. For certificate holders who do not always have Internet access, certificates can be saved for a period of time so that they can be accessed when not connected.

To be eligible for e-certification, the PCN holder must ensure PCN has an up-to-date electronic copy of their photo (taken within the past ten years) and signature. To submit or update these items, please complete the PSL/33 form and send the form and image to: pcn@bindt.org

Once your e-certificate is available, you will be emailed with instructions to access it. If you are not eligible for e-certification, you will receive a conventional hard-copy certificate.

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. Alternatively, the PCN Verifier app can be downloaded at: www.bindt.org/publications/ndt-apps

Information on further digital innovations will be published in NDT News and can also be found at: www.bindt.org 


Verification of PCN NDT certification


In 2015, it was publicised that PCN moved to a numerical certificate system. We have recently noted that a small number of certificates may have been affected by this change. As a result, PCN certificate holders are encouraged to check their paper certificates against the information shown on the PCN verification page to ensure the data matches. If you experience any discrepancies, please immediately inform PCN to ensure the information is corrected (email: pcn@bindt.org). 


All employers, agencies and end-users of NDT personnel are encouraged to seek verification of PCN certification online using the online verification tool at: www.bindt.org/Certification/pcn-certificate-verification


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.




PCN updates

 

The Certification Services Department (PCN) and the Technical & Industrial Department (TID) are continuing to collaborate on certification projects. Updates will be provided by way of online updates on the PCN news page.


Please keep up to date with the latest PCN documents via the website.An index of the document suite, form PSL/8a, can be downloaded from the BINDT website at: www.bindt.org/downloads/PSL8A.pdf




APPTRRA GLOBAL Norway


APPTRRA GLOBAL Norway has been withdrawn as an AQB and ATO. Any subsidiary of this 
company is also no longer authorised to conduct PCN examinations/training.

This is a standard withdrawal and does not affect candidates who have undergone training or examinations through this organisation. 

Any certification already issued remains valid.

 


Technical Department

The BINDT Technical & Industrial Department, appointed in January 2019, works closely with PCN and other departments within the 
Institute. To contact members of this department, email: technical@bindt.org





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.

There is a process for whistleblowing via PCN document CP21 for complaints and appeals, which are handled with extreme discretion.

 


 
PCN ATOs/AQB status

Up-to-date contact details for all Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) can be found on the BINDT website at: education-and-training/bindt-approved-trainers

Up-to-date contact details for all Authorised Qualifying Bodies (AQBs) can be found on the BINDT website at: www.bindt.org/downloads/PSL4.pdf


 
PCN FAQ page

PCN has a ‘frequently asked questions’ page on the BINDT website at: /Certification/general-information/frequently-asked-questions-faq/

If you have any other PCN-related questions, please email: pcn@bindt.org




Condition Monitoring

Information on the BINDT CM certification scheme can be found on the Institute’s website at: www.bindt.org/COMADIT/CM-Certification


The PCN team can also be contacted at: cm.admin@bindt.org





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

NOTE: We are accepting orders for stamps, but please be aware that there will be a delay in processing and dispatching all orders due to the current coronavirus pandemic, which is beyond our control.


Lost stolen or withdrawn certificates

Certification for the following PCN numbers has been withdrawn, with a five-year ban on attempted at PCN examinations and certification:

  • PCN number 307289, from 12 September 2019
  • PCN number 212770, from 28 July 2020
  • PCN number 315893, from 28 July 2020
  • PCN number 304873, from 11 February 2021.

Lost/stolen certificates:

  • PCN number 210385
  • PCN number 315123.

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. 

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 
 310095 
  Aniket Ashok Sonawane
 331080
 Madan Lal Sharma
   Kumaran Kannan
 317701
 Sherin Roopa Nancy
 326495
  Arun Kumar Kandasamy
 320680
 Satish Naidu Bagadi 325344
  K R P Mahalakshmi
 326476
 S Mahesh Nainaganti
 323836
  Anamika Roy
 332655
 D Roshan Kumar
 320920
  Ankita Dutta Chowdhury
 332654
 Sharma Varun
 319564
  Simul Dey
 305683
Shiva Kumar Ramaraj
 310889
  Dino Davis
 329769
 Venkatesh Srinivasan 320027  Rini Baby
 334653
 Melvin Adaikalaraj 319724  P G Shaju
 300859
 Thirunavukkarasu Sundar
 308177
  Sridhar Yalla
 333872
 Roshin Issac Arakal
 327738
  Anil Arjun Khond
 327757
 Bindhu Varghese Moolan
 328111
  Rahul M Pathare
 327758
 Ganesh Ramadurai
 329206
  Sagar R Jaiswal
 334352
 Jamsheed Salahudeen
 325501
  Rajeev R Nair
 330884
 Narayanaswamy Guruswamy
 329278
  D V V Narendra Kumar
 319741
 A Rajamani
 
  Arul Vignesh Punniya Moorthy
 320026
 Muhamad Ridwan
 
  Vediyappa Mudali Govindasamy 
 310097
 Mrs Princy Shenny
 
  P Muthu Kumar D Pandiaraj
 328063
 Pruthu Likhankar
 
  Zuriadah Binti Hilal
 
 S Anantha Lakshmi
 
  Manimohan
 
 S Karthik Kumar
 
  Smitha Shaju
 
 Vinoth Kumar Balasubramanian
 312064
  S Janani
 
 Edwin Antony Raj Selvaraj
 329404
  Rama Kuna
 
 S Thiruvenkadam

 
  Bindu Babu