Third-generation ASNT NDT Level 3 for Lavender International


With the successful awarding of an ASNT NDT Level 3 Magnetic Particle Testing examination to Paul Lavender in November 2014, this completes what may just be a unique third generation of ASNT NDT Level 3s.

Back in 1977, Jack Lavender (John Deryk Lavender, 1924-2003) became one of the original ASNT NDT Level 3s when he was grandfathered along with the original group of ASNT Level 3s. His number was FA726 and he was very proud of this position throughout his working life. He became a Fellow of ASNT in 1991.

Following on from this, his son David Lavender successfully completed his ASNT NDT Level 3 exams, originally by attending an examination programme in Columbus, Ohio, USA. His number then was LM903, which has now become 22226.

Dave continues to work at Lavender International as Co-Managing Director, Trainer, Examiner and Consultant and values his ASNT NDT Level 3 certification very highly.

Paul Lavender, the son of Dave’s brother Steve Lavender, joined the company back in 2009 and has worked his way up the ladder, covering all the main methods of NDT as a Level 2. In 2014, it was agreed that Paul would sit the ASNT NDT Level 3 exams. These were organised by the ASNT North Atlantic Section, which is based in Stockton on Tees, and took place in the UK last November.

Following success in both the basic exam and the MT method, Paul is now ASNT NDT Level 3 MT 234279. The company believes that this may be a first, but looks forward to hearing from any other third-generation ASNT NDT Level 3s out there.

Further professional development is planned for Paul and the company expects him to progress to other ASNT Level 3 methods in due course.