The Institute has a number of groups that meet the specific needs of members with particular interests.

Figure 1 shows some of the groups that exist at the time of writing. Further groups may be established as topics arise.

Current Sub-Committees include:

Membership of all groups is open to members (and in some cases non-members) at no additional charge. Group members benefit from discussion of current topics of interest or controversy and from the interchange of views between individuals all sharing a specific common interest. As a group, they can influence affairs that they couldn’t as individuals.

For further information, contact Cindy Bailey at the Secretariat (

Certification Technical Committee (CTC) The Certification Technical Committee (CTC) is a sub-committee of the PCN Certification Management Committee and is concerned with technical matters relating to the certification of personnel engaged in testing, inspection or engineering asset management; committee members therefore have relevant expertise in one or more of these areas, or in the training of personnel in areas covered by PCN certification.

The CTC provides expertise for the purposes of:
  • Drafting documents detailing PCN personnel examination format and content consistent with the standards adopted within the PCN Scheme, developing examination/training syllabuses (where no externally published and nationally accepted syllabuses exist) to address existing and forecast needs of industry and drafting examination questions to address shortfalls in the PCN central examination question bank.
  • The review of examination questions, validating and amending existing questions and writing new ones to fill the gaps in the syllabus where the database falls short.
  • Drafting and/or approval of specifications for practical examination specimens to be held at authorised qualifying bodies (AQBs) and their examination centres.
  • Ensuring that, when drafting documentation or through revision and amendment of existing documentation, the certification available is compatible with international and European standards covering certification of personnel where this is appropriate.
  • Ensuring that scientific and technical developments and new materials are adequately catered for in the PCN certification examinations available.
  • Undertaking regular review of technical documentation and making recommendations for redrafting or amendment of existing documents and the need to draft additional documents.
  • Undertaking any activity formally requested by CMC, which may involve research, development, benchmarking, customer satisfaction surveys, industry requirements or any other activity so determined.

Education and Professional Development Committee The Education and Professional Development Committee is an amalgamation of the former Education Committee and the Trailblazer Apprenticeship Development Group and is a sub-committee of the MQ&E Committee. The aim of the committee is to develop and promote educational and professional development initiatives that have both an immediate and long-term impact on the Institute and on the well-being and advancement of engineers, technicians and operators, together with industrial partners.

The following objectives have been identified as proposed ongoing actions for the group:
  • Develop and maintain NDT apprenticeship schemes
  • Continue the development of a joint welding inspection and PCN Level 2 NDT certification scheme for the benefit of the Nuclear Welding Inspection Technician apprenticeship
  • Develop education, training and qualification for in-service NDT
  • Promote continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Assist in the further development of the online ‘My BINDT’ CPD resource
  • Assist the Certification Services Department (CSD) in promoting education and training and maintaining PCN’s high standards worldwide
  • Publicise the resurgence of the former Education Committee
  • Work with education bodies in the design of NDT and CM education programmes
  • Identify research material that is suitable for educational purposes
  • Contribute to market research to ascertain the demand for specific education or professional development programmes
  • Commission the writing of education and training material
  • Liaise with industry bodies to identify current and future education and training needs
  • Liaise with the Institute’s professional registration committee (Engineering Council Working Group) to help ensure that education and training provision satisfies professional registration standards
  • Generate, classify and maintain an online library of academic, education and training material
  • Manage the Institute’s CPD programmes
  • Develop and oversee the CPD process in liaison with CMC to ensure the requirements for certification renewal are being satisfied.

NDT and CM Sub-Committees Reporting to the Technical Committee, the aims of the Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Sub-Committee and Condition Monitoring (CM) Sub-Committee of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing are to promote and advance the science and practice of NDT and CM, respectively.

Specific responsibilities of the NDT and CM Sub-Committees include the publication of occasional special issues of Insight focusing on NDT or CM and making proposals for other NDT or CM technical publications.

The Sub-Committees are also involved in the organisation of events focusing on NDT or CM, including liaising with other organisations in the sponsoring or organising of conferences and symposia.

The Sub-Committees will also liaise with Branches and other sections of the Institute concerning NDT and CM technical activities, as well as with relevant NDT/CM research and development centres, advising on technical developments within NDT and CM.

In addition, each Sub-Committee will propose new publishing, conference and other technical initiatives, maintaining a strategy for NDT and CM within the Institute, as well as liaising with the NDT and CM certification sub-committees of the Certification Management Committee (CMC) of BINDT and advising on NDT and CM training and education.

SHM Sub-Committee Reporting to the Technical Committee, the aim of the Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) Sub-Committee of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing is to promote and advance the science and practice of SHM.

The sub-committee’s enabling objectives are:
  • To define SHM requirements to meet future industry goals
  • To develop roadmaps for SHM technologies to guide knowledge enablers and generators (for example funding bodies and universities) towards industry goals
  • To promote the benefits of SHM methods within the owner, design, production, maintenance, regulatory and insurance communities
  • To promote and enable the introduction of new SHM technologies by identifying and tackling barriers (for example through scientific evaluation, validation and education of manufacturing and maintenance supply chains)
  • To advise BINDT strategically on supporting the introduction of SHM methods (for example training, certification, technique validation and standards).

Specific responsibilities of the SHM Sub-Committee include the publication of occasional special issues of Insight on SHM and other SHM technical publications, the organisation of conferences and symposia on SHM, liaison with relevant SHM research and development centres, advising on technical developments within SHM, proposing new initiatives for publishing, conferences and other technical activities and maintaining a strategy for SHM within the Institute.