As an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) for The British Institute of Non Destructive Testing, (BINDT) our courses follow ISO 18436-7 course outline provided by BINDT (Document Annex A2). On completion of a course, students can pursue the option of taking a third party PCN Examination administered by BINDT. This examination needs to be applied for independently to BINDT and is not inclusive in training course fees, although as an Approved Examination Centre (AEC) we can make arrangements for PCN examinations to be taken at our offices in Liverpool.
Third Party Certification was introduced fairly recently and provides an independent scheme that is recognised worldwide. Students attaining this certificate can assure company management, clients and customers that they have achieved one of the highest regarded awards in the Condition Monitoring field for Infrared Thermography
To carry out the PCN examination students must first sit a Level 1/2 Thermography Course. Once the course has been complete students can then take the PCN examination if they have passed the end of course test. The application form for the PCN exam can be found on the link below. The application must be complete prior to sitting the Thermography course to allow time for BINDT to process the application. PCN examinations take place straight after the final day of the course (often on a Friday), but can be arranged at any point after the course.
PCN Application form
Upon completing the PCN examination the student must document evidence of a log of hours including all practical and reporting work. The total experience must be collected over a minimum of 12 months with evidence of an average of 16 hours per month. Candidates must maintain verifiable documentary evidence and log of hours and nature of work (see ISO18436-7 clause 5.4), especially scanning (practical) times, on PCN document CP16-CM for all categories. All of this information and other relevant links can be found here >>BINDT
*The experience hours are based on 16 hours minimum per month of thermography-based machinery condition monitoring experience in accordance with Clauses 2 & 3.