PCN Level 3 – NDT Training

Why should you attend this course?

This program, conducted in partnership with Argyll Ruane IMechE, offers detailed guidance aimed at meeting the PCN Level 3 requirements for NDT practitioners, preparing them for the Level 3 Basic examination. The main objective is to ensure candidates are fully aware of the examination’s scope and the required level of knowledge, while also identifying any weak subject areas. Advice will be provided on any additional tuition required.

Special Note

Candidates are encouraged to hold a PCN Level 2 approval in 4 methods with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in NDT/Inspection before enrolling in this course. Please refer to the latest edition of PCN/GEN for the minimum requirements for examinations.

Candidates may be exempt from certain parts of Level 3 Basic based on their current certifications. For further information, please consult the latest edition of PCN/GEN or contact us directly

Argyll Ruane’s online training program offers students the flexibility to work and monitor their progress through the course at their own pace. This allows students to allocate more time and revisit specific areas of the course that they may not fully understand.

Assessments are provided to test knowledge, and students can attempt them as many times as needed. However, a minimum pass rate of 70% is required to advance.

Equivalent in-class training duration: up to 10 days

PCN Level 3 Basic offers excellent preparation for individuals aiming to advance to Level 3 certification, enhance their proficiency in various methods, and gain more experience in readiness for the examination.

Progress completion is denoted by a green tick next to each lesson, facilitating effective monitoring of progress.

Course notes are downloadable for viewing on a separate device or for printing for future reference.

Assessments follow each lesson and are marked complete upon achieving a 70% pass rate. Don’t worry, you can attempt these assessments as many times as needed, even if you exceed the 70% threshold.

The final assessment consolidates questions from all previous assessments to comprehensively review your learning and reinforce your knowledge.

The course is structured into modules to facilitate learning in manageable segments:

  • Unit PRT1 – Casting
  • Unit PRT2 – Wrought Products
  • Unit PRT3 – Weld Terminology
  • Unit PRT4 – Welding Processes
  • Unit PRT5 – Steel Weld Metallurgy
  • Unit PRT6 – Weld Defects
  • Unit PRT7 – Mechanical Testing
  • Unit PRT8 – Cracking
  • Unit PRT9 – Other Processes and Technologies
  • Unit PRT10 – Terminology
  • Unit QA2 – Normative Documents
  • Unit NDT1 – Non-Destructive Testing

The module is based on PCN/GEN ISSUE 13, which can be downloaded and referred to while you work through the assessment. Here are the units covered:

  • Unit 1 – Scope
  • Unit 2 – References
  • Unit 3 – Terms and Conditions
  • Unit 4 – Abbreviations
  • Unit 5 – Duties and responsibilities
  • Unit 6 – Levels of PCN Certification
  • Unit 7 – Eligibility
  • Unit 8 – Industrial NDT Experience
  • Unit 9 – Vision Requirements
  • Unit 10 – Qualification Examination
  • Unit 11 – Examination Exemptions
  • Unit 12 – Conduct of Examinations
  • Unit 13 – Grading of Examinations
  • Unit 14 – Re-examination
  • Unit 15 – Publication of Examination Results
  • Unit 16 – Certification
  • Unit 17 – Validity of Certification
  • Unit 18 – Revalidation
  • Unit 19 – Complaints and Appeals
  • Unit 20 – Change of Employer
  • Unit 21 – Supplementary Examinations
  • Unit 22 – Certification and Examination Records
  • Unit 23 – Use and Misuse of Certificates
  • Unit 24 – Transition between EN473; 2008, ISO 9712:2005 and EN ISO 9712:2012

The module is designed to refresh existing knowledge in a minimum of 4 Level 2 Main Methods, which include:

  • Eddy Current Testing
  • Magnetic Particle Testing
  • Penetrant Testing
  • Radiography
  • Ultrasonic Testing

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Meet the trainer


Kristian Hampson

Trainer, Examiner and Level 3 Consultant Imeche

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