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PCN Level 3 Basic - Online NDT Training

Why complete this course?

This is a guidance course aimed at the PCN Level 3 requirements for NDT practitioners to prepare them for the Level 3 Basic examination. The main objective of the course is to make candidates fully aware of the scope of the examination and level of knowledge required, while also identifying their weak subject areas. Advice will be given on any further tuition required.

IMechE Engineering Training Solutions's online training program allows students to work and track their progress through the course at their own convenience. This provides the opportunity to spend more time on and revisit specific areas of the course that are not fully understood.

The assessments provide an opportunity to test your knowledge. Students are able to attempt these as many times as they see fit but a 70% pass rate is required to progress.

Special note: Candidates should ideally hold a PCN Level 2 approval in 4 methods with at least 2 years’ experience in NDT/Inspection before attempting the course. See also 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, please refer to the latest edition of PCN/GEN or contact us for further information.

In-class training equivalent: up to 10 days


 Parts A & B
 Part B 
 Parts A, B, & C (1 method)
 Parts A, B & C (2 methods)
 Parts A, B & C (3 methods)
 Parts A, B & C (4 methods)
Access to training course is for up to 60 days (can be extended on request)

Course information

  • PCN Level 3 Basic provides ideal preparation for those who are looking to progress to Level 3 certification, improve their knowledge in various methods and increase their experience in preparation for the examination.

    Completion is indicated by the green tick alongside each lesson allowing for effective monitoring of progress.

    Course notes are able to be downloaded to be viewed on a separate device or printed for future use.

    Assessments follow each lesson and will be marked as complete once a 70% pass rate has been achieved, but don't worry, you can attempt these as many times as you like, even if you get higher than 70%.

    The final assessment takes questions from all previous assessments to fully review your learning and refresh your knowledge.
  • The course is split into modules to break down the learning in to manageable parts.
    Unit PRT1
    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
    Unit PRT9
    Other Processes and Technologies
    Unit PRT10
    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 whilst you work through the assessment.
    Unit 1
    Unit 2
    Unit 3
    Terms and Conditions
    Unit 4
    Unit 5
    Duties and responsibilities
    Unit 6
    Levels of PCN Certification
    Unit 7
    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

    Unit 15
    Publication of Examination Results
    Unit 16
    Unit 17
    Validity of Certification
    Unit 18
    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 focuses on refreshing existing knowledge of a minimum of 4 Level 2 Main Methods, listed below.
    • Eddy Current Testing
    • Magnetic Particle Testing
    • Penetrant Testing
    • Radiography
    • Ultrasonic Testing
  • The IMechE Engineering Training Solutions e-Learning program will work on various hardware platforms, but the following is an example of a minimum-specification that would be expected to deliver a rich, interactive user experience:

    • PC or Mac.
    • Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 or above, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or above, Modern Linux variant.
    • 32-bit colour graphics.
    • Keyboard and mouse.
    • Recommended minimum browser: Google Chrome 11, Firefox 4, Safari 5, Internet Explorer 8 (IE 10 required for drag and drop of files from outside the browser into the e).

    As e-learning is delivered online we would recommend the following bandwidths for internet access:

    • Minimum bandwidth: 256 kbps
    • If using video: 512 kbps

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