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Ultrasonic Testing: Critical Defect Sizing


Training course: 3 days
Examination: 1 day


Theory and practical training course and examination



Why attend this course?

This programme is only available to holders of current PCN Level 2 Ultrasonic Practitioner Welds certification, which is applicable to at least two groups and held for at least 6 months. The course was developed to assist the technician/ engineer in the sizing of defects to within a tolerance level commensurate with the capabilities of the ultrasonic method. Originally designed to meet the objectives of the CEGB module: Defect Assessment for Fitness for Purpose Inspections - Ultrasonic Test Weld Samples. Now available as a PCN examination.


  • Production of beam plots for relevant probes
  • Practical examination of artificial simulations to assess plotting accuracy
  • Discussion of relevant normative documentation including BS and EN standards
  • Production of DAC and sensitivity levels
  • Discussion relating to echo-dynamic patterns
  • Reporting formats
  • Practical defect sizing on a variety of weldments

Special note:

Candidates must bring their own calibrated Ultrasonic Testing set and probes and the course includes an end of course practical assessment prior to the independent PCN examination.. 

(excl. VAT)

Training course: £555
Examination: £270
PCN Levy: £72
Total: £897

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Course dates are available on demand to suit your requirements. Please contact us for more information.

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Meet the trainer

James Caruth - Trainer


Having joined IMechE ETS in 2015, James is able to use his knowledge and experience from his previous work in the nuclear, aerospace and oil and gas industries when training his students.


PCN Level 2: Ultrasonic Testing, Magnetic Particle Testing, Liquid Penetrant Testing

Customer feedback "One of the most informative, professional courses I have attended in my career. A truly world class training facility. 10/10"

John attended Ultrasonic Testing in Sheffield, February 2017

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