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Visual Testing Level 1

Why attend this course?

Designed to provide a full appreciation of the methods and practices of visual testing. A high level of theoretical and practical content is offered within these courses in preparation for PCN Level 1 examinations. The course meets the training hour requirements as specified in the relevant PCN documentation.

Course content

  • Definitions
  • Vision
  • Lighting
  • Environmental factors, direct and indirect methods of visual assessment
  • Visual inspection equipment
  • Surface conditions
  • Inspection and testing criteria
  • The reporting of results
  • Application of a written instruction
  • Codes and standards
  • Product technology (welds, castings, wrought), in-service and secondary process defects

Course details

Duration: 4 days

Code: IETS/VT1  

Special note: Candidates attempting a PCN examination must meet the PCN/GEN requirements. This course can be used for ASNT certification routes.

Validated by BINDT and recognised by PCN

(excl. VAT)

Training course: £669
Examination: £217
PCN levy: £70
Total: £956

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If Level 1 held:

Course and examination enquiries

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Meet the trainer

Michael Mullins - Trainer, Examiner and Level 3 Consultant

Mick Mullins 

Mick is our resident expert on new and advanced NDT methods with 37 years of experience in NDT. Specialising in the oil and gas industry, Mick joined IMechE ETS in 2005.


PCN Level 2: Magnetic Particle Testing, Penetrant Testing, Ultrasonic Testing, UT: Phased Array, UT: TOFD
PCN Level 3: Magnetic Particle Testing, Penetrant Testing, Ultrasonic Testing, UT: Phased Array, UT: TOFD
ASNT Level 3: Magnetic Particle Testing, Penetrant Testing, Ultrasonic Testing, Visual Testing

Customer feedback

"I underestimated the course totally and was very pleasantly surprised, I will recommend IMechE Engineering Training Solutions to my company Applus RTD"

Dean attended Visual Testing Level 2 in Sheffield, July 2017


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