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PCN level 2 certificate - valid for 5 years
Duration
10.0 Days
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Personnel required to test welded joints using the Eddy Current method
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Delegates must be able to pass near vision and colour eye tests
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Eddy Current Testing PCN Level 1 & 2 Combined

Eddy Current Testing PCN Level 1 & 2 Combined

The Eddy Current non-destructive testing (NDT) method is used to inspect inside conductive materials without removing non-conductive coatings such as paint.

Eddy Current involves observing changes in the flow of an electrical current through the material being tested. A change in the material such as a crack affects the flow of the induced current which allows the precise area affected to be determined.

The training programme is part of the the Personnel Certification in Non-Destrutive Testing (PCN) system which is a widely accepted certification scheme for operator competence that is administered by the British Insitute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT).


Course Overview

This Eddy Current Testing PCN Level 1 & 2 Combined training course provides detailed information on the inspection of a wide range of different materials and components across several fields of engineering including oil and gas, nuclear, power generation and aerospace.

Each Eddy Current level includes two theoretical tests and a practical exam.


Course Objectives

Delegates completing an Eddy Current Testing PCN Level 1 & 2 Combined training course will be able to;

  • Evaluate the variables defined above and define the limitations of examination
  • Write clear and concise inspection instructions and test reports
  • Meet the syllabus requirements of PCN Level 1
  • Detect surface and near-surface cracks in welds
  • Detect corrosion and thinning in ferro-magnetic materials
  • Grade and sort materials on the basis of conductivity and permeability
  • Write clear and concise inspection instructions and test reports
  • Meet the syllabus requirements of PCN Level 2

Course Content

An Eddy Current Testing PCN Level 1 & 2 Combined training course includes;

  1. Electrical properties
  2. Principles of magnetism
  3. Principles of electromagnetism
  4. Eddy-current inspection equipment
  5. Equipment calibration
  6. Defect detection and evaluation
  7. Eddy-current techniques
  8. Extensive practical experience
  9. Relevant standards
  10. PCN documentation
  11. Review of electromagnetic theory
  12. Factors that affect coil impedance 
  13. Factors that affect flux leakage fields 
  14. Signal-to-noise ratio 
  15. Selection of test frequency 
  16. Selection of method of magnetisation for flux
  17. Leakage testing 
  18. Coupling 
  19. Field strength and its selection
  20. Field orientation for flux leakage testing
  21. Instrument design consideration
  22. Safety as applicable to Eddy Current testing and electrical safety

Prerequisites

In order to receive an Eddy Current PCN Level 2 certificate, the minimum required duration of training is: 

  • Level 1 - 40 hours
  • Level 2 - 40 hours (direct to level 2 - 80 hours)

The required duration of training is fulfilled by attending this training course.

In order to receive an Eddy Current PCN Level 2 certificate, the minimum required duration of work experience is:

  • Level 1 - 3 months
  • Level 2 - 9 months (direct to level 2 - 12 months)

PLEASE NOTE: The examination may be taken before or after work experience is completed, however the certificate will not be issued until proof of experience is provided. After passing the examination, a results notice is issued by PCN and you then have 24 months to complete the required work experience.

Requirements for a personal certificate (PCN)

Level 1: 40 Hours Training plus 3 Months Work Experience  

Level 2: 40 Hours Training in addition to training completed at Level 1 plus 9 Additional Months Work Experience  

Note: The examination may be taken before the work experience is completed; however certificates are not issued until proof of work experience is provided. After passing the examination, a results notice is issued by PCN, you then have 24 months to complete the required work experience.