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About the Programme:

We offer PCN approved accelerated practical work experience training for MT, PT, VT, UT, ET, ACFM, RT, TOFD and PA.

We recognise that there is a distinct shortage of help to bridge the gap between starting out as an NDT Inspector with no experience, to gaining the qualifications required for industry. It is hard for individuals to find the experience without prior connections and knowledge of the industry. That’s where we come in! The work experience required for PCN qualifications usually take months, but with our accredited and recognised programme, it reduces your required work experience requirement by 50% – saving you time and money!

The programme is designed to test the students practical and problem-solving skills, by giving real samples that they will have to use their own initiative to respond to. Students will be required to write up a technique which they think is appropriate to test their sample. The tutors will use the student’s technique to test the sample and give them vital feedback on the evaluation of the situation. The students will also be required to test the sample to a high standard to prepare them for work in-the-field.

To support the Accelerated Work Experience Programme, in 2022 Lavender International revealed a new Work Experience Laboratory specifically designed to replicate multiple industry sectors and represent real world inspections allowing NDT technicians the ability to gain valuable work experience.


Candidates who have successfully completed a PCN Level 1 or 2 course and exam in the above methods, but do not have the work experience necessary for Certification are eligible for the accelerated practical work experience programme initiative from Lavender International.

Under a Procedure approved by PCN and in accordance with EN ISO 9712 a candidate can attend a Lavender accelerated work experience programme and claim 50% of the total work experience requirement.

Method/Level Work experience required 50% total work experience requirement Number of days training
ET, RT, UT, ACFM Level 1 3 months = 480 hours 240 hours 6 days
ET, RT, UT, TOFD, ACFM Level 2 (direct access) 12 months = 1920 hours 960 hours 24 days
Level 1
1 month = 160 hours 80 hours 2 days
MT, PT, VT, PA Level 2 (direct access) 4 months = 640 hours 64 hours 8 days

For Level 2 UT, ET, ACFM, RT and TOFD a candidate must attend a 24 day work experience programme.  These programmes can be conducted in one block or in individual days.  The remaining time must be gained under the candidate’s usual industrial environment with appropriate supervision.

Information regarding the cost and availability of each individual programme can be found on the course fees and schedule.

This programme is available at our UK facilities in Penistone, Sheffield and AMP in Rotherham.

For further information or to book your place, contact us today.

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