What is Radiography Testing?

This method consists of a sensitive radiographic film being placed under a specific component i.e.. a weld or casting, The Component is then exposed to ionizing radiation either X-Radiation or Gamma Radiation; this radiation will pass through the component and expose the film beneath it leading to what is known as the latent image on the film this image is not a permanent image and no noticeable change will be seen until development when it becomes a permanent fixed image. Discontinuities such as cracks or lack of fusion within the component can affect the exposure of the film. Most materials can be tested by Radiographic inspection, e.g. Ferritic and non-ferritic materials and both welds, castings and often composites are viewed too. Radiographic testing provides a permanent record and provides a high sensitivity of testing.

All personnel wishing to carry out Radiography should have a valid Basic Radiation Safety Certificate (please note this can be carried out as part of any level 2 RT course)

What are the responsibilities of a individual who is certified to Radiography Level 1?

An individual certified to Radiography Level 1 has to demonstrate competence to carry out NDT according to written instructions and under the supervision of Level 2 or Level 3 personnel. Within the scope of the competence defined on the certificate, Radiography Level 1 personnel may be authorised by the employer to perform the following in accordance with NDT instructions:

  • Set up Radiography Testing equipment;
  • Perform the Radiography Inspection tests;
  • Record and classify the results of the tests according to written criteria;
  • Report the results

Level 1 certified personnel shall neither be responsible for the choice of test method or technique to be used, nor for the interpretation of test results.

7 days – 56 hrs training
5 days – 40 hrs training if already hold BRS
2 days exams
2 days exams if already hold BRS
PCN levy
PCN levy if already hold BRS

Radiography Level 1 training at Lavender International covers the following:

General Theory 

    • Introduction
    • Principles of radiography
    • Image formation
    • Films and processing
    • Fundamental aspects of radiographic quality
    • Radiation safety
    • Radiation protection
    • Exposure factors
    • Techniques
    • Radiographic quality assessment

Specific Theory 

Application of the Method and use of Codes, Specifications and Procedures applicable to Lavender International NDT Consultancy Services Ltd, including the relevant control checks.

We can provide Radiographic testing training suitable for PCN GEN – BS EN ISO 9712 Levels 1, 2, and 3, ASNT Level 3. Alternatively we can provide training suitable for candidates working to an employer written practice based on SNT-TC-1A; EN4179 and NAS410. Radiographic Testing is separated into two specific product sectors for certification at Levels 1 and 2; Welds, and Castings.

We provide examinations for Radiographic Testing, including PCN personal certification examinations to Levels 1, 2 and 3, plus examinations for employer based schemes such as SNT-TC-1A, NAS410 and EN4179.

The Radiography Level 1 examination includes a general theory paper, specific paper, and a practical exam.

The PCN requirements for Level 1 Radiography are: 40 hours training, previous to the exam, and 3 months supervised work experience, to be obtained either before the examination, or within 24 months after passing the exam.

Once the 40 hours training have been obtained, the examination passed, and 3 months supervised work experience obtained within 24 months of passing the exam, PCN will issue certification.

Basic Radiation Safety (BRS) must also be held before these exams can be taken.

The options for RT Level 1 examinations are:

RT Castings + BRS
RT Welds + BRS
Resit (Theory)
Resit (Practical)
Recertification (RT + BRS)
BRS Resit

Please Note: PCN require that an exam levy is paid at an appropriate rate

To be eligible for the PCN Level 1 examination, an eye test must be passed (near vision and colour).

The PCN requirements for Radiographic Level 1 are: 3 months supervised work experience is required for PCN Radiography Level 1.

This is to be obtained either before the examination, or within 24 months after passing the exam.

Once the 40 hours training have been obtained, the examination passed, and 3 months supervised work experience obtained within 24 months of passing the exam, PCN will issue certification.

For employer based schemes the expected amount of work experience should be determined in the written practice.

Radiography courses are taking place at Lavender International in the UK.

See the table below for the most current dates:

UK – Penistone Start Dates
Courses run every week. Due to a large number of variables that may affect your course content, please contact our admin department on 01226 765769.

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Candidates MUST bring their PCN Wallet Card.
If you do not have a wallet card bring some other form of identification showing a photograph, i.e. Passport or Photo Driving Licence.

All other equipment and training materials (with the exception of Level 3 Text Books) are provided by Lavender International.
Protective gloves, protective eye glasses and plastic aprons are also available for the use of students.

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