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 2?

An individual certified to Radiography Level 2 has demonstrated competence to perform NDT according to Radiography Testing procedures. Within the scope of the competence defined on the certificate, Level 2 personnel may be authorised by the employer to:

  • Select the Radiography technique for the test method to be used;
  • Define the limitations of application of the testing method;
  • Translate NDT codes, standards, specifications and procedures into NDT instructions adapted to the actual working conditions;
  • Set up and verify equipment settings;
  • Perform and supervise tests;
  • Interpret and evaluate results according to applicable standards, codes, specifications or procedures;
  • Prepare Radiography written instructions
  • Carry out and supervise all tasks at or below level 2;
  • Provide guidance for personnel at or below level 2, and
  • Report the results of Radiography test

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Radiography Level 2 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 (see earlier syllabus)
  • Radiation protection
  • Exposure factors
  • Techniques
  • Radiographic quality assessment
  • Principles of radiation
  • Nature and properties of ionising radiation
  • Sources of radiation for radiography
  • Principles of radiographic image formation
  • Radiographic sensitivity
  • Relative merits of x and gamma rays
  • Radiographic interpretation

Product Technology

  • Basic welding processes
  • Fabrication defects
  • In-service defects
  • Stress relieving
  • Normalising

Specific Theory

Application of the method to the specific requirements of Lavender International NDT Consultancy Services Ltd, in particular making reference to those codes, specifications, procedures and acceptance criteria used by 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 RT Level 2 examination includes a theory paper, specific paper, and a practical exam.

The PCN requirements for Level 2 RT are: 80 hours training if Level 1 is held, or 120 hours direct to level 2, previous to the exam, and 9 months supervised work experience additional to Level 1 (12 months direct), to be obtained either before the examination, or within 24 months after passing the exam.

The options for RT Level 2 examinations are:

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

The minimum requirements for Level 2 are additional to requirements already satisfied for Level 1. If you are wishing to go direct to Level 2, the minimum work experience is 12 months, and the minimum training is 120 hours. 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.

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

To be eligible for the PCN Level 2 examination, an eye test must be passed (near vision and colour).

The PCN requirements for Radiography Level 2 are: 9 months supervised work experience additional to Level 1 (12 months direct) plus you must hold BRS. This is to be obtained either before the examination, or within 24 months after passing the exam.

The SNT work experience requirements is 12 months experience (no BRS).

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

Candidates are now able to claim 50% of the total work experience requirement by attending a Lavender accelerated work experience programme.  The programme is PCN approved and is available at our UK facilities.  Click here for more information.

Radiography Level 2 training and examinations around the world at our approved training centres:


UK office – Penistone On-site locations
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UK office – Penistone

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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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