What is Ultrasonic Testing?

Ultrasonic is a high frequency of sound pulses that are emitted from a transducer above a sample. The sound waves propagate through the sample, and reflect at interfaces. The reflected waves are monitored using a detector above the sample. The thickness of the sample, and the depth and type of flaw can be ascertained using this method. The method can be applied to most materials if sound transmission is good. Quick high sensitive results are obtained.

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

An individual certified to Ultrasonic 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, Ultrasonic Level 1 personnel may be authorised by the employer to perform the following in accordance with NDT instructions:

  • Set up Ultrasonic Testing equipment;
  • Perform the Ultrasonic 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.

Days & Duration of UT Courses:

Welds Specific

UT40 – 5 Days Course for UT Welds suitable for SNT Level 1 (40 Hours)
UT56 – 7 Days Course for UT Welds suitable for PCN Level 1 (56 Hours)
UT4, UT8, UT16, UT20 – Refreshers Course for UT Welds as required for re-sits and recertifications.

Castings Specific

UT40 – 5 Days Course for UT Castings suitable for SNT/PCN Level 1(40 Hours)
UT56 – 7 Days Course for UT Castings suitable for PCN Level 1 (56 Hours)
UT4, UT8, UT16, UT20 – Refreshers Course for UT Castings are available for Re-sits and Recertifications.

Wrought Products Specific (Forgings)

UT40 – 5 Days Course for UT Forgings suitable for SNT/PCN Level 1(40 Hours)
UT56 – 7 Days Course for UT Forgings suitable for PCN Level 1 (56 Hours)
UT4, UT8, UT16, UT20 – Refreshers Course for UT Forgings are available for Re-sits and Recertifications.

Ultrasonic Level 1 training at Lavender International covers the following:

General Theory:

  • Principles of Ultrasonic Testing
  • Equipment
  • Testing techniques
  • Calibration of testing systems

Sector Specific Theory:

    • Detectability of defects
    • Factors affecting the performance of the Ultrasonic Test
    • Codes of practice and standards
    • Conducting and recording the test

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

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

The PCN requirements for Level 1 UT 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.

The options for UT Level 1 examinations are:

UT Castings
UT Plate Tester
UT Forgings (Plate)
UT Forgings (Plate, Bars, and Billets)
UT Welds 3.1
UT Spot Weld Tester
Resit (Theory)
Resit (Practical)
Recertification

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 Ultrasonic Level 1 are: 3 months supervised work experience is required for PCN Ultrasonic 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.

Ultrasonic Level 1 courses are taking place around the world with Lavender international.
See the table below for the most current dates:

UK – AMP, Sheffield USA – Houston, TX
We run regular Ultrasonic Testing courses, but due to a large number of variables that may affect the booking, please contact our admin department on 01226 765769. TBA
Australia – Perth, WA
UT1/UT Plate Tester
February 13 -17
March 27 – 31
May 1- 5
June 5 – 9
July 17 – 21
September 4 – 8
October 23 – 27

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PCN CERTIFICATION:
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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