What is Weld Inspection?

The Weld Inspection training programme provides thorough training and qualification for potential welding inspection personnel who may become involved in the witness, supervision or surveillance of welding inspection activities. It covers theoretical and practical training sessions that link to current industry standards, specifications and codes.

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

  • Have a basic understanding of welding techniques, welding positions, welding consumables, weld preparation and welding drawing requirements
  • Be able to visually inspect welded constructions and correctly identify any weld/welding imperfection present
  • Understand the need for specifications, codes and standards and the need for acceptance levels
  • Verify that joint preparation and fit-up are in accordance with welding procedure specifications and/or work instructions
  • Visual inspection of completed welds
  •  Possess an understanding of the relationship between quality assurance, quality control and inspection procedures

Weld Inspection Level 1 training at Lavender International covers the following:

Weld Inspection Syllabus. A basic understanding of the following is required at Level 1.

A1. The role of the Weld Inspector Level 1

a) Specific duties and responsibilities
b) Basic use of welding inspection equipment
c) Knowledge of welding related standards and specifications

A2. Weld terminology

a) Types of joint
b) Types of weld
c) Types of joint preparation
d) Weld zone terms
e) Weld positions
f) Welding processes

A3. Welding procedures

a) The essential features of a welding procedure
b) Welder approvals
c) Welding processes: a basic understanding of recognizing
i) Oxy-gas welding
ii) Manual metal arc (MMA) welding
iii) Metal inert gas (MIG) and metal active gas (MAG) welding
iv) Tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding
v) Plasma arc welding
vi) Submerged arc welding

A4. A basic understanding of recognizing thermal cutting

a) Flame cutting
b) Electric arc cutting

A5. Materials

a) Inspection points
b) Size (thicknesses, lengths and diameters)
c) Types (grade; composition against specifications)
d) Cleanliness and surface condition for welding

A6. Weld imperfections

a) Terminology
b) Weld imperfections
c) Correct identification of weld imperfections
d) Classification and significance of imperfections
e) Imperfections acceptance levels
f) Stress and distortion

A8 Arc welding safety

g) Statutory health and safety requirement and practices
h) Protection against
i) Heat and light
ii) Electric shock
iii) Fumes and gases

A9. Specific duties and Welding inspection equipment

Examinations for Weld Inspector are based around PCN personal certification examinations to Levels 1, plus examination for employer based schemes such as SNT-TC-1A.

The Weld Inspector Level 1 examination includes a theory paper and a practical exam.

The PCN requirements for Level 1 Welding Inspector are: 20 hours training and 2 months supervised work experience, to be obtained either before the examination, or within 24 months after passing the exam.

Once the 20 hours training have been obtained, the examination passed, and 2 months supervised work experience obtained within 24 months of passing the exam, PCN will issue certification.

The options for Welding Inspector Level 1 examinations are:

Initial Candidate
Resit (Theory)
Resit (Practical)

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 Weld Inspector Level 1 are: 1 month supervised work experience.

Once the 20 hours training have been obtained, the examination passed, and 1 month supervised work experience obtained within 24 months of passing the exam, PCN will issue certification.

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.

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

Weld inspector courses are taking place around the world with Lavender international.


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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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