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 2?

  • Have a basic understanding of welding techniques, welding positions, welding consumables, weld preparation and welding drawing requirements
  • Be able to use welding inspection gauges and other commonly used measuring devices to check pre-weld fit ups and post-weld profiles
  • 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
  • Basic examination and evaluation of weld sequence
  • Visual inspection of completed welds
  •  Possess an understanding of the relationship between quality assurance, quality control and inspection procedures
  • Confirm that welders have been properly qualified in accordance with applicable codes and standards, and that their certification is current and valid for the welding procedures applied
  • Observe the preparation of test pieces and destructive tests, verifying compliance with relevant specifications
  • Verify against specifications the correctness of base/parent material and welding consumables
  • Verify that joint preparation and fit-up are in accordance with specifications
  • Confirm during welding that only specified and accepted welding procedures (approved by the appropriate quality, technical or regulatory authority) are used and applied
  • Examine and evaluate
  •  Review NDT reports on welding work for which the Weld Inspection level 2 is responsible
  • Record welding inspection results in a manner such that the welds inspected may subsequently be identified

Pre-Course Learning Requirement: Completion and submission of PCN Weld Inspection
Level 2 Pre-Course Questions.
These questions are equivalent to 10 hours training and must be completed in conjunction with the 40 hours training. Training Notes and Questions Package available to download on signing up to the course.

Duration: 40 hours + 10 hours equivalent pre-course learning requirement.

Weld Inspection Level 2 training at Lavender International covers the following:

Weld Inspection Syllabus

A1. The role of the Weld Inspector Level 2

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

A7 Welding consumables Identification

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 2, plus examination for employer based schemes such as SNT-TC-1A.

The Weld Inspector Level 2 examination includes a theory paper, specific paper, and a practical exam.

The PCN requirements for Level 2 Welding Inspector are: 40 hours training and 12 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 12 months supervised work experience obtained within 24 months of passing the exam, PCN will issue certification.

The options for Welding Inspector Level 2 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 2 examination, an eye test must be passed (near vision and colour).

The PCN requirements for Weld Inspector Level 2 are: 12 months supervised work experience.

Once the 40 hours training have been obtained, the examination passed, and 12 months 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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