TCS NDT offers training and examination services conforming to applicable standards and is a BINDT approved ATO & AQB.


How do I get my NDT certification?
In order to become certified as an NDT Technician you are required to meet the following; attend an approved training organisation and complete a specified amount of training hours, successfully pass a examination involving practical and theory, obtained the required minimum on-the-job work experience and be approved by the accredited certification body. While it does differ slightly depending on the certification body the steps are generally the same. TCS NDT can help you with training and examinations for the following certification bodies:
BINDT:
The BINDT courses are booked direct through TCS NDT.
Contact us using any of the following methods to enrol:
Contact Form, Call (08) 9562 3535 or Email info@tcsndt.com.au

What prerequisites do I need before attending a course?
Each course has specific set of prerequisites, these can be found on their course page under the NDT Career.
Please note that to be eligible for examination the candidate must have a valid eye test certificate meeting the requirements of ISO9712.  This eye test can be conducted before the commencement of the course on the first day and is included in your course fees.

Application form; what do I need to provide?
Once you've booked into a course and received your information package, you'll need to fill in the application, depending on the accrediting body your applying to. Any part of the application you cannot understand, just bring it along to the first day.

Experience; better to have pre or post?
There are advantages and disadvantages to having pre or post industrial experience.
While having the pre-experience can make it easier for you to understand the course content and practical aspects, it can be hard to find a company which will take on uncertified technicians.
Oppositely, taking the course without pre-experience can make the learning curve steeper, but having a certificate of training can generally be a plus for employers. When attending a TCS NDT course our tutors will pass on as much industry experience and knowledge to assist in the improvement of the candidates further development.
Pre Experience Process:
This process is more streamlined when applying but requires you to be currently working within the NDT field. Gaining exposure (hours) to the method you're aiming to obtain, working along side suitably certified level II technicians, which the hours must be logged and signed off. Afterward attending a TCS NDT course to fulfil the additional required classroom training and examination before submitting your application to the accrediting body.
Post Experience Process:
By successfully completing your NDT training with TCS NDT  you will be prepared to conduct work within your method, but you will require level II and above supervision. When you have accrued sufficient experience (hours), which then must be logged and signed off by a suitably certified technician, you can submit for verification by accrediting body. Application dead-lines do apply and differ between the accrediting bodies.

More information can be found through the external links found below.

How much experience do I need for each method?
Click the link below to see a table of the required experience to gain certification. [PDF]

So I've completed my examination, when and how do I find out my results?
Exams typically take up to one week to mark and process, after which a results notice will be created. These are the offical results of your examination issue by TCS NDT, showing the outcome of you practical and theory exam, this is not your certification. Within 21 working days of completion of the examination it will be sent to you and the accrediting body via mail.

What is the difference between a Results Notice, Certification Certificate and ID Card?
Results Notice - This is the offical notice which outline the results of your examination; practical and theory, this is not your certification. This result notice is sent to the accrediting body and yourself.
Certification Certificate - This document is your certification. It provides the information regarding the methods in which you are certified, the criteria of each and dates that these are valid between. Certification document are issued by an ISO 9712 accrediting body.
ID Card - The ID Card issued by the accrediting body is used to identify the candidate and must be used along with Certification Certificate. It only describes the candidate name, ID number and photo ID.

How long does my certification last?
Once again it varies among the accrediting bodies; most initial certification expire after five years. PCN, for instances, issue certifications from the date they receive the results notice, not from the examination date and expire five years minus one day later.
Prior to your certification expiring you must complete a recertification examination at a accredited training centre.
If, however, your certification expiries you will have to re-attend another full initial course and successfully pass a full examination again.
Please note that PCN now require all recertification to be done within six (6) weeks of expiry date.

Are there any fees associated with certification?
Both accrediting bodies do have fees when applying for you certification. Please contact us for further information.
BINDT: Application incurs a $200 fee for each application. This included into your invoice and is paid to TCS NDT.

Where can I find more information regarding the certification process?
Our friendly staff will help answers any question you have, just use the link below.

Alternatively, information on certification can be found on the following websites. Note: these links open to external websites and are not associated with TCS NDT.
BINDT
http://www.bindt.org/Certification/pcn-exam-requirements-and-document-download/


Believe you were unfairly treated or examined during your time at TCS NDT.
At TCS NDT, we strive to give the best training experience; with an unbiased policy and strict nepotism guidelines, while keeping our friendly and flexible approach. If you are unhappy with your experience please contact us so we can help rectify any problems and improve our future dealings; In writing, to Amanda Quinane: amanda@tcsndt.com.au
If you are unsatisfied with our handling of your grievance you can contact the accrediting body directly.


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