As an Authorized Qualifing Body of BINDT, SGS offers now training and examinations for NDT technicians according to the EN473 scheme in its NDT Training and Examination Center.

According to the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT), this is the first time EVER, in the past 20 years of conducting audits on potential AQBs that any establishment has successfully passed an initial audit with no (Zero) Non Compliance Reports.

Through the BINDT audit, SGS has been granted the approval to become an Authorized Qualifying Body (AQB) which allows SGS to conduct PCN training and examinations for Non-Destructive Testing technicians according to the PCN Certification Scheme which meets and exceeds the requirements of EN473/ISO 9712 standards in its NDT Training and Examination Center in Shanghai, China.

AQBs are rigorously assessed by auditing teams under an appointed registered lead assessor to ensure that they provide the highest standard of professional service, and that the security and confidentiality required of an examination system and an AQB is maintained.  

The demand for good qualified NDT inspectors is growing rapidly all over the world. SGS reacts to this demand in establishing the new NDT Training and Examination Center at an area of around 700 m2 and investing over RMB 5,000,000 in Shanghai.

SGS selected the EN473 standard as it is world wide recognized and represents a unified level of quality.

SGS selected BINDT as it manages the PCN certification system which is the largest certification scheme around the world in the field of EN473. Starting in China SGS will support both local and international operating companies in manufacturing and trading pressure vessles, heat exchangers and all other process equipment and steel products.

Western companies already showed high interest now they can specify the required inspector certifiction to meet their  local standards.

Jason Scott, Director NDT Training and his team took the challenge and successfully passed the "exam" with the best possible results.

The SGS NDT Training and examination Center offers training and certification for Non-Destructive Testing and Inspection in accordance with EN 473 and ASNT standards with a particular focus on the extensive training syllabus for all conventional Non-Destructive Testing methods.

NDT Training & Examination Center
2F, Building 8, 69 Kangqiao Industrial Park,
1159 East Kangqiao Road, Pudong District,
Shanghai 201319, P.R.C.
t: +86 (0)21 6818 3905

About SGS

SGS is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With over 53,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world.