It is an essential and increasing requirement of safety and quality assurance, that engineers and technicians are able to demonstrate the necessary level of knowledge, skill and competence. Non-Destructive Testing and inspection are primarily operator-dependent. This results in manufacturers, end users and the general public relying on the skill, experience, judgment and integrity of the personnel involved, sometimes on critical inspections of components which could produce catastrophic consequences if they failed.

The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) is an accredited Independent Certifying Body offering Certification Services around the world. BINDT manages the Personnel Certification of the NDT (PCN) certification scheme which meets the requirements of many International standards, including ISO 9712 and EN 473. BINDT manages the certification scheme but outsources the pre-examination training to Accredited Training Organizations (ATOs) and the conduct of PCN examinations to Authorized Qualifying Bodies (AQBs).

BINDT has overall control of the certification process and enforces a high standard of training and examinations.

Both ATOs and AQBs are vigorously audited by BINDT on an ongoing basis. An AQB is an establishment providing examinations; an ATO provides the required pre-examination training which results in eligibility to participate in the PCN examinations. The documentary requirements to become an ATO are wide ranging, and are not limited only to NDT training material and necessary resources to conduct the training, but also cover customer focus, health and safety, logistics and the complete administration of the process.

Often, these two services are separate businesses, cooperating with each other to coordinate training and examinations at pre-determined intervals around the world. However, the SGS Training & Examination Centre has become the first permanent establishment in China to offer both the ATO and AQB services.

SGS is currently conducting a range of PCN training courses and examinations in Shanghai and around the SE Asian region, in both English and Chinese. Although China and the SE Asian region is the primary focus for SGS, they can also offer these services anywhere in the world where there is a demand. Courses and Examinations are available on almost a weekly basis at their premises in Shanghai, or alternatively, courses can be provided on a client’s premises, should this be specifically requested. Examinations are graded by Level 3 SGS Examiners who are authorized by PCN. Once the examinations have been graded, the Results Notice is issued to the candidate, the candidate’s sponsor and to BINDT in the UK. On receipt of a Results Notice confirming a successful pass of the examination(s), BINDT will issue a PCN Certificate, valid for 5 years, directly to the candidate. The SGS-NDT Training & Examination Center has already conducted more than 130 PCN examinations since it opened in July 2008.


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

The SGS Group 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 more than 53,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world.