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SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company is organizing a Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Training Course with focus on the innovative ultrasonic testing method - Time of Flight Diffraction (TOFD).

The training course will last 11 working days and will take place on November 17-27, 2009. At the end of the course, an optional examination can be taken which is in accordance with the SNT or PCN / EN 473 certification scheme. The exam will be carried out in the English language and will be conducted on November 28, in Shanghai, China.

What is Time of Flight Diffraction?

Time of Flight Diffraction (TOFD) is an Ultrasonic Testing Technique originally developed to increase the sizing accuracy of flaws previously detected by conventional NDT techniques. By now TOFD has become the most important method for flaw detection and is accepted worldwide. In many cases it has replaced onsite radiography as TOFD has strong advantages in terms of safety and required inspection time and costs.

Due to insufficient knowledge about the application of this new technology, flaws remained undetected, causing a general lack of confidence in the TOFD application. This is why it is essential to educate NDT technicians about the correct and incorrect use of this test medium and the interpretation of results.

PCN TOFD Training Course by SGS

The Personnel Certification in Non-Destructive Testing (PCN) is a program developed by the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) and provides a reliable and cost effective method of satisfying NDT personnel qualification and certification and quality management systems requirements. The TOFD Training Course by SGS prepares candidates for the PCN examination for Levels 1, 2 and 3.

To be eligible for this course, candidates must hold PCN UT Level 2 Welds training. Beginning October 26, 2009, SGS can provide UT Welds training and examination prior to the TOFD course for candidates who need to do both UT Welds and TOFD.

The theory will be carefully explained using visual aids such as animated presentation material together with video projection of instrument displays. For practice examinations, SGS will provide a range of welded samples suitable for TOFD inspection.

All levels of Time of Flight Diffraction training courses will include data acquisition. In addition, Level 2 candidates are required to prepare a written instruction for a Level 1 candidate to follow for data acquisition on a particular sample. Level 3 candidates are required to create a procedure which includes a complete inspection technique. Throughout the duration of training, practical experiments and continuous assessments will be conducted to monitor the candidate’s progress and understanding of TOFD.

The course fee of USD 3,000 per person includes the training, examination fee and PCN levy cost.

About the SGS NDT Training and Examination Center

The SGS NDT Training and Examination Center is a BINDT Accredited Training Organization (ATO) and an Authorized Qualifying Body (AQB) for TOFD. We are qualified to conduct both the required pre-examination training and the PCN examinations for Levels 1, 2 and 3.

The SGS NDT Training and Examination Center offers a wide range of NDT Training Courses in Shanghai and around the Southeast Asian region. The courses are in accordance with globally recognized standards.

For more information about the SGS PCN TOFD Training Course and how to register, please contact:

NDT Training and Examination CenterSGS-CSTC China
2F, Building 8, No. 69, 1159 East Kangqiao Rd,
Pudong District, Shanghai 201319, P. R. China
t: +86-21-6818 3905
Website: SGS NDT Training

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 56,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world.