SGS Receives 6thPerfect Score

SGS takes pride in its announcement that it has once again successfully passed the annual British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing's (BINDT) accreditation audit with zero findings or Non-Conformance Reports (NCR). Back in 2008, SGS was the first company in the history of both the BINDT and PCN (Personnel Certification of NDT) programs to achieve zero NCR in each of the initial audits for Approved Training Organization (ATO) and Authorized Qualifying Body (AQB) status. Since then, SGS has continued to maintain its perfect score and is extremely proud of its staff dedication to delivering the high-quality training services required to successfully fulfil the industry needs and client demands.


The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) is an accredited Independent Certifying Body offering certification services around the world. In July of 2008, SGS was honored as the first ever AQB and ATO to have passed the initial BINDT accreditation audit with a perfect zero non-conformance score.

BINDT accreditation permits SGS to conduct training and examinations in accordance with BINDT requirements in China and around the world. An increasing requirement of safety compliance and quality assurance, it is essential that operators and technicians are able to demonstrate the necessary level of knowledge, skill and competence to fulfil internationally recognized safety and reliability standards. Manufacturers, consumers and the general public rely on the skill, judgement and integrity of the professional personnel involved in providing this security.

Although BINDT manages the certification program, the pre-examination training is provided by the ATOs and the PCN examinations are provided and controlled by the AQBs. Both ATOs and AQBs are continuously and vigorously audited by BINDT. The SGS NDT Training & Examination Center has the prestigious distinction as the first permanent establishment in China to offer both ATO and AQB services in both English and Chinese languages.

As a BINDT Accredited Training Organization and an Authorized Qualifying Body, SGS trains and certifies to the highest inspection standards and is accredited to conduct both the mandatory pre-examination training and PCN examinations for Levels 1, 2 and 3. The scope of these SGS services covers both conventional and advanced NDT methods and are taught by experienced and qualified tutors in accordance with international standards.

On September 29, 2012, the SGS NDT Training & Examination Center in Shanghai, China reiterated its ATO zero non-conformance reports distinction in accordance with the BINDT audit.

Since first achieving BINDT ABQ and ATO status in 2008, the SGS NDT Training & Examination Center has undergone annual control audits and maintained its 100% success rate. On the 29th of September this year, the SGS center underwent a scheduled BINDT annual audit and once again received a zero non-conformance reports rating as an ATO.

SGS Training in Shanghai

The SGS Group Shanghai facility and its NDT training services has continuously evolved since 2008. The SGS Shanghai NDT Training & Examination Center now offers advanced NDT training and frequently conducts ultrasonic testing of TKY welds (Nodes & Nozzles) as well as Level 3 consultancy services. Although the main facility is based in Shanghai, SGS is able to deliver training and examinations anywhere in the world. Despite being located in the Far East, the SGS facility in China has become a popular choice among candidates from all over the world registering for initial training or recertification examinations.

SGS is particularly proud of the success of its Shanghai training center and of its investment in China.

For further information, please contact:

NDT Training & Examination Center
Mimosa Chen
2F, Building 8, No. 69,
1159 East Kangqiao Road,
Pudong District,
Shanghai 201319,
P.R. China
t: +86 21 6119 6411
f: +86 21 6818 3265

About SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 70,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,350 offices and laboratories around the world.