What is the difference between ASNT & PCN Certification?

ASNT or SNT (The American Society for Non-destructive Testing)

ASNT qualification is as per employer’s written practice for personnel qualification which is based ASNT’s document SNT-TC-1A. Employer’s NDT Level III or an outside Agency like NDT Academy Private Limited will train and conduct the examination based on employer’s written practice. In the absence of the company written practice, recommendation of SNT-TC-1A will be followed for training, industrial experience and examination. Qualification records will be issued which will be signed by NDT Level III, employer can issue the NDT Level I or NDT Level II based on this qualification record.

Once completed, the certificate must go into a company name and they will retain the certificate regardless of how much experience the individual has attained, it is up to the company to provide the individual with the relevant experience, once the examination is completed and you meet the companies written practice experience requirements you will be qualified as a Level II technician Once the examination is completed the individual can transfer the certificate into a different company’s name as long as it conforms to the companies written practice for that particular company without the completion of further examination which is necessary to change the certificate into the new companies name (Some companies will accept a certificate to be in a different companies name but inspection to be carried out on their behalf as long as this conforms to the companies written practice Valid for 3 or 5 years dependent on the company written practice requirements Examination questions are considered simpler as the individual may have no prior experience of that particular NDT method.

PCN (Personnel Certification in Non-Destructive Testing)

British/European Scheme based on BS EN ISO 9712, Personnel Certification Scheme:
PCN is personnel certification in NDT, training is conducted by an Approved Training Centre (ATO) by BINDT and examination is conducted by an Approved Qualification Body (AQB) by BINDT. If the candidate is successful in the examination, BINDT (UK) will issue the certificate and mail it to the candidate’s postal address directly.

This qualification belongs to the individual. It gives the individual the ability to change from company to company or contract to contract without having to be re-examined into a new company name. Valid for 5 years. In order to become qualified following examination (minimum requirements to comply to BINDT e.g. 4 months practical experience for magnetic particle inspection) experience is required in each discipline you seek to attain, if no experience is held all you will receive is a results notice (this is not a qualification) This means you cannot sign off any reports until the practical experience has been gained, recorded and submitted to PCN for your certificate to be issued.

Source: NDT Academy