A-Star Training & Consultancy Pte Ltd (ASTC) provides high quality training in conventional and advanced NDT methods. ASTC is BINDT accredited training organisation (ATO) and authorized qualifying body (AQB).
We have excellent training facility with complete resources which provides effective training that enhance candidate’s skill, knowledge, confidence and experience. Our friendly & experienced instructors provide their best in imparting effective training to succeed candidate not just in passing in certification examination but also carry with them a confident approach to field challenges. Our training is aimed at more than just qualification.
ASTC offers the following courses leading to PCN / ASNT(SNT-TC- 1A) certification. Click the training schedule to download our curriculum.
We have the most comprehensive NDT training courses and at attractive rates. Please download the link below to view our training courses and course fees.
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. For more details refer to PSL 10
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 A-Star Training & Consultancy 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.
The potential candidate must fulfill the following criteria:
NDT Training: The range of minimal training for PCN Level 2 certification ranges from 40 hours for MT / PT, 56 hours for RI, 120 hours for UT, 80 hours for ToFD and 120 hours for PAUT.
Experience : The minimal industrial experience in specific sector for PCN Level 2 certification ranges from 3 months for MT / PT / PAUT, 6 months for RI, 9 months for UT / ToFD
Vision Test : Satisfactorily assessed for Near Vision acuity and Colour vision
evidenced by the PSL 44 - Vision Certificate
You need to complete the following forms and have it processed thru your Authorised Training Organisation.(ATO)
PSL 57A -Appplication for initial examination or PSL 57B - Appplication for re examination or re certifications etc..
PSL 30 - Log of Pre-Certification experience
PSL 44 - Vision Requirements
PSL 33 - Verification of photographs supplied for fixing to the PCN wallet card
You may proceed with the examinations.If you successfully pass the examination, your certificate can only be released by BINDT after you provide the evidence of attaining the minimal required work experience.
Training eligibility is mandatory.
However for experienced candidates BINDT may give reduction in number of training hours. The communication shall be established with BINDT and only upon their approval ATO can reduce the number of hours.
You may only be re-examined twice for each failed part. The 2 attempts must be made within a calendar year. The re-exam can only take place 1month after your initial examination.
Re-examination within a month from the first attempt is permitted only ifevidenced by further training at the ATO. This is subject to BINDT’s approval.
Form PSL 68 provides the guidelines admission for PAUT&TofD courses for participants with other certifications. Interested potential course participants to seek approval via PSL 49 – Application for exemption in PCN examinations for holders of BINDT recognized certification bodies.
(Please refer to Q 9 below)
The vision test can be conducted by any medical practitioner or qualified holders in ophthalmology training. Only 2 tests are called for - Near-vision acuity and Colour vision assessed by Ishihara 24 plate test. BINDT also recognize that a PCN Level 3 with satisfactory training can also conduct the test.Evidence of test results to be documented in PSL 44. The tenure of the test is valid for 12 months from the date of issue.
Request for exemptions from examinations should be addressed to BINDT’s PCN Records Office via Form PSL 49 – Application for exemption in PCN examinations for holders of BINDT recognized centres.
Upon receipt, BINDT will reply the applicant on the outcome via mail.
BINDT will write to you informingthe expiry date(s) of your existing certificate number. Upon receipt of this note, complete CP16 - and get in touch with an Authorised Training Organisation (ATO) to book an appointment for your exam. You should prepare for your re-certification 6 months before the expiry date. Registration for the exam (submission of PSL 57B – Application for Re-certification or supplementary exam or a retest if a previously failed exam)
to be processed 2 months before the expiry date.
Results will be announced within 28 days from the date of examination. BINDT may take a week or two to despatch the certificate to the candidate’s postal address.
For first timer applicants, please download and fill up the application form here. This includes the other required forms PSL30 & PSL44.
Note: Candidate shall meet the required experience stated in PSL30. If not, candidate shall register as a post experience candidate using form PSL57C which can be downloaded here.
For PSL 44, the number of Ishihara plates must be written in the space provided in the form. For near vision test, the value must be 4.5 for Times Roman or J1 for Jaegar number.
To apply for a recertification examination, please download and fill up the application form PSL 57B here. (Note: Application needs to be submitted no later than 6 weeks prior to the expiry date of certificate.)
To apply for renewal of certification by paper submission, refer to the document CP 16 here. (Note: Application needs to be submitted no later than 6 weeks prior to the expiry date of certificate.)
To apply for a supplementary examination, please download and fill up the application form PSL 57B here. (Note: Examination must be sat no later than 6 months prior to the expiry date of the certificate being supplemented.)
To apply for examination exemptions for holders of certificates issued by other recognized certification bodies, please download and fill up form PSL 49 here.
If you hold other types of NDT certification and would like to see if you are eligible to sit for a PCN examination, refer to the document PSL 68 here.