NDT Training

Magnetic Particle Testing Courses (MT)

Magnetic Particle Inspection involves the magnetisation of a component, followed by the application of ferromagnetic particles. The particles align along discontinuities in the surface, or shallow sub-surface discontinuities. This method is used to test welds, castings, and forgings for surface or subsurface defects; however it can only be used on ferromagnetic metals.

We can provide Magnetic Particle training suitable for PCN/EN473/ISO 9712 Levels 1, 2, and 3, ASNT Level 3. Alternatively we can provide training suitable for candidates working to an employer written practice based on SNT-TC-1A; EN4179 and NAS410.

Below is an example of a syllabus that is used for Magnetic Particle training courses (we can make changes to a syllabus to satisfy the requirements of a specific written practice if necessary):

Level 1:

General Theory:

  • Principles of Magnetic Particle Inspection
  • Methods of Magnetisation
  • Inspection and Detection of Indications
  • Checks and Calibrations
  • Equipment
  • Test Procedures
  • Standards and Specifications
  • Safety Precautions

Specific Theory:

Application of the Method and use of Codes, Specifications and Procedures, applicable to the Company, including the relevant control checks.

Level 2:

In addition to Level 1:

General Theory:

  • Review of Level 1
  • Testing Procedures
  • Detectability of Defects
  • Product Technology
  • Interpretation and Reporting
  • Post Test Procedures
  • Safety Precautions

Specific Theory:

Application of the Method to the Specific requirements of the Company, in particular making reference to those Codes, Specifications and Procedures used by the Company, including the relevant control checks.

Coding for MT Training Courses

INTRO/PRAC1 - 5 Days Practical Introduction to MT and PT (40 Hours)
MT4 - Half Day Refresher Course suitable for SNT/PCN (4 Hours)
MT8 - 1 Day Course suitable for SNT/PCN (8 Hours)
MT16 - 2 Days Course suitable for SNT/PCN Level 1 (16 Hours)
MT24 - 3 Days Course suitable for SNT Level 2 Direct (24 Hours)
MT40 - 4 Days Course suitable for PCN Level 2 Direct (40 Hours)

Please note, there is a further charge if you require examination at the end of your training course, look at the MT examination page for details.

Magnetic Particle Courses are available every week at the Penistone Training Centre. We can also provide onsite training for your NDT personnel on request. Please telephone +44(0)1226 765769 or email nicola@lavender-ndt.com at the Lavender International office if you require help deciding which course you require.

Recommended Reading List

The following list of books are recommended by Lavender International as appropriate learning resources to supplement Magnetic Particle inspection courses: (click on a book for more information and to buy online, numbers in brackets indicate the suitable level of training)

Magnetic Particle Classroom Training Book (1, 2) - 1641
Magnetic Particle Programmed Instruction Book (1, 2) - 1503
Magnetic Particle Question and Answer Book (1, 2, 3) – 2027
Magnetic Particle Inspection Level 2 Study Guide (2) – 6100R
Principles of Magnetic Particle Inspection (2, 3) - 436
NDT Handbook 3rd Edition Magnetic Particle (3) - 148
Magnetic Particle Inspection Level 3 Study Guide (3) – 2253R
Magnetic Reference Card (1, 2, 3) – 4100C
Relevant Discontinuities Magnetic and Penetrant – 4101
Non relevant and False Indications - 4105

In addition to these Magnetic Particle specific books, we also recommend some general books which are useful for learning about product technology (the processes involved during the production of metallic components):

Product Technology PCN (2, 3) – BINDT01
Basic Metallurgy for NDT (2, 3) - 1186
Materials and Processes for NDT (2, 3) - 2250
Mathematics and Formulae in NDT – BINDT03

PCN Minimum Training and Work Experience Requirements

Level 1

16 Hours Training
1 Month Work Experience

Level 2

24 Additional Hours Training
3 Additional Months Work Experience

The minimum requirements for Level 2 are additional to requirements already satisfied for Level 1. If you are wishing to go direct to Level 2, the minimum work experience is 4 months, and the minimum training is 40 hours. Note: The examination may be taken before the work experience is completed; however certificates are not issued until proof of work experience is provided. After passing the examination, a results notice is issued by PCN, you then have 24 months to complete the required work experience.

If you require training to comply with your employer's written practice, Lavender International will change the course to suit your company's procedure. For information about training for an employer based certification, please contact the Lavender International office.

For Level 3 information, click here.