Re: EN 473 or ASNT? Harald
Choosing which Level 3 certification to obtain is
quite a problem.
Despite all the wonderful promises of "mutual recognition" the true picture is very different.
We recently asked two of the UK's major NDT
users if they would accept both CSWIP and PCN qualifications, as they are both EN 473 compliant. One said "Yes", the other said "No".
The company that declined said that they would
only accept PCN.
We shall continue asking companies which qualifications
they will accept, as we intend to produce a future
article on NDTCabin about this problem. However,
we expect many to only accept certain EN 473 qualifications and not others.
So althougth the ASNT ACCP certification seems
like the answer to your problem, you may find
that it is still not accepted by certain
You might find that you need to obtain both ACCP
and a European Level 3 (such as PCN or your
own countries scheme), if you want to work both
sides of the Atlantic.
A lot of Level 3's hold both an EN 473 Level 3
and an ASNT Level 3. This is very expensive
and time consuming, but it's the way this industry
You might want to take a look at our article on
NDTCabin entitled "Level 3 is it worth it ?"
Ask all your current and potential client's which
qualification they want, but from a personal viewpoint
I to would be looking very closely at the ACCP
certification as a first choice.
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