I am a EN 473- Level II inspector and need a level III-certification. I am working for an international company and want to have an certification which is, if possible, accepted in North America as well as in Europe. Therefore, I think a certication according to EN 473 or ASNT alone is not sufficient. I was thinkig about the ACCP-Certification, since I have read in the brochure that it is possible to get a ACCP certificate for EN 473.
I am a little confused about all of this and would like to get some information about what would be the best solution, if there is one.
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 European companies.
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 works.
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.