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Derek Righini
Derek Righini
12:39 Sep-25-2009
How well is the SNT qualification in NDT recognised?

I already have ICorr Level 1 & 2 but no experience. I am considering a course offered by 'Talon NDT Ltd' in Aberdeen offering: Rope access Level 1; SNT level 2 MPI + LT; SNT level 1 UT; PCN Level 1 ET.

Are these good qualifications to to help get get a position in NDT? At present I am working as a builder but I am desperate to get into inspection. Any advise would be very welcome.

    
 
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John O'Brien
Consultant, -
Chevron ETC , USA, Joined Jan 2000, 278

John O'Brien

Consultant, -
Chevron ETC ,
USA,
Joined Jan 2000
278
14:50 Sep-25-2009
Re: How well is the SNT qualification in NDT recognised?
In Reply to Derek Righini at 12:39 Sep-25-2009 (Opening).

A lot will depend where you want to work. Talon cannot as such certify you under SNT-TC-1A unless you work for them as it is an employer based certification. Some employers may have it in their written practice that they will accept Talons prior certification and issue their employer certification for you but its not guaranteed.
The rope access will be very useful but on the NDE side you may want to go for PCN certifications especially if you intend to work around Europe. Its also widely accepted in the Middle East and South East Asia.

    
 
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Derek Righini
Derek Righini
16:43 Sep-25-2009
Re: How well is the SNT qualification in NDT recognised?
In Reply to John O'Brien at 14:50 Sep-25-2009 .

Thanks John, would you know which NDT technique is in most demand with regard to : a) rope access on oil rigs and b) non rope access? I have ICorr (NACE equivalent) Level 1 + 2 Paint and Pipeline Coatings Inspection certificates if I had to choose a PCN NDT which one, in your opinion, would compliment my existing certificates?

Any opinions would be kindly received.

    
 
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anjafo
NDT Inspector
Norway, Joined Aug 2009, 204

anjafo

NDT Inspector
Norway,
Joined Aug 2009
204
17:05 Sep-25-2009
Re: How well is the SNT qualification in NDT recognised?
In Reply to Derek Righini at 16:43 Sep-25-2009 .

definately go for PCN, more expensive and harder but least you wont lose out on a job because of it.

    
 
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Nigel Armstrong
Engineering, - Specialist services
United Kingdom, Joined Oct 2000, 1096

Nigel Armstrong

Engineering, - Specialist services
United Kingdom,
Joined Oct 2000
1096
10:15 Sep-26-2009
Re: How well is the SNT qualification in NDT recognised?
In Reply to anjafo at 17:05 Sep-25-2009 .

Derek

If you decide to go for PCN certification, check that Talon is a PCN acccredited training establishment. If not then their training will not qualify you to sit the PCN examns.

    
 
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John O'Brien
Consultant, -
Chevron ETC , USA, Joined Jan 2000, 278

John O'Brien

Consultant, -
Chevron ETC ,
USA,
Joined Jan 2000
278
16:12 Oct-05-2009
Re: How well is the SNT qualification in NDT recognised?
In Reply to Derek Righini at 16:43 Sep-25-2009 .

Its never an easy answer as to which to go for. My preferred response would be ultrasonic as it has wide use in many industries and applies to both construction and in-service inspection. However it may be one of the longest and hardest to obtain.
You obvioulsly have certification, knowledge and experience in corrosion and coatings why are you not developing that track. The UK HSE has a focus on fabric maintenance especially external coatings at present and people with good skills in this area I am sure will be in demand.

    
 
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