Phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) is now a widely accepted and frequently mandated
method of inspection. It can be used to either enhance existing ultrasonic capability,
or as a replacement for radiography.
PAUT is a powerful but complex tool and there are no shortcut solutions to ensuring
its competent use. Upskilling from conventional ultrasonic to become an ISO 9712
certified PAUT Level 2 Technician, requires 100+ training hours and months of experience.
Not only is this time consuming, but also costly when taking into account course
fees, lost production, hotel, travel and subsistence etc. It therefore falls to
the training provider to create efficient methods to allow industry to develop the
essential knowledge and skills to match their needs.
TWI Training and Examinations Services is about to launch a new innovative solution
to PAUT training, which will not only enhance the learning experience, but also
offer significant time and cost savings for candidate sponsors and self-sponsored
individuals. With its partner PhaseX, TWI is introducing a new online option around
the world for students to acquire the essential knowledge element required for PAUT
competence certification. The new course will be offered as ‘blended learning’;
a mix of elearning, and in-class practical training followed by competence assessment
or full BS EN 9712 CSWIP certification.
The new PAUT elearning package leads the student through high-quality theory training
which can be either part- or full-time study. Being portable, individuals can study
when and where it is most convenient, to match learning preferences and reduce the
overall cost and impact of training. The package separates the learning of key concepts
from the learning of a specific instrument, coupled with interactive exercises focused
on the principals behind set-up, calibration, acquisition and data analysis. An
intuitive logical training structure, which invariably helps the students understand
key concepts, step by step.
Not all students learn at the same speed, so the package enables mandatory hours
to be completed within a certain time frame; students are given 60 days to complete
requisite training hours. Students are able to access previously covered material,
and can also repeat interactive exercises until fully understood. Self-evaluation
is essential to enable students to recognise their weaknesses, and offers them an
opportunity to practise. In-built self-evaluation tests help the students verify
their level of understanding, and ongoing access to pre-learned areas enables them
to consolidate knowledge and build self-confidence.
Once logged on as a TWI student, regional nominated lecturers will be able to monitor
online progress and final online result, and will provide advice whether the student
is ready to go forward for in-class practical training to gain full Level 2 certification.
In the event that a student requires assistance during the online phase, they will
be supported by the respective lecturer, which will ensure the student is better
prepared for the practical phase, and establish an early rapport with the student.
Distance learning is an established and accepted method of academic and vocational
training for many professions, providing an opportunity to access training which
would otherwise be cost- and time- prohibitive. TWI sees this as adapting to customer
and industry needs, and the introduction of elearning sits well with our ethos to
embrace innovation whilst maintaining a high quality of training for our customers.
If you consider this is a suitable route to gaining PAUT certification, but would
like to know more about this option, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0)1223 899500.
TWI Training & Examination Services, TWI Ltd, Granta Park, Great Abington,
Cambridge CB21 6AL, United Kingdom
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Tel: +44 (0)1223 899500