Is it for me?

This course is designed for you as an experienced Level 2 qualified ultrasonic technicians looking to expand their knowledge and gain a qualification in phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) data analysis. 

This eLearning training is part of the ‘blended learning’ PAUT Data Analysis package; a mix of eLearning and in-class practical training followed by certification to BS EN ISO 9712. The online modules can be studied when and where it is most convenient and at your own pace.

The package separates the learning of key concepts from the learning of a specific instrument, coupled with interactive exercises focused on the principles behind set-up, calibration, acquisition and data analysis. An intuitive logical training structure, which invariably helps the students understand key concepts, step-by-step.

In addition to the eLearning element of the phased array training, students will attend practical classroom training for 5 days.

Note for candidates wishing to enrol on a course which includes blended learning:  It is a mandatory requirement to issue access to the online material no less than 30 DAYS prior to the commencement of the in-class element of the course. There shall be no exception to this requirement, please plan your study to embrace this requirement.

What will I learn?

The eLearning aspect of the course is broken down into 6 modules, as follows:

  • Module 1: Ultrasound
  • Module 2: Phasing
  • Module 3: Steering
  • Module 4: Focusing
  • Module 5: Data Quality
  • Module 6: Review

Each module contains:

  • Pages explaining the underlying theory
  • Videos explaining the theoretical and practical aspects of Phased-Array Ultrasound Testing,
    Silverlight interactive exercises in which the student can build a set-up, practice calibration and scanning and learn to evaluate real data
  • A test section for self-evaluation
  • At the end of your online training phase, an online test will enable you to decide whether you are ready for the classroom element of the course, or if you need further time to study.

Prices depend where you will be attending the last 5 days of the course.

When you have booked your online training, you will receive an email notification with your login details. You will then have 60 days from first login to complete your eLearning course.


Module 1

  • Basic Principles of Ultrasound and Ultrasound Testing
  • Sound versus Ultrasound
  • Physical properties of ultrasound waves
  • Description of conventional UT hardware
  • Origin and use of A-, B- and C-Scans
  • Production of ultrasound waves
  • Properties of the ultrasound beam
  • Structure and content of a UT procedure
  • Choosing the right hardware for an inspection
  • Importance of calibration
  • Inspection guidelines
  • Data analysis principles

Module 2

  • Principles Underlying Phased Array Ultrasound
  • Origin of phasing
  • Phased array hardware
  • Scans and views specific to phased array
  • Production of phased array ultrasound
  • Properties of 0-degree phased array ultrasound beam
  • Phased array specific procedures
  • How to build a 0-degree phased array ultrasound setup
  • Calibration of a 0-degree phased array set-up
  • Introduction to 0-degree phased array scanning
  • Analysing 0-degree phased array data

Module 3

  • Beam Steering in Phased Array Ultrasound
  • Introduction to beam steering
  • Inner workings of phased array instrument
  • Scans and views specific to angled phased array
  • Beam steering theory and limitations
  • How to build an angled phased-array ultrasound set-up
  • Calibration of an angled phased array set-up
  • Introduction to angled phased array scanning
  • Analysing angled phased array data

Module 4

  • Beam Focussing In Phased Array Ultrasound
  • Introduction to focusing
  • Phased array probes
  • Multiple scans and views
  • Beam focusing theory and limitations
  • Choosing between focused and non-focused beams
  • Calibration with focused beams
  • Defects shape vs. focal distance

 Module 5

  • Optimizing data quality
  • Introduction to data quality
  • Selecting optimal hardware
  • Instrument limitations
  • Data quality theory and limitations
  • Optimizing setups parameters
  • Encoder calibration
  • Remote data analysis


Module 6

  • Review
  • Introduction
  • Hardware
  • Scans and views
  • Theory
  • Set-ups
  • Calibration
  • Inspection
  • Data analysis



What else should I know?


CSWIP candidates should be qualified to a minimum of BS EN ISO 9712.
CSWIP certification is also available for candidates holding ASNT UT Welds. It will be considered on an individual basis and evidence of training and experience presented to the training centre on application. Non-BS EN ISO 9712 certificate holders will be required to sit the CSWIP UT Welds Level 2 General Paper.

Please note:  Inspectors who do not hold BS EN ISO 9712 Level 2 certification in ultrasonic inspection are required to view the CSWIP document.

The minimum required duration of training, which includes both theoretical and practical elements, is:

  • Level 2 - 80 hours (40 hours online and 40 hours classroom)

The minimum duration for experience prior to or following success in the qualification examination is:

  • Level 2 - 3 months

eLearning Technical Specifications
In order to run the Phased Array eLearning modules you will need the following basic systems

  • Operating System - Windows Vista 7, 8 or 10
  • Browser - Internet Explorer 11 or higher (PC)
  • Plugin - Silverlight Plug-in. You can get the Silverlight Plug-in using the following link:
  • Internet connection: 2 MBIT/s

Before booking online, please ensure that you meet the entry requirements as verification will be requested when the online booking is complete.

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