What is Penetrant Testing?

Penetrant Testing involves applying a visible or fluorescent dye to the surface. The dye enters the discontinuities via capillary action. The method can be applied to any non-absorbent material with uncoated surfaces.

What are the responsibilities of a individual who is certified to Penetrant Level II?

An individual certified to Penetrant testing Level II has demonstrated competence to perform NDT according to Penetrant Testing procedures. Within the scope of the competence defined on the certificate, Level II personnel may be authorised by the employer to:

  • Select the Penetrant technique for the test method to be used
  • Define the limitations of application of the testing method
  • Translate NDT codes, standards, specifications and procedures into NDT instructions adapted to the actual working conditions
  • Set up and verify equipment settings
  • Perform and supervise tests
  • Interpret and evaluate results according to applicable standards, codes, specifications or procedures
  • Prepare Penetrant written instructions
  • Carry out and supervise all tasks at or below level II
  • Provide guidance for personnel at or below level II, and
  • Report the results of Penetrant test


12 hrs of Penetrant testingLevel II training covers the following:

General Theory
  • Introduction
  • Principles of penetrant inspection
  • Equipment
  • Preparation for testing
  • Testing techniques
  • Post test procedures
  • Safety precautions
  • Processing
  • Testing procedures and selection
  • Product technology
  • Inspection and evaluation
  • Interpretation and reporting

Specific Theory

Application of the Method to the Specific requirements of the Company, in particular making reference to those Codes, Specifications and Procedures used by the Company, including the relevant control checks.


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