Training

As with all new and evolving inspection methods, good training of guided wave inspectors forms a critical part of the development of the technology. Experienced, skilled inspectors can make a significant difference in the reliability of the results that are obtained, especially in situations when any indicated defective areas cannot be measured by complementary methods. Therefore, Guided Ultrasonics Limited (GUL) has always been fully committed to developing and improving quality training modules that allow inspectors to learn as effectively as possible. We offer both classroom and on-site training, for both simple and complex applications. GUL has trained over 2,500 inspectors globally and continues to host more than 50 training courses each year.

In addition to being an Authorized Training and Test Center for the PCN qualification in guided waves (managed by the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing - BINDT), GUL has maintained its own training and certification program that is specific to GUL equipment. The existing GUL scheme is now being transitioned to a new scheme that is managed by Guided Ultrasonics Ltd. Training (GULT), a division of Guided Ultrasonics Ltd. GULT fulfils the role of a certification and qualification body. GULT may also perform training as an authorised training organisation provided that impartiality is maintained, in accordance with ISO 17024:2012. Success in the qualification examinations leads to the award of GULT certification covering Guided Wave Testing using GUL equipment only.

The GULT Qualification and Certification scheme has been developed to replace the existing GUL training scheme. The transition of certified individuals from GUL to GULT certification is covered in the document GULT Transitional Arrangements.

Standard GWT Courses for Pipe Testing

Level 1 Pipe

Suitable for NDT inspectors new to the field of Guided Wave Testing (GWT) (40 hours).

Course Content:

  • Level 1 guided wave theory
  • Introduction to Wavemaker system
  • Introduction to WavePro software
  • Selection of test parameters
  • Basic data interpretation
  • Basic reporting

Recommended Qualifications:

  • Experienced Level 2 UT technician, or
  • Degree or HNC in a technical subject

Level 2 SP

Advanced application specific training course for the inspection of supports and process pipework (40 hours).

Course Content:

  • Advanced equipment configuration
  • Advanced data collection
  • Advanced calibration
  • Inspection of supports
  • Inspection of welds & pipe fittings
  • Detailed review of Level 1 work

Requirements:

  • Level 1 Pipe qualification
  • 6 months of on-site experience

Level 2 XB

Advanced application specific training course for the inspection of road crossings and buried pipes (40 hours).

Course Content:

  • Advanced data interpretation
  • Advanced data collection protocols
  • GWT of buried pipes
  • GWT of pipes under road crossings
  • Pitch & catch configuration
  • Combining transducer rings

Requirements:

  • Level 1 Pipe qualification
  • 6 months of on-site experience

Level 2 PM

Advanced application specific training course for the installation of the gPIMS® corrosion monitoring system (32 hours).

Course Content:

  • Introduction to gPIMS®
  • Guided wave monitoring
  • Installation of gPIMS®
  • Practical session

Requirements:

  • Level 1 Pipe qualification
  • 6 months of on-site experience