Unit of competency details

MEM24002B - Perform penetrant testing (Release 2)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to MEM24002 - Perform penetrant testing 18/Dec/2022

ReleaseRelease date
2 (this release) 16/Mar/2012
(View details for release 1) 01/Dec/2005

Training packages that include this unit

Qualifications that include this unit

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MEA40711 - Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Mechanical)Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Mechanical)Superseded1-2 
MEA50511 - Diploma of Aeroskills (Non-Destructive Testing)Diploma of Aeroskills (Non-Destructive Testing)Superseded1-2 
MEA40715 - Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Mechanical)Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Mechanical)Superseded
MEM40119 - Certificate IV in EngineeringCertificate IV in EngineeringCurrent
MEA60311 - Advanced Diploma of Aviation Non-Destructive TestingAdvanced Diploma of Aviation Non-Destructive TestingSuperseded1-2 
MEM60112 - Advanced Diploma of EngineeringAdvanced Diploma of EngineeringSuperseded1-2 
MEA60315 - Advanced Diploma of Aviation Non-Destructive TestingAdvanced Diploma of Aviation Non-Destructive TestingSuperseded1-2 
MEA60322 - Advanced Diploma of Aviation Non-Destructive TestingAdvanced Diploma of Aviation Non-Destructive TestingCurrent
MEA50518 - Diploma of Aeroskills (Non-Destructive Testing)Diploma of Aeroskills (Non-Destructive Testing)Superseded
MEM50105 - Diploma of Engineering - Advanced TradeDiploma of Engineering - Advanced TradeSuperseded1-5 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030305 Materials Engineering  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030305 Materials Engineering  31/Aug/2006 
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Modification History

Single band identifier removed to clarify dual status

Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit covers performing penetrant testing in a range of industrial applications.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit applies to penetrant testing techniques on fabrications, structures and components across a wide range of industries to Level 2 (AS 3669 and AS 3998) or equivalent by portable penetrant testing, processing on a dedicated penetrant line, visible dye and fluorescent methods.

The work can relate to scheduled and unscheduled maintenance activities using general tools and specific penetrant testing equipment as specified in maintenance documentation, testing procedures or operator instructions.

Actual and potential defects are to be considered, together with ongoing abnormalities in fabrications, components, structures and/or aircraft components. Penetrant tests are performed on critical component or structural zones, and may require re-assessment of competency at regular intervals in accordance with Australian standards and/or other relevant standards. All testing must be completed with particular attention to personal safety and OH&S regulations. Certification against Australian Standards may be achieved where assessment in this unit of competency is carried out in conjunction with an examining authority as described in ISO 9712. Materials and chemicals which are subject to codes and regulations - for example, chemicals, explosives, solvents, dangerous materials, acids, or noxious waste products - are subject to safe work habits and must be stored and used in accordance with safe work practices.

Where power tools are required, Unit MEM18002B (Use power tools/hand held operations) should also be selected.

Where tests require the interpretation of drawings, Unit MEM09002B (Interpret technical drawings) should also be selected.


This unit has dual status and is to be regarded as both a Specialisation band A unit and Specialisation band B unit for progression to C5 (AQF level V).

Unit Weight : 4 

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not Applicable


Prerequisite units 

Path 1 


Use hand tools


Apply metallurgy principles

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare inspection areas for penetrant testing

1.1. Inspection areas are identified, cleaned and prepared for testing using appropriate procedures and materials.

1.2. Preparation processes are carried out in accordance with the relevant procedures, statutory and OH&S requirements.

1.3. Inspection areas are visually assessed and obvious discontinuities are identified.

2. Perform penetrant testing

2.1. The most appropriate penetrant test for the material/application is selected.

2.2. Test equipment is selected and prepared in accordance with standards and/or procedures.

2.3. Appropriate test media is selected and applied in accordance with workplace/industry practices.

2.4. Penetrant test is carried out in accordance with relevant standards, specifications and OH&S requirements.

2.5. Penetrant test equipment is checked for defects, maintained and stored in accordance with procedures, OH&S requirements and manufacturer instructions.

3. Interpret and report the results of penetrant test(s)

3.1. Indications are assessed and defects are detected and classified in accordance with national and international codes and standards.

3.2. Defects are confirmed in accordance with enterprise procedures and industry practices.

3.3. Test results are reported in accordance with enterprise procedures, accepted industry practices and customer service requirements.

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

Look for evidence that confirms skills in:

  • interpreting and following procedures
  • identifying inspection areas
  • conducting visual inspections
  • identifying discontinuities and defects
  • selecting appropriate testing techniques and procedures
  • using decision making skills
  • assessing risk
  • performing measurements needed to meet the requirements of this unit
  • entering routine and familiar information onto proformas and standard workplace forms
  • locating, reading and interpreting information on written job instructions, specifications, drawings, charts, lists and other reference documentation
  • planning, sequencing operations

Required knowledge 

Look for evidence that confirms knowledge of:

  • cleaning and preparation processes for a range of test surfaces
  • procedure, statutory and OH&S requirements in relation to the preparation process
  • established assessment procedures and techniques
  • types of discontinuities and their consequences/effect on the material
  • penetrant testing techniques and procedures for a range of situations
  • tools, equipment, techniques
  • principles and applications of penetrant testing techniques
  • hazards and safety requirements associated with penetrant testing
  • maintenance and storage procedures for test equipment
  • common faults and damage
  • range of defects
  • meaning and application of national and international codes and standards
  • methods/procedures for reporting test results
  • implications of test results for the particular material/application
  • any applicable industry standards, national/Australian standards, NOHSC guides, State/Territory regulatory codes of practice/standards
  • use and application of personal protective equipment
  • safe work practices and procedures
  • relevant hazards and control measures related to the competency

Evidence Guide


The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to perform penetrant testing. Competency in this unit cannot be claimed until all prerequisites have been satisfied.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Assessors must be satisfied that the candidate can competently and consistently perform all elements of the unit as specified by the criteria, including required knowledge, and be capable of applying the competency in new and different situations and contexts.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

This unit may be assessed on the job, off the job or a combination of both on and off the job. Where assessment occurs off the job, that is the candidate is not in productive work, then an appropriate simulation must be used where the range of conditions reflects realistic workplace situations. The competencies covered by this unit would be demonstrated by an individual working alone or as part of a team. The assessment environment should not disadvantage the candidate.

This unit could be assessed in conjunction with any other units addressing the safety, quality, communication, materials handling, recording and reporting associated with performing penetrant testing in a range of industrial applications or other units requiring the exercise of the skills and knowledge covered by this unit.

Method of assessment 

Assessors should gather a range of evidence that is valid, sufficient, current and authentic. Evidence can be gathered through a variety of ways including direct observation, supervisor's reports, project work, samples and questioning. Questioning should not require language, literacy and numeracy skills beyond those required in this unit. The candidate must have access to all tools, equipment, materials and documentation required. The candidate must be permitted to refer to any relevant workplace procedures, product and manufacturing specifications, codes, standards, manuals and reference materials.

Guidance information for assessment 

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Preparation processes 

Surface cleaning and drying

Obvious discontinuities 

Observed changes in material homogeneity


Accurate identification of location and size of discontinuities

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units 

Competency field

Competency field 

Non-destructive testing