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PNC queries using enhanced search techniques (QUEST)

Use the queries using enhanced search techniques (QUEST) capability within the PNC.


This course enables users to:

  • plan QUEST searches
  • search using nominal descriptive searching
  • search offences
  • utilise the SIS QUEST search screens

Key topics

This course covers how to:

  • plan QUEST searches
  • search using nominal descriptive information
  • apply geographic searching
  • search using marks, scars and abnormalities
  • search offences
  • search using SIS QUEST screens

Key details

Qualification eligibility

RV or NPPV2 vetting.


It is essential that learners:

  • have successfully completed the PNC names enquiry course (three days)
  • complete the PNC update pre-course workbook prior to attending this course
Practitioner group

Individuals who are required to conduct QUEST searches on the PNC names file.


Two days.

Course contact
Additional information

This is an assessed course, meaning an 80% pass mark needs to be achieved to successfully complete the course.


Scheduled PNC QUEST courses run periodically at the College’s site at Ryton-on-Dunsmore (Coventry).

This course can also be delivered locally at an organisation’s own site, provided the venue meets the PNC system’s technical requirements. 

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