ASME Section VIII, Div. 1

Fabrication Code Requirements for Pressure Vessels
- for Engineers, Inspectors and Experienced Tradesmen

IMPORTANT: Please be aware, there are two different CASTI courses available on the subject of ASME Section VIII, Division 1 Pressure Vessel Construction.

Review the course description below and compare it to our ASME Section VIII, Division 1 - Code Design Requirements for Pressure Vessels course before registering.


This is an introductory course to provide a basic understanding of the fabrication, inspection and testing portions of ASME Section VIII, Division 1. Principles of design will be discussed, but not in sufficient detail that this course can be considered a design course for new construction. ASME Section VIII, Division 1 deals with new construction, however, in this course the application of the principles expressed in the code will be extrapolated to deal with operation and maintenance issues and how they work with API 510 for post construction inspection, repairs and alterations. The course also includes a brief introduction to ASME Section II Part A (Ferrous Material Standards) and to ASME Section IX - Welding Qualifications.

Who Should Attend

Inspectors, engineers, maintenance and QA personnel who work for owner-user companies, inspection companies, fabricators, maintenance service and repair companies, inspection companies, EPC's and others who want an understanding of the principles and applications of ASME Section VIII, Division 1.

Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

Each participant will receive a CASTI Certificate of Completion with 32 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for attending all 4 days of the classroom training. An additional 24 PDHs will be awarded for the completion of the pre-classroom online lessons prior to the course start date.

CASTI Learning Advantage (CLA)
Blended Learning

This course includes 7 days* of training as described below:

Estimated 3 Days*
Pre-classroom E-Learning

  • wall thickness minimum requirements
  • temperature limitations (min./max. DMT)
  • base metals standards (SA and SB)
  • weld joint classifications and joint efficiency
  • impact testing criteria
  • fabrication and welding requirements
  • inspection and pressure testing requirements
  • calculating corrosion rates and remaining life
  • online pre-classroom content only available from TBA

4 Days

  • lectures,
  • group discussions,
  • real-life examples,
  • practice problems,
  • interpretation case studies, and
  • workshops
  • in-classroom training held TBA
  • Optional evening tutorial sessions will be available

* Estimates are based on the average time needed by previous students to complete online training. Your personal skill and experience levels will determine the actual time required to complete this work. Previous students took between 10-30 hours (1-4 days) to complete the online lesson work.

Completing all of the online study work is a critical step to maximize your learning experience. The online study work is an integral part of this training course and must be completed by all registrants to achieve the full PDHs.

The pre-classroom online training lessons include:

  • e-Instructor support
  • simple online access using a web browser (see Minimum System Requirements below)
  • study material for reading
  • reviewing example problems and detailed solutions
  • solving practice problems and reviewing detailed solutions
  • practice problems results are graded to provide a measure of self-evaluation
Click here for more information about the CASTI Learning Advantage (CLA).

Optional evening tutorial sessions will be available.


Day 1:

Understanding Codes and Standards
  • Introduction to jurisdictional requirements:
    • Alberta Labour, ABSA, BC CAWS, Saskatchewan Labour, Ontario CCR, etc. as applicable
  • Scope of CSA B51 Boiler, Pressure Vessel & Pressure Piping Code
    • Design registrations
    • Owner/user programs
Considerations That Form the Basis for Code Rules
  • Ductile and brittle fracture
  • Elastic and plastic collapse
  • Creep and stress rupture
  • Fatigue
    • Stress intensity (concentration)
  • Corrosion and environmental assisted cracking
Composition of steels

Day 2:

ASME VIII, Division 1
  • Finding your way around in Section VIII, Division 1
  • Application and limitations of Division 1
  • Responsibilities
    • Owner-user
    • Manufacturer
    • Authorized inspector
  • Materials and components
    • Listed, unlisted, unknown materials, and test reports
    • Bolting
    • Casting efficiency
    • Specifications: ASTM standards and ASME Section II Parts A, B, C
    • Determination of minimum service temperature (MDMT)
  • Materials and components
    • Listed, unlisted, unknown materials, and test reports
    • Bolting
    • Casting efficiency
    • Specifications: ASTM standards and ASME Section II Parts A, B, C
    • Determination of minimum service temperature (MDMT)
  • Loading determinations and formulas for thickness requirements
  • Branch connections and reinforcement
  • Vessel support considerations
  • Non pressure loading

Day 3:

ASME VIII, Division 1 continued
  • Responsibilities of fabricator
  • Responsibilities and duties of the authorized inspector
  • Extent of required examination
  • Leak testing
  • Documentation required
  • Marking and identification of pressure vessels
  • Pressure relief requirements
Introduction to API 510
  • Owner/user responsibilities
  • Owner’s inspector responsibilities
  • Determining rates of deterioration
  • Determining inspection frequency

Day 4:

ASME VIII, Division 1 continued
  • Weld design details
    • Location and types of joints
    • Service restrictions
    • Weld joint classification system
    • Weld joint efficiencies
    • Weld attachment details
  • Radiographic examination
  • Carbon and low alloy steel requirements
    • Heat treatment
    • Temper bead welding
  • Other materials and special constructions
    • Mandatory and Non-Mandatory Appendices

Note: Topics may be covered on days other than those listed above. The schedule provided is a general outline that may be changed without notice.

Required Code Documents

All participants must bring the ASME Section VIII, Division 1 to this class. Only Parts U, UG, UW, UCS, UHA, UHT, are required from ASME Section VIII, Division 1 (2015 Edition). The ASME code can be purchased from CASTI. The ASME Section VIII, Division 1 package only contains the specific portions of the code that are covered in this course. A course notebook will be provided to all participants by CASTI.

Minimum System Requirements for the CLA Pre-classroom Online Study

Getting Started: Online Training Course with e-Instructor Support

  • Broadband Internet connection
  • Windows Vista (or higher)
  • Mac and Android computers and tablets are not supported
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 (or newer). Microsoft Edge NOT supported.
  • Latest version of Adobe Reader

Note: Use of Adobe software may have additional system requirements (Please refer to the Adobe specifications provided with your Adobe software or visit the Adobe website at for more information.)

Note: Please consult with your company IT department if you are unsure that your company computer meets the above requirements

About the Instructor

John E. Bringas, P.Eng. is a professional engineer who has practiced metallurgical engineering and inspection for 40 years. He is also certified as an API 510, 570, 653, 571, 577, and 580 inspector, an AWS Certified Welding Inspector, an Alberta In-Service Pressure Vessel Inspector and Welding Examiner, and former CGSB certified NDE examiner in UT and RT. He is a long time committee member of ASTM A01 (Steels), A05 (Coated Steels), B02 (Nonferrous Alloys), NACE STG 32 (Oil and Gas Production-Metallurgy) and STG 36 (Process Industry-Materials), and Canadian Representative on ISO TC 17-SC 4 (Steels). He is the author of the ASTM Handbook of Comparative World Steel Standards, ASTM Handbook of Steel Data: American and European, ASTM Passport to Steel Database, and the CASTI Metals Data Books. Mr. Bringas has engineering work experience in the steel making, foundry, consulting, refinery, pipeline and petrochemical industries and is the founder of Codes and Standards Training Institute and CASTI Publishing Inc.