This is an introductory course to provide the basic understanding of the proper use and interpretation of ASME Section IX - Welding Qualifications Code and its related ASME construction codes. To accomplish this objective, the course starts with a 2-day review of the ASME Sec. IX, followed by one day of studying the base metal metallurgy and welding metallurgy that ASME IX is based on. The fourth day covers the welding portions of related ASME construction codes (Section VIII-1, B31.1, and B31.3) and how ASME Sec. IX interacts with each, including the metallurgy previously covered through a series of workshops. It is also intended to prepare exam candidates for the ABSA Welding Examiner Paper #4 on Regulations and Codes and most parts of Paper #2 covering properties and structures of metals, welding metallurgy and material specifications (i.e., steel manufacturing will not be covered).
Who Should Attend
Inspectors, welders, welding supervisors, quality control personnel, technologists, and engineers involved with new welding procedure and welder qualifications for new fabrication, repairs, maintenance, and inspection for pressure vessel or piping. This course is also designed to assist ABSA Welding Examiner, Pressure Equipment Inspector and CSA W178.2 exam candidates, although it is not a prerequisite that you be an exam candidate.
CASTI is recognized by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) as an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units (CEUs), under the ANSI/IACET 1-2013 Standard, for good practices and quality continuing education and training programs.
Each participant will receive a CASTI Certificate of Completion with 3.2 CEUs for attending all 4 days of the classroom training. An additional 3.2 CEUs 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 9 days* of training as described below:
Estimated 3 Days* Pre-classroom E-Learning available from Apr. 3-30, 2018
general knowledge of ASME Section IX
P-No. F-No., A-No.
ASME B31.1, B31.3, and Section VIII-1 WPS/PQR requirements
4 Days In-classroom held May 1-4, 2018
instructor-led lectures, discussions, workshops, and optional evening tutorial of ASME Sec. IX and related codes
practice problems and review detailed solutions
Estimated 2 Days* Post-classroom E-Learning available from May 5, 2018
practicing WPS/PQR and WPQ reviews
Two practice exams (3.5 hours each) with answers and full solutions for Paper 2 of the Alberta Welding Examiner
Two practice exams (3.5 hours each) with answers and full solutions for Paper 4 of the Alberta Welding Examiner
* Estimate based on the average time required by past students to complete online training. Your personal skill and experience levels will determine the actual time required to complete this work. Past students have taken between 10-30 hours (1-4 days) to complete the online lessons.
solving practice problems and reviewing detailed solutions
practice exam questions are submitted online and automatically graded to provide a measure of self-evaluation
Post-classroom online training lessons are available for sixty (60) days after the final day of the in-class training. This gives any candidate wanting to take the Welding Examiner Papers multiple examination opportunities at ABSA.
Completing all of the online study work is a critical step in maximizing your likelihood of passing the exam. Individuals who do not complete all of the online study work may jeopardize the likelihood of successfully passing the exam and do so at their own risk. The online study work is a mandatory part of this training course and must be completed by all registrants to achieve the full CEU credit, and for exam candidates to comply with the CASTI Exam Preparation Guarantee Policy (see Guarantee Policy below).
By completing the pre-classroom online training lessons, you will be
better prepared to learn more from the instructor-led classroom
training and optimize your learning experience.
Evening Tutorials (for Alberta Welding Examiner Exam Candidates)
The Alberta Welding Examiner Syllabus (AB-94) will be explained, along with how it fits into a career path.
Evening tutorials covering practice exams for Papers #2 and #4 will be conducted, with take-home assignments handed out. A review of the take-home assignments will be covered the following evening. Be prepared for 1 hour on Days 1 and 2, and for up to 3 hours on Day 3.
Required Code Documents
All participants must bring the ASME Section IX Code to this class. For those who are writing the Welding Examiner exams:
ABSA Welding Examiner Paper #2 exam candidates MUST bring ASME Section II, Part A and ASME Section V.
ABSA Welding Examiner Paper #4 exam candidates MUST bring ASME Section I, ASME Section VIII-1, ASME IX, ASME B31.1, and ASME B31.3.
These code documents can be purchased from CASTI. Exam document packages with the specific code editions and sections required for Paper #2 and Paper #4 are also available through CASTI.
Minimum System Requirements for the CLA Online Study
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 www.adobe.com for more information.)
Note: Please consult with your company IT department if you are unsure that your company computer meets the above requirements
Matthew Yarmuch MSc, PEng, IWE is a professional materials and welding engineer, involved in engineering consulting, quality management, research, training and project management. Matthew is a University of Alberta graduate BSc (Materials Engineering) and MSc (Welding Engineering).
Matthew is the president of MattCo Engineering Solutions Inc. and supports the energy, fabrication, and construction sectors. Matthew is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta and Chair of the Alberta Welder Optimization Committee (AWOC) and is active in code committees and local technical societies.