Available Dates and Locations:

Course Location:
CLAC Training Centre
14930 118 Avenue
Edmonton AB  T5V 1B8 Canada

Date: November 26 to December 1, 2018
Earn: 8.8 CEUs

IMPORTANT: This CASTI exam preparation course is a separate entity from the certification examinations. Please visit this page for information on the CSA W178.2 Level 1 application and certification process.


To achieve the CSA W178.2 Level 1 Welding Inspector Certification. It is also the objective of this course to prepare exam candidates to write the ASME B31.3 code endorsement exam as part of this certification.

Who Should Attend

Inspectors, NDE examiners, Alberta Welding Examiners, experienced welders, welding supervisors, quality control personnel, technologists, and engineers who want to obtain the CSA W178.2 Level 1 welding inspector certification.

Course Cost Savings

We provide over $1,000 in cost savings by providing you with a notebook to keep and having weld samples and toolkits available for use in class. Textbooks and toolkits are mandatory additional purchases with some of our competitors, but they are all included in our price.


CWB Recognition for Exam Exemption

This course is approved by the Canadian Welding Bureau to qualify exam candidates for exemption from the closed-book Welding Inspection exam of the CSA W178.2 Level 1 Welding Inspector Certification. To qualify for exemption, students must:

  • complete and submit all e-learning lessons prior to the course start date and receive an average mark of 70% or more,
  • attend all live session classroom training days, and
  • receive a minimum mark of 70% on the Welding Inspection closed-book (2 hr) final exam on the last day of the live session classroom training.

Each participant will receive a CASTI certificate of completion with 48 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for attending all 6 days of the classroom training. An additional 40 PDHs will be awarded for the completion of the e-learning lessons prior to the live session start date.

CASTI Blended Learning

This course includes 13 days* of training as described below:

Estimated 5 Days*
Oct. 29 to Nov. 25, 2018

  • learn and practice code navigation
  • study topics on the certification exams
  • review examples and practice problems, and their detailed solutions, including references to corresponding paragraphs within exam code document(s)
  • complete 3 practice exams about Basic Welding Inspection and Basic Welding Fundamentals
  • practice problems and practice exam questions are submitted online and automatically graded

6 Days
Live Session Nov. 26 to Dec. 1, 2018

  • receive instructor-led training on exam topics
  • solve practice problems
  • follow instructor-led review of examples and practice problems, and their detailed solutions
  • complete 3 practice exams for practical visual inspection and reporting using weld samples and inspection tools

Including 1/2 Day Review
Session and Exemption Exam

  • participate in instructor-led review
  • complete a Basic Welding Inspection and Basic Welding Fundamentals closed-book (2-hr) in-classroom final exam
  • Students must achieve a minimum mark of 70% in the in-classroom final exam to qualify for exemption from the closed-book Welding Inspection exam of the CSA W178.2 Level 1 Welding Inspector Certification.

Estimated 2 Days*
E-Learning Practice Exams Dec. 3, 2018

  • 3 practice exams for ASME B31.3 code endorsement
  • 3 practice exams for CSA Standard W178.2

* 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.

The e-learning lessons are an integral part of this training course and must all be submitted with an average mark of 70% or more to receive course completion recognition and full CEU credits. Once practice exams and lessons are completed, students can reset them for further study and practice.

Click here for more information about the CASTI e-Learning Lessons
Click here for the terms and conditions and minimum system requirements.


Welding Inspection
  • Design
    • Drawings
    • Design Concepts
    • Codes, Specifications, and Standards
  • Materials
    • Base Metals
    • Welding Consumables
    • Welding Metallurgy
  • Production
    • Preparation of Joints
  • Welding
    • Processes
    • Equipment
    • Welding Procedures
    • Side Effects
  • Quality Assurance
    • Basic System Function Concepts
    • Basic Concepts of Quality Control
    • Nondestructive Examination
    • Other Examinations
  • Qualification
    • Welders
    • Equipment
    • Procedures
    • Inspectors
    • Nondestructive-testing Technicians
  • Preparation for 2 hour exam* (75 multiple choice questions)
  • (*see above requirements to qualify for exemption)
Practical Visual Inspection and Reporting
  • Examination and assessment of test coupons for weld defects and acceptability, including but not limited to:
    • Porosity
    • Under Fill
    • Undercut
    • Incomplete Fusion
    • Spatter
    • Inclusion
  • prepare to view 5 sample welds and answer questions about them, 0.75 hour exam
CSA Standard W178.2
  • General Requirements
  • Level 1 Welding Inspector Requirements
  • prepare for 15 multiple choice questions, 0.50 hour exam
Product Category and Standard/Code (Industrial Pipe: ASME B31.3 Process Piping)
  • preparation for 45 multiple choice questions, 2.00 hour exam

Required Code Documents

All participants must have a copy of CSA Standard W178.2 and a copy of the ASME B31.3 (2016 Edition) code document for the code endorsement to complete this course. The ASME B31.3 (2016 Edition) code can be purchased from CASTI at a special discounted rate. A course notebook will be provided to all participants by CASTI.

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About the Instructor

Bruce Cormier graduated from NAIT Materials Engineering Technology program in 1981, and started with Nova Gas Transmission where he worked as a Quality Control Technologist responsible for the quality control system of the Spruce Grove fabrication shop. The fabrication shop produced and installed meter stations, mainline block valve assemblies, scraper trap assemblies and compressor station yard piping. In 2004, Bruce began with GRB Enterprises, where he worked as a welding examiner, along with developing and performing the mechanical tests for ASME and CSA welding procedures. Since 2014, Bruce has been working at CLAC as a welding examiner and instructor.

Bruce is a Registered Engineering Technologist with ASET (07890), an ABSA registered Welding Examiner (E-00252) and is a CSA W178.2 Level 3 Certified Welding Inspector (3094). He is also the Canadian Welding Association National Advisory Council Chair for the 2013-2015 term.