Available Dates and Locations:

Course Location:
Holiday Inn Express
10010 104 Street
Edmonton AB  T5J 0Z1 Canada
Book Accommodations with CASTI Room Rate
Date: November 19-22, 2019
Earn: 64 PDHs
Price: $2595

IMPORTANT: This course is approved by the Canadian Welding Bureau to qualify candidates for the knowledge requirements (Clause 6.4.3) of the CSA W47.1 Welding Engineer.

The welding engineer shall demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental properties of steel, welding fundamentals, welding metallurgy, welding procedures and practice, and welding codes and standards.

The above knowledge may be demonstrated by completing both CASTI courses listed below and receive a minimum mark of 70% on each final exam. These courses are approved by the Canadian Welding Bureau to satisfy the knowledge requirements of a CSA W47.1 Welding Engineer.

To allow sufficient time to complete the pre-classroom online study, course registrants are encouraged to register by October 22, 2019

Completing all of the online study work is a critical step that maximizes 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 an integral 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.


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 1-2018 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 Oct. 22 to Nov. 18, 2019

  • 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
held Nov. 19-22, 2019

  • 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 Nov. 25, 2019

  • 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.

Prior to the course start date, the online lessons are made available to all customers registered for this CASTI course. All exam candidates are encouraged to register early and allow sufficient time to complete these online lessons. Click here for more information about the CASTI Learning Advantage (CLA).

The pre-classroom online training lessons include:

  • e-Instructor support;
  • study material for reading
  • reviewing example problems and detailed solutions
  • solving practice problems and reviewing detailed solutions
  • practice exam questions are submitted online and automatically graded to provide a measure of self-evaluation

Exam Candidates

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.


Alberta Safety Codes Acts
  • Overview of Pressure Equipment Safety Regulations and Pipeline Codes in Canada
  • Overview of CSA, ASME and related Codes for New Construction and In-Service Integrity
  • Overview of Pressure Welders Regulation
General Review to ASME IX
  • Detailed Review of Part QG – General Requirements
  • Detailed Review of Part QW - Welding Articles
    • Article I – Welding General Requirements – QW-100
      • Test Positions and Specimen Removal
      • Tests: Tension, Guided-Bend, and Impact Specimens, and Acceptance Criteria
    • P-Numbers QW-420, F-Numbers QW-430, and A-Numbers QW-440
    • Article II – Welding Procedure Qualifications – QW-200
      • WPS and PQR Content, Changes, and Responsibilities (minimum requirements)
      • Welding Variables for WPS Qualification
        • How to use WPS Variable QW-250 Tables for SMAW, SAW, GMAW, and GTAW
    • Article III – Welder and Welding Operator Performance Qualifications (WPQ) – QW-300
      • Intent of Tests and Specimen Removal
      • Qualification by Mechanical Tests and Volumetric NDE, QW-302
      • How to use Welder Performance Essential Variable QW-350 and QW-416 Tables for SMAW, SAW, GMAW, and GTAW
      • Retests, Expiration, and Renewal of Qualification
      • Alberta Welders Regulations
        • Welder Performance Qualification Cards in Alberta
        • Expiration and Renewal of Qualification
      • Welding Operator Performance Essential Variables, QW-360
      • QW-423 Alternate Base Materials for Welder Qualification
        • How to Correctly Assign P-Numbers for Welder Performance Qualification Based on ABSA Guidelines
    • Article IV – Welding Data – QW-400
      • Procedure Qualification Thickness Limits and Test Specimens QW-451 Tables
      • Performance Qualification Thickness Limits and Test Specimens QW-452 Tables
      • Performance Qualification – Position and Diameter Limitations Table QW-461.9
      • Welding Documentation Forms
    • Article V – Standard Welding Procedure Specifications (SWPS) – QW-500
Introduction to Steels
  • Ferrous/Nonferrous, Cast Irons and Steels
  • Wrought Products: Rolling, Hot-Finishing, Drawing, Forging
  • Steel Making, Heat of Steel, Residual and Unspecified Elements in Steels
  • The Roles of Alloying Elements
  • Defining Alloy Steels, Low-Alloy Steel, High-Strength Low Alloy Steel, Microalloy Steels
  • Brief Introduction to Stainless Steels
Introduction to Steel Metallurgy
  • Steel Microstructures and Phases: Ferrite, Fe-Fe3C, Pearlite, Banite, Martensite
  • Using the Fe-Fe3C Phase Diagram in Practical Terms
    • Transformation Temperatures QW-407.1(2)
  • Heat Treatment: Austenitizing, Annealing, Normalizing, Quench and Tempering QW-407
  • ASTM Grain Size, Toughness, and Anisotropic
  • Material Test Reports and What They Really Mean
Steel Welding Metallurgy and Steel Heat Treatment
  • Weldment zones and fundamental principles of welding metallurgy of carbon steel
  • Use of carbon equivalence to predict weldability
  • Alloying steels and their effects on hardenability and weldability
  • Residual stress and distortion of welded connections
  • Hydrogen related cracking in welding (toe cracking, cold cracking, delayed cracking, HAZ cracking, and underbead cracking)
  • Steel heat treatment, preheating and postweld heat treat in practical terms to avoid cracking and improve weldability
Introduction to Non-Destructive Examination and ASME Section V
  • Imperfections and Types of NDE Methods
  • Visual Testing (VT) - ASME V Article 9
  • Radiographic Testing (RT) - ASME V Article 2
  • Ultrasonic Testing (UT) - ASME V Article 4
  • Liquid Penetrant (PT) Testing - ASME V Article 6
  • Magnetic Particle (MT) Testing - ASME V Article 7
Base Metal and Filler Metal Specifications (ASME Section II Parts A and C)
  • ASTM Specifications: Product Standards, General Standards, Supplementary Requirements
  • ASTM Steel Standard Designations and Product Markings
  • ASME SA-106, SA-516, SA-333, SA-387, and SA-312
  • ASME SFA No. and AWS Classification of Filler Metals
  • ASME SFA-5.1 and SFA-5.5
ASME Codes of Construction
  • Review of welding requirements for:
    • ASME B31.1 Power Piping
    • ASME B31.3 Process Piping
    • ASME Section VIII Div. 1 Pressure Vessels
Workshop: ASME Section IX P-No. QW-422 Table
  • Each attendee will review and compare the properties of materials listed in QW-422 for P-No. 1 Groups 1 to 4
Workshop: Developing a WPS for ASME Sec. VIII-1, B31.1, and B31.3
  • Each attendee will participate in a group workshop to write new construction and maintenance welding procedures in accordance with ASME Section VIII - Pressure Vessels, ASME B31.1 - Power Boilers and ASME B31.3 - Process Piping.
  • These welding procedures will be reviewed and discussed in detail during the class.
Evening Tutorials

Evening tutorials are mandatory for exam candidates planning to challenge Alberta Welding Examiner Papers 2 and 4, and optional for all other attendees.

  • Detailed review of the properties and structures of metals; yield strength, tensile strength, ductility, hardness and toughness
  • WPS, PQR, WQR, and WOQR reviews, including identifying errors and verifying the acceptability of the essential and nonessential variables.

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
  • Google Chrome. 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

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