Welding Inspector Level 1 (CSA W178.2)
Welding Inspector Exam Preparation for CSA W178.2 Level 1, including ASME B31.3 Code Exam training
Remote Online Attendance:
participants attend remotely (from home or workplace) and interact with the live instructor through an online video meeting on the scheduled instructor-led training dates.
*In-Person Attendance is not available at this time. Please continue to revisit this page for updates.
New COVID-19 health and safety policies are currently under review.
To assist candidates 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.
CSA W178.2 Level 1 Welding Inspector candidates must pass each of the exams listed below with a minimum mark of 70% in a single sitting.
- Basic Welding Inspection and Basic Welding Fundamentals exam: 75 multiple choice questions; 2 hrs, closed-book (included in CASTI course)
- Code exam: 45 multiple choice questions; 2 hrs, open-book
- CSA Standard W178.2 exam: 15 multiple choice questions; 0.5 hrs, open-book
- Practical Exam: Samples for Visual Detection and Identification, assessment and descriptive reporting of basic weld faults; 5 samples; 0.75 hr*
*See the Practical Exam Instructions for details on what to expect on the Visual Detection and Identification exam.
IMPORTANT: You must register for the CSA W178.2 Level 1 certification exam directly with the Canadian Welding Bureau (see Useful Links below).
CWB Recognition for Exam Exemption
This course is approved by the Canadian Welding Bureau to qualify exam candidates for exemption from the closed-book portion (known as the "basic welding inspection and basic welding fundamentals" portion) of the 4-part CSA W178.2 Level 1 Welding Inspector Certification exam. 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 digital 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 in-classroom start date.
CASTI Blended Learning
This course includes 13 days* of training as described below:
Estimated 5 Days* E-Learning (online access available Oct. 12 to Nov. 14, 2021)
- 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 Instructor-Led Training (Nov. 15-20, 2021)
- 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
Includes Review Session and Exemption Exam (Nov. 20, 2021)
- 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 (online access available Nov. 23, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2021)
- 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 16-30 hours (2-4 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 professional development hours (PDH) credit.
Once practice exams and lessons are completed, students can reset them for further study and practice.
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Course Outline [+]
- Design Concepts
- Codes, Specifications, and Standards
- Base Metals
- Welding Consumables
- Welding Metallurgy
- Preparation of Joints
- Welding Procedures
- Side Effects
- Quality Assurance
- Basic System Function Concepts
- Basic Concepts of Quality Control
- Nondestructive Examination
- Other Examinations
- 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:
- Under Fill
- Incomplete Fusion
- 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 code document for the code endorsement to complete this course. The ASME B31.3 code can be purchased from CASTI at a special discounted rate. A course notebook will be provided to all participants by CASTI.
A course notebook will be provided to all participants by CASTI.
- Getting Started: CSA W178.2 Level 1 Welding Inspector - Information for individuals new to the program.
- Compare CASTI to Competitors - CSA W178.2
- CASTI Inspector Career Path
- CSA W178.2 Guide to Assist Candidates Applying for Certification as Welding Inspectors - CWB Form 301e
- CSA W178.2 Application for Certification as Welding Inspector - CWB Form 450e
- CSA W178.2 Welding Inspector Visual Acuity Record - CWB Form 455e
- Practical Exam Instructions - CSA W178.2
- AWS Reciprocity Application Package
About the Instructor
Kimberley Meszaros, (P.Eng, MSc) is a professional materials engineer who specializes in the fields of welding and materials. Kimberley is a BSc and MSc (Materials Engineering - Welded Composite Coatings for Oil Sands) graduate of the University of Alberta and is a certified API 570 Piping Inspector and has been a CSA W178.2 Welding Inspector. She has worked in the Alberta energy sector developing and troubleshooting welding procedures, conducting inspections, consulting on various projects, and has worked in research and development for both private and government organizations. She is the Chair of the ASTM E04.02 Subcommittee on Metallography Terminology and is a member of ASTM A01 Steels, B02 Nonferrous Alloys, E04 Metallography, F42 Additive Manufacturing, and Emerging Professional Committees, as well as an Alberta Welding Optimization Committee (AWOC) member. Kimberley is an Engineering Design sessional instructor in the Chemical & Materials Engineering department at the University of Alberta. She is a subject matter expert and instructor at CASTI, developing training materials and instructing courses related to the codes and standards used in many industries.