Getting Started: Alberta Welding Examiner
A Welding Examiner Certificate of Competency authorizes the holder to
conduct Performance Qualification (PQ) tests on behalf of a testing
organization while employed by that testing organization. All Alberta
Boiler Safety Association (ABSA) authorized testing organizations are
required to employ a Welding Examiner to conduct performance qualification
Education and Experience Requirements
To take a Welding Examiner Certificate of Competency examination, a
candidate must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Metallurgy, Welding, or Mechanical Engineering, or
- First Class Power Engineers Certificate of Competency, or
- Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) with a Diploma in Materials or Mechanical Engineering Technology, or
- Diploma in Welding Engineering Technology, or
- Grade A or B Pressure Welder, or
- Canadian Standards Association (CSA) W178.2 Welding Inspector Level III, or
- Safety Codes Officer Boiler Discipline, or
- Other Equivalent Qualification, as determined by the ABSA
Welding Examiner Examinations
- The examination consists of four (4) papers with 3.5 hours to complete (see summary below).
- Each exam paper is closed-book, except for the Code reference material which is open-book.
- The exam candidate must bring all reference Codes to the related exam; non-Code reference material is not allowed in the exams.
- Each of the four exam papers include 50 total questions, of which about 44 to 46 are multiple choice questions with 5 possible answers and about 4 to 6 short essay-style questions.
- See the Quick Link box below to download the exam syllabus.
Paper #1 - Welding Processes and Filler Metals - 3.5 Hours
- Welding Processes (Weighting 50%); closed-book
- Cutting Processes (Weighting 15%); closed-book
- ASME Section II-Part C, Filler Metal Specifications (Weighting 35%); Code open-book (2001 or 2004 or 2007 or 2010 Editions)
Paper #2 - Metallurgy and Materials - 3.5 Hours
- Properties and Structure of Metals (Weighting 20%); closed-book
- Steel Manufacturing (Weighting 35%); closed-book
- Welding Metallurgy (Weighting 35%); closed-book
- ASME Section II-Part A, Ferrous Material Specifications (Weighting 10%); Code open-book
- SA Specifications: 106, 312, 333 387 and 516 (2001 or 2004 or 2007 or 2010 Editions)
Paper #3 - Quality Control and Weld Evaluation - 3.5 Hours
- Quality Control (Weighting 30%); closed-book
- Non-Destructive Examination (Weighting 35%); Code open-book
- ASME Section V, Nondestructive Examination
- Visual Examination of Welded Samples (Weighting 35%); Codes open-book
- ASME Section IX, Welding and Brazing Qualifications (only Part QW, Welding)
- ASME B31.3, Process Piping (only Chapter VI, Inspection, Examination, and Testing) (2001 or 2004 or 2007 or 2010 Editions)
Paper #4 - Regulations and Codes - 3.5 Hours
- Alberta Pressure Equipment Safety Regulation (Weighting 3%); open-book
- CSA B51 Boiler, Pressure Vessel, and Pressure Piping Code (Weighting 2%); open-book
- Alberta Pressure Welders Regulation (Weighting 10%); open-book
- ASME Section IX, only Part QW Welding (Weighting 65%); open-book
- Other Codes (Weighting 20%); open-book
- ASME Section I, Power Boilers (only Part PW)
- ASME Section VIII Division I , Pressure Vessel Construction, (only Parts UG, UW, UCS, UHA, UHT)
- ASME B31.1, Power Piping, (only Chapter V, Fabrication, Assembly, and Erection)
- ASME B31.3, Process Piping (only Chapter V, Fabrication, Assembly, and Erection)
- National Board Inspection Code, NB-23, (only Part RD from 2001 or 2004 editions or Part 3, Section 2 from 2007 edition
All exam candidates must bring the referenced Codes to each related exam
since all Code questions are open-book. These code documents can be purchased
from CASTI. Click here to purchase.
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This summary of educational requirements, examination and renewal, information is provided for your general overview. It is important that you read the complete Welding Examiner Certification exam syllabus.