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 link to syllabus 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.
Every 3 years, reapply
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.