Important Changes in CSA Standard W47.1-19

Summary of Changes

Below, you will find an overview of changes in the 7th edition of the W47.1-19. The goal of every edition is to address new technologies and improvements.

Clause Requirement Changes
1 Scope Changed reference to AWS D1.6 to the new Annex K for stainless steel
2 Reference Publications General updates to reflect the latest editions of standards
3 Definitions New definitions added to support revised requirements for robotic welding
4 Administration Editorial changes only
5 Requirements for Certification New requirement in 5.1.8
Certified companies shall provide evidence to the CWB's representative that welded connections have been designed as required by the governing standard.

Reference to new informative Annex I on Advanced Quality Requirements

6 Welding Engineers Clarified wording on requirements for visits and reports; no change in existing intent
7 Welding Supervisors Additional wording to support new robotic welding requirements

Clarified wording on requirements for delegates; no change in existing intent

8 Welding Personnel Revised requirements for organizations providing testing and evaluation services; no change in existing intent

New requirements for Robotic Welding Programmers

New Requirements for Robotic Welding Operators

9 Qualification of Welding Personnel Deletion of requirements for ASW; now covered by new Annex J

New requirements for Robotic Welding Programmers

New Requirements for Robotic Welding Operators

10 Welding Procedure Specifications No changes
11 Welding Procedure Data Sheets Deletion of requirements for PQTs related to ASW; now covered by Annex J

New references to Annex J and K for sheet steel and stainless steel, respectively

New requirements for PQTs related to robotic applications

New requirements for PQTs related to plug and slot welds

Tables - New requirements in Table 10 related to plug and slot welds

Extensive revisions to Table 14 dealing with PJP range of qualification

Deletion of Table 21 for ASW; now covered by Annex J

Figures - Deletion of existing Figure 5 for ASW; now covered by Annex J

Addition of new Figure 5 for PQTs for plug and slot welds

Annex A Suggested areas of study for Welding Engineers Minor editorial changes
Annex B Guidelines for the Welding Engineer No changes
Annex C Information typically included on a welding procedure data sheet No changes
Annex D Sample WPS Minor editorial changes
Annex E Impact Testing Revised essential variable, including those related to thickness, position and material
Annex F CSA G40.21 and ASTM steels for Groups A, B, and C No changes
Annex G Hardness Testing Revised essential variables
Annex H Commentary on Clauses 5.6 to 5.11 No changes
Annex I Advanced quality requirements New, informative (non-mandatory) annex
Annex J Qualification of welding personnel and procedures for sheet steel applications New, normative annex

Addition of performance and procedure testing requirements for sheet steel applications

Annex K Qualification of welding personnel and procedures for stainless steel applications New, normative annex

Addition of performance and procedure testing requirements for stainless steel applications

Annex L Sample welding procedure specifications for stainless steel New, informative (non-mandatory) annex
Annex M Qualification of welding personnel and procedures for marine applications New, normative annex

Addition of performance and procedure testing requirements for marine applications

Elimination of prequalified joints

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to re-certify my company?

No. The changes in CSA Standard W47.1-19 will not result in the need for the "Re-certification" of any clients currently certified to the 2009 edition. All clients now certified to the 2009 edition will be considered certified to the 2019 edition effective June 1, 2020. Certificates and Letters of Validation will not be reissued as they currently do not make reference to the year of the certification standard. All welder qualifications will be valid until the expiry date shown on the qualification and all existing CWB accepted welding procedures would remain CWB accepted indefinitely.

What if I am currently in "applicant" status, and not yet certified?

This change will not impact your application for certification to CSA Standard W47.1-19, as no additional requirements have been added. Your CWB Representative will continue to work with you to help you achieve certification for your organization.

Will the change in the standard impact my annual Fees?

No, the release of the 2019 edition will have no impact on your annual fees. Do I have to purchase a copy of the 2019 edition to maintain my certification? There is no requirement for existing clients to purchase the new version of the standard to maintain your certification. However, we encourage our clients to buy a copy of the latest edition to both be familiar with the changes and to take full advantage of some of the revisions to both welder and procedure testing options.

Do I have to retest my welders?

No, there is no requirement to retest any welding personnel (tackers, welders, and operators). Current qualifications will continue to be valid until the expiry date shown.

Do I have to resubmit my welding procedures?

No, there is no requirement to resubmit any welding procedure documentation (WPS and WPDS). All currently accepted documentation will continue to be considered approved. However, new welding procedure documentation submitted after June 1, 2020, should refer to the 2019 edition of the standard.

I'm a Qualified Welding Supervisor / Welding Engineer. Do I have to rewrite my "code" examinations?

No, currently accepted Welding Supervisors and Welding Engineers will not be required to rewrite examinations on CSA Standard W47.1-19. Welding Supervisors and Welding Engineers seeking qualification will be examined to the 2019 edition beginning June 1, 2020. Examinations completed before this date will continue to be done to the 2009 version of the standard.

I'm a Certified Welding Inspector. Do I have to rewrite my "code" examinations?

No, Certified Welding Inspectors will not be required to rewrite examinations on CSA Standard W47.1-19. However, Welding Inspectors at all levels completing their initial examination on CSA Standard W47.1 & W59 will be examined to the W47.1-19 edition beginning June 1, 2020. Examinations completed prior to this date will continue to be done to the 2009 edition of the standard.

Training Courses

All Welding Supervisor Courses attended after June 1, 2020, will make reference to the 2019 edition of CSA Standard W47.1. Welding Supervisor "Study Guides" for the 2019 edition of CSA Standard W47.1 will be available for sale effective June 1, 2020.