Certification and Qualification

The Canadian Welding Bureau certifies companies, inspection organizations, inspectors, and welding consumables through a review and qualification process to ensure that they meet the requirements for a variety of product and safety codes as well as standards such as CSA W47.1, CSA W47.2, CSA W55.3, CSA W186, CSA W178.1, CSA W178.2 and CSA W48.

In order to achieve and maintain certification, companies engaged in welding are required to have their personnel qualified for engineering, supervisory and welding and follow approved welding procedures.

Similar to the welding companies, welding inspection organizations are required to have their personnel qualified for supervisory and certified for inspection, whether it’s visual, destructive or non-destructive testing.

Individuals looking to achieve certification as visual welding inspector are required to meet standard’s experience requirements and successfully complete written and practical exams.

In Canada, a number of CSA product standards require welding fabricators to use welding consumables certified in accordance to CSA W48. CSA W48 provides requirements for the classification and certification of welding consumables by themselves or in conjunction with gas mixtures or fluxes as applicable.

Stud manufacturers are also required to qualify their stud base in accordance with CSA Standard W59 or other governing standard.

As the Authorized National Body (ANB) for the International Institute of Welding (IIW), the CWB provides several levels of internationally recognized certifications and qualifications for welding professionals along with certification for welding companies.

The Canadian Standards Association sets the criteria for Standard W47.1. Based on the type of work to be undertaken a company may be certified for Fusion Welding of Steel in one of three Divisions. Companies who wish to be certified under this standard are required to qualify their Welding Supervisors and their Welding Engineers, submit for review and approval their Company’s Welding Procedures and qualify their Welding personnel (welders or operators).

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The Canadian Standards Association sets the criteria for Standard W47.2. Based on the type of work to be undertaken a company may be certified for Fusion Welding of Aluminum in one of three Divisions. Companies who wish to be certified under this standard are required to qualify their Welding Supervisors and their Welding Engineers, submit for review and approval their Company’s Welding Procedures and qualify their Welding personnel (welders or operators).

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This standard sets the criteria for companies seeking certification for Welding of Reinforcement Bars in Reinforced Concrete Construction for steel. Companies who wish to be certified under this standard are required to qualify their Welding Supervisors and their Welding Engineers, submit for review and approval their Company’s Welding Procedures and qualify their Welding personnel (welders or operators).

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This standard sets the criteria for companies seeking certification for both steel and aluminum Resistance Welding. Companies who wish to be certified under this standard are required to qualify their Welding Supervisors and their Welding Engineers, develop and qualify their Company’s Welding Procedures for Approval and qualify their Welding personnel (welders or operators).

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This standard is specifically designed for any organization providing non-destructive inspection services and/or mechanical testing services to any industry segment. Companies who wish to be certified under CSA W178.1 are required to have Inspector Supervisor Personnel, certified Visual Welding Inspectors and certified NDE Personnel.

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This standard outlines the requirements for eligible welding inspectors to be certified by examination in one of three levels, as well as defining the principles of practice and conduct for maintaining certification. In order to get certified all Welding Inspectors are trained in the theory and application of visual inspection with respect to welded assemblies and must pass both a CWB practical and theoretical exam.

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CSA Standard W59 outlines that fabricators performing stud welding are required to use only qualified studs through a CWB qualification program. Studs that are shop or field applied must be qualified by the manufacturer through CWB to the extent of one of the following codes: CSA W59, AWS D1.1, AWS D1.5 or AWS D1.6. Qualification of studs will ensure that the stud manufacturer has successfully met the tests and the quality system requirements as specified in the applicable standard.

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Welding Procedures play an important part in any welding related project. For companies who are doing work under CSA Z662 the maintenance and management of procedure documents is a critical component to ensuring that pipelines are fabricated both efficiently and to a high quality, reducing the risk of weld related failures.

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This standard outlines the requirements for the certification of welding electrodes and consumables by themselves or in conjunction with gas mixtures or fluxes as applicable.

CSA W48 provides requirements for the classification and certification of welding consumables by itself or in conjunction with gas mixtures or fluxes as applicable. The standard provides all requirements on chemical and mechanical properties of the electrodes and acceptable manufacturing tolerances. In addition, CSA Standard W48 requires the manufacturer to implement a quality management system that provides instruction on how to manufacture, inspect, pack, store, label and ship these welding consumables.

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As the Authorized National Body for the International Institute of Welding (IIW), the CWB is able to provide several levels of internationally recognized certification and qualification for welding companies interested in being certified to IIW's implementation of ISO 3834. This provides clients with a welding qualification recognized around the world.

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As the Authorized National Body for the International Institute of Welding (IIW), the CWB administers The International System for Personnel Certification, which allows Welding Coordinators to be certified according to the requirements defined in ISO 14731.

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The CWB certifies colleges and other post-secondary institutions as Authorized Training Bodies who can provide training for IIW curriculum (Specialists IWS, Technologists IWT and Engineers IWE)

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Under CSA Standard W47.1, W47.2, W186 and W55.3, all CWB Certified Companies are required to submit their welding procedures to the CWB for review and approval in accordance with the governing standard. The approval of welding procedures must be obtained before the commence of any work, as outlined within the applicable Standard(s).

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As part of its regular CSA welder qualification program the CWB Group can also provide welder qualification/ certification for a range of other common welding codes and standards.

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