Welding Examiner Certification Program

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 ABSA authorized testing organizations are required to employ a Welding Examiner to conduct performance qualification tests.

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 Administrator

A candidate may be required to provide proof of relevant education and work experience for his/her certification application to be considered.

The Welding Examiner Syllabus AB-94 describes the areas of knowledge covered by the examination. It also outlines examination rules and describes the support materials that candidates may bring to the examination.

The examination itself consists of four (4) papers. The time allowed for completing each paper is three and a half (3.5) hours. To pass the examination, a candidate must obtain at least 70% of the allotted marks for each paper. The candidate must also present a current and satisfactory Eye Examination Report (ABSA Form AB-95 or equivalent) before receiving a Welding Examiner Certificate of Competency.

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Updated Feb 09, 2011




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