Quality Management Systems Certification Program

General Information

  1. What is a Certificate of Authorization Permit?
  2. Who is required to obtain a Certificate of Authorization Permit from ABSA?
  3. Certification process
  4. Who is required to use the services of a Certificate of Authorization permit holder?
  5. What should you check to ensure the validity of the Certificate of Authorization Permit?
  6. Information for Certificate of Authorization permit holder.

Directory of QMS Certificate of Authorization Permit holders


1. What is a Certificate of Authorization Permit?

A 'Certificate of Authorization Permit' is issued by ABSA and authorizes a person or a company to carry out activities which are stated on the certificate.

2. Who is required to obtain a Certificate of Authorization Permit from ABSA?

Anyone who wants to:

  • Construct/Repair/Alter Boilers, Pressure Vessels, Pressure Piping systems, Thermal Liquid Heating systems and Fittings in Alberta [Pressure Equipment Safety Regulation (PESR) Section 11].

  • Manage integrity of in-service pressure equipment (Owner/User) in accordance with the requirements of the Regulations [PESR Section 11].

  • Service, Repair, Set or Seal Pressure Relief Valves [PESR Section 11].

  • Perform integrity assessment of in-service pressure equipment (Inspection Companies)[PESR Section 11].

  • Conduct Performance Qualification testing of Pressure Welders or Machine Welding Operators (Renewal of 'B' Pressure Tickets and issuance of new/renewal additional qualification Tickets). [Pressure Welders Regulation AR 169/2002, Section 21(1)].

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3. Certification process

The following certification process applies to all activities listed above in item 2, except for the new pressure equipment integrity management programs (O/U). The Certification process for the new pressure equipment integrity management program is described in the Owner-User Pressure Integrity Management Requirements document AB-512.

Step 1 - Meeting with ABSA - A meeting is held to provide information about ABSA, explain requirements of the Safety Codes Act & Regulations, CSA B51 Code, applicable ASME Codes, Requirements for the activity that you intend to perform, Quality Management System (QMS) Manual design, Certification Process & issuance of Certificate of Authorization Permit, and Costs and responsibilities of the Certificate of Authorization Permit holder.

Step 2 - Application - Submit an Application Form AB-29 along with the application fee.

Step 3 - QMS Manual - Submit a draft copy of the QMS Manual that meets the requirements of the Safety Codes Act & Regulations, for review by ABSA.

Step 4 - Implementation Review - Upon acceptance of the QMS Manual as basis for review, you will be required to arrange for a project and demonstrate implementation of the activities applied for. An auditor(s) from ABSA will witness the implementation of the program.

Step 5 - Certificate of Authorization Permit - If the review is successful, a Certificate of Authorization Permit will be issued to the applicant. The normal term of the permit is 3 years.

Periodic Audits - ABSA will conduct periodic audit(s) within the certification term to confirm conformance to the QMS, Act and Regulations. A recommendation to continue validity of your permit will be based on an acceptable audit.

Please contact one of the following ABSA offices to be directed to a QS Representative for setting up the information meeting or for more information.

  1. Edmonton Head Office
    Phone (780) 433-0281 Ext 3363 / Fax (780) 437-8797
    Email: cap@absa.ca
  2. Calgary Office
    Phone (403) 291-7070 / Fax: (403) 291-4545
  3. Grande Prairie Office
    Phone (780) 538-9922 / Fax (780) 538-9400
  4. Red Deer Office
    Phone (403) 341-6677 / Fax (403) 341-3377

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4. Who is required to use the services of a Certificate of Authorization permit holder?

Anyone who wants to:

  • have Boilers, Pressure Vessels, Pressure Piping systems, Thermal Liquid Heating systems and Fittings Constructed or Repaired/Altered in Alberta.

  • engage the services of Inspection Companies to get pressure equipment certified under the ABSA certified O/U program.

  • have Pressure Relief Valves Serviced, Repaired, Set or Sealed.

  • get performance qualification tickets of 'B' Pressure welders renewed and get new/renew additional qualification Tickets.

5. What should you check to ensure the validity of the Certificate of Authorization Permit?

Verify that the:

  • the Certificate is current and

  • the scope of the job is within the authorized Scope of the Certification (for PRVs Servicing companies verify the Scope section of the organization's ABSA accepted QMS manual).

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6. Information for Certificate of Authorization permit holder.

What do you need to do, if you want to:

    6.1    Change the Name of your company:

If it is a NAME change only and no ownership change and/or location change will happen, please contact the ABSA office at (780) 433-0281, Ext. 3363 or your local contact at ABSA and/or forward the following to our H.O.:

(i)       A letter on your company's letterhead indicating:

  • the NEW NAME of your company,
  • AQP/AOQP/ASVS number(s),
  • A statement that there is no ownership or location change.

Send one copy.

(ii)       Revise 'Title Page' of your QMS Manual indicating new name. If the old name of your company appears elsewhere in the QMS Manual, e.g., Forms, Records Control sheets or the entire QMS manual, revise as necessary. Send one copy.

(iii)       Sign the 'Statement of Authority' of your QMS Manual on the letterhead with new company name. The 'Statement of Authority' must be signed by the person who originally signed it or a principal company official (e.g., President, Owner, Plant Manger etc.). Send one copy.

(iv)       Include the change in the 'Revision Summary' section of your QMS Manual, sign it. Send one copy. We will endorse the change and return it to you for inclusion in your QMS Manual(s).

(v)       Original Certificate of Authorization Permit bearing the old name.

If you have more than one QS Manual covering multiple registration numbers, please complete items (ii) to (v) for each QS Manual.

Upon receipt of the above, ABSA will issue your New Certificate(s) of Authorization Permit under your NEW NAME. Your AQP/AOQP/ASVS number(s) and the certification expiry date(s) will remain the same. A fee to cover administration costs per the Fee Schedule for Delegated Functions shall apply.

Ensure that the above changes are effected in all of the controlled QMS Manuals distributed by your company.

6.2    Change the LOCATION of your shop:

If you intend to change the location of your shop, please contact the ABSA office at (780) 433-0281, Ext. 3363 or your local contact at ABSA. You will be directed to a Quality Systems Certification Program (QSCP) Representative. For most situations an audit to confirm the continued capability of the organization to effectively implement the QMS will be required. The QSCP Representative will discuss and set up an audit date to be held at your new facilities. In addition, please revise the following documents and present to the ABSA Auditor on the day of audit for verification and endorsement:

(i)       Submit an Application Form (AB-29 - Download an up-to-date copy from our website or request one from an ABSA office). Complete all applicable sections, except the table on the first page, to describe the scope of your application (unless you want to revise the scope of your program at this time). Check off the 'Revision' box.

(ii)       Revise 'Title Page' of your QMS Manual indicating new address. If the old address of your company appears elsewhere in the QMS Manual, e.g., Forms, Records Control sheets or the entire QMS manual, revise as necessary. Submit one copy.

(iii)       Sign the 'Statement of Authority' of your QMS Manual on the letterhead with new shop address. The 'Statement of Authority' must be signed by the person who originally signed it or a principal company official (e.g., President, Owner, Plant Manager etc.). Submit one copy. If your company letterhead includes mailing address only, which is different from the shop address and there is no change in the mailing address, then this step need not be taken.

(iv)       Include the change in the 'Revision Summary' section of your QS Manual and sign it. Submit one copy.

(v)       Original Certificate of Authorization(s) bearing the old address.

Upon a successful audit of your new facilities and receipt of the above documents, ABSA will issue your new Certificate of Authorization Permit for your new location. Your AQP/AOQP/ASVS number and the certification expiry date(s) will remain the same. A fee to cover the confirmation audit administration costs shall be per the Fee Schedule for Delegated Functions.

Please ensure that the above changes are effected in all of the controlled QS manuals distributed by your company.

6.3    Change the the Mailing Address:

Please send a letter to our H.O. indicating your new mailing address. No further action is required if your shop location has not changed.

6.4    Change the OWNERSHIP:

The procedure described in 6.2 will apply in general, except that the new Certificate of Authorization Permit shall be issued under new AQP/AOQP/ASVS number(s). Please contact the ABSA office at (780) 433-0281, Ext. 3363 or your local contact at ABSA to initiate the change of ownership process.

6.5    Change the MANAGEMENT REPRESENTATIVE or the CHIEF INSPECTOR for the O/U Certificate of Authorization Permit:

Complete ABSA Form AB-512(b) and submit to ABSA.

6.6    Change the contract INSPECTION COMPANY engaged in providing pressure equipment integrity management services to your company:

Complete ABSA Form AB-512(b) and submit to ABSA. A confirmation audit may be conducted by ABSA.

6.7    BUY/SELL PRESSURE EQUIPMENT FACILITIES covered under your O/U Certificate of Authorization Permit:

Complete ABSA Form AB-512(a) and submit to ABSA. A confirmation audit may be conducted by ABSA if the scope of the work is changed significantly.

Please contact ABSA at QSCP (780) 433-0281, Ext. 3363 or email cap@absa.ca for more information.

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Updated Nov 26, 2012




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