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Certification Program

Application requirements and procedures for writing the Welding Examiner Certification examination are outlined in the Pressure Welders Regulation (AR 169/2002). Note that a person named on a Grade A Pressure Welder Certificate of Competency may be given credit for Paper 1 and Paper 2 of the Welding Examiner Examination.

A candidate shall apply to write the examination by submitting ABSA Application Form AB-92 and the corresponding application fee to ABSA at least 21 days before the examination date. ABSA provides a current examination schedule on line. For further information, please call ABSA’s Education and Certification Department at (780) 437-9100, or call the toll free line at 1-877-433-8910, or email welders2@absa.ca.

Welding Examiner Certificate Renewal & Reinstatements

A Welding Examiner Certificate of Competency expires three (3) years after the day it was issued. Welding Examiners who choose to continue their certification will be required to renew their certificate before it expires. It is the responsibility of the Welding Examiner to apply to ABSA for certificate renewal three (3) months prior to the expiry date.

To renew the WG series certificate, the candidate shall:

  1. submit an application by completing ABSA Application Form AB-93
  2. have the authorized testing organization that will employ the candidate sign the employment section of the application form
  3. attach a resume or equivalent document that provides information about your work experience
  4. attach a current and satisfactory (20/30 correctable vision) Eye Examination Report (ABSA Form AB-95)
  5. pay the renewal fee indicated on the application form

To renew the WE Series certificate, the candidate shall:

  1. submit an application by completing an application form, AB-93
  2. attach a current and satisfactory eye examination report, AB-95
  3. pay the renewal fee indicated on the application form

If a Welding Examiner Certificate of Competency is not renewed before it expires, the Administrator may require the holder of the certificate to pass a written examination before renewing the expired certificate of competency.

The factors that determine whether a candidate who has an expired certificate is required to pass one or more written examination(s) to renew his/her certificate are:

  1. the amount of lapsed time, and
  2. the candidate’s work experience when applying for the certificate renewal.

Recertification of WG Series Certification

When the holder of a WG Series Certificate is to be employed by a new Authorized Testing organization, the candidate shall:

  1. submit an application by completing the form AB-72
  2. have the Authorized Testing organization that will emply the candidate sign the employment section of the application form
  3. attach a resume or equivalent document that provides information on the candidates work experience
  4. attach a current and satisfactory Eye Examination Report, AB-95
  5. pay the fee indicated on the application form

Duplicate Certificate

To replace a lost certificate, please use AB-74.

Certified Welding Examiners Online Directory

To help companies verify the qualifications of current or prospective employee, ABSA provides an Alberta Certified Welding Examiners Online Directory. This directory includes the following information for each certified welding examiner:

  • name
  • file number
  • certificate type and company
  • certificate expiry date

Note that this directory will contain only valid certifications.
Individuals holding an expired certificate will not be listed in the directory.

ABSA endeavors to maintain accurate, reliable, and current information on certification. If you have any questions about the Certified Welding Examiners Online Directory, please contact ABSA’s Welders Certification:

  • (780) 437-9100 within Edmonton
  • toll free: 1-877-433-8910 if outside Edmonton, or
  • by E-Mailing welders2@absa.ca

Last modified: April 11, 2016