Transfer of Pressure Welder Certification to Alberta
On April 1, 2009, the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) and the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) (now called the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)) came into effect. These agreements state that any worker certified for an occupation by a regulatory authority of one Canadian jurisdiction shall be recognized as qualified to practice that occupation by another Canadian jurisdiction.
A certified pressure welder from another Canadian jurisdiction may apply (application form AB-129(b)) for an Alberta Grade C Certificate of Competency that is valid for a maximum period of two years. A separate application is required for each performance qualification being transferred. The expiry date of the transferred performance qualification will become the expiry date on the Alberta performance qualification. The performance qualification will require renewal. The certification will be restricted to the same scope and conditions provided in the original certification. To continue welding in Alberta beyond two years, the welder is required to successfully challenge the Alberta Grade B Pressure Welder Certificate of Competency Test (see ABSA form AB-61).
If the pressure welder is certified equivalent to an Alberta Grade ‘B’ in accordance with the Reciprocal Recognition Agreement with their home jurisdiction, the welder may apply (application form AB-129(a)) for an Alberta Grade B Pressure Welder Certificate of Competency instead of the Grade C certification.
The application requirements for a certified pressure welder from another Canadian jurisdiction to obtain Alberta pressure welder certification are:
- Completed application form
- Fee indicated
- Copies of the following documents:
- Inter-provincial Red Seal Journeyman Certificate or Welder Trade Certificate;
- Valid Pressure Welder Certificate;
- Valid Performance Qualification certification;
- Government issued photo ID.
If you require additional information on pressure welder certification in Alberta, please contact:
Phone: (780) 437-9100