National Board

ABSA administers examinations for the National Board on the first Wednesday of March, June, September and December at ABSA’s Edmonton office. 

Examination candidates may choose to apply to ABSA to write an examination at ABSA’s office, or they may choose to apply directly to the National Board. The National Board has partnered with Prometric to administer National Board commission and endorsement exams via their on-demand computer-based platform, with locations in over 180 countries around the world. Registration for writing examinations at a Prometric site is completed through the National Board's Business Center. For more information, please visit the National Board’s Education Center/Exam Registration page.

The National Board grades the examinations and notifies candidates of the results regardless of where the examination was taken.


  • To write an ABSA administered examination you must submit a completed application and be approved by ABSA’s Chief Inspector.
  • Application for National Board Inservice Commission Examination (ABSA Form AB-089) or specially arranged Endorsement Examination (AB-089a) must be submitted to ABSA Edmonton Office at least 6 weeks prior to the examination date.
  • non-refundable application fee, as indicated on application form AB-089or AB-089amust accompany the application.
  • Candidates will be notified of the time and location of the examination 2-3 weeks prior to the examination date.
  • The reference materials permitted at the commission examination are listed in the National Board’s Body of Knowledge for Inservice Inspectors (NB-331-I) . Note that “All reference materials must be free of any insert pages, notations, answers or crib sheets. Sharing of reference materials with any other candidates is not permitted. Candidates are responsible for providing for their own needs.”
  • The examination administration fee is non-refundable. However, if a candidate cancels his/her appointment or fails to appear, the administration fee may be credited towards any examination date at the discretion of the Chief Inspector, provided at least one of the following conditions are met:
    • The candidate is ill: a doctor’s certificate will be required.
    • The candidate appears at the examination and the examiner is satisfied that the candidate is too ill to write.
    • There is a death in the candidate’s immediate family: an obituary notice is acceptable as proof.
  • In all other cases, the following conditions apply:

    • If a candidate cancels the examination a minimum of 5 business days prior to the examination, the application fee will be retained by ABSA one time only.  The candidate will be required to pay an additional administration fee, as indicated on the application form, to reschedule. For subsequent cancellations, the application fee will be forfeited.
    • If a candidate fails to show up for the examination or cancels the examination less than 5 business days prior to the examination, the application fee will be forfeited.  The candidate may re-apply to write the examination at a later date, but will be required to pay an additional application fee
 National Board Examinations Edmonton 
2023 Edmonton
Mar 1 Jun 7 Sep 6 Dec 6
2024 Edmonton
Mar 6 Jun 5 Sep 4 Dec 4
2025 Edmonton
Mar 5 Jun 4 Sep 3 Dec 3


The National Board Inservice Commission examination is one of the third party requirements for the Alberta In-Service Pressure Equipment Inspector Certification Program.  The National Board New Construction Commission examination, as it is specifically for new construction and not for inservice inspection of equipment, is not acceptable for the Alberta In-Service Inspector Certifications.

ABSA will recognize Inservice Commission examination results issued by the National Board regardless of where the examination is taken.

Detailed information about the National Board Commissioned Inspector Program, the certification process and the Body of Knowledge (NB-331-I Inservice Inspectors or NB-331-NC New Construction/Authorized Inspectors) is available on the National Board web site.

Last Modified: 9/12/2023 4:01:53 PM