Pressure welder program and fee consultation

Status: Open

Technical Safety BC’s pressure welder program will introduce certificates of qualification and contractor licences beginning December 3, 2019. Please read further details and give your feedback on the program requirements and proposed fees. This consultation will be open from May 21, 2019 through July 22, 2019.

What will be changing

New pressure welders will need to apply for an individual certificate of qualification to work as a pressure welder, and new businesses will require a contractor licence to register pressure welding procedures and provide pressure welding services. Fees will be required for certificates, licences, and practical exams, with the proposed amounts below. Pressure welders already doing work in BC can apply to be transitioned to the new program, without any fees for application or the practical exam, provided all transition criteria are met.

Read about the plans for the new program and tell us what you think.


Proposed fee
Effective January 3, 2020

Certificate application & evaluation
(Class A, Class R, or Class IT)
Certificate renewal $100
Practical exam (initial or renewal, class A) $280
Evaluation of out-of-province workers $245
Licence (initial) $425
Licence (renewal) $176
Pressure welding procedure registration $216 (no change to existing fee)


For example, if an individual is applying for a class A certificate, they would be required to pay the application fee of $102, the practical exam fee of $280, and any fee charged by the independent testing facility. 

How the proposed fees are structured

The licence fees are proposed to be the same as the existing fees for boiler and refrigerator contractor licences, and the certificate fees are proposed to be the same as the existing fees for power engineers and other certificates. The practical exam fees go toward administration of the exam, including safety officer time to supervise exams.

What these fees go toward

The fees go toward direct costs for administering the new certification program, such as employee time reviewing and inputting applications, and maintaining and updating contact and other information. The fees also support indirect costs, such as creating the IT infrastructure required to administer the program. The fees will be subject to any general fee increases.

Who needs to pay these fees

Individuals who are looking to begin working as a pressure welder will need to obtain a certificate of qualification and pay the associated fee. Businesses that are looking to provide pressure welding services will need to obtain a contractor licence, pay the associated fee, and employ certified workers. If you currently work as a pressure welder, there is no fee to apply for transition to obtain a Class A certificate, provided all transition requirements are met.

Give your feedback

Before we officially launch the program in December, we would like industry feedback on whether the new pressure welder program works for your situation, whether you think the proposed fees are reasonable, suggested improvements to the program, and the reasons behind your opinions.

Read the verbatim feedback received so far

Consultation results

A feedback summary will be posted following the close of consultation.


A decision will be posted following the close of consultation.

More information

Questions? Please reach Technical Safety BC’s Stakeholder Engagement team at 

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