Class A pressure welders

Class A pressure welders will be able to perform registered pressure welds on any pressure equipment in BC. You can apply to become a class A pressure welder beginning December 3, 2019.

The following information is under development and is intended to provide an overview of the future requirements, for the purposes of consultation. The consultation on the pressure welder program and fees ran from May 21 - August 23, 2019 and the outcome will be posted on the consultation page soon.

Transitioning existing pressure welders

If you are already working as a pressure welder, you may apply to transition into the new program, by December 2, 2020, and obtain a class A pressure welder certificate of qualification with no fee required. Any pressure welders who have not applied to be transitioned to the new program by December 2, 2020 who would like to work in BC will need to apply for a new certificate of qualification and pay the proposed fees.

Check your eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a class A welder certificate of qualification, you will need:

  • to have successfully completed one of the following welding performance qualification tests:
    • SMAW process using E6010 + E7018 electrodes
    • GTAW & SMAW processes using ER70S & E7018 filler metals
  • to provide evidence that no greater than six months have passed between instances when the qualified welding process was used under the supervision and control of the boiler contractor that registered the welding procedure

AND one of the following:

  • a Welder Certificate of Qualification with a Red Seal Endorsement issued by ITA
  • a Welder Level B Certificate of Qualification with or without a Red Seal Endorsement issued by ITA
  • a Welder Level A Certificate of Qualification with or without a Red Seal Endorsement issued by ITA
  • a Welder trade qualification with or without a Red Seal Endorsement issued by an apprenticeship authority in another jurisdiction of Canada
  • a Canadian credential authorizing the holder to perform pressure welding in another Canadian jurisdiction, that is equivalent to the regulated work the holder of a pressure welder’s certificate of qualification is authorized to perform under the Power Engineers, Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Safety Regulation

Those with Welder Certificates of Qualification issued by ITAC are also eligible.

What you need to prepare for your application

To apply, you will need:

  1. Colour photocopies of your eligible qualification(s) as a welder
  2. A colour photocopy of a valid welder performance qualification test as described above (e.g. your logbook)
  3. A colour photocopy of proof of continuity for the applicable performance qualification test being used for this application (e.g. work performed under the applicable procedure must be signed in your logbook every six months)
  4. A completed application form (available December 3, 2019)

It is acceptable to submit proof of more than one welder performance qualification test. The documentation will be evaluated by a boiler safety officer.

New pressure welders

New pressure welders, such as those graduating from the ITA welder program, will need to apply for a class A certificate of qualification in order to work as a pressure welder in BC, beginning December 3, 2019.

Check your eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a class A welder certificate of qualification, you will need one of:

  • a Welder Certificate of Qualification with a Red Seal Endorsement issued by ITA
  • a Welder Level B Certificate of Qualification with or without a Red Seal Endorsement issued by ITA
  • a Welder Level A Certificate of Qualification with or without a Red Seal Endorsement issued by ITA

What you need to prepare for your application

To apply for a class A certificate of qualification, you will need:

  1. Colour photocopies of your eligible qualification(s) as a welder
  2. A completed application form (available December 3, 2019)
  3. To pay the required application and evaluation fee (proposed to be $104)

Practical exam

If your application is acceptable, you will also need to complete a practical exam, conducted and administered by a boiler safety officer, at a recognized test administrator's facility. The proposed fee for the exam is $280.

The class A examination will consist of a 6” diameter Schedule 80 carbon steel test coupon welded in the 2G and 5G positions using either E6010 & E7018 or ER70S & E7018 filler metals. A total of eight root and face bend test specimens will be removed from the completed weld. Candidates will have 3.5 hours to prepare, tack and weld the test coupons and one hour to prepare the bend specimens. The administering safety officer will complete the applicable section of the application form and record the test results in an ITA Welder’s Logbook upon successful completion of the test.

Pressure welders from outside of BC

If you hold a pressure welder certificate from another province or territory in Canada, you may be eligible to apply for a class A pressure welder certificate of qualification in BC.

Check your eligibility

To be eligible for a class A pressure welder certificate of qualification, you will need one of:

  • a Welder trade qualification with or without a Red Seal Endorsement issued by an apprenticeship authority in another jurisdiction of Canada; or
  • a Canadian credential authorizing the holder to perform pressure welding in another Canadian jurisdiction, that is equivalent to the regulated work the holder of a pressure welder’s certificate of qualification is authorized to perform under the Power Engineers, Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Safety Regulation.

What you need to prepare for your application

To apply for a class A certificate of qualification, you will need:

  1. Colour photocopies of your eligible qualification(s) as a welder in another Canadian jurisdiction
  2. A completed application form (available December 3, 2019)
  3. To pay the required evaluation of out-of-province workers fee (proposed to be $250)

Working as a pressure welder

After you receive your certificate

After you receive your Class A certificate, before you begin performing pressure welding work, you must do a welding performance qualification test for the welding procedure used for the work. Your ITA-issued welder's logbook must be signed by the recognized test administrator to confirm the successful completion of the test. Your employer must also sign the logbook at least once every six months to confirm that you have welded to that particular qualified welding process within those six months.

Certificate renewal

Your Class A certificate of qualification will need to be renewed every three years on the first day of your birth month, and will require a practical exam in order to demonstrate your welding ability. The renewal test would be a 2” diameter schedule 160 carbon steel test coupon welded in 6G position, with either

  • SMAW process using E6010 and E7018 electrodes; or
  • GTAW/SMAW processes using ER70S-2 filler metal without a backing gas and E7018 electrode for filler and cap passes

in accordance with a welding procedure held by a licensed boiler contractor.

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