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Working in BC (Pressure Welder Canada)

BCP-100 is a mutually recognized certificate of qualification that recognizes pressure welder certificates of competency between BC and Alberta.  

For pressure welders from Alberta applying to work in BC:

Apply by:

  1. Submit a completed application form at least 21 days before the examination date.
  2. Attach a photocopy of the front and back of your journeyman (welder) certificate of competency or evidence of other qualifications recognized by the Alberta Advanced Education.
  3. Attach a clear photocopy of the front and back of your valid SMAW F3/F4 (uphill/uphill) pressure welder performance qualification card.
  4. Attach a clear photocopy of the front and back of your Alberta “B” Pressure Welder Certificate of Competency card.
  5. Submit your application to any Technical Safety BC office.
  6. Make payment when you receive a call from Technical Safety BC. You can pay by cheque or credit card. Refer to details on application fee here. Call 1 866 566 7233 for more information.
  7. Upon passing the review, you will receive the BCP-100 card.
  8. Apply for Welder’s Log Book from Industry Training Authority (ITA)

Note:

The BCP-100 is a Pressure Welder certificate that permits the welder to perform regulated pressure welding in BC. It is not a Welder Performance Qualification (WPQ). The BCP-100 card permits the welder to perform a welder performance qualification (WPQ) test for any “Prequalified Welding Procedure” (PWP) or Contractors Welding Procedure Specification (WPS) that is registered with Technical Safety BC. The WPQ test shall be performed by a person or a company in possession of a valid “Certificate of Recognition”. A list of Certificate of Recognition holders may be found at: https://www.technicalsafetybc.ca/certificate-recognition-holders

Upon successful completion of a welder performance qualification test, the Welding Examiner employed by the Certificate of Recognition holder, will complete and sign a Welding Performance Qualification Registration (Technical Safety BC Form- 802) and QW-484 A (Welder Performance Qualification). The applicant must submit the completed documentation to Technical Safety BC with the applicable fee for each welder performance qualification test completed. This documentation may be submitted via email to contact@technicalsafetybc.ca. The application fee may be paid by telephone using a Credit Card.

The Welder shall retain a copy of the certified FRM-802 and QW-484 A as proof of successful completion of the WPQ test and may now proceed to engage in pressure welding in British Columbia in accordance with the “essential variables” of the welder performance qualification (WPQ) test (per ASME Section IX, QW- 350).

In British Columbia, all welder performance qualification tests must be entered in the Welders Log Book by a Boiler Safety Officer. The Employment Section of the Welders Log Book must be signed by the welder’s employer at intervals not great than six (6) months. This section of the Welders Log Book is used as a “Log” to prove continuity in accordance with the requirements of ASME Section IX, QW-322.1 (a). “When the welder has not welded with a process during a period of 6 months or more, his qualifications for the process shall expire”.

For pressure welders from BC applying to work in Alberta::

Apply by:

  1. Submitting a completed form along with log book to any Technical Safety BC office.
  2. Make payment when you receive a call from Technical Safety BC. You can pay by cheque or credit card. See application fee or call 1 866 566 7233 for more information.
  3. The welding book will be validated within five working days. If you require a shorter processing time, please contact us before submitting your logbook.
  4. Upon passing the review, you will receive BCP-100 card, which may be used to apply to ABSA for an Alberta Grade “B” Pressure Welder Certificate of Competency.

Review the reference syllabus for BCP-100 Pressure Welder here.


Renewal

Renewal of BCP-100 is available to welders who may not have obtained a welder’s logbook after obtaining an initial BCP-100 and which has subsequently expired.

A renewal application is treated as a new application. Submit a new application along with all required documentation and fees.

Prerequisites

For pressure welders from Alberta:

Eligibility:

  1. Journeyman Welder Certificate of Competency
  2. Alberta “B” Pressure Welder Certificate of Competency

Valid SMAW F3/F4 (uphill/uphill) pressure welder performance qualification car.

For pressure welders from BC:

Eligibility:

  1. Welder’s log book
  2. Journeyman Welder “A” or “B” Level Certificate of Qualification
  3. Interprovincial Standards Red Seal
  4. The BCP-100 test

Note: The BCP-100 test must be conducted by a Technical Safety BC Boiler Safety Officer. To arrange your test, please contact your local Technical Safety BC office.

Resources
  • Reference syllabus
     
  • Welder’s Log Book
    Pressure welders in BC are required to obtain a Welder’s Log Book issued by the Industry Training Authority (ITA). The logbook maintains a record of each procedure that the welder has been successfully tested upon.

    All welder performance qualification tests must be entered into the Welder’s Log Book by Technical Safety BC’s Boiler Safety Officer. This will include the BCP-100 and all additional welder performance qualification tests.

    The Employment Section of the Welder’s Log Book must be signed by the welder’s employer every six months.

    This section of the Welder’s Log Book is used as a “Log” to prove continuity in accordance with the requirements of ASME Section IX, QW-322.1 (a) "When the welder has not welded with a process during a period of 6 months or more, his qualifications for that process shall expire".
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