Welding Inspector Certification in Manitoba

What You Need to Know About Welding Inspector Certification in Manitoba

Are you certified or planning to be certified as a welding inspector in Manitoba or another province? Your job is a vital one, as you confirm that welds and welding materials meet the standards of the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB). The Bureau administers CSA W178.2-01, which covers three basic areas:

(1) Examination requirements for different levels of welding inspector certification,
(2) Guidelines for registering welding inspection trainees, and
(3) Definition of standards for welding inspectors, including vision requirements, certification review, and a code of ethics.

Here’s a little more about what’s included in each section.

Climbing the ladder. There’s a base level of knowledge required by every certified inspector plus three levels of certification, with increasing knowledge and skills as you move from Level 1 to Level 3. Welding inspectors at Level 3 and 2 have all the capabilities of the levels below them, while a Level 1 inspector requires supervision by someone at one of the more advanced levels.

Educational guidelines. Within the standard you’ll find recommended course guidelines on topics such as welding fundamentals, welding inspection, and welding metallurgy. Two appendices cover a list of relevant standards and recommended courses.

Additional professional requirements. Candidates for inspector status should have previous experience in welded fabrication or welding inspection. All current welding inspectors must take a re-certification exam every six years. Qualified candidates holding an equivalent certificate from an outside organization can be certified by the CWB via proper application.

Do you need more details about certification as a welding inspector in Manitoba? The primary professional engineer and owner of AJP Engineering currently serves as the chairman of the technical committee for CSA W178 Standards, and leads the specialized group tasked with the continuing development and updating of standards. He’s available for consultation and can help answer any questions you or your company may have about welding inspector certification in Manitoba.

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