Weld Testing and Upgrading

Weld Testing and Upgrading

Okanagan College is a recognized welder testing agency for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety Branch.

Upgrading and testing procedures are for presently or recently employed welders, who wish to improve their techniques and become proficient in special processes, or wish to upgrade their existing qualifications under section nine of the code for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and code W-47 under the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB). Testing procedures are based on the standards established by the regulatory agencies and will be carried out by the Welding department representative.

Admission Requirements

Previous welding experience with a minimum Level B or Level 3 welding certification for ASME and PWP tests.

Test Fees

Note: fees are subject to change without notice. Payment is due on the date of registration. Credit card payment can be processed over the phone; for debit or cheque payment, please visit the Trades and Apprenticeship office (T115) at the Kelowna campus.

  • $500 - Challenge Test
  • $500 - CWB Test - All Positions
  • $450 - CWB Test - 3 Positions
  • $400 - CWB Test - 2 Positions
  • $350 - CWB Test - 1 Position
  • $500 - BCP 100 Test
  • $500 - PWP (Pressure Welding Procedures)
  • $500 - Job Test for Employers
  • $300 - Upgrading
  • $50 - CWB Per Plate Cost

Cancellation and Refund Policy: one week's prior notice in advance of the scheduled testing date is required to obtain a full refund.

Application

Note: Anyone booking Pressure Welding Procedures (PWP) test must register through Technical Safety B.C. for all Class A Pressure tests. Apply online via Technical Safety B.C.'s website.
Note: The Welding Trades Department tries to accommodate an individual's schedule, however, no guarantees can be provided on actual dates.
Welder Modular Training
Welder Modular Training
Welders are trained and capable of welding ferrous and non-ferrous metals in all positions, on both plate and/or pipe, using various welding processes. Note: Modular training is for welders who are...
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Welder Apprenticeship
Welder Apprenticeship
Welders are trained and capable of welding ferrous and non-ferrous metals in all positions, on both plate and/or pipe, using various welding processes. Note: this program is for welders who are spo...
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Welding Trades Department

Spark your skills. Learn a variety of welding processes and use specialized equipment to create a solid bond between metal plate and/or pipe. Welders work on custom fabrication, ship building and repair, pressure vessels, pipelines, structural construction welding, and machinery. 

New Penticton facility

South Okanagan employers are excited about the purpose-built welding facility at Okanagan College's Penticton campus.

Additional options

Modular training

Okanagan College also offers modular welding training. Welder B is suited to those who are working in the industry who are not registered as an apprentice with the ITA, and whose hours are typically recorded in a logbook. This is an alternate route to achieving Red Seal Certification as a journeyperson welder. 

Weld Testing and Upgrading

Okanagan College is a recognized welder testing agency for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety Branch. Upgrading and testing procedures are for presently or recently employed welders, who wish to improve their techniques and become proficient in special processes, or wish to upgrade their existing qualifications.

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Welder Foundation
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Learn a variety of practical welding skills, including cutting, fusion and gas welding, all required to work as an apprentice welder.
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Penticton Welding Centre
College powers up new welding building in Penticton

August 20, 2018

Welders training in the South Okanagan now have a state-of-the-art new shop in which to spark their torches and test their metal. Okanagan College officials, students, industry partners and community members gathered at the Penticton campus today to mark the opening of the College’s new $2.2-million, 465-square-metre (5,000 square ft.), welding facility. Among them was a class of 16 Welder Foundation students, who, under the tutelage of instructor Mark Stathers, will be the first to train in the facility. The shop they’ll soon step into is ...

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