Welding Department

Welding student watches closely as two metals are welded together amidst sparks

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.

  • For booth rentals and test date, please enter the Trades compound through the East Man-Gate and meet in the Welding shop (T140) at 7:30 a.m. A campus map can be found here
  • Please remember to bring your own PPE (helmet, gloves, coveralls, CSA approved safety boots, etc.). A toolbox will be provided to you. 
  • Face masks/shields must be worn in the Welding shop at all times
  • If you have not paid for your Welder test, you will not be allowed to start your test until payment has been made. Payment on the day of your test can be made at the Trades Office (T115). A campus map can be found here.


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.