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.
Okanagan College is one of the largest, accredited CWB Weld Testing centres in the Okanagan.
- Clean, fully equipped welder testing stations with individual fume extraction system
- Basic tools required for testing are provided
- Upgrading, booth rentals available for practicing
- Coupons are prepared for you in advance to save time
- Experienced staff will help answer your questions prior to the test
- In-house lab facility for quick results and a CWB Representative available to discuss your test results with you.
To improve efficiency, test plate backing strips are machined in-house by qualified staff (not gouged by the welder).
Previous welding experience with a minimum Level B or Level 3 welding certification for RTA (Class A) test. Test date need to be booked with TSBC prior to booking with Okanagan College.
Welder must have a valid Class A (RTA) in order to obtain a PWP.
No "walk-ins" will be accepted and all tests must be booked in advance.
Due to the ongoing network outage students can register for Welding Testing and Upgrading by filling in the below form and email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a copy to email@example.com. Payment is due before testing. You will be contacted with payment options. Phone calls will not be accepted for booking weld tests or upgrading.
Upon completing your registration, you will be contacted by the Welding Department within 3-5 business days with the next available test date. There is no testing on Fridays. If you have preferred testing date or need to get testing by a specific date please contact the Welding Department to ensure availability before registering. The Welding Department tries to accommodate an individual's schedule, however, no guarantees can be provided on actual dates.
If you are being sponsored for weld testing by an employer please contact the Trades Office at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Cancellation, Rescheduling and Refund Policy
To cancel or reschedule, one week written notice in advance of the scheduled testing date is required to qualify for a refund or rescheduled test date. Cancellation or reschedule notices can be emailed to email@example.com. Refunds will be processed in the form of a cheque and mailed to the address on file.
- $1000 - ITA Challenge Test
- $475 - CWB Test - All Positions
- $400 - CWB Test - 3 Positions
- $325 - CWB Test - 2 Positions
- $250 - CWB Test - 1 Position
- $250 - Check Test ***
- $400 - PWP (Pressure Welding Procedures)
- $300 - RTA Test (A Class)
- $400 + GST - Job Test for Employers
- $100 + GST - Upgrading - 1 Day
- $200 + GST - Upgrading - 2 Day
- $300 + GST - Upgrading - Weekly
* Note: fees are subject to change without notice.
** The fee is for the test day only; additional upgrading can be booked separately. All CWB tests (maximum 4 plates) and PWP tests must be completed within 1 day.
*** If you require 2 check test please pay and register for the CWB Test - 2 Positions and let the instructor know when they call that you will be doing 2 check tests.
How to prepare
Please remember to bring your own PPE (helmet, gloves, coveralls, CSA approved safety boots, etc.). A toolbox will be provided to you.
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.
After the test
Your CWB certificate card will be available for you to pick up in the Welding Tool Room (T124) Kelowna campus in approximately 4-6 weeks. If you are not able to pick up your certification in person, please call 1-800-621-3038 ext. 4255 to make alternate arrangements.
Corporate group testing rates available. Contact the Welding department at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
If you have any questions, please contact the Welding Department at 1-800-621-3038 ext. 4434 or email email@example.com.
Please note that we do not accept bookings over the phone.