Welding Department

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

Important notice: PWP Testing (Pressure Welding Procedures) will not be scheduled until November.  Please complete the submission form below and we will contact you in November with testing date options.  This scheduling change does not affect any other testing such as CWB tests or RTA Test (A Class). We apologies for the inconvenience. 

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 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.

Due to the our strict COVID-19 prevention plan, no "walk-ins" will be accepted and all tests must be booked in advance . 

Registration

Welding tests and upgrading can only be booked online by using the links provided, payment is due at time of registration. Phone calls will not be accepted for booking weld tests or upgrading. Upon completing the register you will be contacted by the Welding Department within 3-5 business days with the next available date.  If you are being sponsored for weld testing by an employer please contact the Trades departments at trades@okanagan.bc.ca

Please Note: If you have preferred testing date or need to get testing by a specific date please contact the welding department at welding@okanagan.bc.ca to ensure available before registering. The Welding Trades Department tries to accommodate an individual's schedule, however, no guarantees can be provided on actual dates.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: To cancel, one week written notice in advance of the scheduled testing date is required to qualify for a refund.  Cancellation notices can be emailed to welding@okanagan.bc.ca. Refunds will be processed in the form of a cheque to the address on file. 

Test Fees

  • $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. 

** Tee fee is for test day only; additional upgrading can be booked separately.

*** 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. 

Face masks and/or a respirator must be worn in the Welding shop at all times.

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

Application

ITA Challenge Test

CWB - All Positions (4)

CWB - 3 Positions (3)

CWB - 2 Positions (2)

CWB - 1 Position (1)

Check Test

PWP Test

RTA Test

Upgrading - 1 Day

Upgrading - 2 Days

Upgrading - 1 Week

Job Test for Employer