UPON REQUEST ASME Section IX – Welding & Brazing Qualifications

The objective of this course is to provide participants with an understanding of the rules of ASME Section IX in controlling the welding qualifications for pressure containing components and the bases for these rules. There will be references, as appropriate, to how these rules apply to the design and fabrication requirements of the construction codes. Emphasis will be given to the importance of using engineering judgment in the application of the welding procedures and welder performance qualifications during the construction of pressure containing components. The course will also cover the bases for the rules by discussing how materials may be affected by the welding processes. Welding processes and their implementation and control will be discussed. Slides and videos will be shown to emphasize the discussion points. The course will also provide ample opportunity to discuss issues raised by the participants. An overview of the Canadian requirements for welding qualifications will be presented and explaining how Section IX is a legal requirement in Canada.

Course Content

  • Introduction to ASME Section IX
    • Organization
    • Special Processes
    • Purpose of Control of Welding
    • Qualification
    • Design Assumption
  • Impact of Provincial Laws
  • Metallurgy of Steels
    • Structure
    • Alloying
    • Hardenability
    • Effect of Welding
    • Residual Stresses
  • Welding Processes
    • Discussion of Process Characteristics
  • Section IX Variables
    • Essential Variables
    • Nonessential Variables
    • Supplementary Essential Variables
  • Material Groups
    • P Numbers
    • F Numbers
    • A Numbers

Course Content

  • Section IX Welding Documents
    • Welding Procedure Specification (WPS)
    • Procedure Qualification Record (PQR)
    • Welder Performance Qualification Record (WPQ)
    • Welding Operator Performance Qualification Record (WOPQ)
  • Welding Procedure Qualification
    • Making a Plan
    • Selecting a Base Material
    • Select Filler Metal
    • Making the weld and Recording Variables
    • Testing
  • Writing the WPS
    • Standard Forms
    • Variations in Style
  • Performance Qualification Testing
    • Making a Plan
    • Selecting Base Metals
    • Selecting the Filler Metal
    • Making the Weld and Recording Variables
    • Testing
  • Maintaining Qualification
    • Periodic Usage (Continuity)
    • Revoking Qualification for Reason

Who Should Attend?

This course is excellent training for persons whose work activity requires them to interact with the ASME Section IX Welding & Brazing Qualification Code. It is targeted at the personnel that have responsibilities for meeting the fabrication requirements of the Code and of meeting the design specifications while actually building the piping systems. Inspection personnel and designers and engineers responsible for the design of the piping systems would also find this course to be very useful. This is true for any people involved in the above work in the fossil or the nuclear power industry as well as those that are working on industrial or institutional systems involving pressure-retaining components. It will enhance their understanding of what is behind the various requirements and enable them to conform more readily to these requirements. The course will be useful to the many disciplines that are required to understand and implement Code requirements. These disciplines include construction managers, designers, engineers, fabrication supervisors, inspectors, and maintenance personnel.


Course participants with adequate experience will have attained the following information at the end of the course:

  1. An understanding of the ASME Section IX rules concerning welding procedure and performance qualification.
  2. An understanding of the bases for these rules.
  3. A basic knowledge of how the properties of steels are affected as a result of welding.
  4. A basic knowledge of how the special process of welding is qualified and controlled.
  5. An understanding of an approach to welding procedure qualification.
  6. An understanding of an approach to welder performance qualification.

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  • ASME Section IX – Welding & Brazing
     April 19, 2022 - September 14, 2022
     8:00 am - 5:00 pm


  • Mr. Richard W. Barnes, P. Eng.
    Mr. Richard W. Barnes is the Principle Engineer at ANRIC Enterprises Inc. and has been actively involved for over 30 years in the development of the ASME and CSA Codes and Standards associated with Pressure Boundary for both nuclear and non-nuclear power plants. Mr. Barnes leads the team at ANRIC Enterprises Inc that offers technical assistance for companies registering Pressure Boundary products, and provides expert consultation on the application of the various pressure boundary codes. The ANRIC team also develops and delivers training on both the CSA and ASME Codes and Standards for delivery on-site at the ANRIC Learning Centre and off-site at the clients’ premises. Mr. Barnes sits on various code committees responsible for the development of Codes and Standards. He is the...
    • Past- chair and member of the ASME Standard Committee of the BPV III, which is responsible for the development of Section III of the ASME BPV Code;
    • past Vice-Chair and member of N285A Technical Committee on CANDU Nuclear Power Plant Systems and Components
    • member of the B51Technical Committee on Boilers and Pressure Vessels
    • member of N286 Technical Committee on Overall Quality Assurance for Nuclear Power Plants of the CSA Standards Committee
    • member of ASME B16 Standards Committee of Standardization of Valves, Flanges, Fittings and Gaskets
    • member of the Subcommittee responsible for development of the B16:34 Standard .
    Mr. Barnes has received the...
    • ASME Dedicated Service Award and the highest ASME Nuclear award
    • the Bernard F. Langer Nuclear Codes and Standards Award in recognition for his contributions to the nuclear industry.
    In 2007, was elected to the ASME Grade of Fellow. In 2009, Mr. Barnes received the CNA Outstanding Contribution Award and in 2011 the CSA Award of Merit.

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Cancellation must be received in writing 7 days prior to course start date. You may send a substitute. Notification of a substitute must be received at least 72 hours prior to the commencement of the course to allow time for delivery of course material. If a substitute is not available, the fee for the course may be used towards another ANRIC course at a later date.

ANRIC Enterprises Inc. reserves the right to cancel any course and/or change lecturers. Courses that fail to register a “MINIMUM” of 6 participants will be cancelled. Personnel who require this course to meet qualification requirements should contact the office at [email protected] to discuss/arrange other options.

Important Course Information:

  • The course is delivered on-line.
  • The maximum number of people per course is 16 people. This limitation is set because the courses are run with Workshops using Breakout Rooms to provide for maximum interaction and learning experience. This provides an excellent learning opportunity.
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  • The manuals will be delivered to course participants by courier (a mailing address will be required to participate in this course).
  • This course requires participants to have video and audio capability.
  • There will be an examination at the end of each course. ANRIC Enterprises Inc. will only provide certificates of successful completion for participants that achieve an examination result of 80% or higher. Video access is required for the checkout.

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