BC Welder Testing Info

What you will discover at our centrally located CWB welder testing facility:

  • Ten booths set up with individual fume extractors and welding stands, and five inch angle grinder with wire wheel.
  • New inverter type welding machines that can be set up with a variety of consumables for a range of procedures SMAW, FCAW, GMAW, dual shield or flux core.
  • Machining equipment for preparation and testing of welding coupons.
  • Experienced staff supervisors available to assist.
  • Free parking.

Procedure for Booking your CWB Welder Test

Please have the following information ready when booking:

  • First name, middle initial, last name
  • Mailing address (where the test report will be sent)
  • Contact phone number
  • Who is paying? Welder or Company
  • Which process is welder testing for: SMAW (stick) – FCAW (flux/wire) – GMAW (mig)

Positions CWB welder testing for:

  • Full test—doing all 4 positions
  • Check test—position depends on original ticket positions
  • Re-test—specify position
  • Flat
  • Horizontal

Contact Person: Steve Reid or Sheila McCrea
Email: cwbtesting@piledrivers2404.ca


Be prepared to present welding certification cards to CWB inspector.

Personal protection equipment required (P.P.E.) e.g.

  • CSA approved steel toe work boots
  • personal eye protection
  • wear 100% cotton or wool or fire retardant material
  • welding jacket or sleeves
  • welding gloves

CWB Plate Test

  • 45 minutes per plate – 5/16 maximum leg length
  • 1/8” maximum build up – 1/32” maximum undercut
  • Use run off tabs – wire wheel on grinder allowed
  • No defacing of stamped area – stops and starts must be observed
  • Electrode sizes 3/32”, 1/8”, 5/32” usage – no using any grinders or files for metal removal

Guidelines for passing CWB Welder Test

  • No chipping hammer marks or stray arcs on plate.
  • Fill in the craters at the end of the grove weld.
  • Do not build weld up more than 3mm (1/8”) above the surface of the plate.
  • No grinder, saw blades, files or tools for metal removal are allowed.
  • Ensure that you do not weave up against the square cut plate, always point to the square cut plate when welding to it.
  • You are required to make stop/starts as directed by the CWB representative. Ensue that stop/starts are welded correctly.

Stop/start technique

Using SMAW, restart the arc ahead of the crater, move back to the crater, fill it and continue to weld.

  • Using FCAW, restart in the centre of the weld crater.
  • The second pass must touch the beveled plate.
  • Technique for the fill passes is up to the welder, but it is generally considered easier with less chance of leaving a defect in the weld if stringer passes are used. The vertical position may be an exception.
  • The legs of the fillet weld must not vary in size by more than 1.5mm (1/16”).
  • Fillets size weld is 8mm (5/16”) maximum (this means that you can put on a 5mm (3/16”), 6mm (1/4”) or 8mm (5/16”) fillet weld).
  • If attempting three passes in the root area, make sure enough room is left to fuse the third pass to the backup strip.

Book A Welding Test Today

CWB Structural Steel Welder Testing Centre

Book your CWB welding test here at B.C. Welder Test Centre. We are located at 580 Ebury Place, Delta (Annacis Island), BC V3M 6M8.

Procedure for Booking your CWB Welder Test:
Call 1 800 562 2404 extension 1
Please have the following information ready when booking:

  • First name, middle initial, last name
  • Contact phone number
  • Who is paying, welder or company?
  • Which process is welder testing for: SMAW (stick) – FCAW (flux/wire) – GMAW (mig)

Payment Options:
Call the office and pay with your credit card.
E-Transfer to: training@piledrivers2404.ca
No password required, just your name and CWB.

Cost For each Process

Personal Testers (includes CWB authorization fees)

One test plate – check test


Two test plates


Three test plates


Four test plates – full test


Pre-test(booth rental)




Weekly booth rental