This is the second edition of CSA Standard W178.2, Certification of Welding Inspectors. It is one in a Series of Standards developed under CSA's Welding program and identified as such by the Welding illustration on the front cover. The purpose of this Standard is to establish criteria that must be met by individuals seeking certification as welding inspectors. Individuals may be certified in accordance with this Standard whether or not they are in the employ of an inspection organization. Industry will find this Standard beneficial, since employing certified welding inspectors can assist the fabricator in producing quality products.
This Standard outlines a means for certifying eligible welding inspectors by examination in one of three levels. It describes the responsibilities associated with each level and the basic technical functions of welding inspectors. This Standard also outlines a means of registering welding inspection trainees.
The certification document shall indicate the codes, standards, or specifications in which the welding inspector has passed examinations as related to the product categories listed in Clause 18.104.22.168.
This Standard specifies means for periodically reviewing a welding inspector's certification and includes a requirement for vision tests.
This Standard, by including a code of ethicsfor the welding inspector, defines principles of practice and conduct for maintaining certification.
To assist candidates in preparing for examinations, this Standard includes recommended course guidelines covering
(a) welding fundamentals;
(b) welding inspection; and
(c) welding metallurgy.
In addition, it includes a listing of relevant standards and of recommended courses and reference material. (See Appendices A and B.)