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SummitSkills, in partnership with the B&ES and Engineering Services SKILLcard, has implemented a quality assurance system for the pipe welding test that conforms to the B&ES code of practice TR5 (2003). Approximately thirty centres across the UK have ‘centre approval’ status to offer this welding test to experienced workers (Heating & Ventilation pipefitter welders) who if successful receive a 3-year welding ticket (or certification) via the CSCS Skill card process via Engineering Services SKILLcard.

Guidance notes for administering the SummitSkills welding test in conjunction with Engineering Services SKILLcard

These guidelines have been produced in partnership by SummitSkills and Engineering Services SKILLcard and through consultation seminars with existing welding examiners held across the UK. Only organisations that have received 'centre approval' from SummitSkills will be able to receive certification for this weld test.  The following document provides practical advice on how to administer the weld test and also provides clarification on the certification process.

A sample induction sheet has been produced to help centres/examiners to prepare for the welding tests.

New examiners and additional welding disciplines
Centres wishing to add new examiners to their approved centre will need to apply to SummitSkills using the New Examiners Application Form

Existing examiners who wish to extend the welding disciplines they examine (for example to cover MIG and TIG) will need to apply to SummitSkills using the Additional Disciplines Application Form.

Welding test moderation report

The external moderation process has significantly increased the engagement with centres and individual examiners and has provided an excellent service of information, advice and guidance that has been missing in the past.  The rigour of this new quality assurance process has also contributed to the raising of standards and a consistent approach to administering the pipe welding test throughout the UK.

An annual report has been compiled by the SummitSkills welding moderator, which highlights the main strengths, areas for improvement and issues observed during visits to the approved welding test centres.

For further information contact Neil Collishaw

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