SummitSkills, in partnership with the B&ES and Engineering Services SKILLcard, has recently implemented a new quality assurance system for the pipe welding test that conforms to the HVCA code of practice TR5 (2003). From January 1st 2006 thirty centres across the UK have received ‘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.
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 throughout October 06. As from January 1st 2006 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
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.
A report has been compiled by the SummitSkills welding moderator, which highlights the main strengths, areas for improvement and issues observed during visits to the majority of approved welding test centres throughout 2008.
For further information contact Neil Collishaw