The CWB Welding Board is an organization and certification body for businesses involved in the manufacturing of welding steel structures. Welders in Canada must be certified by the Canadian Welding Board annually. It is important for welders to get their certification because it not only indicates proficiency in welding but also shows that you have undergone a recognized training program in welding. Companies that want to be part of the welding trade must work with the Board and provide the proper training for their welders.
Before you can work professionally as a welder, you need to undergo comprehensive training which can take from one to three years depending on your specific training goals. The training must be taught by qualified professionals who have the experience and knowledge necessary to instruct you properly. By taking these courses, you will learn different aspects of the craft including mechanical and electrical techniques, how to handle welding equipment, and how to plan and create designs. The training should also include theoretical concepts, and practical applications to help you gain the necessary knowledge to become a professional welder.
To make sure that you are receiving adequate instruction and that you will not have any accidents while on the job, the Canadian Welding Board sets out specific standards to ensure that you are following these guidelines. These include having a valid Class C Wiring permits (also known as an International Wiring Convention Card), having a current Employer Identification Number (EIN) which must be submitted together with your application for employment, and you must hold a current qualification for certification with the National Steel Carving and Welding Association (NSWVA). As part of the pre-employment process, the applicant must pass the Employer Identification Questionnaire (EQ-C). You must follow the directions provided by the Board in order to complete your application and obtain your Certificated Wiring Permit.
The employer must also make sure that all of the welders hired are properly trained and experienced. One way of ensuring this is through the processes of orientation and induction. Through these processes, new welders are taught the correct way to use the various machines, as well as the way they work together to form the final weld. Additionally, the training involved in becoming a Cwb specialist will cover subjects such as tig welding, gas tig and gas metal arc welding (GMAW) as well as plasma cutting. You must complete both a high school diploma or GED to become a GMAW specialist, while completing relevant training at the workplace to become a Cwb specialist.
Once your application has been accepted, you will receive full on training for both the Cwb and GMAW. It is essential that you follow all instructions carefully and attend all training sessions, especially if you are working under another company. There are many important safety aspects to welding, which means that you must have the right protective gear to protect yourself from burns, cuts and other injuries. There are a number of regulations governing working with welding equipment in Canada, and you must make sure that you are familiar with these regulations and adhere to them to be allowed to work.
Before starting work, you should make sure that you are fully qualified, both as a Cwb specialist and GMAW specialist. The higher your qualification, the easier it will be for you to find a job and the better wages you can expect to receive. As a specialist, you may also qualify for advancement to a higher paying position, which will make sure that you have a higher quality of life after you have left the workplace.