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AB-059

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INSPECTOR CERTIFICATION
CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION
February 2011

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AB-059 February 2011

Table of Contents
1. Who is it for? ............................................................................................................3 2. ABSA's Requirements for the Examination:.............................................................3 3. How to apply. ...........................................................................................................4 4. Syllabus and Reference Study Material ...................................................................5 5. Recommended Literature.......................................................................................10 6. Examination Areas .................................................................................................11 7. Sample Questions..................................................................................................12 8. Material Allowed to be used for the Examination ...................................................15 9. Attachments: ..........................................................................................................16 Attachment 1: .........................................................................................................16 Attachment 2: Quality Systems Certification Program............................................17 Attachment 3: Safety Codes Act and Regulations Extracts ....................................28 Attachment 4: Pressure Piping ...............................................................................30 Attachment 5: Repairs and Alterations ...................................................................36 Attachment 6: Change Of Ownership And Other Status Changes .........................43

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1. Who is it for?
Knowledge of Safety Codes Act & Regulations and ABSA s Policies in regards to design, construction, repair, alteration, testing and operation of pressure equipment is essential to assure safety. The purpose of the Inspector Certification Examination is to assure that the personnel engaged in the design, construction, repairs and operation of pressure equipment are familiar with the requirements of the Safety Codes Act and Regulations and adopted Codes & Standards, and their application. Inspectors employed under the Owner-User Pressure Equipment Integrity Management Program or Accredited Inspection Agency Program must challenge and pass the Inspector Certification Examination administered by ABSA and, in addition, satisfy all the qualification requirements listed in the Owner-User Program or the Accredited Inspection Agency Program. Upon passing the examination, the inspectors will be certified as 'In-service Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspector or In-service Pressure Vessel Inspector . The certification will make the inspector eligible for appointment as an 'In-Service Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspector or In-Service Pressure Vessel Inspector' by his/her employer.

2. ABSA's Requirements for the Examination:
To challenge the certification examination, the candidate must: 1. submit an application, 2. pay the application fee and examination fee as shown on the application form AB-88, and 3. meet the education, experience and third party certification requirements. For detailed information about the In-service Pressure Equipment Inspector Certification program, access http://www.absa.ca/ , In-service Pressure Equipment Inspector Certification program .

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3. How to apply.
The Application Form AB-88, 'Application for Pressure Equipment Safety Legislation Certification', must be completed and submitted with the application and examination fee to: ABSA, the pressure equipment safety authority Education and Certification Department 9410-20 Avenue Edmonton, AB T6N 0A4 Phone: (780) 437-9100 or 1-888-454-3926 (Exams only) Fax: (780) 437-7787 To download the Application Form AB-88, access http://www.absa.ca/ , 'ABSA Forms' and AB-88.

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and Filler Metals Standards is not .ca or from ABSA 3 CODES AND STANDARDS ADOPTED AS Understanding of the Scope and REGULATIONS: Application of the Codes and a.Part C . ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code Standards listed ASME Section I .ab.Part D . Syllabus 1 PROVINCIAL LEGISLATION Thorough understanding and working knowledge of the Alberta Safety Codes Act and Regulations for pressure equipment: a.Properties necessary.Ferrous Material Specifications Thorough . Power Engineers Regulation (AR 85/2003) d. Administrative Items Regulation(AR 16/2004) g. ASME Section IV . Pressure Equipment Safety Regulation (AR 49/2006) f.ca Foreword. ASME Section VI .Recommended Rules Syllabus Information Revision: 8 2006 .Rules for Construction of Heating Boilers ASME Section V . Safety Codes Act b. PRESSURE VESSEL. Expected Level of Knowledge Thorough Reference Study Material Safety Codes Act and Regulations listed under the 'Syllabus'.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 5 of 44 4. AND PRESSURE PIPING CODE Thorough CSA B51 Code www.Nondestructive Examination. Codes and Standards.Materials . Introduction and Scope sections of the Codes and Standards.gov.csa. Boilers Delegated Administration Regulation (AR 32/2002) 2 CSA CODE B51 BOILER.Part A . Electrodes.Specifications for Welding Codes and Rods. ASME Section II . Pressure Equipment Exemption Order (AR 56/2006) c. Syllabus and Reference Study Material Examination QUESTIONS were created from the latest editions of the Safety Codes Act & Regulations. Pressure Welders Regulation (AR 169/2002) e.Non-ferrous Material Knowledge of Specifications the body of the . Preamble.Part B . www.Rules for Construction of under the Power Boilers 'Syllabus'.

fittings.5 .Building Services Piping ASME CSD -1 .ca/qp ABSA s web site About ABSA . ASME Code for Pressure Piping ASME B31. storage and handling of liquefied petroleum gases. ASME B31.Power Piping.9 . Division 3 . Safety requirements for the storage and handling of Anhydrous Ammonia. ASME SECTION X Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Pressure Vessels. The authority and responsibility of the Chief Inspector / Administrator for the Boilers and Pressure Vessels Discipline. d.Controls and Safety Devices for Automatically Fired Boilers. 4 ABSA. Division 2 . Expected Level of Knowledge Reference Study Material b.Refrigeration Piping.Process Piping.gov. the pressure equipment safety authority a. ASME Section VIII. ASME B31. Standard marking system for valves.ab. ANSI K61. Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 .REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 6 of 44 Syllabus for the Care and Operation of Heating Boilers. ASME B31.Welding and Brazing Qualifications. c. c. e.Alternative Rules for Construction of High Pressure Vessels.Alternative Rules.1 . ASME Section VII . Division 1 . The Boilers Delegated Administration Regulation b. CSA B52 Mechanical Refrigeration Code. The various programs ABSA administers under the Delegation Agreement. Working Knowledge Boilers Delegated Administration Regulation: www. g. ASME Section VIII. flanges and unions.1.3 . e. NFPA 58.Construction of Pressure Vessels. ASME Section VIII. ABSA s responsibility as a Jurisdictional Authority. MSS Standard Practice SP-25. ABSA s responsibility as an ASME Authorized Inspection Agency.Recommended Guidelines for the care of Power Boilers. d. ASME Section IX . f.

AMERICAN PETROLEUM INSTITUTE a. Regulations and adopted codes and standards and the mandatory requirements thereunder.absa. Hierarchy and relationship of the Safety Codes Act. b. NATIONAL BOARD. BOILER TECHNICAL COUNCIL. the Boilers and Pressure Vessel Technical Council.org NB web site: www.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 7 of 44 Syllabus 5 SAFETY CODES COUNCIL. Requirements on accident investigation and reporting under the Safety Codes Act and Regulations relative to pressure equipment. The National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors.nationalboard. and ABSA.safetycodes.org API web site: www. Issue 3. d. Expected Level of Knowledge Working Knowledge Reference Study Material Safety Codes Council s web site: www. 8 QUALITY SYSTEMS Working a. Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 . and the Safety Codes Council.ca Attachment 1 6 Working Knowledge ASME web site: www. Process required to achieve an ABSA Quality Program Certificate of Authorization. Responsibilities of Senior Management. Safety Codes Act.ab. Pressure Welders Reg. Purpose and structure of the ASME.api. a. b. ABSA s Quality System Manual design and application.org 7 Working Knowledge Pressure News.ca/ d. ASME. b. V 5. Attachment 2 QS Application Form AB 29 (available at ABSA s Web site). c. Requirements under the Safety Codes Act governing the issuance of Certificates of Authorization. Understand the purpose and responsibility of the Safety Codes Council and the Boilers and Pressure Vessels Technical Council. Definition of an Accident. Application of the API Standards and National Board Inspection Code NB 23. and The American Petroleum Institute. GOVERNMENT a. ABSA web site: http://www. b. the persons assigned responsibility for the overall program and the inspection program. e. ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION a. b. Pressure Equipment Safety Reg.asme. ABSA s web site. Relationships between the Minister responsible for the Safety Codes Act. c. c. Requirements under the Safety Codes Act Knowledge governing the Registration of Quality Systems in Alberta.

Authorized Inspection Agencies and Authorized Inspectors under CSA B51.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 8 of 44 Syllabus Expected Level of Knowledge Working Knowledge Reference Study Material CSA B51. and under Alberta Safety Codes Act and Regulations. SAFETY CODES ACT REQUIREMENTS FOR NOTIFICATION OF CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP AND OTHER STATUS CHANGES a. and CSA Data Reports for Pressure Vessels. Boilers and Fired Heaters. c. b. Attachment 6 Revision: 8 2006 . d. Requirement of Alberta. AB-83 and AB-96. Non-Boiler External Piping per B31. ASME IV HG 120. Const. AIA s role: ASME QA1-1.1 and Process Piping per B31. REPAIRS/ALTERATIONS a. Requirements for missing nameplates. Requirements for re-rating Pressure Equipment in Alberta.3 as referenced in the Alberta Design Construction and Installation Regulation. ASME. UG 90. b. e. ASME I PG 112. ABSA s role as the Authorized Inspection Agency (AIA) for ASME Code and CSA B51 Code Construction.6 of CSA B51. Use and applications of ABSA form AB-40. d. Regulations. PRESSURE PIPING Forms and the Certification requirements for Boiler External Piping. b. The National Board Data Report Registration system for Pressure Vessels and Boilers. ASME Code. The ABSA Safety Codes Officer duties with respect to Repairs and Alterations. Owner s and Repair/Alteration Organization s responsibilities under the Safety Codes Act & Regulations for repairs and alterations to pressure equipment. AI s role: ASME VIII-1. NB Data Reports: NB s Web site EDT . Para 33 of Design. Knowledge of ABSA Safety Code Officer functions and responsibilities for new construction as an Authorized Inspector under the CSA B51 Code. Data Reports: 4. 9 NEW CONSTRUCTION a. ABSA Forms AB-81. ASME VIII-1 UG 120. e. Application of Owner-User Program for Repairs/Alterations f. Requirements for change of ownership and Syllabus Information 10 Working Knowledge Attachment 4 11 Working Knowledge Attachment 5 12 Working Knowledge a. Pressure Equipment Safety Reg. ASME and National Board. c.

Certificate of inspection permit including when they must be issued and the information that must appear on the certificates and retention of certificates b. 15 Working Knowledge Attachment: Overview of O/U program. b. C. Pressure Welder Certificates of Competency B. and for repairs and alterations. Authorized Test Organizations. Requirements in Alberta for registering a design for new pressure equipment. Inspection and Servicing Requirements of Pressure Equipment (at ABSA s web site) Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 .REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 9 of 44 Syllabus scrapping a vessel. Machine Welding Operators and Welding Examiner. 14 Working Knowledge Pressure Equipment Safety Reg. Pressure Welders Reg. Use of AB10 Form 13 DESIGN REGISTRATION a. Owner-User summary reports c. Registration of welding/brazing procedures. c. SERVICE INSPECTIONS Requirements for: a. Initial Inspection and Installation inspections for both ABSA and Owner-User d. b. Alberta (A) identification number requirements e. WELDING Requirements for: a. Requirements for registering the design of used pressure equipment. Performance Qualification Cards d. b. Determining inspection and servicing intervals and inspection practices Expected Level of Knowledge Reference Study Material Working Knowledge Pressure Equipment Safety Reg.

ab. Overview of Owner-User Requirements (available from ABSA).ca/ Inspection and Servicing Requirements for Pressure Equipment Risk Based Inspection Programs for Pressure Equipment Fired Heater Guidelines Relevant Newsletter Articles Index for Newsletter Articles.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 10 of 44 5.ca/qp). CSA B51 (Latest Edition). Scope and Application of other Codes and Standards (Latest Editions) covered in the syllabus.absa. Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 . Available at ABSA Web Site http://www. Recommended Literature Alberta Safety Codes Act and Regulations (available from ABSA or Queens Printers or down load from Alberta Government's web site: www.gov.

API Accident Investigation Quality Systems New Construction Pressure Piping Repairs/Alterations Change of Ownership Design Registration Welding Service Inspections Total = The pass mark is 70%. 100 multiple-choice questions are broken down into the following 15 areas: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Safety Codes Act and Regulations CSA B51 Codes and Standards About ABSA SCC. 3 hours duration. Examination Areas The examination is: Open book. BTC & Government ASME. The examination is graded as 'Pass' or 'Fail'. 30 15 10 5 5 4 3 5 3 4 2 1 5 3 5 100 Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 . NB.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 11 of 44 6.

5 litres. 1. S 14(6)(a) Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 . or (c) to both fines and imprisonment.5 m3. 2) 2 A person who is guilty of an offence under the provisions of the Safety Codes Act and is his/her second or subsequent offence. (d) Any of the above. 1 Question A Safety Codes Officer may: (a) Enter any premises. (d) Safety Codes Act 68 3 A pressure piping system having an aggregate internal capacity of _____ or less is exempt from Design Registration with ABSA: (a) (b) (c) (d) 500 litres. No. (a) Pressure Equipment Safety Reg. ability to locate the complete and correct requirements from the applicable documents and also to educate you in the process. Sample Questions The questions may have more than one correct answer in the answers provided. (d) 750 litres. is liable: (a) to a fine of not more than $30 000 and. (b) Carry out an inspection. examine and evaluate quality management systems for manufacturing and construction processes. The questions are designed to test your knowledge of the Safety Legislation. (d) All of the above. Answer (d) Reference Safety Codes Act 34 (1. (c) review designs.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 12 of 44 7. 42. Q. in the case of a continuing offence. to a further fine of not more than $2000 for each day or part of a day during which the offence continues after the first day. or (b) to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months. Marks will be awarded for Complete Correct answers only.

REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 13 of 44 4 To take charge of the general care and operation of a power plant of 10. (d). (c) All of the above. (b) Digit 5 after the decimal. you must hold: (a) First Class Engineer's Certificate of Competency. and. in addition hold the following: (a) A valid 'B' or 'C' Pressure Welder Certificate of Competency. (c) Digit C after the decimal. (b) A valid Performance Qualification Card qualifying him/her to weld on specific materials. (a) CSA B51. a Welder must work under the Quality System of a Certificate of Authorization holder. (c). thickness and diameter ranges.2 Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 . (b) Second Class Engineer's Certificate of Competency. what would you look for in the CRN stamped on the Name Plate: (a) Digit 2 after the decimal. (c) Pressure Welders Regulation 2(1) 3(1) 6(a). and (e) 6 To assure that the design of a vessel or boiler is registered in Alberta.3.000 KW or more as a chief steam engineer. Part 14. (d) None of the above. (a) Power Engineers Regulations Table 1 5 To weld on pressure equipment that is under the Safety Codes Act and Regulations. (c) Third Class Engineer's Certificate of Competency. (d) Fourth Class Engineer's Certificate of Competency.

Fabrication. ASME V-T-170(a)General Requirements. (b) Boilers. (d) Pressure Equipment Safety Reg. (c) Verify that procedures previously demonstrated and accepted by an ABSA inspector had been used. (d) All of the above. (c) ASME IXIntroduction Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 . (d) Safety Codes Act Section 34(1). Pressure Vessels. (d) All of the above. (b) Verify that all examinations required by the referencing code had been performed. Thermal Liquid Heaters and Fittings constructed in Alberta for use in Alberta. Pressure Piping systems and Fittings Repaired/Altered in Alberta (c) Pressure Relief Valves Serviced/Repaired/Set or Sealed. Brazers and Brazing Operators.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 14 of 44 7 Per ASME Section VIII-1. (b) Procedures employed in welding/brazing. All of the above. All of the above. Pressure Piping systems. Pressure Vessels. Section 11 9 An ABSA Inspector may: (a) witness NDE being performed. 10 ASME Section IX relates to the: (a) Qualifications of Welders. the scope shall include: (a) (b) (c) (d) Design. Welding Operators. (d) ASME VIII-1-U1(e)(2) 8 Who is required to use the services of a registered Quality System Certificate of Authorization Permit holder? Any one who wishes to have: (a) Boilers. Article 1. when non-pressure parts are welded directly to the pressure containing surface of the pressure vessel. Testing.

Section VI Recommended Rules for the Care and Operation of Heating Boilers 15. 3. Material Allowed to be used for the Examination 1. 26. C and D 12. 25. MSS Standard Practice SP-25 Standard Marking System for Valves. Section IX Welding and Brazing Qualifications 18. Fittings. 9. Section VIII Rules for Construction of Pressure Vessels Division 1. 8. 2 and 3 17. 7. 21. Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 . Section I Rules for Construction of Power Boilers 11. 6.1 Pressure Piping ASME B31.1 Safety Requirements for the Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia 27.9 Building Services Piping ASME CSD 1 Control and Safety Devices for Automatically Fired Boilers NB-23 National Board Inspection Code NFPA 58 Storage and Handling Of Liquefied Petroleum Gases ANSI K61.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 15 of 44 8. Flanges and Unions * Only Foreword. and Pressure Piping Code CSA B52 Mechanical Refrigeration Code ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (11 to 19)* 10. 24. Pressure Vessel. Note: Reference materials used during the examination are to be authorized "hard copy" paper versions as published. Introduction and Scope sections of ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Codes are covered in the examination. Section IV Rules of Construction of Heating Boilers 13. Section X Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Pressure Vessels 19. 20.3 Process Piping ASME B31.5 Refrigeration Piping ASME B31. Preamble. 23. ASME B31. Section VII Recommended Guidelines for the Care of Power Boilers 16. B. 5. 22. Safety Codes Act Pressure Equipment Safety Regulation (AR 49/2006) Power Engineers Regulation (AR 85/2003) Pressure Welders Regulation (AR169/2002) Pressure Equipment Exemption Order (AR 56/2006) Administrative Item Regulation (AR 16/2004) Boilers Delegated Administration Regulation (AR 32/2002) CSA B51 Boiler. Section II Materials Part A. Section V Nondestructive Examination 14. 2. 4.

REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 16 of 44 9. B52 ASME B & PV Codes ASME Piping Codes Other adopted bodies of rules Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 . Attachments: Attachment 1: Hierarchy of Act and Regulations Safety Codes Act Ministerial Orders Regulations Administrator s Directives/Variances Interpretations CSA B51.

Activities that require a quality management system are defined in the Pressure Equipment Safety Regulations (PESR) section 11 and in the Pressure Welders Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 . were based upon the model that had been developed by the Alberta Boilers Branch (now ABSA). ABSA has been delegated by the Government of Alberta to administer the Safety Codes Act and Regulations as it applies to pressure equipment. Legislation Requirements The requirement for a quality management system (QMS) is established in the Safety Codes Act section 39. repair/alter the pressure equipment. Quality program requirements. These Regulations are intended to provide assurance that Safety Codes Act & Regulations and applicable Codes and Standards are met. Extracts from some relevant sections of the Safety Codes Act & Regulations are detailed at the end of this section.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 17 of 44 Attachment 2: Quality Systems Certification Program ALBERTA S QUALITY SYSTEMS CERTIFICATION PROGRAM (QSCP) Overview The Alberta Safety Codes Act & Regulations were developed to provide protection to life and property in Alberta. Other activities were added in later editions of the Regulations. Permit requirements are established in the Safety Codes Act in sections 43. provide a written description of the quality program for registration. History The American Society of Mechanical Engineers added a mandatory Quality Control appendix in the 1974 edition of the ASME Codes. In 1975 the Alberta Design and Construction Regulations were amended to require any person constructing a boiler. service. Acceptance of a QMS is signified by a certificate of authorization permit issued by the Administrator. that are included in the CSA B51 Code. piping system or fitting in Alberta to provide a satisfactory quality system for registration (introduced in view of the significant number of items that were found to have major construction deficiencies). The Safety Codes Regulations requires that organizations who construct. 44 and 46. pressure vessel.

See also the PESR User Guide sections 11.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 18 of 44 Regulation section 21. and 13. require a quality management system. The Administrator may also. by written order. 12. Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 .

Pressure Piping Construction AQP 3000 Series . access Quality Systems Program and Directory of QMS Certificate of Authorization holders . Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 .ca.Pressure Vessel and Boiler Manufacturers Note: AQP(S) indicates ASME Code Stamp holder AQP 2000 Series . AOQP.Repair/Alteration of Pressure Equipment AQP 5000 Series .absa.Construction of Fittings AOQP 7000 Series . whose certification is current with ABSA. may be obtained from ABSA s web site http://www.Welders Performance Qualification testing AQP 8000 Series ASVS Owner/User Pressure Equipment Quality Management Program Service and/or Setting of Pressure Relief Valves Separate Certificate of Authorization Permits are issued for AQP 1000. Other activities may be combined A list of Certificate of Authorization Permit holders.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 19 of 44 Registered Quality Program Categories AQP 1000 Series . ASVS and 8000 series. To view the list.

feedback from users. ABSA sample manuals are updated periodically to accommodate: changes in the Regulations and the applicable adopted Codes and Standards. incorporating existing processes and ABSA s guidelines and requirements. may be written in any suitable format. Train all persons who will be performing QMS activities and ensure that senior management is included in this training.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 20 of 44 QMS Sample Manuals and Guides ABSA has developed QMS Sample Manuals and Guides for most of the QMS categories to assist organizations in developing their QMS manual. must accurately describe each applicable required element listed in ABSA s Guides/Sample Manuals in organization s QMS Manual or in the referenced controlled procedures. Implement the written description. Carry out periodic Internal Audit of the system and ensure continuous improvement of the program. Some key steps in developing and implementing a quality system are: Involve key personnel who are responsible for the applicable activities and determine the existing systems that are in use. Certification Process 1. Owner s QMS Manual: must be tailored to suit organization structure and needs. At the conclusion of the meeting the client is provided with an Application Form and a file is set up for the client. Alberta s Quality System Certification Program requirements (include Fees. An initial meeting is held with client to discuss certification process. periodic audits by ABSA and owner s responsibilities) and preparation of the QMS manual. Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 . feedback from staff to improve the effectiveness. Carry out periodic Management Review of the program to assure effectiveness. requirements of the Safety Codes Act and Regulations. Develop written descriptions for each element. The QMS Sample Manual show a typical system.

Presence of executive manager or owner is expected at the opening meeting to confirm support for the program. the organization confirms a suitable date for the implementation review and a qualified ABSA Auditor (Safety Codes Officer) is assigned to conduct the review. 3. Applicant revises the draft manual and resubmit to ABSA for review. All elements described in the manual must be demonstrated at the organization s facilities. the applicant is notified that the manual has been reviewed and accepted as the basis for an implementation review. Any deficiencies identified are confirmed with the organization s representative. Any action required may be verified through submission of corrective action requests or a further audit may be needed. 4.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 21 of 44 2. At the conclusion of the review. Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 . If no further changes are identified. A copy of the audit report and any CARs may be provided to the client at the conclusion of the audit or submitted later. ABSA staff meets to review their findings and prepare an audit report and Corrective Action Request reports (CARs) when applicable. The actual systems that are in use are then evaluated against the QMS manual using an audit checklist when applicable. QMS Manual Review: A QMS Manual review is conducted by an ABSA auditor. Submit Application Form (AB 29) along with deposit (deposit is required for new applicant s only) and a draft copy of the QMS manual. an opening meeting is held with the key company personnel to confirm the scope and process of the audit. QMS Implementation Review Once the manual has been accepted as the basis for an implementation review. a closing meeting is held with the company to discuss the results of the audit and agree upon the follow-up action. Changes are discussed and confirmed with the applicant. Date of Implementation review: On the date of the review. either on an actual project or a demonstration project. The final acceptance of the manual is given after a site implementation review has been conducted. The degree and scope required for the implementation review is relayed to the applicant prior to the audit. Any deficiencies or items that needed to be clarified are documented.

The CSA B51 Code sets the minimum requirements that must be followed by the owners for each type of quality system.9. Although the standards are not adopted as a regulation in Alberta. they are referenced as a recommended guide in CSA B51. Most Alberta Fitting Manufacturers have ISO programs. Organizations who have successfully demonstrated the implementation of the QMS are issued a Certificate of Authorization Permit for three years. It should be noted that Alberta. Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 . so the controls for the specific Code and Regulations must also be addressed. the Administrator may withdraw the Certificate of Authorization Permit.1) states that the manufacturer of a boiler. This permits a province to accept the quality standards for product constructed in another province without further review. If it is determined that the Certificate holder is not complying with the Act and Regulations. or fitting shall demonstrate to the regulatory authority that a satisfactory quality control system is in operation. The ASME and National Board are also ISO Registrars. pressure vessel. piping. 9003) ISO provides a model for Quality Assurance Standards. and some ABSA guides are based on ISO format. Application of CSA B51 Boiler. ISO Standards are generic.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 22 of 44 To complete the certification process.1. and some other provinces. have established supplementary requirements in addition to those contained in CSA B 51 International Standard ISO Quality Systems (ISO 9001. 9002. fired-heater pressure coil. which are registered with a Canadian based registration Agency. Pressure Vessel and Piping Code Each Canadian Province has adopted this Code as a Regulation. CSA B51 (4. two controlled copies of the revised QMS manual (one if Company is located in Edmonton) must be issued to ABSA.

Manufacturers of Boilers and Pressure Vessels and ASME Code stamp shops: Organizations. ABSA s Authorized Inspector supervisor and the Authorized Inspector. The Pressure Equipment Safety Regulation Section 11 states that no person shall service.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 23 of 44 Specific Requirements 1. For VR accredited organizations. Upon completion of the review. The review team is comprised of an ASME representative. Service or Set Pressure Relief Valves must be obtained from ABSA prior to carrying out those activities. but the standards applied must meet or exceed those required for ASME Code Stamp holders. ASME Code symbol stamp is not required in Alberta. Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 . a report is sent to the ASME Accreditation Committee who then decides if a Certificate of Authorization and Code symbol Stamp will be issued. 2. most of Alberta requirements are consistent with those established in the National Board Inspection Code (NB 23) for VR certification. Servicing and/or Setting of Pressure Relief Valves: In Alberta. The National Board VR accreditation is not mandatory in Alberta. authorization to Repair. Additional requirements that must be followed when an organization applies for an ASME Certificate of Authorization. who manufacture boilers and pressure vessels in Alberta. a National Board representative and an ABSA safety codes officer conduct a joint site audit at the organization s facilities. must have a valid Alberta Certification of Authorization Permit for the scope of work. An ASME joint review is conducted at the organization s facilities. include: The QMS Manuals must be amended to address the controls needed for ASME Code stamped items. set or seal pressure relief valves without authorization from the Administrator. Although there are some additional requirements that apply for VR accreditation. repair.

pressure vessels and pressure piping systems that contain an expansible fluid exceeding 103 kPa. the manual may combine procedures with documents. process heaters. should provide an outline of each element and reference all applicable procedures or. responsibility for each identified element should be assigned. Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 . The QMS should be designed so that verifiable evidence is available to confirm the system s conformance to the requirements. A typical format of an Owner User Quality System Manual may be: (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) (vi) (vii) (viii) (ix) (x) (xi) (xii) (xiii) (xiv) (xv) (xvi) (xvii) (xviii) (xix) (xx) (xxi) (xxii) Title Page Scope Statement of Authority Table of Contents Revision Summary Definitions Responsibilities and Qualifications Organization Chart Document and Data Control Contract Review Purchasing Measuring and Test Equipment Pressure Equipment Inspection Pressure Equipment Inspection Interval Repairs and Alterations Pressure Equipment Engineering and Installation Special Process Control Pressure Relief Device Monitoring Internal Audits ABSA Safety Codes Officer Nonconformities Corrective and Preventative Actions The owner s QMS manual. for a modest-sized organization. describing the system. The scope of the program comprises boilers. In all cases.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 24 of 44 Owner-User (O-U) Pressure Equipment Integrity Management Program An Owner-User Program is an Owner s Quality Management System for assuring the safety and reliability of their pressure equipment.

are committed to. Specify Heat Treatment and NDE requirements. top management can create an environment in which the people are involved in the quality process.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 25 of 44 Owner s Responsibilities ABSA audits are intended to ensure that the minimum requirements of the Safety Codes Act & Regulations and applicable Codes and Standards are met. To view the list. Cyclic Service. the QMS and are trained to achieve conformance to the requirements of the QMS. Special Fabrication Requirements. Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 . Vendor has capabilities to build the item to Code and meet company specifications. NACE Specifications. etc. an item may meet all these requirements but safety and reliable service may still not be achieved unless the owner ensures that all additional service requirements are addressed in appropriate specifications and that these are incorporated in the fabricator s Quality System requirements. verify that: The vendor has a current Alberta Quality Program for the scope of work (verify through ABSA s web site http://www. Some of the elements that may be used by top management to accomplish conformance to the quality objectives are: (i) Establishing a quality policy and quality objectives of the organization. Before placing an order with a vendor (for pressure equipment constructed and installed in Alberta). access Quality Systems Program and Directory of QMS Certificate of Authorization holders . The owner must ensure that all jurisdictional requirements are met. Some of the additional elements are [in addition to ASME Code(s) requirements]: Provincial Requirements Design and Operating Conditions Process Conditions Corrosion Allowance Additional Material Requirements to account for Stress Corrosion Cracking. Role of top management Through commitment and leadership.) The Design is registered with ABSA. However. H2S. Coating Specifications. Maintenance and Inspection Consideration. and understand the importance of.ca/.absa.

Initiatives to improve ABSA Quality System Certificate Programs To address inconsistencies that were found in the Quality System Certification Program in the past. Periodic management review to systematically evaluate the system for suitability. users. External: Establish a periodic auditing program for auditing QMS Certificate of Authorization holders. Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 . Plans to develop and deliver QMS Awareness and specialized training programs (e. Installation of an electronic tracking system to keep records of QSCP activities and certifications.. QSCP Representatives for each QMS category and Auditors. Development of procedures for all ABSA quality system activities and training of auditors to consistently apply the procedures throughout the province. ASME B31. internal audits. ABSA implemented a number of improvement initiatives. Assuring the availability of resources. The directory is updated every night.). The initiatives included: Internal: assuring that all ABSA Auditors have the required skills to review specific type of quality system through additional training and certification (All auditors currently must have passed a 36-hour ISO lead auditor s course. Development of specialized training program for auditors for each QSCP category (in progress). Verification that the product or activity meets the purpose. The structure include appointment of a QSCP Coordinator.3 and B31. Repair of Pressure Equipment. Assuring focus by all personnel in meeting the requirements of the QMS. and efficiency with respect to the quality policy and objectives. effectiveness. the training programs will include Codes. taken QMS Awareness training and obtained a NB commission and Endorsement A and auditing experience).g. Fabrication and repair of Fittings. adequacy. Standards and ABSA s Requirements training for PRVs Servicing and Setting. jurisdiction and Codes and Standards.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 26 of 44 (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) (vi) Establishing a written description of the quality system that is focused at meeting the overall requirements of the company. feedback from users and action to correct the deficiencies will assure continued effectiveness of the system. The system also displays a current directory of QMS Certificate of Authorization holders on internet. Owner/User Pressure Equipment Integrity Management program etc. Establishment of an administrative system to manage the QSCP certification activities efficiently. and to improve the effectiveness.1 Piping systems fabrication.

Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 . Recently a number of ABSA staff received the Train the Trainer training in preparation for delivering the training to internal and external users. The training will be imparted by ABSA staff currently engaged in delivering the inspection. examination and certification and shop inspection services. design review.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 27 of 44 The training will be limited to understanding and application of Codes. Standards and Regulations for the purpose of meeting the requirements.

or sell. PART 3 STANDARDS: 39(1) An owner. alters. occupier. process or activity to which this Act applies shall ensure that it meets the requirements of this Act. vendor. other than as an employee or an agent. display or offer for sale. undertakes or supervises a process or activity. A person who manufactures any thing or undertakes a process or activity to which this Act applies shall ensure that the thing. 6 7 8 9(1) A person who is a vendor in the ordinary course of business. has care and control of or owns a design or offers a design for use by others shall ensure that the design complies with this Act and that it is submitted for review or registered if required by this Act. manufacturer or designer of a thing. lease or otherwise dispose of. to which this Act applies may be required by a written order of an Administrator or by this Act to have and maintain a quality management system that meets the requirements of the regulations. A person who creates. operation or maintenance of or builds or installs any thing to which this Act applies shall ensure that this Act is complied with. shall not advertise. contractor. the process or the activity complies with this Act. or a person who authorizes. A contractor who undertakes construction. for lease or for other disposal. and if the design is deregistered. the person shall provide notice of its deregistration in accordance with the regulations. that the thing is maintained as required by the regulations and that when the process or activity is undertaken it is done in a safe manner.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 28 of 44 Attachment 3: Safety Codes Act and Regulations Extracts SAFETY CODES ACT AND REGULATIONS EXTRACTS SAFETY CODES ACT PART 1 5 RESPONSIBILITIES: The owner of any thing. any thing to which this Act applies unless that thing complies with this Act. Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 .

Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 . Pressure Equipment Safety Regulation (PESR) (AR 49/2006) Refer to the Pressure Equipment Safety Regulation User Guide which is available at http://www.ca/.absa.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 29 of 44 (2) No person shall make a change to a quality management system without first notifying an Administrator of the change if it is a type of change of which an Administrator requires notification.

ABSA Forms AB-81.PESR User Guide AB-81 COMPLETION OF CONSTRUCTION This document is used when construction of a pressure piping system built to a REGISTERED DESIGN is complete.AR 49/2006 (PESR) section 31 .AR 49/2006 (PESR) section 14 & 16 .1 and Process Piping per B31. the system design must be registered.PESR User Guide Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 .PESR User Guide AB-83 Construction Data Report for Piping Systems Used to document the construction and testing of ALL pressure piping systems. The document is to be signed-off by owner of the design or by the person who will manufacture the piping system. Forms . in whole or in part. Reference . Non-Boiler External Piping per B31. The contractor must retain the copies in accordance with their written quality system. The purpose of the AB-81 is to provide written confirmation the complete system conforms to the registered design. The contractor provides copies of the completed document to the owner. The AB-96 form is used to make sure the items specified in the regulations have been addressed in the submission. for the construction of a pressure piping system built to a REGISTERED DESIGN. Reference . Reference .REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 30 of 44 Attachment 4: Pressure Piping Forms and Certification requirements for Boiler External Piping.3 as referenced in the Alberta Design Construction and Installation of Boilers and Pressure Vessels Regulations. The purpose of the AB-83 is to certify the completed construction conforms to the design.AR 49/2006 (PESR) section 32 . The completed document is signed by the person responsible.General Description AB-96 GENERAL ENGINEERING REQUIREMENTS FOR DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION OF PRESSURE PIPING SYSTEMS If the pressure piping system has an aggregate internal volume exceeding 500 litres. The owner must retain the copies for at least five years. has been fabricated by an authorized fabricator and has been inspected during construction. AB-83 and AB-96.

AR 49/2006 (PESR) section 14 Small pressure piping systems (less than 500 litres in volume ) are exempt from registration of design .AR 49/2006 (PESR) section 11 Welding.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 31 of 44 Certification .AR 49/2006 (PESR) section 16(2) Fabrication All fabrication must be under a registered quality control program .AR 49/2006 (PESR) section 31 Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 .AR 49/2006 section 27 All pressure piping fabrication must be documented .AR 49/2006 (PESR) section 14(6)(a) Designs for registration must be stamped by a Professional Engineer .General Requirements Registration of Design Design must be registered . brazing and other joining procedures used in the fabrication of a pressure piping system must be registered .

1.3 Process Piping Inspection by ABSA SCO/ Authorized Inspector is not mandatory in Alberta.3 at Alberta shops when the piping is being fabricated for installation outside Alberta.1(a) that mandates shop inspection of pressure piping by "an inspector employed by a provincial boiler and pressure vessel inspection jurisdiction". Requirements for specific types of pressure piping systems ASME B31. clause 5. When requested. PG-58.1 fig. Some Canadian provinces apply CSA B51. Reference B31.1 Power Piping Code Two categories of piping: Boiler External Piping and Non-Boiler External Piping Each category is described below.3 B31.3. 100.3. Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 . For pressure piping fabricated in Alberta for use outside Alberta. paragraph 136.2 and ASME Section I Fig.1 B31. paragraph 136. ABSA SCO/ Authorized Inspectors do conduct fabrication inspections of pressure piping fabricated to B31. Refer to ASME B31.2 Inspection by ABSA SCO/ Authorized Inspector B31.2.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 32 of 44 Inspection Inspection by Owner's Inspector Both B31.1 and B31.1. the local authority having jurisdiction should be consulted to determine the requirement for inspection by an Authorized Inspector.1.3 make the owner responsible to assign an inspector to inspect pressure piping during fabrication Reference B31. paragraph 340.1 mandates inspection of Boiler External Piping by an Authorized Inspector during fabrication.

The completed Form AB-83 must be signed-off by the ABSA SCO/ Authorized Inspector for all Boiler External Piping. This responsibility may not be delegated to the Owner's inspector.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 33 of 44 Boiler External Piping (BEP) ASME Section I applies with respect to stamping. 122.1. Documentation Form AB-83 is used to document all BEP. data reports and authorized inspection.1 BEP subcommittee has technical responsibility. Design registration The design must be registered if the aggregate internal volume is greater than 500 litres. Definition Reference ASME B31. Inspection by the owner's inspector is mandated in B31.1 Examples: main steam line piping located between the boiler drum and the first valve. the face of the first flange in bolted flange connections. piping located between the mud drum and the blow-off valve. paragraph 100. the first circumferential joint for welding end connections. The AB-81 is completed if fabrication is to a registered design. or 3. or 2.1.1.2 Boiler External piping shall be considered as that piping which begins where the boiler proper terminates at: 1. Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 . the first threaded joint in that type of connection. Inspection All BEP is inspected by the ABSA SCO/ Authorized Inspector during fabrication. ASME B31. and which extends up to and including the valve or valves required by para.

3.3 piping by ABSA SCO/ Authorized Inspector is not mandatory in Alberta. Non-boiler external piping is fabricated to ASME B31.1. inspection of B31. Inspection In general.1 is Non-Boiler External Piping. Form AB-81 is also used if fabrication is to a registered design.1. Inspection by the owner's inspector is mandated in B31. Piping in the system beyond the valve or valves required by ASME B31.1. Documentation Form AB-83 is used to document all pressure piping and must be certified by the owner s inspector. Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 .3 Example: steam distribution piping Design Registration The design registered if volume is greater than 0. Inspection Inspection by ABSA SCO/ Authorized Inspector not mandatory in Alberta. paragraph 122. Documentation Form AB-83 is used to document all Non-Boiler external piping and must be certified by the owner s inspector. Form AB-81 is also used if fabrication is to a registered design.1 has administrative jurisdiction and technical responsibility. ASME B31.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 34 of 44 Non-Boiler External Piping ASME B31.3 Process Piping Code Design Registration The design registered if volume is greater than 500 litres.5 m3. Non-boiler external piping can also be constructed to ASME B31. Inspection by the owner's inspector is mandated in B31.

The rules for design registration. Construction is documented on Form AB 28 Manufacturer s Data Report for Indirect Fired Heater Coils.2 and ASME Section I Fig.1. Reference ASME B31. In this case the heater coils. PG58. 100. though designed to a pressure piping code.3. inspection and documentation are applied similar to the rules for pressure vessels. but are deemed to be part of the boiler proper. Indirect Fired Heater Coils Indirect fired heater coils may be designed to ASME B31.3. 2. The fabricators registered quality system must specifically address fabrication of Indirect Fired Heater Coils. Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 . are not considered to be a pressure piping system. Boiler Proper Piping Some boiler parts may be made of pipe materials. All heater coils require ABSA SCO (AI) inspection in Alberta.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 35 of 44 Notes 1. This means boiler proper piping must be fabricated and inspected fully under the rules of ASME Section I. ASME Section I has administrative jurisdiction and technical responsibility for the boiler proper.1 fig.

that affects the pressure-containing capability of the pressure retaining item. inspection and documentation is mandated by the legislation. Requirements for re-rating Pressure Equipment in Alberta. described on the original Manufacturer s Data Report. Application of Owner-User Program for repairs and Alterations. b. An alteration is a change to the item so that it no longer satisfies the original design. f. The system serves to ensure that repairs and alterations are carried out in a manner that is consistent with new construction in-so-far as possible. ALTERATION Includes any change in the item.PESR User Guide Definitions Definitions recognized by ABSA. e. REPAIR A repair is work carried out to restore a damaged item to a condition that satisfies the original design. The ABSA Safety Codes Officer s duties with respect to repairs and alterations. d. Nonphysical changes such as a change in the maximum allowable working pressure (internal or external) or design temperature of a pressure retaining item is an alteration. a system of procedure review. Requirements for missing nameplates General A repair is work carried out to restore a damaged item to a condition that satisfies the original design. c. Reference .AR 49/2006 (PESR) section 40 . Use and application of ABSA form AB-40. The addition of isolated nozzles identical to those already on the shell or heads of the vessels is also considered a repair. In order to ensure that repaired or altered equipment is safe to operate. A reduction in minimum design metal temperature is also an alteration.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 36 of 44 Attachment 5: Repairs and Alterations a. Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 . Owner's and Repair/Alteration Organization's responsibilities under the Safety Codes Act and Regulations for repairs and alterations to pressure equipment. not an alteration.

However. Welded repair or replacement of an isolated section of tube or pipe not over NPS 5 (5. the sign-off of the inspection section of the AB-40 document by the ABSA SCO provides inspection certification for the alteration. specifications.563 inches in outside diameter). inches in area and the lesser of 25% of nominal wall thickness or 1/2 inch. Weld build-up of wasted areas in shells and heads not exceeding 100 sq. drawings. 2. The addition or repair of non-load-bearing attachments to pressure-retaining parts where post-weld heat treatment is not required. inches. For pressure equipment that has been altered. 5. in thickness. The general nature of repairs for which procedures must be submitted for review are described below. 3. Welded repairs to treater firetube welds when the repair does not involve replacement of any base metal. ABSA policy is to ensure a complete service inspection has been completed before issuing a certificate of inspection permit for repaired or altered pressure equipment that has been in service. Procedure Review and Registration For all alterations. For additional Information refer to: Boiler and Pressure Vessel Repair and Alteration Matrix (AB-504) Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 . 4. Corrosion resistant weld overlay not exceeding 100 sq. calculations and procedures are submitted to ABSA Design Survey for review and registration Procedures for certain repairs are submitted for review and acceptance. and their attachments. Inspection Inspections are carried out by the owner's inspector and/or by the ABSA SCO Inspection Certificate A certificate of inspection permit may be issued for re-rated pressure equipment.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 37 of 44 ROUTINE REPAIR 1.

Restoration of corrosion resistant weld overlay above the base metal surface. the regulations require that an ABSA SCO accept all repairs or alterations.5 times the sum of their corroded inside diameters from an existing nozzle and for which reinforcement calculations are not a consideration. PWHT) such as replacement of existing shell courses. The scope of authorization and qualifications of inspectors under the program will be stated in the quality system manual. Examples Repair procedures that may be accepted by the ABSA SCO and which are generally not required to be submitted to Design Survey for acceptance include: Repair procedures in accordance with the original design criteria (incl. Replacement of any number of tubes in a boiler or heat exchanger by rolling. companies with ABSA certified Integrity Management Programs (Owner-User Program) may be authorized to perform inspections of specific repairs. In general. heads or nozzles. All alteration procedures and most repair procedures are submitted to Design Survey for review and acceptance. Replacement or repair of any pressure piping other than Boiler External Piping (ASME Section I). The ABSA Safety Codes Officer s duties with respect to repairs and alterations. Replacement of isolated tubes by welding in a boiler or heat exchanger. Inspections are performed by the SCO. UCS-68). Inspections are made to verify that work conforms to the procedure. Weld overlay to build up wasted areas using filler metal comparable to the P number of the base material. Some specific repair procedures can be reviewed and accepted by the local SCO. However. where NDE or PWHT of the welded joint is not a requirement of the applicable ASME Code (ref UW-2. Acceptance of the repair or alteration is based on a review of the repair or alteration procedure prior to work taking place. Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 .REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 38 of 44 a. located not less than 2. Replacement of slip-on flanges with weld neck flanges or visa-versa. Installation or replacement in kind of nozzles identical to existing nozzles. Addition of non-pressure parts attached by welding to non-stress-relieved pressure parts.

The Regulations also require that the owner of pressure equipment must inform an ABSA SCO prior to the commencement of any repairs or alterations to pressure equipment.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 39 of 44 The Pressure Equipment Safety Regulations requires that anyone constructing. and certify the repair/alteration report. The contractor provides copies of the completed AB-40 to the owner and to the ABSA SCO. The repair organization shall complete a repair/alteration report for all repairs and alterations and provide the report to ABSA. who to sign etc. The owner must retain the AB-40 with the permanent records of the items. modifying or repairing pressure equipment must have a quality management system program registered with ABSA. The contractor must retain the copies in accordance with their written quality system. Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 . Use and Application of ABSA form AB-40 AB-40 Boilers and Pressure Vessels Repair/Alteration Report Used to document all repairs and all alterations to boilers and pressure vessels. The AB-40 form is to be used to document all repairs or alterations to boilers and pressure vessels. ABSA SCO is required to inspect the repair. The AB-40 also provides certification of inspection of the repair. The purpose of the AB-40 is to provide documentation that the work was carried out by an authorized firm in accordance with a repair procedure. When to use. All Alterations and All Repairs and Alterations at Shop Facilities: An ABSA SCO is to be notified prior to the start of work to accept repair methods and designate any inspection hold points. An ABSA SCO is required to inspect the repair/alteration and certify the repair/alteration report. Repairs at Sites when the Owner Does Not Have an ABSA Owner-User Certificate An ABSA SCO is to be notified prior to the start of work to accept repair methods and designate any hold and inspection points. b. The repair organization shall complete a repair/alteration report for all repairs.

REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 40 of 44 The completed form is signed-off by a representative of the firm responsible for the repair AND by the inspector (ABSA Safety Codes Officer or qualified Owner's Inspector) responsible for the Code Inspection. The pressure vessel must be pressure tested to the new service condition if the maximum allowable working pressure is increased. with the stamp of acceptance. GENERAL Re-rating is an alteration that requires no physical change to the vessel. Use forms: AB-96 to submit the procedure for review. will be forwarded to the area inspector. The completed AB-40 must be submitted to ABSA and a copy retained by the owner. DOCUMENTATION The documentation requirements for alterations as explained in the section about Repairs and Alterations apply. Any organization wishing to re-rate a pressure vessel by increasing or decreasing the maximum allowable working pressure (internal or external) or by increasing the design temperature or by decreasing the minimum design metal temperature must make a submission to design survey for review and approval. The new nameplate must contain the following markings: re-rated by. The pressure test is calculated on the same basis used for the pressure test required for initial construction. The ABSA Safety Codes Officer must check the installation of the alteration nameplate. or if the maximum allowable working pressure is decreased because of service induced deterioration. Requirements for re-rating Pressure Equipment in Alberta. A new alteration nameplate shall be installed adjacent to the original manufacturer's nameplate. temperature and date altered. AB-40 to document completion of the re-rating. PROCEDURE An ABSA Safety Codes Officer with design survey responsibilities will review the submission to re-rate a pressure vessel and verify the new service conditions by calculation. c. A copy of the re-rate approval documentation. MAWP. Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 .

Also. a quality system that has been reviewed and registered by ABSA. The scope of the quality program must specifically state repairs will be conducted under the program. an owner may elect not to be responsible for the inspection of any repairs. The repair/alteration report shall also be certified by the Code Inspector. Code inspection requirements (whether an ABSA SCO or an Inspector designated by the Owner-User Program performs the Code required inspections) shall be established when the work order or contract is initiated. Code inspections shall be documented on the repair organization's travel sheet and a certified repair/alteration report shall be furnished for all repairs as specified in their quality manual. The scope of owner inspection of repairs is defined in the owner-user quality manual. Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 . Application of Owner-User Program for Repairs/Alterations For repairs. Reference . and in accordance with. Quality Control Repairs and alterations to pressure equipment may only be completed under.PESR User Guide e.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 41 of 44 d.AR 49/2006 (PESR) section 11 . Note: The ABSA SCO is responsible to inspect all alterations. Owner's and Repair/Alteration Organization's responsibilities under the Safety Codes Act and Regulations for repairs and alterations to pressure equipment.

will provide the information required.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 42 of 44 f. corrosion or physical damage may have made it illegible. the Authorized Inspector may not witness the nameplate installation if the manufacturer demonstrates sufficient control to ensure it is attached to the correct vessel. along with the Manufacturer s Data Report. For this reason. Replacement of Nameplates on Vessels and Boilers From The Pressure News. There have been incidents where the wrong nameplate has been attached to a vessel.The replacement nameplate can only be installed if the vessel is traceable to the original construction or Manufacturer's Data Report.The nameplate must be attached in the presence of an Authorized Inspector of the province. It is easy to see that the results of such a mistake could be disastrous. there are some requirements you must follow in Alberta when the nameplate is attached. . . This is usually done by stamping a unique serial number on the vessel and matching it to the nameplate when it is attached. This case would be considered the same as the missing or illegible nameplate as discussed above. If the serial number is not visible. Issue 1. the requirements for traceability and the presence of an Authorized Inspector must always be maintained. However. March 2001 There are many circumstances where a nameplate must be replaced after a vessel or boiler has been in service for some time. some other method must be used to establish traceability. This. Requirements for Missing Nameplates. During new construction. this exception does not apply when a vessel is shipped off site without the nameplate. It may have been torn off during movement. Generally. Chemicals. the vessel has a manufacturer's serial number stamped on the shell. Typically. Whatever the reason. Volume 6. Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 . the requirements are as stated in NB-23 under section RB-4000.

it is the owner's responsibility to provide current information about changes in ownership or location so that ABSA can maintain accurate and up-to-date records. Use of AB-10 Form Requirements The Regulations specify the requirements for a person selling or scrapping a pressure vessel. Note that the AB-10 form must be signed off by the owner's representative. and A number was obliterated location to which the vessel was relocated date the vessel has been operating outside of the Province of Alberta date vessel was returned to service.O. P. ABSA forms are available at www. date of sale. number If the vessel was removed from service: date vessel was removed from service date vessel was destroyed and disposed of as scrap. The information required to identify equipment. b. as listed on form AB-10.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 43 of 44 Attachment 6: Change Of Ownership And Other Status Changes a. Reference AR 49/2006 (PESR) section 36 PESR User Guide Change of Ownership or Location. This notification must be provided for all pressure equipment that is identified with an A-number. For all pressure equipment that requires a certificate of inspection permit. Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 . includes: A-number serial number Canadian Registration Number (CRN) If the vessel was sold: name and address of new owner location of vessel contact person and telephone number. ABSA form AB-10 can be used to report a change in ownership or location. Requirements for change of ownership and scrapping a vessel. ABSA created a form (AB-10) to facilitate compliance with the regulatory requirements.ca or by contacting an ABSA office.absa.

Owners who provide information to ABSA indicating that equipment has been destroyed or scrapped should protect themselves against liability by confirming that appropriate action has been taken to prevent further use of that equipment in pressure service. By maintaining such records. Decommissioning Pressure Equipment. This includes ensuring proper maintenance and servicing. The records enable ABSA to confirm that the required inspections have been done. When equipment is sold for pressure service. and that the pressure equipment is maintained and operated in compliance with the Act and Regulations. test records repair or alteration records certificate of inspection or certificate of inspection permit. Equipment records that should be transferred include: design specifications integrity assessment records maintenance. ABSA is able to provide current. upon purchase. Buyers of pressure equipment should be aware that. Buying or Selling Pressure Equipment.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For Inspector certification CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-059 February 2011 PAGE 44 of 44 This information forms part of the records that ABSA is required to maintain on behalf of the Government. and ensuring that integrity assessment is completed to ensure that the equipment is safe for continued operation. This chain of control is critical to pressure equipment safety. to ensure safe operation of the pressure equipment and compliance with the regulations. servicing. it is important to ensure that equipment records are provided to the new owner. Revision: 8 Syllabus Information 2006 . they assume responsibility (and liability) for ensuring that all requirements of the Safety Codes Act are met. This should include removal of the code nameplate and obliteration of the A number to ensure nothing is left to indicate that the item is valid as pressure equipment. See also section 37 regarding responsibility of owners. Some owners also choose to cut holes in destroyed or scrapped equipment. accurate information to the Government and to owners.