The Difference Between A, B & C Ticketed Welder

The Difference Between A, B & C Ticketed Welder

When hiring or looking for the best candidate to complete a welding job, it pays to know what the different levels of certifications are. Some jobs will only need the basics and anyone with the foundations training will understand how to do so. But once you step into the territory of say underwater pipe welding, things tend to get a lot more complicated to say the least. So here is what a A, B and C Level Ticketed welder really means. 

Starting off with the basics, a C Level welder will have all the knowledge of the foundations of welding. They will be capable of working with most aluminium parts and different types of steel. During the C Level training the main focuses are the SMAW, GMAW and FCAW welding processes. Once the in class training portion of the welding has been completed, the welder must complete 1000 hours of work to be credited by the institution. This is the very basic of all ticketed welders, and all welders must complete the foundations before moving on to the next level or looking for work as a certified C Level Welder. A C Level welder will know how to work on heavy duty machinery repairs and fabrication.

A B level ticketed welder will have worked with the foundations, and also have broadened them with a vast knowledge of  pipe welding, fuel gas welding, MIG and TIG Welding. They will also be trained on artisan welding and be able to create and customize certain welding jobs. Another great aspect of the B Level Training is they will train the welders how to read blueprints, which comes in handy when doing bigger projects that require precise measurements and angles. Foundations and performance tests, and company and manufacturers test will also be completed in order to be credited the certification of a B level ticketed welder. B level welders are then able to complete jobs and projects such as heavy duty welding, pipe welding and custom fabrication. 

A Level welders certification training focuses on expanding the welders knowledge on what they already know and diving deeper into stainless steel electrodes, low-alloy steel welding and blueprint reading. An A Level welder is going to be the welder who can do it all, but it takes years to get here so you have to appreciate the process. An A Level welder well be able to work in every industry and complete jobs such as structural welding, heavy duty machinery repair, custom fabrication, pipe welding and building maintenance.

I would also like to add that all A, B and C level welders go through intense safely and precaution knowledge at every level. West Arc Welding currently employees all level welders with our A Levels over seeing and working hands on with each and every job we do. All welders are CWB (Canadian Welding Bureau) Certified and proud of it!

**This article is based on British Columbia and Canadian welding training standards.**

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