Chukuni River Bridge

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is also one of the most loaded. It’s companies in the industry wanting to know how it costs to become CWB certified.

While on the surface it seems like an easy question to answer, in truth, it’s not.

Whenever I am asked this, my initial response  is to offer a question back. That question is “why do you want to become certified?”

Structural Steel Fabrication

This is a valid retort since most people interested in CWB certification either (a) want to work in structural steel fabrication and therefore require the certification, or, (b) they want their company to have third party quality assurance which will assist them in securing contracts.

For the company interested in working in structural steel fabrication, this is certainly the way to go. In fact, it’s required. To work on structural steel fabrication or erection in Canada you must have a minimum of a shop that is Certified to CSA W47.1 through the Canadian Welding Bureau

Why CWB certification may not be right for your company:

However, if you’re simply wanting CWB Certification for that third party quality control assurance there are other ways that can often prove to be less costly.

Unless your client requires it of you, or you happen to be one of the few companies that erects buildings or fabricates bridges you don’t actually need that qualification.

Of course, being a CWB test centre, I’d love to say you need CWB certification, simply because it brings me more business. But, what’s more important than the one time business to me is ensuring growth in our industry and I don’t want to be one of those people trying to sell you something you don’t need.

The reason you might not need CWB certification, is because CWB is standardized testing. Unless the joint configuration actually represents what your welders are doing in house, you might end up spending a lot of money on testing, causing frustration amongst your welders which never helps performance on the shop floor and can impede quality control.

Company Specific Quality Assurance

One option you may want to consider is what’s referred to as Company Specific Quality Assurance; and don’t worry, we can help you with this. We have direct experience developing customized quality control programs for the industry that uses the joint configuration you already use each and every day.

Our experienced team of welding engineers, international welding specialists, inspectors and red seal welders will devise a plan specific to your company, for initial testing for new hires, as well as a intenral and third party inspection and testing plan which will ensure long term quality control.

Our goal isn’t to up-sell you, and to be honest, I think that’s why AXIS has been so successful in this industry for so long. We want to work with what you’re already doing in a cost efficient manner that standardizes your procedures and ensures the highest quality of service for your customers.

Call me today and let’s talk about how we can help save you money, but still get the Quality System you require.