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ASME BPV Code, Section IX: Welding, Brazing and Fusing Qualifications (Virtual Classroom)

Comply with the requirements of ASME Section IX rules for qualification of welding and brazing procedures and personnel.

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  • Aug 19-22nd, 2024




The course commences at 9:30 AM and ends at 6 PM Eastern each day, with scheduled breaks througout.

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This course covers the layout, scope, and use of ASME BPV Code, Section IX through illustrative examples. It explains and demonstrates the rules for qualification of welding and brazing procedures and personnel. Participants learn about the basic rules for the use of Section IX in conjunction with other construction codes. These rules include the identification of responsibilities for procedure and personnel qualification as well as the activities that can be subcontracted by the manufacturer. 
The course also presents basic characteristics of the welding processes as a basis for understanding the essential and nonessential variables that are listed for the qualification of procedures and personnel. Some basic metallurgy is presented to explain the philosophy supporting the essential variable rules of the Code. Examples of welding procedure and personnel qualification documentation are also presented to demonstrate how the essential and nonessential variables are identified and documented. Finally, a brief discussion and demonstration will be conducted to show how supplementary essential variables can be addressed when impact toughness is required. 

Participants should have an introductory background in Section IX. 
Course Materials (included in purchase of course): 

  • Participants will receive access to the following Code/Standard(s) via ASME’s Digital Collection for the duration of the course:

    • ASME B&PVC Section IX – Welding, Brazing, & Fusing Qualifications
  • Downloadable version of the course presentation via ASME's learning platform

By participating in this course, you will learn how to successfully:

  • Explain the layout and scope of Section IX
  • Describe the qualification of procedures & personnel in Section IX 
  • Identify the basic features of the commonly used welding processes 
  • Explain the concept of carbon equivalent and hardenability of steels 
  • Identify the nonessential variables and essential variables in the WPS
  • Explain how to prepare and modify the PQR and WPS from fundamental data
  • Identify supplementary essential variables 

Who should attend? 
This course is intended for engineers, supervisors, quality assurance/control personnel, auditors, and other technical personnel working in the boiler, pressure vessel, petrochemical, biopharmaceutical, or other industry whose welding qualifications are governed by ASME BPV Code Section IX. 

This ASME Virtual Classroom course is held live with an instructor on our online learning platform. A Certificate of Completion will be issued to registrants who successfully attend and complete the course. 

Can't make one of the scheduled sessions? This course is also available On Demand.


Module 1: Welding Process Basics – basic features of some more commonly used welding processes

  • Overview
  • Oxyfuel Welding (OFW)
  • Shielded Metal-Arc Welding (SMAW)
  • Gas Metal-Arc Welding (GMAW)
  • Flux Cored-Arc Welding (FCAW)
  • Gas Tungsten-Arc Welding (GTAW)
  • Submerged-Arc Welding (SAW)
  • Plasma-Arc Welding (PAW)
  • Other Welding Processes

Module 2: Metallurgy & Welding Metallurgy – basic metallurgy concepts and how they apply to welding

  • Introduction
  • Overview
  • Basic Steel Metallurgy
  • Hardenability
  • Stainless Steels
  • Other Alloy Systems
  • Basics of Mechanical Testing
  • Basics of Welding Metallurgy

Module 3: Code Basics – layout, scope & responsibilities

  • Background
  • Layout of Section IX
  • Part QW Article I Welding General Requirements
  • Part QW Article II Welding Procedure Qualifications
  • Part QW Article III Welding Performance Qualifications
  • Part QW Article IV Welding Data
  • Part QW Article V Standard Welding Procedure Specifications (SWPSs)
  • Part QB Brazing

Module 4: WPS Qualification Variables for SMAW – the basic WPS qualification variables in Table QW-253

  • Introduction
  • Variables
  • QW-402 Joints
  • QW-403 Base Metals
  • QW-404 Filler Metals
  • QW-405 Positions
  • QW-406 Preheat
  • QW-407 PWHT
  • QW-409 Electrical Characteristics
  • QW-410 Technique
  • Summary

Module 5: Notch Toughness & Supplementary Essential Variables – notch toughness & modification of a WPS using supplementary essential variables

  • Notch-Toughness
  • Supplementary Essential Variables
  • Qualification of a WPS With Notch Toughness

Module 6: Developing a WPS –information needed to generate a WPS that is code-compliant, economical for the fabricator and useful to the welder

  • Introduction
  • Essential Variables
  • Nonessential Variables
  • Client Requirements
  • Developing a WPS

Module 7: Qualifying Welding Personnel – the essential variables for qualifying welders/welding operators in Article III

  • Introduction
  • Essential Variables
  • Manual And Semiautomatic Welding
  • Other Processes
  • Automatic Welding Processes
  • Machine Welding Processes
  • Generating A Welding Performance Qualification

Module 8: Brazing 

  • How it works
  • Procedure Qualification
  • Performance Qualification

Module 9: Fusing

  • Essential variables and the tests required to qualify fusing procedures
  • Essential variables and the tests required to qualify fusing personnel
  • The plastic fusing processes covered by Section IX
  • Difference between fusing and brazing procedures

Lynn Sturgill, B.S., SCWI, ASNT Level III VT

President, Sturgill Welding & Code Consulting

Lynn Sturgill (B.S., SCWI, ASNT Level III VT) has more than 30 years’ experience in the manufacturing, welding, and inspection of metallic goods in the nuclear, aerospace, structural, petrochemical, military, and biopharmaceutical industries.

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