Bolting Specialist Qualification Program

This program is designed to train and evaluate a bolter's ability to inspect, assemble, disassemble and tighten bolted joints in an effective and safe manner.

Through online courses and hands-on training, successful candidates will understand and demonstrate the principles and practices of safe bolted joint assembly as outlined in Appendix A of ASME PCC-1: Guidelines for Pressure Boundary Bolted Flange Joint Assembly. Successful candidates will show their ability to apply these practices in the assembly of bolted joints safely and effectively.

The program consists of four online modules and a one-day hands-on training session. Candidates who successfully complete the online courses and pass the online final examination as well as hands-on instructor's evaluation will receive the ASME Certificate for the Qualified Bolting Specialist.*

*This qualification does not make any determination of an individual's capabilities in applying this general knowledge within a specific work environment or under actual working conditions. It remains the sole responsibility of the employer of the individual to determine competency for assigned tasks and work. It is not a certification.


You Will Learn To

  • Explain the objectives and methods involved in bolting assembly
  • Perform bolting tasks safely according to applicable standards and procedures
  • Identify and evaluate problems
  • Contribute to a safe work environment for bolting assembly activities

Who Should Attend
Anyone involved in the assembly, disassembly or quality assurance of bolted joints.


1 Bolting Principles and Procedures
This training and assessment is designed to improve your knowledge of the principles and procedures involved in bolting. It is delivered in four online courses with multiple-choice reviews:
Part 1: Principles of the Bolted Joint and ASME PCC-1
Part 2: Flanges, Fasteners and Gaskets
Part 3: Putting It Together/Taking It Apart
Part 4: Bolting Safety and Tool Handling

2 Bolting Specialist Application Packet and Final Examination
After completing the 4 online courses and passing each multiple-choice review, you will need to submit an application to enroll in the Final Examination. In the application, a reference will need to complete a form, verifying that you have completed at least 6 months of work experience in bolted joint assembly. Once this application packet is approved, you will be enrolled in the online Final Examination.

3 Hands-On Tool Demonstration and Testing
This part of the program is delivered in a one-day training session where you will review, observe and demonstrate actual tool handling and safety principles. This one-day session covers the practical application of the principles and practices to show that you can safely and effectively operate bolting tools and assemble functioning joints. It is designed to test and improve your skills. This course can only be taken after successful completion of all four online courses and the final examination. Current ASME Approved Training Providers and locations where Hands-On Tool Demonstration and Testing are available.


FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM OR HOW TO APPLY, CONTACT: boltingtraining@asme.org