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Target audience 

This international coding standard is suitable for pressure vessels, pressure pipe work and other critical applications such as bridges and some structural steel work applications.

Entry requirements 

Our instructor will first of all discuss the welder's experience and personal aims and/or the company's objectives for that specific welder, so that all parties can fully understand and agree the levels that need to be attained.

Course content 

These tests are carried out in accordance with welding standard ASME IX or BS EN 9606 and are usually subject to volumetric inspection such as radiography or ultrasonic examination.

Depending on particular weld configuration, each test can cover a range of welding variables e.g. material thickness and welding positions.

Welder coding certificates must be signed every 6 months by a suitably qualified person to confirm the welder is still producing welds of the required standard and are formally re-tested AT LEAST EVERY TWO YEARS.

Teaching & Learning 

Practical assessment with a highly qualified TWI (The Welding Institute) welding instructor.

Assessment criteria 

Competence is assessed through observation and practical tasks.


ASME IX/ BSEN ISO 9606 Weld Test

Other information 

  • Each candidate is required to attend an assessment day prior to testing to ensure the candidate is at the required level
  • Commercial bookings only
  • E-mail -
  • Telephone 01429 404037 or 01429 292888

Hartlepool College is now fully accredited as an approved TWI (The Welding Institute) Training Centre, meaning we can carry out our own inspections of test pieces.  Our tutors are TWI certified to carry out training and examination of the test pieces


Whatever course you choose, you'll get the highest level of training from specialist tutors, benefiting from their knowledge and experience of working not just in education but also in industry.

Application & Enrolment

You are able to apply online for all courses, however to complete your course enrolment fully, you will need to have an interview and then be accepted onto a course. The only courses available to enrol online are Full Cost courses, if you wish to enrol on any other course please call into Student Services or call 01429 295000.

Full Cost course fees are inclusive of VAT.

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