Sanlaser Company

Welding Qualification Workshop – Best Practices 2022


Miller Electric
15331 Vantage Pkwy E
Houston, Texas 77032


Martica Ventura


P 3054439353


• Each attendee will receive a hard copy of the 2021 edition of ASME’s Section IX Welding, Brazing, and Fusing Qualifications and AWS D1.1 Code Book
• Attendees will earn 24 PDHs upon completion


Many laws require fabrication and construction to be performed in accordance with construction Codes, such as AWS and ASME codes, most of which require welders and the welding procedures they use to be qualified. The Welder Performance Qualifications (WPQs) and Welding Procedure Specifications (WPSs) generated are an important part of any organization’s quality management program. This workshop will explore that role and guide the participants through the process of qualifying both welders and welding procedures in accordance with the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section IX. This includes classroom lecture in addition to live demonstrations of the welding of the coupons; test specimen removal and preparation; tension, bend, and charpy testing; evaluation of the test results; and generation of the WPQs, procedure qualification record(s) (PQRs), and WPSs.

Topics include:

  • Why do welders have to be qualified?

  • Who is responsible for qualifying welders?

  • What is a welder performance qualification (WPQ)?

  • What is a WPS?

  • Why are WPSs necessary and who cares about them?

  • How various industries and codes address welding procedure qualification

  • Understanding essential “variables”

  • What comes first? The WPS or the PQR?

  • How to qualify multiple welding processes and/or filler metal classifications using a single test coupon

  • When and how to amend an existing WPS to extend the qualification range(s)

  • Addressing heat-input control for WPSs qualified with toughness

  • Sources for reasonable and meaningful ranges for variables on the WPS

  • Avoiding the common mistakes in WPS qualification

*Registration is limited to 40 students


Richard D. Campbell

Richard D. Campbell

Bechtel Fellow & Welding Technical Specialist


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Mike Rice

Retired Senior Corporate Welding Engineer

Nooter Corporation

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Walter J. Sperko, P.E.

Walter J. Sperko, P.E.


Sperko Engineering Services, Inc.

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Lynn Sturgill

Lynn Sturgill


Sturgill Welding & Code Consulting

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Scott Witkowski

Scott Witkowski

Vice President

Republic Testing Laboratories, LLC

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