I-Car Welding Qualification

Before taking the Steel Welding Qualification Test, you will receive a package that includes the I-Car WCS03 disc, an I-Car Steel Welding Gauge, and a complete list of required tools and personal protective equipment.  The student should:

  • Review the I-Car WCS03 disc.  All parameters of the test are explained in detail on the disc.
  • Practice on 18-gauge, automotive grade, 60/60 electrogalvanized steel.
  • Inspect their test welds visually using the supplied I-Car Steel GMA (MIG) Welding Gauge.
  • Destructively test their welds using the destructive testing instructions.

On the day of the test, the I-Car test administrator will:

  • Go through the welding test procedures and show the videos on how the welds are made and will be visually and destructively tested.
  • Explain the rules of the Steel Welding Qualification Test
  • Inspect the tools and equipment you brought
  • Allow you to pick out a welding station.  Welding machines are provided for the test
  • Answer questions on the equipment at the welding stations

On the day of the test, students are required to bring the following personal protective equipment:

  • A welding helmet
  • Welding gloves
  • Safety glasses, which must be worn at all times
  • A welding respirator (NIOSH approved)
  • Safety footwear, CSA approved
  • Welding jacket or welding sleeves (optional)

The student is also required to bring these additional items on the day of the test:

  • Photo identification
  • An I-Car GMA (MIG) Welding Gauge
  • Your Canadian I-CAR ID number
  • Prescription glasses, reading glasses or a cheater lens if required

On the day of the test:

  • There will be two hours to complete the entire test
  • The test is divided into two segments, one hour for the vertical and one hour for the overhead portions
  • The first 40 minutes of each segment is used for practicing the welds in each position 
  • This is followed by 20 minutes for the actual test in each position

The four basic welds you are required to complete in the vertical and overhead positions are:

  • Butt joint with backing
  • Open butt joint
  • Fillet weld on lap joint
  • Plug weld on lap joint