Certification: Boilers and Pressure Vessels

The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) administers the certification and training of boilers and pressure vessels occupations.

The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) sets standards and administers the policies, procedures and processes for certification of occupations regulated under the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000 and Ontario Regulation 222/01: Boilers and Pressure Vessels.

Up-to-date knowledge of these codes and standards and an understanding of how they apply to your organization is essential to the safe and efficient operation of your boilers and pressure vessels. 

TSSA recommends that all examination candidates review the Certification Examination Preparation Guide (pdf) before submitting a request for an examination.

Certification and Examination 

To apply for certification, submit the Application for National Board Examination and Certificate of Competency Examination and Certification form (pdf).

Use this link to schedule an exam

Need help preparing for your exam? View TSSA's Certification Examination Preparation Guide (pdf)

If you have questions, read our frequently asked questions about examination and certification.

Becoming a qualified BPV inspector

To qualify as a BPV inspector, you must: 

  1. Meet the education and experience requirements in Ontario Regulation 222/01: Boilers and Pressure Vessels
  2. Pass the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors Exam
  3. Pass the TSSA Certificate of Competency Exam (pdf)

Applications to write TSSA's Certificate of Competency exam must come from your employer, an insurer or organization authorized to perform inspections on behalf of an insurer. They must certify that you meet all the requirements of Ontario Regulation 222/01: Boilers and Pressure Vessels

For more information on welder and brazer certification, visit the Welding or Brazing Procedure & Personnel Qualification page.

Ontario Training and Seminars

We offer a variety of training programs to help improve safety proactively in your organization.

We also offer private on-site training which can be tailored to suit your organization's needs, based on our extensive knowledge and experience in:

  • Inspection

  • Design review

  • Training standards

  • Code development 

Our training programs are based on real-life experience and working knowledge of code and regulatory requirements. The result is a practical learning experience, relevant to your organization and employees, motivating and equipping them with the ability to work safely and productively while maintaining compliancy. 

Available training seminars:

Boiler and pressure vessel codes are constantly changing. It is critical to have up-to-date knowledge of these codes and standards. Understanding how they apply to your organization is essential to safe and efficient operation. That is why TSSA has developed seminars that cover the application of the codes related to power piping, process piping, pressure vessels and welding. 

 

Alternate Piping Inspection Process - Regulatory Requirements Training Course (Module 1): 

The current Enhanced Piping Process ceased to be in effect on October 1, 2023, and has been replaced by a voluntary, Alternate Piping Inspection Process made available since May 1, 2023. This Alternate Piping Inspection Process is now in effect and allows qualified piping contractors to inspect eligible piping systems and submit a data report to TSSA for approval.
To be eligible to use the Alternate Piping Inspection Process, a qualified piping contractor must meet all requirements in the Alternate Process for Pressure Piping Inspection in Ontario Safety Advisory. To help industry professionals understand the regulatory requirements relating to the voluntary Alternate Piping Process, TSSA’s Boilers & Pressure Vessels Safety Program is hosting the Regulatory Requirements Training Course (Module 1):
 
 

Alternate Piping Inspection Training Seminar Registration Form (pdf)

B31.1 Power Piping Code

This seminar provides an overview of the code, regulatory requirements, and detailed technical code training. Training covers all components of the code, including materials, fabrication, welding, non-destructive testing (NDE), inspection and pressure testing.

B31.3 Process Piping Code 

This seminar includes an overview of the code, regulatory requirements, and detailed technical code training. Training covers all components of the code including:

  • General requirements including materials, fabrication, welding, non-destructive testing (NDE), inspection and pressure testing.

  • Category D service.

  • Normal fluid service.

  • Category M service.

Ontario Repairs and Alterations 

This seminar includes an overview of:

  • Repair and alteration codes for boilers, pressure vessels, piping, and fittings.

  • Regulatory requirements.

  • Detailed technical training. 

Training covers interpretation and application of the codes and standards including material, fabrication, inspection, and test requirements, as well as marking and reports.

ASME Section IX

This Welding Qualifications seminar includes an overview of the regulatory and code requirements and detailed technical code training. Training covers qualification of welding procedures and welders as well as a practical exercise in the making of a basic weld, procedures and welder qualifications.

Establishing and Maintaining an Effective Quality System

In this seminar you will learn how to define, document, and control an effective quality control system that meets the TSSA and code requirements. For companies seeking or currently working to a Certificate of Authorization for Piping Installation and Fabrication, Repair or Alteration and Owner User Programs, this seminar provides an understanding of how to document (write) the Quality Manual, as well as how to control it to maintain the Quality Systems effectiveness. 

Ontario Boilers and Pressure Vessels Regulations and TSSA Requirements

In this seminar you will learn about the Boilers and Pressure Vessels regulations, codes and standards that govern the Boilers and Pressure Vessels and Pressure Piping industries in Ontario. This includes the responsibilities of owners, users, fabricators, and installers of pressure equipment being installed or operating in Ontario. 

Accredited Training Providers

Training providers must be accredited by TSSA before they are eligible to provide or offer a training program to the public. Search our Accredited Training Provider Directory.