Welder Endorsement: Multi-Process Alloy Welding (MPAW)

*To register for this program you must hold either a Welder – Certificate of Qualification with Interprovincial Red Seal Endorsement OR a Welder B – Certificate of Qualification with Interprovincial Red Seal Endorsement. This advanced level of training will appear as an endorsement on the original Welder Certificate of Qualification.

Multi-Process Alloy Welding (MPAW) is the former Specialty Metals Endorsement program. The MPAW Endorsement enables a welder to weld specialized alloys, by any manual welding process, in any position, and such other work as is usually done by a Red Seal Certified Welder.

For more information on the Welder program please refer to the Welder program page.


Program Updates:

The new Program Outline is in effect as of March 31, 2017. Please refer to OPSN-2016-014 for complete details. Please note that the changes resulting from Harmonization of the Welder program have had an impact in the training content for the MPAW endorsement.  Please refer to the Outline Review Details attached at the end of the OPSN.

The exam weighting chart is available for the Endorsement exam for Multi-Process Alloy Welding (MPAW) and shows the approximate percentage of weighting per General Area of Competency (GAC).

Program Information

The documents below offer detailed information specific to this program.

  • Program Profile
  • Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification
  • Download(PDF 136.21 KB)
  • Program Outline
  • Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(PDF 415.53 KB)

Challenge Certification/Recognize Prior Experience

If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.

  • Instructions
  • How to Apply
  • Download(PDF 260.34 KB)
  • Application Form
  • Personal information and exams scheduling information (for challenge option)
  • Download(PDF 173.84 KB)
  • Employer Declaration
  • Document of relevant work experience
  • Download(PDF 85.86 KB)
  • Statutory Declaration
  • Attestation for self-employment/work experience when employer cannot be contacted
  • Download(PDF 112.17 KB)