There are many certifications applicable to the welding industry in Australia and across the country. One of the most well-known and widely used certifications is ISO 3834, an international standard that ensures quality is built-in to the welding process to reduce reliance on inspection and testing.
Here’s everything you should know about ISO 3834 and what it means for your work in the welding industry.
What is ISO 3834?
ISO 3834 is the international standard outlining the quality requirements for fusion welding with metallic materials. ISO 9001 refers to identifying special processes as necessary, and ISO 3834 satisfies this requirement. This quality is incorporated into the manufacturing of the welded product, not inspected, which is why an up-to-date ISO 3834 system is so valuable. This welding management system demonstrates competence in the fusion welding process when assessed independently.
What are the advantages of ISO 3834?
As an international standard, ISO 3834 is used across countries to confirm quality fusion welding. This welding certification offers a key advantage in proving the professionalism and integrity of your welds. By following this standard, welding companies can obtain globally accredited certifications that offer commercial value by demonstrating experience and expertise. Many clients want proof of quality welding procedures, and ISO 3834 and similar certifications show how welding work meets widely recognised international standards.
How Are These International Standards Applied?
ISO 3834 has positively impacted the welding industry by setting the international standard for fusion welding and it has become mandatory in most construction standards. It’s well worth it to obtain or update your ISO 3834 certification, which helps welding companies stay competitive and offer the highest level of professional service.
There are five key steps in the ISO 3834 certification process, including:
1. System examination
A review of the existing quality management system highlights room for improvement. Welding companies must address areas that require attention and correct any concerns before moving forward with the process.
2. Capabilities questionnaire
A detailed questionnaire covers welding facility functions and capabilities, such as personnel qualification and experience. This is particularly important for any nominated welding coordination or management staff.
Next comes a self-audit using the ISO 3834-2 audit checklist, which outlines the international standard and what’s expected of welding companies that hold this certification.
The two-stage audit process starts with identifying any remaining areas of the quality management system that need to be addressed. The second stage is implementation confirmation, where an assessment team examines specific contracts to evaluate compliance with client expectations and certification standards.
5. Validity and surveillance
The ISO 3834 certificate is valid for five years from the issue date. A qualified assessor must complete an annual surveillance audit to maintain the approval and ensure the certification is current.
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