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Migrant Welder Information

Quick Start Guide

App: Heat Input Helper

Agents / Labour Brokers:

Being an agent for welders is generally more difficult than is the case for other trades, because a trade qualification is not enough to prove that a welder is suitable for a job that your client is hiring the welder for. Your client will typically require the welder to pass "coding" tests. Conversely, there are many good welders around that do not even have any trade qualifications, so it can be difficult to prove to a prospective client that the welder you are offering him/her is a good welder.

The coding tests that the welders need to perform each time they move from one fabricator to the next also costs you money due to the time and effort involved in organising the tests.

It can also be difficult for an Agent to retain good welders on their books, as there is little incentive for a welder to remain with an Agent. If another agent offers a slightly higher rate, then it is difficult to retain that welder. It can also be difficult to make sure that the list of welders on your books, and their contact details, does not end up in the wrong hands.

By using Welderpassport, these problems are solved in the following ways:

  • Less time involved in performing coding tests. In many instances this can be entirely eliminated.
  • Once a welder has built up a history on the Welderpassport database, it is simple to prove to prospective clients that you are offering qualified and experienced welders, and the type of experience that the welder possesses.
  • You can communicate more effectively with your clients by giving them access to the particular welder's qualifications, irrespective of where in the world your client may be. As all the information is password protected, information is only made available when you give your client access.
  • A feature of the Welderpassport website allows you to schedule your welder's time spent at the different clients.
  • As the migrant welder qualifications that you place on the Welderpassport website is controlled by yourself, it means that when the welder moves, he/she will have to start building up a history from the start again. The welder will therefore have an incentive to remain with the Agent that has control of his qualifications on the Welderpassport database.
  • As the welder's contact details are not maintained on the Welderpassport database, it can not accidentaly fall into the wrong hands.


Hiring temporary welders for use on projects and shut-downs, can be time consuming, costly and often frustrating. Sometimes welders arrive for coding tests that clearly are not capable, and consequently end up wasting your time. At other times, welders do pass the coding test, but once the job starts, it becomes clear that they can not perform consistently good welds, and may have just been "lucky" to pass the test. This usually only becomes apparent after they have already been busy with production welding for some time, resulting in high repair bills and delays. At other times you need to get a welder on a job as soon as possible, but delays are experienced because the welder first needs to undergo coding tests. Sometimes you are hiring a welder that is clearly capable, but you need to expend time and money on coding tests that the welder has often passed before.

By using Welderpassport, these problems are solved in the following ways:

  • If the welder comes with qualifications that have been verified by independent third parties, and his/her coding validation is current, you do not need to spend the time and expense on re-doing the tests. (Radiography or Ultrasonics is recommended on the first production weld. to confirm all is well.)
  • If the welder's employment history is available on-line, you can make sure that s/he is indeed a consistently good welder.
  • If you can review all of a welder's codings before you sign him/her on, then you can be certain of his/her welding abilities.
  • The probability of hiring a "dud" welder that is going to ruin your reputation and profits are greatly reduced.


End user organisations such as petro-chemical companies or power utilities, are often faced with unplanned stopages where maintenance or repairs are required on a break-down basis. When welding is required, it is imperative that the right welders are obtained in as short a period of time as possible, as plant down-time is extremely costly. Presently, it is very difficult for end-users to verify the experience and ability of welders, before they arrive on site. Another problem is that the supply of welders may be restricted due to a number of shut-downs being held simultaneously, within a given geographical area, but the systems to support the mobility of welders from other areas are not readily available.

By using Welderpassport, these problems are solved in the following ways:

  • End-users can review welder qualifications, and employment history, of migrant welders being offered by participating agents before the welders arrive on site.
  • Due to the on-line availability of welder qualifications, welders can get "on the job" much sooner, cutting down on costly plant down time.
  • It is easier for agents to co-operate in bringing in welders from other geographical areas, when the supply of welders are limited, because the systems for doing so are readily available.


Being a welder is a more demanding occupation than most, as a welder needs to constantly show his/her competency by performing coding tests. Such tests are often repeated by migrant welders, and one "bad day" while performing test welds can ruin a welder's reputation, or cost you a lucrative contract. In addition, depending on the agreement that you have with your agent and the client that is going to hire you, performing such coding tests can be dead time for you, during which time you make a reduced income, or get no income at all. As an experienced welder, it is difficult to justify higher rates than is paid to less experienced welders, unless it is clear that by hiring you the client will be getting a better deal in terms of improved ability and reduced weld failure/repair rates.

By using Welderpassport, these problems are solved in the following ways:

  • If you as a migrant welder arrives at a new client with most, or all of your codings, it will not be necessary to perform additional coding tests, eliminating the risk of a "random" failure.
  • It will be much quicker for you to start on new work, increasing your earning capacity.
  • If you have a good history on the Welderpassport system, then you may be able to demand higher rates than less experienced welders.


If you are busy consulting to fabricators or agents regarding their welder qualifications, you may be experiencing the situation that each client uses their own system. Some of these systems may be developed in-house, and may not be very good. In addition, these systems may not be available off-site, increasing the amount of time spent commuting to client sites, and decreasing productive hours.

By using Welderpassport, these problems are solved in the following ways:

  • It is possible to be a registered user for any number of different fabricators or agents, allowing you to access all your client's welder qualification records through a single application, while ensuring that the data is available only to the particular client at hand.
  • Because the application is internet based, you can access all this data from any location with an internet connection.




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