This European Standard specifies the method of testing the knowledge and skill of a welder who is required to carry out welds on thermoplastics in new constructions and repair work. The skill examination of a welder is an essential condition for the assurance of the quality of the welding work. The application of this standard guarantees that the examination is carried out according to a uniform test
procedure. This European Standard applies when the contractor or the authorities responsible for the application require
it. Gas and water utility network industries with alternative qualification programmes are excluded from this
standard. This European Standard applies to the following welding processes: hot gas welding: round nozzle, high speed nozzle, wedge; extrusion welding; heated tool welding: butt, saddle, socket, wedge; electrofusion welding: socket, saddle; solvent welding: socket. This European Standard applies to the welding of the following products: sheet; pipe; fittings; lining membrane. This European Standard covers the welding of the following groups of materials: a) for sheets, pipes and fittings: 1) group 1: PVC (including all kinds of PVC-U, PVC-C), ABS; 2) group 2: PP (including all kinds of PP); 3) group 3: PE (including all kinds of PE); 4) group 4: PVDF; 5) group 5: ECTFE or PFA or FEP; b) for lining membranes: 1) group 6: PVC-P; 2) group 7: PE (including all kinds of PE); 3) group 8: ECB; 4) group 9: PP.