Canadian Registration Number (CRN)

The CRN (Canadian Registration Number) system is the Canadian method of reviewing and registering the design of pressure vessels, piping systems and the fittings used to make them.

  • All Canadian provinces and territories, collectively called jurisdictions, use the CRN system.
  • The system is governed by the general CSA B51 standard, but every jurisdiction adds their own specific rules to make the standard enforceable.
  • The B51 standard is not a stand alone design code. ASME codes like VIII-1 and B31.3 provide the design and production methods. B51 adds some more rules specific to Canada.
  • Ideally design review and QC acceptance is completed prior to construction. It must be done prior to use.
  • CRN registration is required for each jurisdiction where the equipment is used.
  • Once registered, fabrication and inspection is handled the same as with National Board production.
  • Once registered any number of identical vessels or fittings can be produced.
  • CRN registered products can be built anywhere in the world.

Issues that regularly arise with CRN registration:

  • It is reasonable to budget a half year for design registration in all jurisdictions. Typical times are less, but it can takes longer.
  • CRN specific knowledge is required for successful registration – some is documented, and some is not.
  • A design is reviewed seven times if it will be used Canada wide. A failure in one jurisdiction can lead to redesign and restarting the whole process. It is important to design conservatively.
  • It is hard to find registered fittings for use in vessels and piping systems.
  • Registration fees are 130 times as higher than National Board.

It is important to understand this when planning pressure equipment for Canada. The pages below are resources and an introduction to the CRN system. Pressure Vessel Engineering offers extensive design and CRN registration services. Our advertisement is at the bottom of the page.

Essential CRN Resources




Understanding the CRN System




CRN Blog


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