File:PVE-4711, Last Updated: May 26 2014, By: LB

More Updates (May 2014):

After discussing this topic with TSASK, we have some more useful information not currently covered by TSASKs web site:

Initially this alternative registration process was put in place to cover used vessels where the owner did not have fabrication drawings or calculations. The legislation was not written to exclude using this system for new vessels so TSASK allows this process on new vessels. Future versions of the legislation may be updated to exclude new vessels.

Once TSASK has reviewed your application and agreed that the vessel is within the scope of allowed vessels, a letter is drafted and returned to the owner as proof of filing.

A vessel filed this way can not be altered. At time of alteration, the vessel might have to be fully CRN registered to allow the alteration to proceed.

In light of these and other potential restrictions TSASK recommends anyone contemplating using this filing process call first.

Update (May 2014):

Saskatchewan allowing the use of ONLY National Board registered vessels remains an important experiment in Canada. Initially we were excited by this option. Currently our enthusiasm is tempered by a few issues: 1) The price has gone up substantially from the initial $110 to the current $371. This can still be a bargain compared to the cost and delays of CRN registration. 2) TSASK has added a series of restrictions on which vessels this method of registration can be applied to (see chart below). Check carefully, you must pay up front. If your vessel does not match the requirements you do not get your money back. 3) No other jurisdiction has followed along.

Once this program was installed, the volume of work we did with Saskatchewan dropped to about 1/3. It still made sense for companies with standard product lines to get CRNs and not need to register each vessel. This was at the old $110 price. Also, some customer wanted proof that their products were reviewed, which is built into the CRN system. When the additional restrictions were added our volume of work went up, but still not as high as it originally was. People are still using this alternative when they can.

Considering how long Registration takes and how much it cost at many jurisdictions, we need to be doing everything we can to make this CRN system work. This is just one of many experiments we can be trying. We have so much that we need to do, and are doing so little to make things better!


The updated restrictions on using ONLY National Board registration in Saskatchewan

Original Post (Jan 2012):


1. The boiler or pressure vessel: a. is constructed in strict compliance with the administrative and technical rules of the appropriate section of the ASME code; b. is stamped in accordance with the ASME code with the applicable code symbol stamp; c. is registered with the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors (NBBI); d. records the NBBI registration number on the data report required by the ASME code; e. and stamps the NBBI registration number on the nameplate of the boiler or pressure vessel.

To use this registration option as an alternative to the CRN process:

Before a boiler or pressure vessel mentioned above is installed, the owner must submit the data report for registration. The fee for the registration of the data report is $110.00 and shall accompany the data report.

Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan

2202 2nd Avenue


Make check payable to: Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan

We are PVEng are grateful that Saskatchewan has put the effort into making this alternative to the CRN process available and wish other provinces joined in!