AWS TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION
Course Description

Fundamentals
The course will serve as a great boon to welding inspection, particularly for practicing welding inspectors and who wants to be an aspiring AWS-certified welding inspector. The main emphasis is to understand the actual practice of professional welding inspectors. Course participants will undergo a through training to get them well versed with the codes/standards in practice, the fundamentals of welding inspection, and actual hands-on inspection of weld replicas with various inspection tools.

• Welding inspection and certification
• Safe practices for welding inspectors
• Metal joining and cutting processes
• Weld joint geometry and welding symbols
• Documents governing welding inspection and qualification
• Metal properties and destructive testing
• Metric practice for welding inspection
• Welding metallurgy for the welding inspector
• Weld and base metal discontinuities
• Visual inspection and other NDT methods

Practical
Measurement of welds defect pieces with measuring tools and evaluate in accordance with a “Book of specifications”
• Welding Procedure Qualification record (PQR)
• Welding procedure specification (WPS)
• Welder qualification test (WQT)
• Mechanical tests and properties
• Welding inspection and flaws
• Non-destructive testing

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
All personnel responsible for making decisions, exercising judgements applicable to welding operations in power generation, petrochemical, oil and gas, fertilizer, shipbuilding and maintenance, structural fabrication, offshore & onshore structure fabrication, etc.

DO YOU QUALIFY?

To qualify as a Certified Welding Inspector, you must pass a vision test and have a combination of qualifying education and work experience, with supporting documentation:

MINIMUM EDUCATION

MINIMUM WORK EXPERIENCE

Associate or higher degree in engineering technology, engineering, or a physical science

3 years

High school diploma plus two or more years engineering/technical school courses

3 years

High school diploma plus one year engineering/technical school courses or one or more years of
vocational education and training in a welding curriculum

4 years

High school diploma or approved high school equivalency diploma

5 years

At least 8th grade

9 years

Less than 8th grade

12 years

 

 

Job title

  • WELDING ENGINEERS
  • WELDING INSPECTOR
  • QUALITY CONTROL ENGINEERS & SUPERVISORS
  • QUALITY ASSURANCE ENGINEERS & SUPERVISORS
  • TECHNICAL SERVICES ENGINEERS & SUPERVISORS
  • ERECTION & CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERS & SUPERVISORS

  • EXAMINATION & CERTIFICATION
  • The AWS-CWI examination consists of THREE Tests – Fundamentals, Practical and Code Book Examination
  • The CWI exam consists of three two-hour parts. (Certified Welding Educator [CWE] candidates only have to take the first two parts)
  • Part A: Fundamentals.
    This two-hour, 150-question closed-book test covers all facets of welding processes and nondestructive examination

    Part B: Practical Applications.
    This two-hour, hands-on test will require you to answer 46 questions using actual visual inspection tools with plastic replicas of welds, and a sample codebook (“Book of Specifications”), which will be provided for the exam

    Part C: Open-Book Code Application.
    This two-hour, open-book test includes 46–60 questions establishing your ability to find and comprehend information in one of your choice of five welding codes. Most candidates choose either

    D1.1 or API 1104, and AWS offers preparatory Code Clinics for each.

    You may also take Part C to several other codes; however, no AWS Code Clinics or study materials are offered for them: AWS D1.2/D1.2M (Aluminum); D1.5M/D1.5 (Bridge Welding Code); AWS D15.1 (Railroad Welding Code); ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Sections VIII and IX, or ASME Section IX, B31.1, and B31.3. The Welding Inspection Technology Workshop and the Visual Inspection Workshop (without a Code Clinic) would be the best choice if you are taking Part C to one of these alternative code books.

    Exam Scoring Requirements.
  • CWI: Completion of Parts A, B, and C with a minimum score of 72% in each part
  • CAWI: Completion of Parts A, B, and C with a minimum score of 60% in each part
  • CWE: Completion of Parts A and B with a minimum score of 60% in each part
  • Candidates who intend to renew CWI Certification after 9 years can appear for a 9 year re-certification
  • examination (Practical) to get renewed AWS – CWI Certificate

  • For candidates scoring 72 % and above, AWS will award the Certificate as Certified welding Inspector. The candidates scoring less than 72 %, but more than 60 % will be issued Certificate as Certified Associate welding Inspector. For scoring less than 60 %, no certificate is issued.

    Note : AWS-CWI Certificate is Valid for 3 THREE Years from the date of issue.
    SCWI- Senior Certified Welding Inspector : 15 Years of Experience in Welding and AWS-CWI, 2 times renewal (6 Years).