The American Welding Society (AWS) is the most prestigious welding entity in the world. Since its founding in 1.919, the best professionals have participated in the creation, dissemination and delivery of the most comprehensive training programs in welding and joining technology. Based on the texts, codes and information books that capture the best experience of all these professionals who have been deposited in the coffers of the prestigious American Welding Society.
Any company in which welding is an important asset or activity, working both in Europe and on other continents, is daily facing codes originally created by AWS.
The various accreditations provided by AWS to welding experts at different levels and specialties are recognized worldwide as a guarantee of knowledge and experience by the person who owns it. A CWI is a professional of recognized prestige in the field of welding, with authority to control and take responsibility for the quality of a welded product in any type of manufacturing as well as the personnel that performs welding. After at least 6 years of experience as CWI you are eligible for certification as Senior CWI (SCWI) which additionally grants you authority for the qualification of welding procedures and to develop and audit welding quality systems.
AWS has a well-earned reputation as a quality certification provider to welding industry professionals worldwide.
These Events will be reserved for training and examination to earn the Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) accreditation, based on AWS D1.1 “Structural Welding Code – Steel”. You can also choose to take examination based on other AWS, ASME or API codes, but the knowledge of AWS D1.1 will provide a basic understanding of welding as an essential production process.
Although some AWS codes and information are translated into Spanish, the reality is that a company or person preparing to qualify with AWS is specially preparing for jobs that can be developed anywhere in the world or that involve communication with other companies, both customers and suppliers, outside Spain.
For this reason, this SEMINAR AND EXAMINATION EVENT TO ACCESS THE CERTIFIED WELDING INSPECTOR ACCREDITATION BY AWS, will be developed considering welding terminology in English and as defined by AWS.
It will be positive to have a minimum level of English, both oral and written comprehension for all candidates for this training and examination program, but it is not required.
The certified Welding Inspector accreditation is globally recognized, since only highly qualified professionals manage to overcome the conditions and tests that guarantee the quality of welded components, even under the most demanding requirements.
During the the training program, teachers will cover all the basic concepts in relation to welding and welding inspection. Nevertheless, the result of the examination depends on each individual, his/her understanding and experience and capacity to face a quite demanding exam.
The exam is available in several languages but always bilingual with English. Understanding the English and AWS welding terminology will also be of help in the understanding of international welding codes and requirements.
Important Note: The training program has been revised based on the experience and inputs of CWI candidates from previous editions. The seminar combines a review of the technical knowledge and practical aspects of welding and inspection, in order to help the applicant to pass the AWS examination. However, in order to apply to become a CWI, each candidate must demonstrate a previous level of knowledge and experience.
You must email us to firstname.lastname@example.org the following documentation, presented in the same order as below, in a single pdf file, all documents to be submitted to AWS (except for registration in Solysol). CAUTION: Zip-compressed files are not accepted.
Please check that you are not missing any documents and that they are all perfectly filled, signed and stamped before sending your application:
On the following forms:
Do not fill in payment details in the boxes that require it, in that section write: Enrollment through Solysol
3. Passport photography, with white background, in dimensions 50×50. We suggest this link download and send it to us in the format acceptable for AWS.
4. Certificate of visual acuity performed by ophthalmologist or optician filled in the form downloaded in this link: Certificate.
5. Your ID card or passport scanned
6. Your technical qualifications or certificates of courses received related to welding and/or inspection
7. Letters from the companies for which you have worked showing that you meet the minimum period of work experience required. You can use this form to be filled out by the person responsible for each of the companies you have collaborated with: Employment Verification Form
Seminar: May 20-30
May 30 – PART B
May 31st – PARTS A & C
Seminar: January 13-24
January 24 – PART B
Part A and C Exams: They are performed ON-LINE in a PROMETRIC center. If you would like to check the conditions for taking the exams of these parts, please open the following tab:
AWS, like other international organizations, requires some on-line exams to ensure full transparency in the process worldwide. Additionally, the person may choose, within the limits that apply to each type of exam and certification, the most convenient place and date to take their exam.
AWS on-line exams are performed at Prometric centers.
The conduct of the Examinations of Parts A and C have the following requirements:
You have registered to attend a welding technology seminar. During this program you will complete welding knowledge of the most common metallic materials and the main factors to consider for achieving quality welded joints. This Seminar is conducted combining both theory and practice of welding and welding inspection. It takes the first full week of the Seminar for Certification as CWI and is scheduled as follows:
|A-1. CWI Roles, Responsibilities and Requirements||1 hour|
|A-2. Weld Quality Assurance. Quality Plan||1/2 hour|
|A-3. Steel. Metallurgical characteristics and Mechanical Properties||1 hour|
|A-4. Low Alloyed and Stainless Steels||1/2 hour|
|A-5. Nickel, Aluminum, Copper and Cast Iron Alloys||1/2 hour|
|A-6. Mechanical Properties of Materials. Mechanical Testing||1 hour|
|A-7. Thermal Treatments – Importance of Temperature During Welding||1/2 hour|
|A-8. Welding Processes. Principles. Equipment. Procedures||8 hours|
|A-8.1 Welding Safety, Cutting and Associated Processes||1 hour|
|A-8.2 SMAW – Welding with Coated Stick Electrodes||1 hour|
|A-8.3 GMAW – Continuous Wire Welding – Transfer Forms||1 hour|
|A-8.4 FCAW – Welding with Tubular Wires. Gas Shielded or Self-Protected Processes||1 hour|
|A-8.5 SAW – Submerged Arc Welding||1 hour|
|A-8.6 GTAW, PAW & PAC – TIG Welding and Plasma Welding and Cutting||1 hour|
|A-8.7 Oxyfuel. Cutting and Welding. Carbon Arc Gouging||1 hour|
|A-8.8 Workshop. Practice of Welding Processes||1 hour|
|A-9. Choice of Welding Materials, Processes and Procedures||1/2 hour|
|A-10. Welding Joint Design||1/2 hour|
|A-11. Weld Symbols and Definitions||1 hour|
|A-12. Welding Defects.||1 hour|
|A-12.2 How to avoid them|
|A-13. Welding Inspection, Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)||2 hours|
|A-13.1 Visual Inspection|
|A-13.2 Penetrant Testing|
|A-13.3 Magnetic Particles Testing|
|A-13.4 Ultrasound Testing|
|A-13.5 Radiographic Testing|
|A-14. WPS Preparation – Essential Variables AWS Code D1.1||2 hours|
Welding codes define the minimum requirements that welded constructions must meet. Also they define the qualification of welding procedures and the personnel.
In addition, the codes include welding quality design, material and inspection requirements.
Interpreting the codes and ensuring that the requirements are met is the fundamental task of a weld inspector.
|C-1. AWS Code D1.1||15 hours|
|C-1.1 Code Clauses|
|C-1.3 Quick Search|
|C-1.4 Interpretations and Commentary|
|C.2. Approval / Qualification of Procedures and Welders||5 hours|
|C-2.1 Optimizing PQR to Cover maximum WPS Range: Essential Variables|
|C-2.2 Executing a WPQR|
|C-2.3 Written WPSs from PQR or Standard (Prequalified)|
An important part of a CWI certification exam is the practical conduct of a weld quality assessment based on the requirements that are given.
This part of the seminar is aimed to provide guidelines for passing this practical part of the official exam.
|B-1. PART B – Metric System Book of Specifications||20 hours|
|B-2. Practical Weld Inspection Exercises|
|SEMINAR CWI Preparation, 2 weeks classroom course – Part A- 1st week // Part B+C- 2nd week, without books||3,100 €|
|SEMINAR CWI Preparation, 1 week classroom course – Part B+C- 2nd week, without books||1,550 €|
|SEMINAR Preparation CWI, ON-LINE- Part A- Access to Theoretical Topics + Practice Exams, for 8 weeks||800 €|
|Pack of RECOMMENDED books (**)||2,025 €|
|CWI (*) or SCWI EXAMEN||1,480 €|
|ONE PART RE-EXAM: (*****)||460 €|
|FULL RE-EXAM: (*****)||990 €|
|PACK – CWI SEMINAR REGISTRATION + CWI EXAMINATION (***) + PACK OF RECOMMENDED BOOKS||6,100 €|
|ADDITION CWI+CWE COMBINED EXAMINATION (CERTIFIED WELDING EDUCATOR)||400 €|
|CWE ONLY EXAMINATION (CERTIFIED WELDING EDUCATOR)||675 €|
|CWI CERTIFICATION RENEWAL||740 €|
|CWE CERTIFICATION RENEWAL||350 €|
(****) NOTE: PRICES MAY VARY – VAT IS NOT INCLUDED (Reduced for books) (*) The price includes free activation for 1 year as an AWS Member.
(*****) Candidates who have attended seminars and exams at SOLYSOL are entitled to attend seminars they deem necessary for retesting at no additional cost, but must register to confirm their attendance, and pay the exams fees.
(**) The study at least the RECOMMENDED literature, as well as active participation in the seminar and individual homework is strongly recommended to all participants who intend to have options to pass the AWS exam and access the recognized Certified Welding Inspector accreditation.
Studying these books is recommended to pass the test. Only AWS D1.1 code must be brought in, legally purchased, to take Part C of the exam.
The pack of books and material that is delivered in the course for this price includes:
|· Welding Inspection Handbook – AWS.||100.00 €|
|· AWS D1.1 / 1.1M -15 Code. (CHOOSE CODE VERSION ENGLISH OR SPANISH, OR OTHER AVAILABLE LANGUAGE)||500.00 €|
|· Design & Planning Manual for Cost Effective Welding||100.00 €|
|· Welding Inspection Technology – AWS||270.00 €|
|· Welding Inspection Technology Workbook – AWS||70.00 €|
|· Welding Symbols Poster–AWS.||55.00 €|
|· Welding and cutting safety – AWS.||70.00 €|
|· Guide Visual Exam. Welds – AWS.||100.00 €|
|· Visual Inspection Workshop – AWS.||90.00 €|
|· Std Welding Terms & Def. – AWS.||150.00 €|
|· Guide for NDE of Welds – AWS.||100.00 €|
|· Symbols Welding, Brazing & NDE-AWS||150.00 €|
|· INSPECTION BRIEFCASE – GAUGES||550.00 €|
You can purchase the Pack of Books or individual books. In addition, you can purchase any AWS publication, see Pricing.
(***) DATE 1st EXAM 2.020: Part B – In Arc-Tech`s facility: January 24th. Parts A and C: On-line Prometrics, as indicated above.
|Discount||Number of Enrolled Employees per Event||Courses “In Company”||Room and Resources to be supplied by the Company|
|10%||5 or more employees||Minimum 10 participants||Add traveling and accommodation expenses of Instructor, and Exam Supervisor and Proctor.
(*) Discounts only apply to the price of seminars and do not apply to books or exams prices.
|20%||10 or more employees|
See the FUNDAE business grant at the link: https://www.fundae.es/Empresas20y20organizaciones/Pages/default.aspx
In addition, a CWI can access official examinations of various codes to complete their education, certification and authority in their interpretation:
ADDITIONAL: “ENDORSEMENT” EXAMINATION FOR CWI:
|– ASME CODES, SECTION VIII (Division 1) + SECTION IX – Ed. 2015|
|Seminar Preparation (2 days)||500.00 €|
|– AWS D.17.1 AEROSPACE CODE|
|Seminar Preparation (two days)||500.00 €|
|· AWS D17.1 / 17.1M -17 Code – AWS.||170.00 €|
See exams on other welding codes.