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AWS WELDING INSPECTOR CERTIFICATION

INSPECTOR CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS


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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.

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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.

DESCRIPTION OF THE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM


Description

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 CAN REVIEW REQUIREMENTS AND ROLES OF AWS CERTIFIED WELDING INSPECTORS IN THIS LINKS TO THE CODE AND STANDARD APPLICABLE FOR THIS AWS CERTIFICATION: AWS-QC-1 // AWS-B5.1

CERTIFICATION OPPORTUNITY FOR IIW DEGREES

Since 2021, a part of the exams can be validated to obtain the CWI degree.

Individuals with IIW (International Institute of Welding) qualifications are eligible for CWI certification under exclusive conditions, as they do not need to pass Part A (Fundamentals) of the exam. They do need to pass Parts B and C of the CWI exam.

To be exempt from taking Part A of the exam, the person must send, in pdf, along with the required documentation, a copy of his/her certification as:

        • International Welding Engineer IWE
        • International Welding Technologist IWT
        • International Welding Specialist IWS
        • International Welding Inspector IWI

PREVIOUS EVENTS

DOCUMENTATION FOR REGISTRATION

To access the exam:

AWS Application
AWS Official CWI Application Form

AWS Official CWI Application Form

Choose the Application Form that corresponds to your application and fill it out with all the data. Additionally, include all the documents listed below, making sure you don’t miss anything.

Instructions:

You must email us to info@solysol.com.es 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:

List of supporting documents:

A. Send in a pdf of the following form:


B. Submit in another pdf, with ALL documents listed below,
IN THE SAME PDF,
ordered
following the order indicated(zip, .zar or similar compressed documents are not accepted):

  1. First document of the complete PDF:

For your registration in AWS, choose the form that corresponds to your interest among the following forms

Notes for completing this form:

Make sure you choose the form that applies to your case and that you complete, sign and stamp all sections. Take special care and check that nothing is missing before sending it.

Do not fill in payment details in the boxes that require it, in that section write: Enrollment through Solysol

Second document of the complete PDF:

    • Certificate of visual acuity performed by ophthalmologist or optician filled in the form that can be downloaded from this link: Certificate.

Third document of the complete PDF:

    • Your ID card or passport scanned

4. Fourth document of the complete PDF:

    • Your technical qualifications or certificates from welding and/or inspection related courses received

5. Fifth document of the complete PDF:

    • Letters from the companies for which he/she has worked showing that he/she meets the minimum period of work experience required as a minimum. Additionally, it is advisable to send this form to be filled in by the person responsible for each of the companies in which you have collaborated: Employment Verification Form

6. Sixth document of the complete PDF:

C. In jpg image independent of the previous pdf:

  • Passport type photograph, with white background, dimensions 50×50. We suggest you
    this link
    to download it and send it to us in the format acceptable to AWS.
CALL 2.022

Call for applications 2.022

Classroom Seminar Part B:

October 3 to 6

ON-Line Seminar Part A + Examples Exam Part C:

Access from enrollment in the complete program or parts of your choice, until the exam is taken at Prometric.

EXAM:

1st exam ====== PART B – October 7, at Solysol/Arc-Tech facilities.

Prometric ====== PART A AND C, after having completed Part B.

Deadline for submission of registration forms and required documentation:

July 29

Conducting Parts A and C of the exam

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.

To see the availability of a Prometric center, check on its website at this link.

The conduct of the Examinations of Parts A and C have the following requirements:

  • They must be conducted after the exam of Part B, even if the result of this exam is not known yet, within a maximum period of 60 days.
  • In order to access the exam, you will receive from AWS an “
    Eligibility Code
    “This code will allow you to access the Prometric website to reserve your seat for your exam.
  • The eligibility code has a maximum duration of 30 days, during which you can choose the place of celebration of your exam, date and time.
  • You should be aware that each of Parts A and B have a net duration of 2 hours, so, especially if you wish to book the realization of the two parts in the same day, it is advisable that you make your reservation as soon as possible, to secure your place. Also you need to book at least 2.5 hours of space between the reservation of one part and the next one.
  • Neither AWS nor Prometric are flexible for postponing nor canceling a reservation. You may not be able to take it within the time frame, so if you haven’t taken your exam on the booked dates and times, AWS may consider your test result to be 0, you will not get back any exam fee you paid.
  • The processing of reservations with Prometric is carried out by each candidate. Solysol as an AWS agent can help, but is in no way responsible for the situations each candidate finds in processing their booking. Solysol reserves the right to claim a fee for the processing of claims or requests that any candidate may need.

SEMINAR PROGRAM - PART A

DEVELOPMENT OF THE SEMINAR

You have registered to attend a welding technology seminar.

This seminar will be held on-line.

When you register for the online seminar, you can access sample exams that will serve as examples of the questions you may encounter on the official AWS exam.

The on-line sample exams you take are prepared to meet both Part A (Fundamentals) and Part C (AWS Code D1.1) of the CWI exam. The sample questions in Part B are intended to be solved during your participation in the face-to-face seminar prior to the Part B exam.

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.

The subjects developed are designed to pass the AWS CWI exam, and to enable you to professionally develop the functions of a Welding Inspector and/or Welding Coordinator.

The core subjects in which you should prepare are as follows:

FOR PART A: WELDING FUNDAMENTALS:

A-1. CWI Roles, Responsibilities and Requirements
A-2. Weld Quality Assurance. Quality Plan
A-3. Steel. Metallurgical characteristics and Mechanical Properties
A-4. Low Alloyed and Stainless Steels
A-5. Nickel, Aluminum, Copper and Cast Iron Alloys
A-6. Mechanical Properties of Materials. Mechanical Testing
A-7. Thermal Treatments – Importance of Temperature During Welding
A-8. Welding Processes. Principles. Equipment. Procedures
A-8.1 Welding Safety, Cutting and Associated Processes
A-8.2 SMAW – Welding with Coated Stick Electrodes
A-8.3 GMAW – Continuous Wire Welding – Transfer Forms
A-8.4 FCAW – Welding with Tubular Wires. Gas Shielded or Self-Protected Processes
A-8.5 SAW – Submerged Arc Welding
A-8.6 GTAW, PAW & PAC – TIG Welding and Plasma Welding and Cutting
A-8.7 Oxyfuel. Cutting and Welding. Carbon Arc Gouging
A-8.8 Laser and Electron Beam Welding
A8.9 Friction Stir Welding
A8.10 Stud welding (SW)
A-8.11 Workshop. Practice of Welding Processes
A-9. Choice of Welding Materials, Processes and Procedures
A-10. Welding Joint Design
A-11. Weld Symbols and Definitions
A-12. Welding Defects.
A-12.1 Causes
A-12.2 How to avoid them
A-12.3 Repairs
A-13. Welding Inspection, Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)
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 Qualification and Preparation – Essential Variables AWS Code D1.1
A-15. Welder Qualification – Essential Variables AWS Code D1.1

PART C: INTERPRETATION OF A WELDING CODE

FOR PART C: CODE

Welding codes define the minimum requirements that welded constructions must meet. Also they define the qualification of welding procedures and the personnel.

Additionally, the North American codes (AWS, ASME, API, …), include requirements for design, materials and welding quality inspection.

Interpreting the codes and ensuring that the requirements are met is the fundamental task of a welding inspector (coordinator).

To be certified as a CWI, you must pass an open-book code exam. To do so, you must have the code in its original version and work on it, using it as a working guide. This examination is known as the PART C examination.

AWS gives you the option of the code you wish to test on to pass Part C. The codes can be various AWS, ASME or API codes.

The examples of on-line examination have been made on the AWS D1.1 code, as this is the most complete code in welding and of highly recommended knowledge and use for any welding inspector, coordinator and engineer.

The aim during the preparation for the Part C exam is to master a code in the following criteria:

C-1. AWS Code D1.1: Structural Steel Welding
C-1.1 Code Clauses
C-1.2 Terminology
C-1.3 Quick Search
C-1.4 Interpretations and Commentary
C.2. Approval / Qualification of Procedures and Welders
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)
C-3 Design of welded joints. Considerations for static and dynamic loads and tubular structures
C-4 Considerations during the fabrication of a welded structure
C-5 Inspection and acceptability criteria
C-6 Repair and reinforcement of existing structures
C-7 Special considerations in tubular structures

PART B: WELDING INSPECTION TECHNOLOGY

FOR PART B: Welding Inspector Practice

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.

Both the exam and the seminar to prepare for the exam must be attended in person. With direct observation of welds and their evaluation by means of the necessary gauges and devices.

The objective is to determine, without interpretation, whether the welds are completely acceptable or contain unacceptable discontinuities (defects) that should be repaired. The acceptability of a weld should not be a subjective criterion, but should obey the requirements that apply to the project, usually codes or standards, and also those imposed by the clients and designers of the project.

This part of the preparation and examination is a practical training so that the inspector, with the knowledge acquired in Parts A and C, can reach objective conclusions and demonstrate his knowledge and experience from the moment he obtains his CWI certification.

This is why a CWI is one of the most respected, appreciated and in-demand professionals in the industry worldwide.

Course material:

B-1. PART B – Metric System Book of Specifications
B-2. Practical Weld Inspection Exercises
B-3. Exhibit Book – Documentation to review associated with a CWI
B-4. Gauge Case
B-5. Set of welded specimens for evaluation
B-6. Practical examples of weld inspection
PARTICIPATION PRICE

PRICES (€/participant) (****)

CWI Preparation SEMINAR, 1 week on-site – Part B+Resolution of doubts Parts A and B, no bibliography 1.650 €
Daily attendance at a face-to-face seminar for Part B practice and resolution of doubts. 375 €/day
SEMINAR Preparation CWI, ON-LINE- Part A- Access to Theoretical Topics + Practice Exams, for 8 weeks 800 €
Attendance to the seminars, face-to-face and/or on-line, and the completion of the exams will entitle to a diploma as PDHs (Professional Development Hours), valid for certification renewals.
AWS D1.1 Code + Symbology + Terms & Definitions 990 €
Pack of RECOMMENDED books (**) 2.525 €
CWI (*) or SCWI COMPLETE EXAMINATION 1,480 €
CWI EXAM FOR IIW GRADUATES 1.075 €
ONE PART RE-EXAM: (*****) 525 €
FULL RE-EXAM: (*****) 1.025 €
PACK – REGISTRATION – FACE-TO-FACE SEMINAR + ONLINE SEMINAR + CWI EXAM (***) + BIBLIOGRAPHY 5.800 €
PACK – REGISTRATION – ON-SITE SEMINAR + CWI EXAM (***) + BIBLIOGRAPHY 4.595 €
ADDITION CWI+CWE COMBINED EXAMINATION (CERTIFIED WELDING EDUCATOR) + 500 €
CWE ONLY EXAMINATION (CERTIFIED WELDING EDUCATOR) 1.025 €
CWI CERTIFICATION RENEWAL 740 €
CWI-9 YEARS RECERTIFICATION (does not include training or exams required for recertification) 920 €
CWE CERTIFICATION RENEWAL 475 €


(****) NOTE: PRICES MAY VARY – VAT 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 will receive a 70% discount for seminar attendance or access to additional on-line seminars and sample exams.

Training 100% reimbursable through FUNDAE, provided that it is processed within the deadlines and in compliance with the applicable requirements. For Spain we can help with burocracy, is needed. Call us for more info if you wish.
Special conditions for self-employed and individuals.

RECOMMENDED BOOKS PRICE

(**) 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) 640,00 €
· Design & Planning Manual for Cost Effective Welding 100.00 €
· Welding Inspection Technology – AWS 340,00 €
· Welding Inspection Technology Workbook – AWS 95,00 €
· Welding Symbols Poster–AWS. 55.00 €
· Welding and cutting safety – AWS. 70.00 €
· Guide Visual Exam. Welds – AWS. 120,00 €
· Visual Inspection Workshop – AWS. 90.00 €
· Std Welding Terms & Def. – AWS. 150.00 €
· Guide for NDE of Welds – AWS. 120,00 €
· Symbols Welding, Brazing & NDE-AWS 150.00 €
· INSPECTION BRIEFCASE – GAUGES 670,00 €

You can purchase the Pack of Books or individual books. In addition, you can purchase any AWS publication, see Pricing.

CONDITIONS OF REGISTRATION
  1. The deadline for submitting registrations for any given call is
    up to 10 weeks prior to the Seminar.
    .
  2. Upon submission of the registrations to AWS, which consist of the documentation as outlined above, the candidate may be instructed to complete documents or data to demonstrate full compliance with AWS regulations. If the candidate does not send the complete documentation at least 3 weeks prior to the exam, AWS reserves the right to cancel the candidate’s participation in the exam, without the right to a refund of the registration fee.
  3. The registration will not be formalized until we have received payment of the amount of the entire application.
  4. In case of acceptance of participants who make their registration after the deadline, and their application is not admitted, you can keep your application for a next event. Prices for the next event may vary.
  5. A maximum of 75% of the registration fee will be paid if the applicant cancels his or her participation at least 10 weeks before the date of the meeting.
  6. A maximum of 50% of the registration fee will be paid if the applicant cancels his participation at least 6 weeks before the date of the meeting.
  7. No tuition fees will be paid and cancellations are received after 5 weeks prior to the starting of the event.
  8. Solysol reserves the right to cancel the call for this seminar in case there is not a sufficient number of people enrolled. In the event of cancellation by Solysol, candidates will be offered the option to recover the registration fees or to participate in the next call for applications at the same prices.

DISCOUNTS AND OPTIONS FOR COMPANIES AND SCHOOLS

Discounts and options for businesses, schools and associations:

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

OFFICIAL WELDING CODE EXAMINATIONS

Additionally, qualified CWI’s can access official examinations of various codes to complete their training, certification and authority in the interpretation of the same, which will be valid and necessary for their Re-Certification:

ADDITIONAL: “ENDORSEMENT” EXAMINATION FOR CWI:

– ASME CODES, SECTION VIII (Division 1) + SECTION IX – Ed. 2019
EXAM: 790,00 €
Seminar Preparation (2 days) 700,00 €
– AWS D.17.1 AEROSPACE CODE
EXAM: 790,00 €
Seminar Preparation (two days) 700,00 €
· AWS D17.1 / 17.1M -17 Code – AWS. 290,00 €
– ISO EN WELDING CODES (new)
EXAM: 790,00 €
Seminar Preparation (two days) 700,00 €

See exams on other welding codes.

Prices do not include the OFFICIAL codes that the student must use for study and examination.

Student Testimonials about AWS CWI Inspector Certification Programs at Solysol – ARC-TECH E.S. Center.

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