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AWS WELDING INSPECTOR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

Certification as a CWI (Certified Welding Inspector) by AWS is recognized worldwide in the welding industry. Successful companies around the world rely on the certification provided by AWS to ensure they have the best experts at the highest level of quality.

IF YOU WORK IN THE WELDING FIELD:

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You have made a smart decision by getting certified by AWS. This certification means better chances in your career, both in salary and in safety and opportunities, and proves that your level of knowledge and experience are at the level of the world’s elite welding professionals. Working with companies around the world is possible due to this certification. If you work in a national company, you will help your company to offer its products and services on an international level.

To achieve the certification you must pass an exam that requires a high level of knowledge, practical work experience and ability to interpret and comply with complex welding codes. If you, like anyone else, devote some of your time to study and training, AWS is the answer.

We offer intensive seminars to help you prepare for the AWS exams. Our experienced instructors will help you learn the subjects you need to quickly and safely understand the most widely used welding regulations in the world.

AWS seminars have an excellent value. The price includes a complete preparation course with practical work taught by experienced and prestigious professionals. You can choose several options depending on your level of preparation and experience, as well as bibliography, as proposed and explained in the attached program. In addition, by taking the seminars, you can become part of the most wanted and recognized professional association, as a member of AWS, with subscriptions to the prestigious Welding Journal and an extensive and useful bibliography that will help you in your job.

Once you are certified, you will also receive a subscription to Inspection Trends magazine, which will keep you informed of the latest advancements in welding and material inspection technology.

The AWS training weeks are offered in Spain, for the first time, so that you can access a globally recognized certification without traveling to any foreign country. Although the training is bilingual, because the codes you will have to interpret are mostly written in English, you will have Spanish and English speaking instructors who will make sure you understand the topics being taught. In addition to training in welding, these bilingual seminars involve intensive training in technical English that you will need to master. So these intensive seminars are about welding and additionally about the English you need for the development of your profession.

 

Although examinations for certification as a CWI can be carried out based on various codes, we have chosen the AWS D.1.1 code as it is a complete code in everything related to the construction of a welded component, which once mastered will help in the interpretation of any code we may have to work with in the future. In addition, practical training is given on “Welding Inspection Technology and Visual Inspection” which will serve as a basis for your work as a welding inspector in determining the quality of a weld, detecting defects and evaluating them, and in preparing the necessary reports to support the work carried out and the approval of the procedures used by your company and welders.

When you are preparing for a test that will show you are one of the best, search for people who know how to prepare you in the most effective way: AWS. From the development of codes and specifications that keep our industry strong, to the creation of literature with which to share all the information gathered over nearly a century, and the administration of the tests that reassure that knowledge. AWS is your best option to prepare yourself as the best.

IF YOU MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT HIRING WELDING EXPERTS:

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When you hire a CWI certified or AWS certified employee, you are hiring one of the most highly qualified person in the welding field. AWS certification helps your company to minimize faults and defects and provides a guarantee for your international customers and partners that the welds you make are guaranteed by a globally recognized quality manager. The guarantee of your welded product will be out of question in any market where you want to develop your activity.

At AWS we agree that time is precious. Our intensive seminars take advantage of every minute to give you the most complete training in the shortest time. In addition, you can prepare with pre-examinations for self-assessment before deciding to take the final exam. Of course, your previous preparation and personal study during the seminar and before the final exam, are essential to be sure you will pass it with the grade you want.

Take our advice to hire qualified and certified personnel. AWS certified employees improve their quality, increase their productivity and give your company a unique advantage. The AWS CWI® certification is one of the most respected seals in the industry. Professionals with this seal are highly rewarded and demanded throughout the industry worldwide, because this certification attests to a very high documented level of skill, knowledge and experience.


 

FUNCTIONS AND REQUIREMENTS OF CERTIFIED PEOPLE:

ACADEMIC LEVEL AND WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

The requirements are set by:

  • The standard AWS QC1
  • The standard AWS B5.1 which are available for consultation.

In summary, what a candidate for one of these certification levels needs is explained below.

DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED TO REGISTER FOR SEMINARS AND/OR EXAMINATIONS:

  • You must send a letter indicating all your personal and/or company details, indicating which parts of the seminars and options you wish to take part in. The instructions for gathering such information and its presentation are reflected in the CWI Program Registration document.
  • Must also indicate the form of payment chosen to make their registration official in those parts.
  • We recommend that you include in your request any official documentation that corresponds to your level of knowledge and experience in the field of welding: official technical certificates, diplomas from courses and seminars received, professional experience in the field of welding backed by the heads of human resources or management of the companies in which you have developed your welding experience. This documentation will give you an idea of the degree of qualification which you can get, along with the score you get on the exam, such as CWI or CAWI.
  • An AWS committee will evaluate the Documentation that each Applicant presents, in a truthful way, in order to corroborates his Academic Level and his Work Experience in the particular fields of Welding and Inspection.
  • When this information is received, we will send you further information to complete all the necessary documents to formalize your request to AWS, as well as instructions to be followed during the seminars and the exam.
  • If you have any questions or doubts, please do not hesitate to contact us
Certified Welding Inspector

Certification as a Certified Welding Inspector is more than a professional career. It entails a great responsibility and a remarkable demonstration of knowledge and experience. A CWI, certified by AWS, is a widely recognized professional both in the United States and around the world.

A CWI is a person authorized to conduct inspections and to verify that the inspected work and documentation are maintained in accordance with the requirements of the standards that apply to each project. A CWI can certify the qualification of welders according to various codes and specifications.

In addition, a CWI can perform all functions described for a CAWI.

REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Academic Level

Minimum Welding Experience Level

OPTION 1:

High School Diploma

5 years

ALTERNATIVE 1

Technical or Scientific University Degree

3 years

ALTERNATIVE 2

School Graduate 9 years
ALTERNATIVE 3 No academic degrees

12 years

ALTERNATIVE 4 Welding Engineer

1 year

MINIMUM REQUIRED TEST SCORE
Exam

Minimum Number of Questions

Minimum Percentage of Correct Answers

PART A: Fundamentals

150

72%

PART B: Practice

50

72%

PART C: Selected Code

50

72%

  • Applicants who achieve an average grade among all parts of more than 72%, but do not exceed any of the Individual Parties by more than the required percentage, may apply for re-examination of the failed parts.
  • Make-up exams must be taken within 1 year of the original exam. Any Make-up Exam performed after this time requires documented proof of at least 40 hours of Additional Welding Inspection Training. A maximum of 3 make-up exams can be taken in a 3-year period. After that time, the complete Original Exam must be passed.
  • The validity of certification as a CWI is 3 years, after which the inspector must apply for a renewal of their certification by providing proof of their continued work as a welding inspector or related to welding and ophthalmic examination. If the CWI has the required academic level and work experience, after 6 years since receiving your CWI qualification, you may be eligible to pass the examination for the highest degree of certification as a Senior Certified Welding Inspector (SCWI).
Certified Associate Welding Inspector

CAWI is a person authorized to carry out inspections, under the direct supervision of an SCWI or CWI, being within reach of either by visible and audible means.

It is only the responsibility of an SCWI or CWI, however, to certify that the welded components meet the standards.

REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Academic Level

Minimum Welding Experience Level

OPTION 1:

High School Diploma

2 years

ALTERNATIVE 1

Technical or Scientific University Degree

6 months

ALTERNATIVE 2

School graduate + 1 year training in Welding Technology 3 years
ALTERNATIVE 3 School Graduate

4 years

ALTERNATIVE 4 No academic degrees 6 years
MINIMUM REQUIRED TEST SCORE

Exam

Minimum Number of Questions Minimum Percentage of Correct Answers
PART A: Fundamentals 150

60%

PART B: Practice

50 60%
PART C: Selected Code 50

60%

  • No make-up examinations can be taken for those parts where the minimum required score has not been obtained if the average test score is below 72% and if any individual score is below 60%. If these requirements are not met, the candidate must take a complete make-up examination of all three parts.
  • Make-up exams must be taken within 1 year of the original exam. Any Make-up Exam performed after this time requires documented proof of at least 40 hours of Additional Welding Inspection Training. A maximum of 3 make-up exams can be taken in a 3-year period. After that time, the complete Original Exam must be passed.
  • The validity of the certification as CAWI is 3 years, after which your degree expires. The associate inspector has the 3 years of certification to complete the conditions required to raise their level to Certified Welding Inspector, which implies working experience in welding for CWI according to their academic education and passing the minimum grade required in the exam for that level.
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Senior Certified Welding Inspector

 

When you have been a CWI for 6 years, and your career has evolved into supervisory and managerial responsibilities in the field of quality control, you will be able to register for the highest degree of certification: Senior Certified Welding Inspector (SCWI). SCWIs are in great demand by companies seeking representation by top-level welding managers who can do their job and also manage and supervise others.

A SCWI is a person authorized to perform inspections, supervise one or more CWIs, CAWIs and/or NDT personnel, prepare, review and interpret inspection and welding procedures, audit suppliers and/or organizations that deliver materials or services for a project and ensure that the job is performed and that documentation is maintained in accordance with the requirements of applicable standards and other contract documents.

In addition, a SCWI can perform all the functions described for a CWI or CAWI.

To access the degree as SCWI the minimum requirements are:

Minimum Academic Level

Minimum Welding Experience Level

OPTION 1:

High School Diploma + Previous qualification as CWI for 6 years 15 years
ALTERNATIVE 1 Technical or Scientific University Degree + Previous degree as CWI for 6 years

13 years

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