Accredited Test Facilities

Accredited Test Facilities

Overview

The Advantages of Accredited Test Facilities:
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The AWS Accredited Test Facility (ATF) program establishes minimum requirements for test facilities, their personnel and equipment to qualify for accreditation to test and qualify welders. This program is open to all qualified test facilities that may be a part of an independent laboratory, manufacturing plant, educational institution, or other entity.

Explore ATF Advantages for your facility

ATFs play an integral part in the operation of the AWS Certified Welding program and have proven that they have the necessary resources to test welders to this nationally recognized and accepted program.

Accredited Test Facilities receive valuable recognition: they are listed on the AWS website for those who need to certify welders and are also advertised in the award-winning Welding Journal magazine.

The growing choice for many contractors and fabricators

Entrusting welder certification to ATF specialists makes good business sense for contractors and fabricators. Companies are increasingly realizing the shortcomings of self-qualification and switching to AWS Accredited Test Facilities to test and qualify their welders. ATFs help them to save money, improve productivity, and reduce liability by entrusting their welder certification to the experts.

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Join more than 100 U.S. and international test facilities that have taken advantage of the opportunity to become AWS Accredited Test Facilities. Download an ATF Initial On-Site Audit Application Package today or for more information contact AWS at (800) 443-9353, ext. 448, or email epagoaga@aws.org.

Requirements

The AWS Accredited Test Facility (ATF) program requires that a facility implements a quality assurance program that meets the requirements established in the AWS QC4-89, Standard for the Accreditation of Testing Facilities. The requirements include that the facility has a Quality Manual that controls the activities related to the testing of welders in the facility according to AWS QC7, Standard for AWS Certified Welders.

The facility must also have a CWI on staff or contracted to perform the welder qualification tests: This individual cannot be the same person who has trained the applicant.

Steps to Accreditation

Step 1:   Submitting your application package:

To apply, submit the following 5 items:

  1. Your completed ATF Application
  2. One uncontrolled copy of your facility's Quality Manual with supporting documents
  3. Quality Manual checklist*
  4. On-Site Audit checklist*
  5. Application Fee or P.O. Request

* IMPORTANT: Make sure to carefully review all requirements printed on the checklists. They include more detailed information on what is required for your audit.

Mail your completed documents to:

American Welding Society
Attn: Certification Department
8669 NW 36 Street, # 130
Miami, Florida 33166-6672

Step 2:   Paying your ATF invoice:

Following satisfactory review of your facility’s application, checklists and Quality Manual, you will receive an invoice for applicable fees. View current program fees below under Prices.

Your program fees and a copy of the invoice must be mailed to:

American Welding Society
Attn: Certification Department
8669 NW 36 Street, # 130
Miami, Florida 33166-6672

Step 3:   Conducting your onsite audit:

Once your program payment has been received, AWS will schedule an on-site audit of your facility by a third-party auditor. Once the audit is completed, your facility will receive notification of results, including any deficiencies requiring corrective action. A final invoice will be sent to your facility for any auditor travel expenses.

Step 4:   Receiving your Approved ATF Certificate

If your audit results are satisfactory, your facility will be issued a Certificate of Conformance. This now allows your facility to operate in accordance with the AWS QC4-89, Standard for Accreditation of Test Facilities for the AWS Certified Welder Program.

Documents

Prices

North America Price Schedule (USA, Canada, & Mexico)

Initial On-Site Audit Fees
Document review $720
Initial On-site Audit** $2,040
Total $2,760
 

Initial On-Site Audit Fees – Additional Facilities

Document review $600
Initial On-site Audit** $1,800
Total $2,400
 

Annual Renewal (Internal audit done by facility)

1st Year $360
2nd Year $360                                    
 

Re-accreditation On-Site Audit Fees

Document review $600
On-site Audit** $1,800
Total $2,400
 

**Auditor fees included in price. Applicants are also directly responsible for the auditor's travel expenses.


 

International Price Schedule

Initial On-Site Audit Fees

Document review $720
Initial On-site Audit*** $840
Total $1,560
 

Initial On-Site Audit Fees – Additional Facilities

Document review $600
Initial On-site Audit*** $600
Total $1,200
 

Annual Renewal (Internal audit done by facility)

1st Year $480
2nd Year $480
 

Re-accreditation On-Site Audit Fees

Document review $600
On-site Audit*** $600
Total $1,200
 
***Auditor fees are not included in the price. Applicants are also directly responsible for the auditor's travel expenses.
 
Auditor fees for international ATFs are as follows:
  Each Travel Day $400
  On-site Audit*** $800
  Total Fee (dependent on # of audit and travel days required)

All prices are subject to change due to individual circumstances for each facility.

 

Renewal

The ATF program requires that the facility conduct a self-audit of the quality system in order to renew the ATF accreditation for the 1st and 2nd year following an on-site audit. Once the self-audit has been carried out, the following steps will need to be completed:

1.   Complete and submit the following documents to AWS:

  • ATF 1st and 2nd Year Renewal Application
  • Any portions of the Quality Manual and supporting documents that have changed since the last audit (on-site or 1st  year self-audit).
  • Quality Manual checklist*
  • On-Site Audit checklist*
  • Application Fee or P.O. Request

*IMPORTANT: Make sure you carefully review all requirements printed on the checklists when conducting the self-audit. They contain more detailed information on what is required for your Quality Manual.

Mail these completed documents to:

American Welding Society
Attn: Certification Department
8669 NW 36 Street, # 130
Miami, Florida 33166-6672

2.   Following a satisfactory review of the facility’s application, checklist and Quality Manual, an invoice for the applicable fees will be issued to the facility. View current program fees under Prices.

3.   Program fees, along with a copy of the invoice must be mailed to:

American Welding Society
Attn: Certification Department
8669 NW 36 Street, # 130
Miami, Florida 33166-6672

4.   Once the program fees have been received, AWS will mail a new ATF Certificate of Conformance to your facility representative. The certificate allows your facility to operate in accordance with the AWS QC4-89, Standard for Accreditation of Test Facilities for the AWS Certified Welder Program.

Reaccreditation

In the 3rd year of continuous accreditation, the ATF program requires that the facility undergo an on-site audit in order to be re-accredited. The following steps will need to be completed:

1.   Complete the following documents:

  • ATF 3rd Year On-Site Audit Application
  • One uncontrolled copy of your facility's Quality Manual and supporting documents.
  • Quality Manual checklist*
  • On-Site Audit checklist*
  • Application Fee or P.O. Request

*IMPORTANT: Make sure you carefully review all requirements printed on the checklists. They contain more detailed information on what is required for your audit.

Mail these completed documents to:

American Welding Society
Attn: Emil Pagoaga
AWS Certification Department
8669 NW 36 Street, # 130
Miami, Florida 33166-6672

2.   Following a satisfactory review of the facility’s application, checklist and Quality Manual, an invoice for the applicable fees will be issued to the facility. View current program fees above under Prices.

3.   ATF program fees, along with a copy of the invoice must be mailed to:

American Welding Society
Attn: Certification Department
8669 NW 36 Street, # 130
Miami, Florida 33166-6672

4.   Once the program fees have been received, AWS will schedule an onsite audit of your facility by a third-party auditor.  

5.   Once the audit is completed, your facility will receive notification of results, including any deficiencies requiring corrective action. A final invoice will be issued to the facility for the auditor’s travel expenses.  

6.   If your audit results are satisfactory, a Certificate of Conformance will be issued. The certificate now allows your facility to operate in accordance with the AWS QC4-89, Standard for Accreditation of Test Facilities for the AWS Certified Welder Program.

Disclaimers

There are no disclaimers for the ATF program at this time.

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