Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI)


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

High school diploma or hold a state or military approved high school equivalency diploma (e.g. GED) 2 years
At least 8th grade 4 years
Less than 8th grade 6 years
At least 8th grade with a minimum of one year of vocational education and training in a welding curriculum 3 years
2 years post-high school education in a welding curriculum or engineering technology, engineering, or physical science 6 months


Photo ID Requirements

AWS adopts the same guidelines for photos as does the U.S. Department of State for passport photos. The following guidelines are borrowed and modified from the U.S. Department of State website.

Your photo is a vital part of your application. To learn more, review the information below on how to provide a suitable photo to avoid processing delays. The acceptance of your photo is always at the discretion of the AWS.

We recommend you use a professional passport photo service to ensure your photo meets all the requirements.

If you are applying for a Certification, you must provide one (1) passport-style photograph. Your photo must be:

  • In color
  • Printed on photo quality paper
  • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size
  • Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (between 25 and 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head.
  • Including the full head from the top of the hair to the bottom of the chin and the top of the shoulders
  • Center the head with the frame
  • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
  • Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
  • With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open
  • Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis:
    • Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily.
    • Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline, unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face.
    • Headphones, wireless hands-free devices or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.
    • If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device or similar articles, they may be worn for your photo.
    • Dark glasses or non-prescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons (a medical certificate may be required)
    • Glare on glasses is not acceptable in your photo. Glare can be avoided with a slight downward tilt of the glasses or by removing the glasses or by turning off the camera flash.

Photos may be rejected and a new one requested if the photo has any of the following deficiencies:

  • Shadows on the face or in the background
  • Poor contrast (too bright, too dark)
  • Poor coloring
  • Poor focus
  • Poor resolution (discernible pixels)
  • Poor exposure (over or under)
  • Noticeable tilt of the head

Photos copied or digitally scanned from driver's licenses or other official documents are not acceptable. In addition, snapshots, magazine photos, low quality vending machine or mobile phone photos, and full-length photographs are not acceptable

Want to take the photo yourself?
While we recommend you use a professional passport photo service to ensure your photo meets all the requirements, you may take the photo yourself. Hand-held self-portraits are not acceptable. Photos must not be digitally enhanced or altered to change your appearance in any way. Please use reliable references for guidance on taking your own photo. There are several online software tools for this purpose. It is your responsibility to ensure the tool you use produces a photo that meets AWS specifications.

Examination results will NOT be released until we receive the 2 x 2 inch color passport-style photograph. To avoid delays in receiving your examination results, please mail your photo to the address listed below: 
American Welding Society Certification Department Photo Center
8669 NW 36 Street, Suite 130
Miami, FL 33166-6672

We recommend using priority mail with tracking options.

Last Revised: January 9, 2014


EXAMINATION Member Non–Member*
CAWI Exam Only 850 1065
CAWI to CWI Upgrade: Non-Exam
(Only CAWI applicants who originally passed with CWI scores)
240 455
CAWI Retest (Per Part) 275 275***
CAWI Retest (All Parts) 595 810
CAWI D1.1 Seminar and Exam Package 2080 2295
D1.1 Code Clinic, Welding Inspection Technology, Visual Inspection Workshops, Exam & D1.1 codebook included
– Discount Rate For CAWI/CWI Pre-Seminar

CAWI API-1104 Seminar and Exam Package 1855 2070
API-1104 Code Clinic, Welding Inspection Technology, Visual Inspection Workshops, Exam (API-1104 codebook NOT included)
– Discount Rate For CWI Pre-Seminar 750 750

* Non-Member price includes a 3-year AWS Individual Membership unless otherwise noted.
*** No additional membership included with this price

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Online Courses

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Examination Minimum number of questions Minimum percentage
Part A: General 150 72%
Part B: Practical 46 72%
Part C: Code Book 46-60 72%

Part A: FUNDAMENTALS – Closed book exam.

Part B: PRACTICAL – Hands-on test; using Book of Specifications and Test Kit containing basic tools and weld replicas.

Part C: CODEBOOK – Open code book test; refer to the Body of Knowledge for the current editions being used.

Please view the Applicant Instructions for more information regarding the CWI exam.

CAWI RETEST: Candidates may take one (1) re-examination within one year of the original test date without further training. Any additional retests taken will require documentation of 40 hours of further training received in welding inspection that meets the requirements of 16.5.1. The maximum number of retests taken in any three-year period is three (3).

CAWI UPGRADE TO CWI: If you successfully pass the CWI examination but were unable to achieve the CWI certification due to the fact you lacked the five years of work experience requirement, you will be eligible for CWI upgrade without re-examination once the qualifying work experience is met.

Veteran Benefits

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