Certified Radiographic Interpreter


Add Valuable Career Credentials: Certify Your Radiographic Expertise

The purpose of radiographic interpretation is to properly assess indications produced on radiographic media during the process of evaluating weldments or adjacent base metal. Radiographic interpreters must be thoroughly familiar with all aspects of the process of radiography, as well as the welding and casting process.

Your certification as an AWS Certified Radiographic Interpreter demonstrates your ability to analyze radiographs of weldments, and that you have met the requirements of AWS B5.15:2010, Specification for the Qualification of Radiographic Interpreters.

Do You Qualify? 
In order to take the examination as a Certified Radiographic Interpreter, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Visual Requirements. Good near-vision is necessary to perform the functions of the radiographic interpreter. The inability to differentiate relatively small indications on radiographic film may result in allowing weldments or adjacent base metal with rejectable defects to be placed into service. You must pass an eye examination, with or without corrective lenses, to prove near-vision acuity on Jaeger J2 letters at not less than 12 inches in each eye. The eye exam must be administered by qualified personnel and must be performed not more than seven months prior to the date of the successful completion of the exam or recertification. 
  • Education Requirements. A valid high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED).
  • Training Requirements. A minimum of 40 hours of organized training in radiographic interpretation/ examination (fulfilled by the AWS CRI Seminar) related to the topics covered in the seminar.
  • Experience Requirements. At least one year of experience as a company-certified or nationally-certified individual in radiographic interpretation, or the performance of radiographic interpretation under the direct supervision of such an individual, is required. In some cases, a maximum of six months of other NDE experience or education can be substituted for radiographic interpretation experience

CRI Certification can also be used as an endorsement credit:
If you are a CWI or SCWI and you successfully pass your exam for CRI certification, this endorsement makes your existing certification even more valuable. It can also exempt you from your next 9-year CWI or SCWI Recertification Exam. Certified Welding Inspectors often find themselves required to use their skills in the interpretation of radiographs. The AWS Radiographic Interpreter program helps them expand their credentials in a related inspection skill.


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.


CRI Exam Only 750 965
CRI Seminar Only 1340 1555
CRI Seminar and Exam Package 1675 1890
CRI Retest (All Parts) 550 550 ***
CRI Retest (Per Part) 275 275 ***
CRI Renewal 445 660

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

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Examination Minimum number of questions Minimum percentage
Part A: General 70 70%
Part B: Practical 40 70%
Part C: Code Specific 78 70%
Overall Average for All Exams 80%

Part A: GENERAL – This exam consists of 70 multiple choice questions and tests an individual’s knowledge of welding, radiographic theory, film selection, film processing, film handling and storage, codes, specifications and other standards. Parts A and C shall be administered in a single three-hour session and candidates may not use any material other than the Reference Codes and Standards.

Part B: PRACTICAL – This exam consists of the evaluation of a set of 12 radiographs in a three-hour exam consisting of 40 multiple choice questions. Each candidate will have use of a densitometer and fluorescent film viewer in addition to the Reference Codes and Standards and other tools for convenience. Each test radiograph will be presented with a reader sheet giving details about the circumstances of the radiographic exposure. Candidates will be required to assess radiographic quality and indications for each test radiograph in accordance with one of three industry-accepted codes: AWS D1.1, API1104, ASME Section V and VIII, and ASTM.

Part C: CODE SPECIFIC – This exam consists of 78 multiple choice questions that require the candidate to be knowledgeable with regards to the radiographic quality and film interpretation requirements of AWS D1.1, API 1104, ASME Section V and VIII, and ASTM. Parts A and C of the CRI examination shall be given in a single three-hour session and candidates will only have access to the Reference Codes and Standards to answer the questions.


There are no time restrictions or limits on the number of times a candidate can retest in order to obtain CRI certification. Candidates may retest on only the parts needed to meet the individual and composite minimums as specified in 6.1.2 of AWS QC15:2008, Specification for the Certification of Radiographic Interpreters.

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Body of Knowledge


The AWS Certified Radiographic Interpreter is required to renew his/her certification every three years. The CRI must provide evidence of continuous satisfactory technical performance by performing the following:

  • Submit evidence of a current satisfactory vision examination
  • Satisfy one of the following:
    • Submit documented evidence of at least 2 months (350 hours) experience performing specific duties of a CRI as described in AWS B5.15. The documentation must be attested to by the employer or client for whom the duties were performed. This experience shall have been performed during the immediate preceding three-year certification interval.
    • Submit documented evidence of at least 4 weeks (160 hours) of teaching experience in radiographic interpretation covering the body of knowledge as described in AWS B5.15. The documentation must be attested to by the employer or client for whom the teaching was performed.
    • Successfully complete the current practical (film interpretation) examination.

 Please visit the documents tab to access the CRI renewal application.  


The AWS Certified Radiographic Interpreter is required to recertify his/her certification every nine years. The CRI must successfully complete the full CRI examination and pass with the minimum percentage requirements as defined in AWS QC15:2008, Specification for the Certification of Radiographic Interpreters.

Please visit the documents tab to access the CRI recertification application.