Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)

Description

Effective January 1, 2017, the Certified Welding Inspector Program will begin a phased implementation of the newly published QC1:2016. This directly impacts the Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI), the Certified Welding Inspector (CWI), and the Senior Certified Welding Inspector (SCWI) programs. You are strongly encouraged to download the free QC1:2016 PDF

 

As of February 1, 2016, the CWI Practical exam has been updated for exams held within the US and Canada. Exams held outside the US and Canada will be updated in 2017.


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

MINIMUM EDUCATION MINIMUM WORK EXPERIENCE
Bachelor or higher degree in welding engineering or welding technology - (4) years maximum substitution Minimum of (1) years welding based work experience
Associate or higher degree in welding or non-welding related engineering technology, engineering, or a physical science - (3) years maximum substitution Minimum of (2) years welding based work experience
Engineering/Technical courses that can be applied to Bachelor or higher degree in Welding - (2) years maximum substitution Minimum of (3) years welding based work experience
Trade/Vocational courses - (1) year maximum substitution for successfully completed courses Minimum of (4) years welding based work experience
High school diploma or approved high school equivalency diploma Minimum of (5) years welding based work experience
8th grade level of schooling Minimum of (9) years welding based work experience
Less than 8th grade Minimum of (12) years welding based work experience

Documents

International Candidates click here.

Applications

Initial CAWI/CWI Exam Application
Initial CWI/CWE Exam Application
Retest Application for CAWI, CWI, CWE, or CWI/CWE
Renewal Application CWI/SCWI 3rd and 6th Year
Upgrade from CAWI to CWI Application
Recertification Application for CWI 9th Year

Technical Documents

QC1:2016 - Specification for AWS Certification of Welding Inspectors
(Effective Jan 1st, 2017 - Reference for Qualification Criteria)
English

QC1:2007 - Standard for AWS Certification of Welding Inspectors
(Reference for Exam Preparation Only)
English

B5.1:2013-AMD1 - Specification for the Qualification of Welding Inspectors
English

B5.1:2003 - Specification for the Qualification of Welding Inspectors
English (for referencing exam structure)

CWI Part B Examination Book of Specifications

For CWI exams held WITHIN the US or Canada:
Part B Examination Book of Specifications

English

For CWI exams held OUTSIDE the US or Canada:
Part B Examination Book of Specifications

Spanish  |  Portuguese  |  Russian  |  Chinese  |  Arabic
Note: To obtain the English version of the Part B Examination Book of Specifications, please contact your Agent.

General Forms

40 Hour Retest Training Log
ADA Disability Accommodations
Applicant Instructions
AWS Bank Information
Certification Duplicate Order Form
Change of Site/Cancellation Form
CWE Welding Instructor Credentials Form
Employment Verification Form
Exam Audit Request Form
Notary Page
Photo ID Requirements
Policies and Fees
Price List
Qualifying Work Experience Form
Visual Acuity Form

Photo ID Requirements

Prices

Inspector (CWI) Member *Non–Member
Initial CAWI Exam
  – Add CWE Exam
850
140
1065
***140
CWI by Reciprocity with CWB or INWC 500 715
Endorsement Exam 275 490
Retest Member *Non–Member
CWI or CWI/CWE (Per Part) 275 ***275
CWI or CWI/CWE (All Parts) 595 810
Packages Member *Non–Member

CWI D1.1 Seminar and Exam Package
– Add CWE Exam
 – CWI Pre-Seminar

2185
140
750
2418
***140
***750

CWI API-1104 Seminar and Exam Package 
+ Add CWE Exam
 – CWI Pre-Seminar

2185
140
750
2418
***140
***750
Clinics / Seminars / Workshops Member *Non–Member
AWS D1.1 Seminar Week Pak 1665 1898
API-1104 Seminar Week Pak 1665 1898
Seminar Retake (2015 attendees) 1045 ~1045
Seminar Retake (2016 attendees) 845 845
AWS D1.1 Code Clinic 395 628
API-1104 Code Clinic 395 628
Welding Inspection Technology Workshop 465 698
Visual Inspection Workshop 665 898
CWI Pre-Seminar (online course) 865 ***1150
Welding Fundamentals (online course) 300 ***300
Renewal Member *Non–Member
CWI 3rd and 6th Year Renewal by Work Experience 470 685
CWI 3rd and 6th Year Renewal by Examination 745 960
CWB or INWC Renewal by Reciprocity 430 645
9-Year Recertification Member *Non–Member
CWI Part B Exam 870 1085
CWI Part B Exam and Visual Inspection Workshop 1270 1503
CWI Endorsement Exam 870 1085
CWI Non-Exam
  • 80 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • Endorsement Exam Prior to 9th year of certification period
  • Initial CRI Certification
595 810
CWI 9yr Course 1705 1938


NOTE: PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
* Non-Member price includes a 3-year AWS Individual Membership unless otherwise noted.
***No additional membership included with this price.
~ New tool kit for the updated Part B will be supplied to those 2015 attendees who are eligible for a seminar retake in 2016. No additional membership included with this price.

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Online Courses

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Seminars

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Exams

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Body of Knowledge

Renewal

For CWI's and SCWI's (3 and 6 year cycles):

The renewal process is an important part of maintaining your certification. SCWI’s and CWI’s maintain their certification by submitting an approved renewal application to the Certification Department. The application must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the expiration date of the current certification and no earlier than 11 months prior to the expiration date of that certification.

To qualify for renewal, the CWI or SCWI shall attest to having no period of continuous inactivity greater than two years during the previous three years of certification in activities described in AWS B5.1. This work experience must be documented in the Qualifying Work Experience section of the application. Resumes are not accepted.

A 60-day administrative extension period is allowed. During this time, certification will be considered as expired. Renewals submitted after the administrative 60-day grace period but within one year of expiration may be accepted for renewal; however, administrative late fees may apply. If all renewal requirements have been met, certification will be reactivated.

AWS may send a renewal notice, but if not received, it remains the responsibility of the SCWI or CWI to renew on time.

For further information concerning the CWI or SCWI certification renewal, please refer to AWS QC1.

For CAWI’s Eligible for Upgrade:

CAWI applicants whose scores on each part of the examination met the requirements of a CWI but lacked the mandatory (5) years' experience are eligible for a CWI upgrade provided that the CAWI status is still current. Please document any additional experience you have had since initially taking the CWI/CWE examination in the Qualifying Work Experience section of the application. Certification personnel will review the additional experience to ensure that the (5) year requirement has been met.

For CAWI’s Eligible for Upgrade and Renewal:

CWI upgrades and renewals can be done simultaneously. If you are interested in applying for a CWI upgrade and your current CAWI certification is soon to expire, you may apply for both the CWI Upgrade and Renewal at the same time. Your certification will be renewed for an additional (3) years at the CWI level.

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

Recertification

As an AWS Certified Welding Inspector, you must renew your certification every three years. Every nine years, you must recertify, by one of options indicated below. An approved 9-year recertification application must be in the AWS Certification Department at least 60 days prior to the expiration date of the current certification and no earlier than (11) months prior to the expiration date of the current certification.

A 60-day administrative extension period is allowed. During this time, certification will be considered as expired. If the paperwork is received on time and all renewal or recertification requirements have been met, certification will be reactivated.

  1. 9-Year Recertification by Part B Practical Exam:  The two-hour Part B Practical Exam will evaluate you in the practical aspects of weld inspection and establish that your skills are current. It is to your advantage to be familiar with the various measurement tools used for testing as described in the AWS Applicant Instructions. You should review a variety of weldments that show various levels of porosity and undercut. Be prepared to interpret and inspect bend, t-joint, groove, and pipe weld samples.
  2. 9-Year Recertification by Endorsement:  You can take an endorsement exam to recertify. You can apply for this option up to (11) months prior to your expiration date. Passing one of these exams meets the requirements for recertification. Endorsements require passing a two-hour exam on one of the following:
    • AWS D1.1 Structural Steel
    • AWS D1.2 Structural Aluminum
    • AWS D1.5 Bridges
    • AWS D15.1 Railroad
    • AWS D17.1 Aerospace
    • API 1104 Pipelines
    • ASME Section IX, B31.1 and B31.3 Boiler & Pressure Vessel
    • ASME Section VIII, Div. 1 & Section IX Boiler & Pressure Vessel
    • Structural Drawing Reading
  • All endorsement exams (with the exception of Structural Drawing Reading) will be offered all over the US in convenient locations using computer based testing with our partners at Prometric. After your application has been submitted to AWS and approved, you will be provided with an Authorization to Test (ATT) letter in order to schedule your appointment through Prometric at one of their centers. Prometric session fees will apply at the time you schedule your appointment.

  • Important Note:  AWS QC1 defines endorsements as "Indication of an additional skill documented in writing and added to one's certification credential(s)". In fulfilling the 9-year recertification requirement, endorsements cannot be taken to the codebook to which your CWI certification was attained.
  1. 9-Year Recertification by Accumulated Continuing Education:  If you have kept yourself up to date in the inspection profession by attending classes and seminars related to welding, your education requirements may be satisfied. You need 80 contact hours (PDHs) of seminars, courses or online courses such as those found through American Welding Online (awo.aws.org) that meet the requirements of QC1 Section 16.

The course content must be in one or more of the subject areas as defined in the Education and Experience Requirements of the B5.1, Specification for the Qualification of Welding Inspectors Section 5.

  1. Endorsements or Certifications Achieved Prior to 9-Year Recertification:
    • Endorsements: Certified Welding Inspectors who have previously taken and passed one or more endorsement exams prior to the nine-year cycle may apply for recertification without having to meet further examination, professional development hour, or seminar requirements.
    • Certified Radiographic Interpreter: At any time during your nine-year cycle, if you meet the prerequisites, you can apply to become certified as an AWS Certified Radiographic Interpreter (CRI). This is a valuable certification that fulfills your nine-year requirement.
  2. 9-Year Recertification Course: If your certification expires within the next seven (11) months and you aren’t going to recertify through examination or haven’t accumulated 80 PDHs in the past nine years, the AWS 9-year recertification course is for you. Upon completion of the course, you will receive an AWS Certificate of Completion for the course. Your new wallet card, certificate, and stamp will be mailed to you. Your certification number and renewal month will not change.

Note: DO NOT mail the full 9yr Recertification application if completing the online registration.

DID YOU KNOW...

CWI applicants in their ninth year of certification who qualify and wish to earn a Senior Certified Welding Inspector SCWI can apply for both SCWI and CWI 9YR Recertification. If taking either the endorsement or Part B option for CWI 9YR recertification, both the SCWI and CWI 9YR exam can be taken at the same exam location.

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