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Welding sales representatives serve a very important function in the welding industry. They are the conduit for information concerning new technologies that can improve the productivity, reliability, and quality of welding processes. Knowledgeable welding sales representatives also offer manufacturers invaluable technical support and guidance in the appropriate application of welding technologies.
Provided you meet the program's requirements, you can take a two-hour exam to establish your credentials. AWS also offers an online seminar and examination package combination. The online seminar will not only prepare you for the exam, it can also enhance your professional knowledge.
How to Qualify
Prerequisites to qualify for the AWS Certified Welding Sales Representative program include a high school diploma or equivalent and at least five years of experience in an occupational function in direct relation to the sales of welding equipment, cutting equipment, and supplies and other related services.
If you have less than five years of experience, you can still qualify by submitting verifiable proof of at least two years’ experience, along with a training certificate of completion for welding processes, cutting processes and filler metals.
Completion of the AWS Certified Welding Sales Representative seminar fulfills the training certificate requirement. By taking the seminar, a Sales Representative with between two and five years of relevant experience would be qualified.
QC14 - Specification for the Certification of Welding Sales Representatives
B5.14 - Specification for the Qualification of Welding Sales Representatives
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|Certified Welding Sales Representative (CWSR)||Member||Non–Member*|
|Onsite Retest (Per Part)||275||**275|
|Online Seminar and Exam Package||450||600|
|Online Retake Seminar and Exam Package||350||***370|
NOTE: PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
* Non-Member price includes a 3-year AWS Individual Membership unless otherwise noted.
** Non-Member price includes a 1-year AWS Individual Membership.
*** No additional membership included with this price.
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The CWSR exam is most often taken online, along with the online seminar. To take the exam only, you will need to test at sites where the AWS CWI exam is scheduled. Custom training and examination is another option that allows you to have a group of sales personnel trained and tested right at your workplace.
|Certified Welding Sales Representative Examination: Single Part|
|Minimum number of questions:||60|
The CWSR examination is two hours long and consists of 100 multiple choice questions. The exam will be given in a closed book format. Certified welding sales representative candidates shall pass (with a minimum of 70% correct answers) the CWSR written examination subjects are listed in AWS B5.14, Specification for the Qualification of Welding Sales Representatives.
Examination topics establish your level of knowledge concerning:
- Five arc welding processes
- Brazing and soldering
- Safety in processes and gas cylinder handling
- AWS filler metal classifications
- Shielding gas applications
- Welding terminology
- Electrical requirements for power sources
- Welding procedures and qualifications
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Body of Knowledge
The Certified Sales Representative is required to renew his/her certification every three years. Renewal requires written documentation to support evidence of continued activity in the occupational position of welding sales representative.
If the certification is allowed to lapse beyond the grace period, renewal is not permitted. A new application for certification shall be submitted and both educational and examination requirements of Clause 5 and 6.1 of QC14 shall be met.
Please visit the documents tab to access the CWSR renewal application.
After two (2) consecutive renewals [total of nine (9) years of continuous certification], the certificate holder is required to recertify to maintain CWSR credentials by meeting the requirements of sections 11.1.1 and 11.1.2 of QC14:2009.
The following is needed for submission:
- Documentation to support evidence of continued activity in the occupational position of welding sales representative shall be provided.
- Successful passing score on CWSR written examinations, as defined in 6.1. or qualified exemption based upon the following:
- Demonstration of continued education in subject areas identified in Clause 7 of AWS B5.14 equivalent to 80 professional development hours (PDH) over the nine (9) year period of certification with 20 PDH being completed in the immediate three (3) year period preceding the 9-year recertification.
Please visit the documents tab to access the CWSR recertification application.