Certification Committees

Certification Committees

Meet The AWS Certification Committee:
Driving Continued Welding Quality

The AWS Certification Committee is responsible for overseeing all AWS Certification Programs. This includes:

  • Creating and approving new certification programs 
  • Providing guidance on all programs by issuing governing standards
  • Enforcing ethics rules violations

Your Certification Committee members:

Chair: George Hlifka
Vice Chair: Lyndsey Deckard
Second Vice Chair: Phil Grimm
Third Vice Chair: Richard Arn
Secretary: John Gayler

Upcoming Meeting Dates
All committee meetings are open to the public, with the exception of the exam bank committee.

Summer 2016 Certification Committee Meeting
City: Pittsburgh, PA
Dates: August 1st – 5th
Venue: Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport
Address: 1111 Airport Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15231

Subcommittees and programs overseen by the Certification Committee:

  • Subcommittee on the Code of Ethics
  • Subcommittee on Certification of Welding Engineers
  • Subcommittee on Certification of Welding Inspectors
  • Subcommittee on Supplemental CWI Inspection Programs
  • Subcommittee on Certification of Radiographic Interpreters
  • Subcommittee on Certification of Welding Fabricators
  • Subcommittee on Certification Examinations
  • Subcommittee on Auditing Accredited Test Facilities and Certified Welding Fabricators
  • Subcommittee on Accredited Test Facilities and Certified Welders
  • Subcommittee on Certification of Robotic Arc Welding Personnel
  • Subcommittee on Certification of Welding Educators
  • Subcommittee on Certification of Structural Inspectors
  • Subcommittee on Reciprocity and Other Agreements
  • Subcommittee on Certification of Resistance Welding Personnel
  • Subcommittee on Certification of Welding Supervisors
  • Subcommittee on Certification of Welding Sales Representatives
  • Subcommittee on Certification of Welding Technicians
  • Subcommittee on CWI of the Year

New programs the Certification Committee is researching and implementing:

  • Certified Resistance Welding Technician
  • Penetrant Testing Endorsement
  • Welder Testing Endorsement
  • Welding Procedure Specification Endorsement
  • Magnetic Particle Testing Endorsement
  • Steel Inspector Endorsement

AWS Certification Test Supervisor

Interested in becoming an AWS Test Supervisor for Certification? Become part of the AWS team and join in our efforts to maintain the integrity of our various certification programs. Download and read the forms below for more information and how to qualify.


Thank you for your interest, on behalf of the Certification Committee and the AWS staff!

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