Membership brings big benefits – on and off the job

AWS helps you do your job even better, faster and more accurately. Join 70,000 welding industry professionals who are staying ahead of new changes and developments, as well as enjoying dozens of member-only benefits offered by the world’s leading materials joining organization.

Professional support: personal savings
AWS membership more than pays for itself many times over. There are generous discounts on welding equipment, tools, conferences, seminars and certification that help you do your job better today – and prepare you to land bigger opportunities to come.  Our monthly publications keep you informed of industry changes affecting your job and career. You’ll have many opportunities to network with experienced professionals in the industry. Plus you’ll find dozens of money-saving benefits, like discounts on auto, home, and identify theft protection to protect your family, access to health insurance programs, plus many other products and services.

See full details on membership benefits in the tabs below.

New member welcome bonus:
Get as much as 90% off your choice of 20+ AWS technical publications as a special welcome offer. (up to $112 value)

Membership rates
Annual dues: $86 (plus a one-time $12 initiation fee)
Special offer: new members can get a 2-year membership for $147 ($25 savings)

AWS Individual Member Application in PDF format.


Or Call 1-800-443-9353, ext. 480 (inside the U.S. and Canada)
1-305-443-9353, ext. 480 (outside the U.S. and Canada)


Membership benefits designed just for welders and their families

When you review all the benefits and savings you receive, you’ll quickly realize an AWS Welder membership pays for itself many times over:

  • Discounts on Welding Equipment/Tools of the Trade
  • Free subscription to hard copy and electronic Welding Journal, (a $90 value) the most widely-read industry publication
  • Discounts on AWS Conferences, certification programs, education programs and events
  • Free bi-annual issues of Product Literature Review, Welding Marketplace, and quarterly issues of American Welder
  • As much as 90% off one AWS technical publication when you join...choose from 20+ AWS technical publications
  • 25% discount on AWS publications
  • Member-only networking opportunities at multiple events
  • Online resources:  AWS Consultant's Network, AWS Buyer's Guide, AWS ShopOnline and more
  • Liberty Mutual Auto & Home Owners Insurance
  • WorldWide insurance plan access: health, life, dental, disability, travel and international insurance, prescription plans and ID Theft plans
  • FedEx shipping discounts up to 26%
  • Hertz car rental discounts

Please view the full list of Individual Member Benefits in PDF format.

Connect with Members

Connect to colleagues, companies… and new opportunities

Local Section Meetings

AWS members gain the opportunity to exchange information and tips, nurture professional contacts, and interact with other welding and fabricating industry professionals who have common interests, visions and dreams.  Learn more about sections near you.


FABTECH brings 30,000 professionals together to view the latest innovations in materials joining.  More than 200 in-depth technical sessions and educational programs allow members to exchange information and share solutions with industry peers.

AWS Forums

Communicate with others in the industry right online.  Post questions regarding your welding and fabricating dilemmas and get instant feedback. Visit the Welders' Exchange Bulletin Board for welder specific issues.

Discount Programs

AWS members save everywhere they go…
at work, at home and even on the road


As an AWS member, you can enhance your professional growth at substantial savings. AWS sponsors, through its Education Department and Conference Department, a wide variety of conferences, seminars and symposiums throughout the country.  Nationally and internationally acclaimed welding experts present papers of current interest in such areas as joining research, NDT, welding inspection, AWS codes and standards, safety and health and more.

Similar savings are available on AWS Home Study Courses and In-House Training.  Throughout the year, local Sections also offer numerous educational activities to members at nominal cost.  In addition, AWS members may participate in professional conferences in a number of foreign countries at member-only savings.

Training and Events

AWS members receive deep discounts on more than 120 technical training events every year.  All AWS-sponsored courses, clinics and conferences are noted for their expert instruction, quality materials and participant satisfaction. Access to widely-recognized AWS Certification programs are designed to recognize and document individual expertise and knowledge of specific industry disciplines.  AWS offers member-only discounts on nearly a dozen different Certification categories.  Certification can mean better pay, more job security, and recognition as one of the industry's elite.  Achieve the mark for materials-joining excellence with certification in:

Industry Publications

A huge benefit for AWS Members is the 25% discount on 300+ AWS technical publications.  Choose from popular publications like the D1.1 Structural Welding Code - Steel.  With your AWS member-only discount, you could save more than $130 on this publication alone... that's like getting  almost two years of membership free!

Equipment and Tools

AWS Members can save big with the GAWDA / AWS Discount Program.  AWS members receive member-only discounts on welding equipment and tools of the trade by participating distributors.  Click here to see the list of participating distributors.

Insurance Programs

Liberty Mutual - Auto & Home Insurance
Liberty Mutual has partnered with the American Welding Society to offer members exclusive savings on quality auto and home insurance.* Call 800-531-6087 visit Liberty Mutual to learn more or get a free quote.
*Discounts and savings are available where state laws and regulations allow, and may vary by state. To the extent permitted by law, applicants are individually underwritten; not all applicants may qualify.

Worldwide Insurance Services, Inc. - Health Insurance and more
AWS has partnered with WorldWide Insurance Services, Inc., a national, independent broker, in business since 1989,  to provide a health insurance program for AWS Members. We realize that health insurance for self-employed individuals and small businesses can present challenges, both in terms of accessibility and affordability. Worldwide's program includes:

  • Large selection of plans and insurance companies
  • Consumer information about the various types of health plans (PPO's, HSA's, HMO's, etc), including the pros and cons of each type of plan
  • For those of you with employees, our program provides guidance on employer-sponsored health care plans, including contribution rules, participation requirements, COBRA, HIPAA and more
  • Information to help you understand and manage specific medical conditions and health issues
  • Valuable information on wellness, prevention and disease management
  • Resources for the uninsured and those with uninsurable medical conditions

WorldWide also offers:

  • Life Insurance
  • Dental Plans
  • Health Plans
  • Disability Insurance
  • Travel and International Insurance
  • Prescription Plans
  • ID Theft Plans

For more information, or to find the program that is right for you, visit www.worldclassbenefits.com/aws

Car Rental Service

Receive worldwide member discounts for business and leisure car rentals through Hertz.  AWS Members'-only discounts will help you save on your next car rental need.

American Welding Society Members are entitled to special discounts with Hertz. 
Your Discount CDP# 75641 is the key. Write it down and use it every time you make a reservation.

To check rates or make a reservation, visit hertz.com, call your travel agent or call Hertz at 1-800-654-2200. 
Be sure and mention the Discount CDP# 75641 to receive special discounts.

FedEx Advantage

FedEx gives you savings of up to 26% and rewards your loyalty

Save money on your shipping and earn rewards for your loyalty with FedEx. As an AWS member, you’re invited to enroll in the FedEx Advantage® program and enjoy discounts of up to 26% on FedEx® services. After enrolling for discounts, you’ll have the opportunity to join My FedEx Rewards and earn gift cards and brand-name merchandise when you ship. Enrollment for both programs is free.

To enjoy discounts, Enroll now in the FedEx Advantage program or call 1.800.475.6708. Use passcode XRK7DT. Then sign up for My FedEx Rewards with the same account number.

Already a FedEx Advantage member?
Join My FedEx Rewards to earn gift cards and brand-name merchandise, in addition to your FedEx Advantage discounts.

Join Now

You not only get all the money-saving benefits listed above, but when you join now, you’ll also receive an AWS Technical Publication for just $35 (up to a $112 value). 

Choose from more than 20 publications including, Arc Welded Projects Vol. IV (nearly 75 welding projects), Jefferson's Welding Encyclopedia (CD-ROM only), Design and Planning Manual for Cost-Effective Welding, one of the Welding Handbooks, Welding Metallurgy and more.

To see the full list of publications that you can choose from, click here.

Bonus: Save $25 on a 2-year membership!

Become an AWS Welder Member today by using a downloadable application (you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF application, if you don't have it yet, click here to download Adobe Acrobat).  You may also join by calling (800) 443-9353, ext. 480, or (305) 443-9353, ext 480.