After you've been a CWI for a minimum of six years, and your career has evolved into supervisory or managerial responsibilities in the field of quality control/quality assurance, you will want to apply for the highest level of certification: a Senior Certified Welding Inspector, or SCWI. SCWIs are in demand by companies looking to have it all-skilled, seasoned welding managers who can do the job and supervise others.
The SCWI is an individual who is in a supervisory position and has attained a higher level of experience than a CWI. The successful applicant also has professional education which has provided the opportunity to solve problems with a scope and level of difficulty beyond those experienced as a CWI.
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Every CWI who has held CWI certification for a minimum of six years and possesses the requisite 15 years of experience, is not necessarily a candidate for the SCWI exam. Ideal candidates for the SCWI exam have sought out opportunities to expand their careers. Senior Certified Welding Inspector candidates typically will have supplemented their basic education or gained extensive problem-solving experience. Such a background should provide them with a deep and specific understanding of advanced NDE topics, quality systems, procedure qualifications, and other SCWI knowledge areas as identified below.
CWI wishing to advance to SCWI at the 9-year recertification
For CWI applicants in your sixth year renewal cycle who wish to pursue and who qualify for SCWI status,you will need to complete an SCWI, CWI & CAWI Renewal & Upgrade Application along with a SCWI application. However, you are only required to pay the SCWI application fee. If you are not successful inpassing the test at the SCWI level, your CWI status will be renewed for no additional charge.
For CWI applicants in your ninth year renewal cycle who wish to pursue and who qualify for SCWI status, you will need to complete a CWI 9-Yr Re-Certification Application along with an SCWI application. Your CWI can be re-certified at the 9-yr mark by either taking the Part B Practical Examination or by evidence of continuing education (see QC1:2007, Section 16.3.2 for more information). You may schedule the Part B examination at the same site location that you will be taking the SCWI examination. If you qualify for re-certification via continuing education, the supporting documents along with the completed exempt application must be submitted at the same time as your SCWI application. However, you will still only be required to pay for the SCWI application fee.
Applicants who are still active CWI's and are not due to expire for at least six months from their desired SCWI testing date, will need to complete the SCWI application only. If you are not successful in passing the SCWI examination, you will maintain your active CWI status until your expiration date. At that time, you must pay the regular renewal/re-certification fees.
The SCWI Re-Exam Application is to be used only by those individuals who have taken the AWS SCWI examination, and whose score(s) did not qualify for the SCWI level.
PARTS OF THE SCWI EXAMINATION MUST BE
TAKEN. The SCWI re-examination shall be considered as any tests taken
within one year (12 months) of the original test date. Candidates
may take up to two (2) re-examinations within one year of the original
Your Visual Acuity Record that is currently in your certification file cannot be more than (7) months prior to the date of your re-exam. If it is beyond (7) months, you will be required to provide a new Visual Acuity Record.
(checks, money orders, major credit cards or company purchase orders)
Please refer to the Certification Price List and Policies for all applicable fees. All checks and money orders are made payable to AWS. Payment must accompany your application. No certification documentation will be released until payment has been fully satisfied.
PLEASE BE SURE TO VERIFY THE FOLLOWING BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION TO AWS:
- Complete and sign the application
- the address indicated on the application is where your documents will be mailed.
- Visual Acuity Record.
- Payment included with the application.
Please be advised that you will be notified (6) weeks AFTER your application has been submitted. We strongly urge applicants to please allow the (6) weeks processing time so that AWS may efficiently and accurately serve your certification needs.
If there are any questions or concerns regarding the SCWI Re-Examination process, please feel free to contact the AWS Certification Department at: 1-800-443-9353, ext. 273. Our Certification Coordinators are available to assist you Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
qualify for a renewal, all SCWI, and CWI applicants must attest to
having no continuous inactivity of two years or greater of the
certification period in the practice of welding inspection or related
activities as defined in QC1. This work experience must be documented
in the Qualifying Work Experience section of the application.
Résumés are not acceptable.
Please be aware that it is your responsibility to renew your certification before it expires. You will not be allowed to renew your certification after the expiration date. In order to re-certify after your certification has expired, you will be required to test on all (3) parts of the CWI Exam.
Additionally, you must also provide a current Visual Acuity Record with your application. The Visual Acuity Record cannot be more than (7) months prior to the date of your certification expiration. Eye examinations must also be administered by ophthalmic medical personnel.
(checks, money orders, major credit cards or company purchase orders)
Please refer to the AWS Certification Price List for all applicable fees. Be sure to complete the Method of Payment section on the application. All checks and money orders should be made payable to AWS. Payment must accompany your application. No renewal or upgrade information will be mailed until payment has been fully satisfied.
NOTE: Please allow at least (6) weeks for application to be completely processed before contacting AWS regarding the status.
Please be sure to do the following before submitting your application to AWS:
Interpretation of Subclause 8.1 of AWS QC1:2007 Approved January 17, 2008 by the AWS Certification Committee Text of 8.1 of AWS QC1:2007:
“8.1 Applicants for certification as SCWI, CWI, or CAWI shall satisfy the visual acuity requirements of 6.1 of AWS B5.1, Specification for the Qualification of Welding Inspectors.”
These visual acuity requirements may be satisfied with the use of only one eye.
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Effective 01 June 2006, candidates choosing the API-1104 open codebook exam may only use the 20th Edition. The new API-1104 exam will consist of 60 multiple choice questions taken in the same two hour format. The new API-1104 exam is not compatible with any editions of API-1104 other than the 20th Edition.
Candidates are responsible for purchasing the API-1104 codebook and, if not in possession of abound copy of the standard. must present proof of purchase for any photocopies presented.