American Welding Society

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Become an AWS Member

An American Welding Society membership offers unparalleled benefits, no matter where you are in your welding career. With access to leading educational resources, technical information, and more, you can learn new skills, earn valuable certifications, and help lead the next generation of welding professionals. Make your mark on the industry with AWS. 

Advance Your Career

Certification and Education

Learn From an Industry Leader

AWS is the go-to source for professional certification and education. Our certifications cover nine industry categories to address all segments of welding and joining and help you reach your career goals. AWS also offers comprehensive, expert-developed training resources — online courses, instructor-led seminars, and more — that can enhance your career and your lifetime earning potential. Students, experienced welders, other industry professionals — we offer something for everyone.

Why Certify? 

Certification-W-Icon.svg 66.3% of the welding workforce supplements their education with AWS certifications.

Certification facilitates career advancement and contributes to making a better living.

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The world of welding is broad and vast. AWS always invites you to learn, develop, and grow through specialized courses.

Find a Job

Our Jobs in Welding site can help you find your next job. Use our Resume Review tool to make sure you’re starting on the right foot. 


A standard is a document used repeatedly as a rule, guideline, or definition. AWS has defined more than 350 standards for our industry. 


Our award-winning publications — including Welding Journal, Inspection Trends, Spraytime, and Welding Journal en Español — are easy to digest, allowing you to stay up to date on trending products, services, and technology.

Join a Section

This is the heart of AWS. Find As a member, you can find your local network and connect with welders near you, f. You can forgeing lasting friendships and working smarter together.

Join a Student Chapter

Sharpen your skills and set yourself up for future success. Get Members can get valuable experience — and meet friends in your the welding field — by joining an AWS Student Chapter. 

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Learn about cutting-edge topics from industry leaders, meet new people, and forge lifelong professional connections at AWS events.
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Popular Topics in Member Forum


Production Welding Quality

Is it possible to “over weld” designs? Is there any flexibility in the guidelines laid out in the AWS D1.1 structural welding code? How can I ensure we’re using the best standards for quality control?

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Calibration of Stud Welding Power Sources

How often should my structural steel shop be calibrating our power sources? Some fabricators and inspectors say regular fine-tuning might not be necessary — regardless of AISC 207 and AWS D1.5 standards. What do you recommend?