In 2018, the American Welding Society established the AWS Certified Welding Inspector Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize individual members for a career of distinguished service, leadership, outstanding accomplishments, and innovative contributions towards enhancing the image and technology of welding inspection. Individuals receiving the award may be currently working as a CWI or have worked as one in the past.

  • Election as a CWI Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is demonstrated as evidenced by:
  • Advancements in the field of welding inspection.
  • Mentorship of individuals entering the field of welding inspection.
  • Effective application of existing and new inspection technology.
  • Evidence of participation in activities directly related to the recruitment, training, education and/or mentorship of individuals entering the field of welding inspection.
  • This recognition is selected by the AWS CWI Lifetime Achievement Award Committee based on specific criteria.
  • Nominations must be submitted on the CWI LAA nomination form with supporting material by July 1st to nationalawards@aws.org.
  • Nominations are reviewed/selected during a fall CWI Lifetime Achievement Award Committee meeting with final approval the following year at the spring Districts Council meeting.
  • A maximum of 5 recipients are selected each year, as determined by the selection committee.