Certified Welding Inspector 9-Year Recertification In-Person Seminar


The American Welding Society offers an intensive CWI 9-Year Recertification seminar. This seminar was created to offer CWIs an opportunity to earn their required 80 hours for recertification in a highly collaborative environment.

This course not only satisfies the eighty hours of continuing education as an alternative to retesting, but serves as an opportunity for established CWIs to network and discuss topics meaningful to their day-to-day work. This interactive format allows CWIs to share and learn from their peers, who collectively have many years of experience.


Course Packages



Participants can skip the traditional
two-week session of the course.

Length 6 days
Member $1,995
Non-Member $2,260

Course information

  • Who Should Attend
  • Objectives
  • Materials Provided
  • What To Expect
  • Student Learning Outcomes
  • Existing CWIs and SCWIs looking to satisfy their CWI or SCWI recertification without need for reexamination.
  • This student body may encompass:
    • CWIs
    • SCWIs

The objective of this seminar is to provide a collaborative means for CWIs to satisfy their 80-hour reaccreditation requirement.

Physical copies of all the books/publications used during the seminar are listed below. Some will be provided to you in advance and others will be made available at your seminar site. This allows you to review the content that will be covered during the seminar ahead of time and complete the needed pre-work. A tool kit with various instruments for visual inspection will also be shipped to you.

Keep in mind that it is your responsibility to bring these materials with you to the seminar. Spare copies will not be available on-site, so please make sure you don’t leave your seminar materials at home!

  •  Welding Inspection Technology Textbook
  •  Welding Inspection Technology Workbook
  •  Welding Quality Assurance and Inspection Manual
  •  Welding Quality Assurance Workbook
  •  Welding Inspection Technology
  •  G.A.L. Catalog of Weld Gauges
  •  Welding Inspection Technology Sample CWI Fundamentals Examination & Key
  •  Visual Inspection Toolkit
  •  Book of Exhibits
  •  Book of Specifications
  •  Full-Length Part B Practice Test
  •  Part B Mini-Test

This seminar is conducted over six days, from Sunday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Attendees will also receive a communication regarding prework to be completed and brought to the 9-Year seminar.

The seminar begins with an informal skills assessment to identify the fundamental areas the instructor will cover during the course.

Bring with you, and be prepared to discuss, one or more real-world problems encountered on the job (non-proprietary). Problems can be technical or administrative and will be presented and discussed with other experienced CWIs. This interaction often results in innovative problem-solving techniques and solutions. Bring along any codes or other documents necessary for clarification.

Compact eighty-hour course design combines pre-seminar assignments with daytime and evening onsite sessions, directed studies, and other activities.

Attendees receive their AWS Certificate of Completion on the final day of the course. Rare opportunity to meet and share experiences with other seasoned CWI professionals from a wide range of industries.

Interactive format offers the opportunity for CWIs to share and learn from their peers, who collectively have many years of experience.

Upon completion of this seminar, students will be able to:

  • Update their knowledge of welding codes, standards, and regulations relevant to the welding inspection field, such as AWS D1.1, ASME Section IX, and API 1104.
  • Stay current with the latest developments and techniques in various welding processes, including arc welding, resistance welding, and other joining methods.
  • Enhance inspection skills and techniques, including visual inspection, non-destructive testing (NDT), and destructive testing methods.
  • Deepen understanding of welding metallurgy principles, including the effects of heat, welding variables, and weld defects on material properties.
  • Analyze safety practices and ethical considerations related to welding inspection, emphasizing the importance of safety in the workplace.
  • Reinforce knowledge on record-keeping, documentation, and reporting requirements for welding inspections.
  • Improve the ability to interpret and apply welding codes and standards in real-world inspection scenarios.
  • Remain informed about any changes or updates to welding codes and standards that may have occurred since the initial certification.

Please note that the specific content and learning objectives for the 9-year CWI recertification seminar may evolve over time and may vary based on instructor.






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