Safety in Welding - FREE COURSE

The purpose of this course is to educate individuals on the fundamental principles of safe welding practices. The course aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the hazards associated with welding, including exposure to radiation, electrical shock, fire, and toxic fumes. Participants will learn about the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to wear when welding, as well as safe welding procedures and techniques. By the end of the course, participants will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure their safety and the safety of others while performing welding tasks.




FREE | For PDHs or CEUS, Price is:
Member: $83
Non-member: $111
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Materials Access

Course: 30 days
Exam: 10 more days

Length & PDH / CEU

Approximately 3 hours
3 PDHs | .3 CEUs

Welding Safety Course (Free Version)


ANSI Z49.1 Safety in Welding Standard


AWS Welding Safety Fact Sheets


  • Who Should Take This Course
  • Prerequisites
  • Objectives
  • Student Learning Outcomes
  • Course Modules

  • Anyone involved in the welding industry
  • Anyone wishing to learn about or refresh knowledge of best safety practices in welding and cutting
    • This student body may encompass many positions, including:
      • Welders
      • Welding engineers
      • Welding inspectors
      • Welding supervisors
      • Shop owners
      • Welding students

Prior to taking this course, students should be familiar with basic welding processes and welding terminology. This prerequisite knowledge can be obtained by:

  • Taking the AWS Welding Fundamentals I online course
  • Obtaining and reading a copy of AWS A3.0 Standard Terms and Definitions and ANSI Z49.1 Safety in Welding, Cutting, and Allied Processes

This course teaches students how to:

  • Identify common safety hazards in welding, cutting, brazing, and soldering
  • Choose proper PPE to avoid common hazards
  • Apply best practices to avoid safety hazards

Upon completion of Welding Safety, students will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of welding safety and identify welding safety guidelines
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of everyone involved in welding safety
  • Explain the different types of radiation and discuss radiation hazards encountered in the welding shop
  • Analyze the various ways in which radiation can affect the eyes and explain several strategies to protect against radiation exposure
  • Understand how, when, and why electricity poses a risk to welders and describe the effects of electric shock on the human body
  • Identify measures to prevent electric shock in the workplace and develop a plan of action for situations involving electrical injuries
  • Explain how fire works and identify potential sources of fire in welding and cutting
  • Describe the differences between first-, second-, third-, and fourth-degree burns and the precautions designed to keep people and property safe from fire
  • Describe how fumes and gases are produced during the welding process and identify hazardous fumes and gases commonly found in the welding workplace, as well as their health effects
  • Explain measures that must be taken to safeguard against the toxic effects of fumes and gases
  • Explain the causes and effects of noise hazards and describe steps that can be taken to avoid noise hazards
  • Discuss the potential hazards of the welding workplace and how they can be managed
  • Explain the safety responsibilities of employers and employees
  • Identify personal protective equipment and their significance
  • Explain how to manage environmental hazards in the workplace
  • Analyze appropriate measures for avoiding ventilation hazards
  • Describe the hazards involved with working in confined spaces
  • Choose safety measures and standards to better avoid welding hazards
  • Identify the various hazards associated with the oxyfuel welding and cutting processes and discuss the safety measures involved in the use, maintenance, and storage of basic oxyfuel process equipment
  • Understand what to do in case of leaks or fire while performing oxyfuel welding or cutting
  • Identify the various hazards associated with arc welding and cutting processes and discuss how to safely utilize, maintain, and store basic arc welding equipment
  • Choose the best safety practices for arc welding
  • Identify the safety equipment utilized in resistance welding and cutting processes
  • Discuss the primary hazards and safety precautions involved in electron beam welding and cutting processes
  • Describe the hazards and appropriate safety precautions associated with brazing and soldering processes

MODULE 1 – Introduction to Welding Safety: The Importance of Safety, Locating Safety Guidelines, and Safety Roles and Responsibilities

Pre-Quiz | Content | Post-Quiz

MODULE 2 – Radiation: Hazards and Prevention

Pre-Quiz | Content | Post-Quiz

MODULE 3 – Electric Shock

Pre-Quiz | Content | Post-Quiz

MODULE 4 – Fires and Burns

Pre-Quiz | Content | Post-Quiz

MODULE 5 – Fumes and Gases

Pre-Quiz | Content | Post-Quiz

MODULE 6 – Noise Hazards

Pre-Quiz | Content | Post-Quiz

MODULE 7 – Controls and PPE

 Pre-Quiz | Content | Post-Quiz

MODULE 8 – Environmental Hazards, Confined Spaces, and Ventilation Safety

Pre-Quiz | Content | Post-Quiz

MODULE 9 – Oxyfuel Welding and Cutting Safety

Pre-Quiz | Content | Post-Quiz

MODULE 10 – Arc Welding and Cutting Safety

Pre-Quiz | Content | Post-Quiz

MODULE 11 – Resistance Welding, Electron Beam Welding, Brazing and Soldering

Pre-Quiz | Content | Post-Quiz

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who should take this course?

    The AWS Safety in Welding course is ideal for anyone engaged in welding, cutting, brazing, or soldering. Whether you’re a student, hobbyist, or seasoned professional, keeping abreast of the latest safety and health regulations and best practices is essential to everyone in the welding industry.

  • How long do I have to complete this course?

    Participants have access to the course content 24 hours a day for a period of 30 days from the date of registration. After this 30-day period, participants will have an additional 10 days to pass the completion exam. The exam can be activated before the end of the 30-day period if the participant has completed all the modules.

  • Does this course include a completion exam?

    Yes. Upon completion of the final course module, participants are prompted to take an exam designed to evaluate their comprehension of the subject matter. The completion exam consists of 35 multiple-choice questions and must be completed within a 60-minute period. Participants who do not attain the 85% passing score may attempt to retake the exam a second time. Participants who attain a score of 85% or more on the completion exam earn an AWS Certificate of Completion and 3 Professional Development Hours (PDHs). The AWS Certificate of Completion can be downloaded and printed directly from the webpage.

  • Do I need to purchase any other materials?

    No. All the materials and resources necessary to complete the course objectives are included.

  • Do I receive Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for completing this course?

    Yes. Participants that receive a score of 85% or above on the completion exam will receive an AWS Certificate of Completion and 3 Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

  • Can I use these Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for recertification?

    Yes. Professional Development Hours (PDHs) earned through AWS online courses can be applied towards recertification provided the PDH’s are earned during the certification period.

  • Do I receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for completing this course?

    Yes. Participants who have purchased the Welding Safety course, and that receive a score of 75% or above on the Completion Exam will receive an AWS Certificate of Completion and 0.3 IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

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  • Can I use these Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for recertification?

    Yes. Participant who purchase the Welding Safety course, will earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) that can be applied towards recertification provided the CEUs are earned during the certification period.

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  • Will this course help prepare me for the Certified Welding Inspector Exam?

    Yes. The Certified Welding Inspector Fundamentals Exam (Part A) contains questions concerning the topics covered in this course. This course is designed to help prepare participants for this section of the exam.

  • What platforms and devices can I use to view AWS Learning online courses?

    You must be connected to the internet to access AWS Learning online courses. AWS supports the most recent versions of Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer. Courses can be viewed on desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. Note, however, that a high speed internet connection and large screen offer a better user experience.





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