CRWT: Equipment and Procedure Confidence

CRWT: Equipment and Procedure Confidence

Resistance welding is a robust process employed in automobile and appliance manufacturing. It creates strong, long-lasting welds by combining heat, time, and pressure, using sophisticated, high-value equipment managed by skilled technicians and engineers. 

One such professional is the Certified Resistance Welding Technician (CRWT), a certification co-developed by the American Welding Society (AWS) and the Resistance Welding Manufacturing Alliance (RWMA). This certification showcases a technician's expertise in resistance welding principles, processes, and equipment, achieved through relevant education, experience, and examination. The CRWT certification is valuable to individual professionals like welders, engineers, and quality control managers, and can also enhance the credibility and skill set of teams within companies operating in a resistance welding environment.

Application, Renewal, Recertification 

Application, Renewal, Recertification 

Visit my.aws.org to enter information, submit required documentation and a current photo, register for seminars and courses, and make payments.

There are no renewal options for CRWT. You must recertify every 5 years by reexamination.

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CRWT Initial Application

  • How it Works
  • Required Documents
  • Computer-Based Testing (CBT)
  • Training
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CRWT Renewal

 

  • How it Works
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CRWT Recertification

  • How it Works
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CRWT Initial Application

  • Overview
  • Documents
  • Exam Information
  • Training
  • Pricing

Requirements and Process 

The Certified Resistance Welding Technician (CRWT) credential showcases your proficiency in resistance welding principles, processes, and equipment, achieved through targeted education, practical experience, and examination.

To apply for the CRWT certification, you'll need a combination of relevant education and work experience in designing, or operating welding lines or cells, particularly in industries like automobile, appliance, wire products, and sheet metal manufacturing.

Education Requirements:

  • High school diploma (or military/state-approved equivalency): Requires 1 year of work experience
  • Post-high school / GED graduate: Requires 6 months of work experience
  • If candidate does not have education: Requires 3 years of work experience

This work experience should involve designing, applying, or operating welding lines or cells in related manufacturing industries. Remember to submit supporting documentation that verifies your qualifications.

Application process:

Visit the online portal to provide the required documentation, make payment and register for seminars and courses.

Make sure to have the following documents ready before starting the application process:

CRWT Standards

A CRWT certification ensures the certificate holder meets all of the specification and certification requirements found in:

Technical and Reference Documents are provided when registered and attending an AWS Seminar.

If an applicant/candidate is not attending an AWS Seminar prior to testing and is planning to self-study, please review the Self-Study page for more information.

Technical and Specification Documents and Reference Materials
(AWS CRWT Body of Knowledge)

To purchase any of the AWS publications, visit the AWS Bookstore

Other forms and documents:

Seminar and Exam Schedule

Find upcoming in-person seminars and exam dates on AWS by visiting the Seminar and Exam Schedule.

As a CRWT candidate, you'll take a single exam with 100 scored questions and 10 unscored pre-test questions, all within a 135-minute time limit. A minimum score of 60% is required to pass.

For more information on what to expect for the Certified Welding Technician exam, please view the Examination User Guide.

Computer-Based Testing/Prometric Exam Centers

Exams are administered by Prometric at more than 450 Exam Centers around the world. Locations can be viewed at prometric.com/aws.

Learn more about Prometric CBT and Exam Centers:

AWS and RWMA team up to offer a two-day school, taught by resistance welding industry experts. Find out more.

The relevant modules include:

  • Definitions and terminology
  • Welding symbols related to RW
  • RW equipment including machine/tooling design
  • RW processes
  • Weld schedules
  • Weld quality
  • Destructive and non‚Äźdestructive testing
  • Resistance welding of steels, aluminum, and coated materials
  • Conversions and calculations
  • Welding procedures
  • Maintenance

When preparing for the CRWT exam, consider taking advantage of various comprehensive courses that can help familiarize you with the exam content. AWS even offers an in-depth online seminar spread over the 16 modules, arming you with the knowledge you need to tackle the exam confidently. 

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CRWT Renewal

The CRWT credential cannot be renewed. A CRWT must recertify every five (5) years by reexamination.

CRWT Recertification

  • Overview
  • Pricing

A CRWT must recertify every five (5) years by reexamination.

The recertification application and exam registration can be completed via the online Certification Application Portal.

Use the MyAWS Portal to check your CWS credentials, application or exam registration status.