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Certified Welding Inspector Program

Certified Welding Inspector Program

CWI Certification can lead you to a career that is stable, engaging and fulfilling on all levels. From associate certification to senior-level credentials, most welders find career expansion as an inspection professional to be both rewarding and lucrative.

 

Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI)

Take the first steps towards a prosperous career in welding inspection as a Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI). You'll get hands-on experience as you work alongside a Senior Certified Welding Inspector or Certified Welding Inspector. The decision to become a CAWI signals to employers that you're serious about your career. Count on AWS Certification to put you on the right course.

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Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)

The Certified Welding Inspector certification is more than a rewarding career. It involves great responsibility and remarkable skill demonstration. The CWI® is widely recognized, both nationally and internationally, and successful companies have come to rely on this AWS certification when ensuring the highest level of quality workmanship. As a Certified Welding Inspector, you will find this career path lucrative and rewarding. This certification can lead you to a career that is engaging and promising on all levels. If what you need is a stable career where you will thrive and find fulfillment, then the CWI certification is for you.

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Senior Certified Welding Inspector (SCWI)

The SCWI is an individual who is in a supervisory position and has attained a higher level of experience than a CWI. The successful applicant also has professional education which has provided the opportunity to solve problems with a scope and level of difficulty beyond those experienced as a CWI.

CWIs who have held CWI certification for a minimum of six years and possess the requisite 15 years of experience may still not necessarily be the ideal candidate for the SCWI exam. 

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CWI/SCWI Endorsements

Endorsements are supplemental inspection credentials available to all AWS Certified Welding Inspectors (CWIs) and Senior Certified Welding Inspectors (SCWIs) to enhance an individual's credentials.

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Reciprocity

Reciprocity is available for specific AWS programs and welding inspector certification programs in other countries. The AWS Certification Department offers a listing of current approved reciprocal agreements and their respective requirements. 

International Professionals: Apply for Reciprocity

Canadian Welding Inspectors (CWB)
Canadian Welding Inspectors who have successfully completed the Canadian Standard CSA W178.2 examination and is currently holding a valid Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) card may apply for the AWS CWI certification through the Reciprocity Program. The Canadian Welding Bureau level II is equivalent to the AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) and level I is equivalent to the Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI).

Under the Reciprocity Program, these individuals are eligible for the Certified Welding Inspector or Certified Associate Welding Inspector certification.

To apply for Reciprocity, please complete the Reciprocity Application (Be sure to check the “1st Time Reciprocity” box in the upper left hand corner of the application). Attach a copy of your CWB certificate card that confirms you are certified to the Canadian Standard CSA W178.2 and shows a current expiration date.

Israeli Welding Inspectors (INWC)
Israeli Welding Inspectors who have successfully completed the INWC certification examination and currently holding a valid INWC certification certificate are eligible to apply for the AWS CWI certification through the Reciprocity Program. Inspectors holding AWS CWI certification may also apply to INWC to gain ICWI certification.

AWS will solely be responsible for issuing CWI certification materials. If the INWC welding inspector wishes to maintain their AWS certification independently, they must apply as a new candidate to AWS, pay full fees, and submit to the full requirements of certification (QC1: Standard for AWS Certification of Welding Inspectors).

To apply for Reciprocity, please complete the Reciprocity Application (Be sure to check the “1st Time Reciprocity” box on the application). Attach a copy of your ICWI certificate card that confirms you are ICWI certified and shows a current expiration date. 

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