To become a CWI, you will first need to qualify to take the three part examination. To do this, you will need to review section 5 of AWS QC1, Standard for AWS Certification of Welding Inspectors and section 5 of AWS B5.1, Specification for the Qualification of Welding Inspectors to determine if you meet the experience and education requirements to take the examination. Then you will need to complete either an examination application or the online registration.
Though having some experience in welding would be beneficial, it isn’t a requirement to qualify to take the CWI examination.
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No. You must submit an application either via the website by visiting app.aws.org/registrations/index?type=CWI or mailing in a paper application via regular mail along with full payment.
No. You may only test to one codebook for your initial CWI examination. But, once you take and successfully pass your CWI examination, you may apply to take an endorsement exam to any other codebook you would like. You will need to complete an Endorsement application to do this which can be found on our website www.aws.org/certification/endorsement. Endorsement exams can be taken at CWI seminar/exam test sites.
Inspection Workshop (VIW) which will cover parts A and B of the CWI examination. You will have to self-study for the codebook you are testing to since we do not currently offer a seminar for it.
No. All documentation must be mailed to the American Welding Society 8669 NW 36th St Suite 130, Miami, FL 33166. You must indicate your full name, membership number (if available) and registration number on all documents.
If you are unable to obtain a signature or letter for employment verification from your previous or current employer, you may submit an affidavit describing what type of work activity performed, and indicate the timeframe of that activity for a sufficient number of clients to establish the length of time worked. Additional supporting documentation such as lesson plans, letters, billing invoices or W-2 forms may be submitted.
You only need one Employment Verification signed by one of the employers listed in the Qualifying Work Experience section of the exam application. Also, only one notary signature along with stamp or seal is required to complete the application.
The Visual Acuity Record is needed but is not used to qualify you to take the CWI examination. It is strictly for employment purposes and the results are indicated on your CWI wallet card.
You will receive a refund, less the $75 processing fee.
If you order a seminar and exam package, you will receive the books on the first day of the seminar. Due to AWS Policies, books will not be shipped prior to the seminar.
By contacting the Welding Engineering Xchange (WEX) at 888-WELDING (888 935-3464) you will be able to get information regarding prices as well as purchase books and other literature.
After you have taken your exam, it will take 4-6 weeks for test results to be received. We highly recommend including an email address on your application so that you can receive notification of your certification status as soon as your exam has been scored. Actual test results cannot be given over the phone. Test results will be mailed to the address on file. We ask that you notify the Certification Department as soon as possible regarding any address change to ensure your test results are mailed to the correct location.
Shortly after you have received your certificate and wallet card in the mail, your stamp will follow within 2-3 weeks. Please be sure to contact the Certification Department if you have not received your certificate, wallet card, or stamp in this time period.
We do not offer job placement assistance. However, we have a service available through the AWS website called Jobs in Welding. You can access this by visiting http://www.jobsinwelding.com/ . Job seekers can access this service and connect with potential employers for job opportunities.
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