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Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI)



To qualify as a Certified Associate Welding Inspector, you must pass a vision test and have a combination of qualifying education and work experience, with supporting documentation:

High school diploma or hold a state or military approved high school equivalency diploma (e.g. GED) 2 years
At least 8th grade 4 years
Less than 8th grade 6 years
At least 8th grade with a minimum of one year of vocational education and training in a welding curriculum 3 years
2 years post-high school education in a welding curriculum or engineering technology, engineering, or physical science 6 months



Initial CWI Exam Application
Upgrade from CAWI to CWI Application

Technical Documents

QC1:2016-AMD1 - Specification for AWS Certification of Welding Inspectors

B5.1:2013-AMD1 - Specification for the Qualification of Welding Inspectors

CWI Part B Examination Book of Specifications

For CWI exams held WITHIN the US or Canada:
Part B Examination Book of Specifications

For Current CWI exams held OUTSIDE the US or Canada:
Part B Examination Book of Specifications - Metric
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For Metric CWI exams held OUTSIDE the US or Canada only:
Part B Examination Book of Specifications

English Metric Version

AWS Publications Order Number
  Certification Manual for Welding Inspectors CM:2000
  Welding Inspection Handbook WI:2015
* D1.1/D1.1M Structural Welding Code-Steel D1.1/D1.1M:2015
* D1.1 Code Clinic Reference Manual D1.1 CCRM:2015
* API 1104 Study Guide for API Standard 1104 Welding of Pipelines API-M:2017
* Welding Inspection Technology WIT-T:2008
* Welding Inspection Technology (Workbook) WIT-W:2008
* Welding Inspection Technology Sample CWI Fundamentals Examination & Key WIT-E:2008
* Standard Welding Terms and Definitions A3.0M/A3.0:2010
* Standard Symbols for Welding, Brazing, and Nondestructive Examination A2.4:2012
* Guide for the Nondestructive Examination of Welds B1.10M/B1.10:2016

  Specification for the Qualification of Welding Inspectors

B5.1: 2013-AMD1
*Books are provided to participants of the AWS Seminar week

General Forms

40 Hour Retest Training Log
ADA Disability Accommodations
Applicant Instructions
AWS Bank Information
Certification Duplicate Order Form
Change of Site/Cancellation Form
Employment Verification Form
Exam Security Agreement and General Term of Use Form
Photo ID Requirements
Policies and Fees
Price List
Qualifying Work Experience Form
Visual Acuity Form

Photo ID Requirements


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