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 - Specification for AWS Certification of Welding Inspectors
(Effective Jan 1st, 2017 - Reference for Qualification Criteria)

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

B5.1:2003 - Specification for the Qualification of Welding Inspectors
English (for referencing exam structure)

CWI Part B Examination Book of Specifications

For CWI exams held WITHIN the US or Canada:
Part B Examination Book of Specifications (starting October 1st, 2017)


For Metric CWI exams held OUTSIDE the US or Canada only starting October 1st, 2017:
Part B Examination Book of Specifications

English Metric Version

Part B Examination Book of Specifications - Metric (starting October 1st, 2017)
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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 Audit Request 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


Online Courses

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Body of Knowledge


CWI Pre-Seminar