Certified Welding Educator Program


Demonstrate Your Teaching Expertise

The AWS program for the certification of Welding Educators has been developed to define minimum standards for welding educators and to provide respected recognition for those who demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and experience needed:

  • Welding educators understand welding training requirements; prepare instruction plans; conduct training classes; and evaluate student performance
  • They may be using prepared instructional materials or develop their own original instructional materials
  • They are familiar with welding processes, welding procedures, welder qualifications, materials and the limitations of weld testing
  • They must be able to read drawings, prepare records and develop reports

Exams for both a Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) and a Certified Welding Educator (CWE) are identical. However, the Part C - Code Book portion is not required for CWE certification. The CWI and CWE certifications may be earned simultaneously.

Please visit the Certified Welding Inspector Certification webpage to access the CWI/CWE Exam Application. It is mandatory that you submit the CWE Welding Instructor Credentials form along with the completed CWI/CWE Exam Application. 

If you are a current SCWI, CWI or CAWI, and you meet the Certified Welding Educator criteria outlined below, no testing is required for the CWE certification. Simply:

  • Complete the CWE Short Form Application
  • Teach full or part-time in a classroom environment
  • Maintain a valid welder certificate
  • Obtain a written recommendation from your teaching supervisor that attests to your teaching qualifications and ability



Initial CWE Exam Application
CWE Renewal/Non-Exam Application
CWE to CWI Application
Retest Application for CAWI, CWI, CWE, or CWI/CWE

Technical Documents

QC5, AWS Standard for the Certification of Welding Educators

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

*Books are provided to participants of the AWS Seminar week

General Forms

ADA Disability Accommodations
Applicant Instructions
AWS Bank Information
Certification Duplicate Order Form
Change of Site/Cancellation Form
CWE Welding Instructor Credentials Form
Employment Verification Form
Exam Security Agreement and General Term of Use Form
Policies and Fees
Price List
Qualifying Work Experience Form

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Online Courses

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Examination Minimum number of questions Minimum percentage
Part A: FUNDAMENTALS 150 60%
Part B: PRACTICAL 46 60%

Please use CWI Schedule Here to check dates to test to your Part B exam.

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The AWS Certified Welding Educator is required to renew his/her certification every four years. The CWE must meet the following requirements for renewal:

  • Complete the CWE renewal application.
  • Attest to two years of activity in welding education practice, or in related activities as defined in AWS QC5, AWS Standard for Certification of Welding Educators, during their four-year certification.

Please visit the documents tab to access the CWE renewal application.


The CWE certification does not have any recertification requirements: only renewal requirements.


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Initial Application
Retest Application
Renewal Application
Recertification Application


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