Certified Welding Sales Representative



AWS is proud to announce exciting changes for the CWSR exam!  This exam will be offered all over the US in convenient locations using computer based testing with our partners at Prometric. 

Learn more about Prometric Computer Based Testing:

• Learn how to Prepare for Test Day
• Understand Prometric’s security process when checking in at a test center
• Take a sample tutorial on how to navigate the screen during your computer based testing
• Familiarize yourself with the look and feel of the computer-based testing environment in person by scheduling an appointment to Take a Test Drive Before Exam Day.
• For candidates taking our language assisted exams, view the following tutorial on how to navigate the screen in those languages:
• For candidates taking our language assisted exams, view the following tutorial on how to navigate the screen in those languages:
   • Japanese
   • Korean
   • Portuguese
   • Spanish
• Learn even more and access Prometric’s various other resources, by visiting www.prometric.com/aws

The application process has not changed, so please send in your application directly to AWS!

Registration opens May 1st, 2016 with exams starting June 1st, 2016.

Please view their "What to Expect on Test Day" video in the below player.

I wanted to pass along my compliments and gratitude for the enormous improvements in the CWI recertification program… Also, the option of using Prometric has made the process much easier, and saving me at least 2 days of travel with a center located within 5 miles of my home.”
Bennett B. Grimmett, P.E.
AWS Certified Welding Inspector


Your Mark of Industry Excellence

Welding sales representatives serve a very important function in the welding industry. They are the conduit for information concerning new technologies that can improve the productivity, reliability, and quality of welding processes. Knowledgeable welding sales representatives also offer manufacturers invaluable technical support and guidance in the appropriate application of welding technologies.

Provided you meet the program's requirements, you can take a two-hour exam to establish your credentials. AWS also offers an online seminar and examination package combination. The online seminar will not only prepare you for the exam, it can also enhance your professional knowledge.

How to Qualify
Prerequisites to qualify for the AWS Certified Welding Sales Representative program include a high school diploma or equivalent and at least five years of experience in an occupational function in direct relation to the sales of welding equipment, cutting equipment, and supplies and other related services.

If you have less than five years of experience, you can still qualify by submitting verifiable proof of at least two years’ experience, along with a training certificate of completion for welding processes, cutting processes and filler metals.

Completion of the AWS Certified Welding Sales Representative seminar fulfills the training certificate requirement. By taking the seminar, a Sales Representative with between two and five years of relevant experience would be qualified.


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Online Courses

To take the seminar online, please visit American Welding Online at awo.aws.org


Our CWSR exam is offered exclusively at Prometric sites across the globe. This means lower travel costs to our candidates.

To sign up for a CWSR exam, please download an application. Once you submit your application and are approved, you will receive an email with a special eligibility code and a link to the Prometric site where you can schedule your exam at a place and time convenient for you.

Certified Welding Sales Representative Examination: Single Part
Minimum number of questions: 60
Minimum percentage: 70%

The CWSR examination is two hours long and consists of 60 multiple choice questions.  The exam will be given in a closed book format.  Certified welding sales representative candidates shall pass (with a minimum of 70% correct answers) the CWSR written examination subjects are listed in AWS B5.14, Specification for the Qualification of Welding Sales Representatives.

Examination topics establish your level of knowledge concerning:

  • Five arc welding processes
  • Brazing and soldering
  • Cutting
  • Safety in processes and gas cylinder handling
  • AWS filler metal classifications
  • Shielding gas applications
  • Welding terminology
  • Ventilation
  • Electrical requirements for power sources
  • Welding procedures and qualifications

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Body of Knowledge


The Certified Sales Representative is required to renew his/her certification every three years. Renewal requires written documentation to support evidence of continued activity in the occupational position of welding sales representative.

If the certification is allowed to lapse beyond the grace period, renewal is not permitted. A new application for certification shall be submitted and both educational and examination requirements of Clause 5 and 6.1 of QC14 shall be met.

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


After two (2) consecutive renewals [total of nine (9) years of continuous certification], the certificate holder is required to recertify to maintain CWSR credentials by meeting the requirements of sections 11.1.1 and 11.1.2 of QC14:2009.

The following is needed for submission:

  • Documentation to support evidence of continued activity in the occupational position of welding sales representative shall be provided.
  • Successful passing score on CWSR written examinations, as defined in 6.1.  or qualified exemption based upon the following:
  • Demonstration of continued education in subject areas identified in Clause 7 of AWS B5.14 equivalent to 80 professional development hours (PDH) over the nine (9) year period of certification with 20 PDH being completed in the immediate three (3) year period preceding the 9-year recertification.

Please visit the documents tab to access the CWSR recertification application.


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