Benefits of Certification
AWS: the global welding certification expert
AWS is the worldwide leader in certification programs for the welding industry. Since the CWI (Certified Welding Inspectors) program inception in 1976, AWS has certified 97,000+ welding inspectors alone, plus thousands more working professionals across other certification categories. AWS conducts exams in locations around the world, including 550 U.S. sites and 40 countries each year.
Determine where you stand – and your next step
If you’re unsure of which certification you should pursue, learn more about each in the tabs below. If you already know the certification you want, visit its designated tab and compare your current skills and knowledge to what’s needed. This way, you’ll know if you’re ready to sit for your certification test now or if you need to fill a few knowledge gaps with books or online classes first.
Before registering for certification – prepare
Many candidates mistakenly assume their field experience is enough to obtain certification, only to end up frustrated when they fail to pass their exam. Certification exams are intentionally comprehensive to ensure our industry the high-quality personnel needed to handle these complex roles.
The process requires almost everyone to prepare to some extent – even those with years of experience:
- How much preparation? It depends upon your current skills and knowledge.
- Are the rewards worth it? The rewards are often worth the time you invest: certification can boost your earnings significantly and expand your career opportunities.
Become an official location for welder testing
Be one of our 100+ U.S. and 25+ international AWS Accredited Test Facilities (ATFs): your location will be featured on our high-traffic AWS website and advertised periodically in the industry’s leading publication, Welding Journal magazine. The program is open to all qualified test facilities that may be a part of an independent laboratory, manufacturing plant, educational institution, or other entity. Find out more now.
Learn more about Our Qualification & Certification Committees
Find out more about our current AWS Qualification & Certification Committees here
Become a Volunteer Qualification & Certification Committee or Subcommittee Member
Join 1,800+ volunteers from the welding industry who serve on AWS committees for an opportunity to influence certification standards and programs; gain valuable insight from specifications written; network with peers; and learn from fellow members.
Become a Skilled Tradeperson
The demand for most trades is strong and getting stronger. The U.S. Department of Labor forecasts healthy growth in the neighborhood of 8 to 9 percent over the next decade. Jobs associated with building and rebuilding roads, bridges, water, and the power grid are expected to grow by double-digit percentages–faster than the overall economy.