Qualification & Certification Committees

Qualification & Certification Committees

Meet The AWS Qualification & Certification Committee:
Driving Continued Welding Quality

The AWS Qualification & Certification Committee is responsible for overseeing all AWS Certification Programs. This includes:

  • Creating and approving new certification programs 
  • Providing guidance on all programs by issuing governing standards
  • Enforcing ethics rules violations

Your Qualification & Certification Committee members: Effective January 2021

Chair: Rick Arn
First Vice Chair: Rob Dines
Second Vice Chair: Blake Craft
Secretary: Denny Smith

Upcoming Fall Hybrid Meeting
As we continue to monitor the general safety of all our members, volunteers, and staff, the meeting will be held as a hybrid meeting to give all parties the opportunity to attend in person or virtual.

Fall 2022 - Qualification & Certification Committee Meeting
City: AWS Headquarters, Miami, FL
Date: Thursday, September 29th

Subcommittees and programs overseen by the Qualification & Certification Committee:

  • Subcommittee on Welding Inspectors (QCWI)
  • Welding Inspector Specialists (QCIS)
  • Subcommittee on Welding Engineers (QCEG)
  • Subcommittee on Welding Educators (QCED)
  • Subcommittee on Welding Technicians (QCTE)
  • Subcommittee on Welding Fabricators (QCFA)
  • Subcommittee on Welding Supervisors (QCSU)
  • Subcommittee on Welding Test Facilities and Welders (QCTW)
  • Subcommittee on Radiographic Interpreters (QCRI)
  • Subcommittee on Welding Sales Representatives (QCSR)
  • Exam Bank Subcommittee (QCEB)
  • Subcommittee on Reciprocity Agreements (QCRE)
  • Subcommittee on the Code of Ethics (QCET)
  • Subcommittee on Facilities Auditing (QCAU)
  • Subcommittee on Robotic Arc Welding Personnel (QCRO)
  • Subcommittee on Structural Steel Inspectors (QCSS)
  • Subcommittee on Welding Inspector Plus (QCPL)
  • Subcommittee on Awards (QCAW)
  • Subcommittee on CWI of the Year (QCYR)
  • Subcommittee on Resistance Welding Personnel (QCRW)
  • Subcommittee on Friction Stir Welding Endorsement (QCFS)
  • Subcommittee on Thermal Spray Operators (QCTH)
  • Subcommittee on Plastics Welding Inspectors (QCPI)


New programs the Qualification & Certification Committee is researching and implementing:

  • Steel Inspector Exam

Thank you for your interest, on behalf of the Qualification & Certification Committee and the AWS staff!


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