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:

Chair: George Hlifka
First Vice Chair: Rick Arn
Second Vice Chair: Rob Dines
Secretary: Denny Smith

Upcoming Meeting Dates
All committee meetings are open to the public, with the exception of the Exam Bank subcommittees.

Fall 2019 Qualification & Certification Committee Meeting
City: Miami, FL
Date: September 19, 2019 - Qualification & Certification (Q&C) Committee
Date: September 20, 2019 - Subcommittee TBD
Venue: American Welding Society Headquarters
Address: 8669 NW 36th Street, #130, Miami, FL 33166

Spring 2020 Qualification & Certification Committee Meeting(Tentative)
City: Miami, FL
Date: April 23, 2020 - Qualification & Certification (Q&C)Committee
Venue: American Welding Society Headquarters
Address: 8669 NW 36th Street, #130, Miami, FL 33166

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:

  • Certified Resistance Welding Technician
  • Penetrant Testing Endorsement
  • Welder Testing Endorsement
  • Welding Procedure Specification Endorsement
  • Magnetic Particle Testing Endorsement
  • Steel Inspector Endorsement

AWS Certification Test Supervisor

Interested in becoming an AWS Test Supervisor for Certification?  Become part of the AWS team and join in our efforts to maintain the integrity of our various certification programs. Download and read the forms below for more information and how to qualify.

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


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