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Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI) Overview

Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI) Overview

What is Welding Inspection?

The purpose of welding inspection is to determine if a weldment meets the acceptance criteria of a specific code, standard, or other document. 

 

What is an Associate Welding Inspector?

An Associate Welding Inspector assists a Welding Inspector in inspecting and assessing if a weldment meets acceptance criteria. The associate works under the supervision of a Welding Inspector. 

 

What is a Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI)?

The Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI) credential was developed for young professionals who aspire to expand skills and solidify an entry into a career in welding inspection but still need to meet the minimum work experience requirement to become a Certified Welding Inspector (CWI). For some in the welding community, it can be considered as a stepping-stone to the CWI. 

According to the AWS B5.1:2013-AMD1 Specification for the Qualification of Welding Inspectors, a CAWI shall be able to:

*The supervising SCWI or CWI shall maintain the responsibility for determining final acceptance.

As a CAWI, you may have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working alongside Senior Certified Welding Inspectors (SCWI) and Certified Welding Inspectors (CWI). 

The Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI) credential is valid for three (3) years and cannot be renewed.

 

What Work Experience and Education is Needed to Become a CAWI Candidate?

To qualify as a Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI), you must pass a vision exam and have a combination of qualifying education and work experience, with supporting documentation:

MINIMUM EDUCATION

MINIMUM WORK EXPERIENCE

High school diploma or hold a state or military approved high school equivalency diploma (e.g. GED)

2 years

At least 8th grade

4 years

Less than 8th grade

6 years

At least 8th grade with a minimum of one year of vocational education and training in a welding curriculum

3 years

2 years post-high school education in a welding curriculum or engineering technology, engineering, or physical science

6 months

 

How to Apply to Become a Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI) Candidate?

The American Welding Society offers all new applicants the opportunity to use the online Certification Application Portal to enter information, submit required documentation, a current photo, register for seminars and courses and make payment.

 

Before beginning the application process, please review the submission and document requirements below. 

 

Additionally, please review the education and work experience requirements that must be met to become a CAWI candidate found above.

 

All applicants should review and complete the following before beginning the online Certification Application Portal process.

 

FORMS

Visual Acuity Exam Form

Employment Verification Form

Qualifying Work Experience Form

All required forms are available for downloading.

 

REQUIREMENTS

Review Photo Submission Requirements

Review Computer-Based Testing Requirements

 

PRICING

CAWI Exams (member):           $1,070 USD

CAWI Exams  (non-member):  $1,325 USD

Please review the AWS Certification Price List for more details.

 

Access the online Certification Application Portal>

Note: Submitting a paper application incurs a $125 USD processing fee.

Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI) Exams

 

A CAWI Candidate is required to take the three CWI exams:

⁃   CWI Part A Fundamentals

⁃   CWI Part B Practical

⁃   CWI Part C Code Book

 

Certification Part A and Part C Exams are conducted via computer based testing (CBT) through Prometric. Over 450 Exam Centers are available around the world. 

AWS administers Part B Exams. AWS recommends candidates take Part B before scheduling Part A and Part C with Prometric.

Part B Exams are colocated with in-person AWS Seminars. 

PRICING

CAWI Exams (member):          $1,070 USD

CAWI Exams (non-member):   $1,325 USD

Please review the AWS Certification Price List for more details.

 

A CAWI candidate must receive an exam scheduling confirmation letter from AWS before scheduling exams. 

The confirmation letter will be sent via email after initial, renewal or recertification applications and all required documentation are processed and reviewed by AWS.

 

Review exam details, structure and requirements on the CWI Exam page>

Understand Computer Based Testing (CBT) Requirements>

Review Prometric’s Exam Center Locations>

Review AWS Part B Practical Exam Schedules>

Review All Exam and Seminar Information and Pricing>

Prometric Exam Centers and Computer Based Testing (CBT)

CWI Part A and Part C Exams are administered by Prometric at more than 450 exam centers across the globe and can be viewed at www.Prometric.com/aws.

These exam centers are not the same as the locations used for paper-based-testing which includes CWI Part B: Practical Exam.

Learn more about Prometric CBT and Exam Centers:

·       Understand Prometric’s security process when checking-in at an Exam Center

·       Review a tutorial on how to navigate the screen during your computer-based exam (CBT)

·       Familiarize yourself in person with the computer-based testing environment by scheduling an appointment to Take a Test Drive Before Exam Day

·       Learn even more and access Prometric’s various other resources, by visiting www.prometric.com/aws

 

AWS Covid Policy

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Scheduling Part B Exam

CWI Part B Exam is directly administered by AWS. Please review the Exam schedule.

CAWI Candidates can registered for the Part B Exam via the online Certification Application Portal.

CAWI Candidates who take the Part B Exam will not receive the Part B Exam score until Part A and Part C Exams are completed.

An Exam Score Letter, documenting scores from Part A, Part B and Part C will be sent via email approximately two (2) weeks following the completion of Part A and Part C.

CAWI Standards and Technical Reference Material

CWI Certification Standards

 

 

Technical and Specification Documents and Reference Materials

(AWS Body of Knowledge)

 

  • Certification Manual for Welding Inspectors
  • Welding Inspection Handbook
  • D1.1/D1.1M Structural Welding Code-Steel
  • D1.1 Code Clinic Reference Manual
  • API 1104 Study Guide for API Standard 1104 Welding of Pipelines
  • Welding Inspection Technology
  • Welding Inspection Technology (Workbook)
  • Welding Inspection Technology Sample CWI Fundamentals Examination & Key
  • Standard Welding Terms and Definitions
  • Standard Symbols for Welding, Brazing, and Nondestructive Examination
  • Guide for the Nondestructive Examination of Welds
  • Specification for the Qualification of Welding Inspectors

 

Technical and Reference Documents are provided when registered and attending an AWS Seminar.

If an applicant/candidate is not attending an AWS Seminar prior to testing and is planning to self-study, please review the Self-Study page for more information.

CAWI Frequently Asked Questions

Please explore the Certification Frequently Asked Questions page. A link is provided below to explore topics associated with the CAWI and CWI Programs, CBT and Prometric Exam Centers.

⁃   Can I schedule my exam by walking into the local Prometric testing center?

⁃   Why do I have to contact Prometric to schedule an exam date and time? 

⁃   How do I schedule a Part A, Part B and Part C exam?

⁃   Can I go to the Prometric website today to schedule my exam?

⁃   How many days in advance can a candidate cancel their exam at Prometric?

⁃   How do I reschedule or cancel an existing Prometric exam appointment?

⁃   Is there a fee associated with rescheduling or cancelling requests?

⁃   If I need to reschedule my exam at Prometric, can I do that without paying a fee?

⁃   Does AWS offer CBT Exams in other languages?

⁃   What’s the best strategy for preparing for the test day experience at a Prometric Exam Center?

 

Explore more frequently asked questions about CWI CBT and Exam Centers>

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CWI Frequently Asked Questions

Please explore the top ten most frequently asked questions for the CWI Program below. A link is provided to explore more and other topics associated with exams and AWS’s Certification Programs.

  • Can I schedule my exam by walking into the local Prometric testing center?
  • Why do I have to contact Prometric to schedule an exam date and time?
  • How do I schedule a Part A and Part B exam?
  • Can I go to the Prometric website today to schedule my exam?
  • How many days in advance can a candidate cancel their exam at Prometric?
  • How do I reschedule or cancel an existing Prometric exam appointment?
  • Is there a fee associated with rescheduling or cancelling requests?
  • If I need to reschedule my exam at Prometric, can I do that without paying a fee?
  • Does AWS offer CBT Exams in other languages?
  • What’s the best strategy for preparing for the test day experience at a Prometric Exam Center?

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