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Certified Welding Engineer

Certified Welding Engineer


In its continuing efforts to make its certification programs more accessible and convenient to welding professionals via computer-based testing, the American Welding Society is announcing the suspension of paper-based examinations of the CWEng program. The exam will be reintroduced as a computer-based test (CBT) in the summer of 2021 and will be administered at Prometric exam centers.

AWS is excited about the new direction the CWENG Program is going. More detailed information regarding the exam and registration logistics will be available in early summer of 2021.


Engineering Certification Brings Valuable Career Credentials

Individuals with AWS Certified Welding Engineer certification have demonstrated their skills for preparing or reviewing written instructions for the production of welded joints. They are thoroughly familiar with various codes, specifications, standards and other aspects of fabrication and assembly.

The CWEng often prepares and produces reports, which accurately reflect professional judgment and is able to work with management representatives, inspection personnel, welders and support crafts, understanding the integrated role of each in the development of weldments.

The pivotal role of engineers: pre-production to final completion
The welding engineer¹s activities begin before production or construction welding begins and continues through the production process…ending when the production process is complete. Each employer is responsible for defining the specific duties of the CWEng in their place of employment.

NOTE: While the AWS CWEng has established excellent credentials, qualification to this specification alone may not legally qualify the engineer to provide technical services to the public.

Contract documents, building or jurisdiction laws may require technical services to be performed under the direction and responsibility of others such as a registered Professional Engineer. The AWS CWEng designation DOES NOT imply the status of a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) under the laws of any state or other governmental entity.


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Price List

Online Courses

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Examination Minimum # of Questions Minimum percentage
Part 1 35 60%
Part 2 25 60%
Part 3 45 60%
Part 4 39 60%
Minimum weighted percentage for all 4 parts: 70%

* Non-Member price includes a 3-year AWS Individual Membership unless otherwise noted.
** Non-Member price includes a 1-year AWS Individual Membership.

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Body of Knowledge


The Welding Engineer shall maintain the qualification through continued education. This education shall be restricted to the functions as defined in the B5.16, Specification for Qualification of Welding Engineers. The Welding Engineer shall also demonstrate successful completion of continued education every five (5) years to maintain the qualification. Continued education shall relate to the functions in B5.16 and shall be equivalent to 80 contact hours in the five year period or combination of contact hours plus continuing education units totaling 80 contact hours.

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


The CWEng certification does not have any recertification requirements: only renewal requirements.