CWI/SCWI Endorsements

CWI/SCWI Endorsements


AWS is proud to announce exciting changes for the CWI Endorsement exams!  These exams are offered all over the US in convenient locations using computer based testing with our partners at Prometric.

Learn more about Prometric Computer Based Testing:

• Learn how to Prepare for Test Day
• Understand Prometric’s security process when checking in at a test center
• Take a sample tutorial on how to navigate the screen during your computer based testing
• Familiarize yourself with the look and feel of the computer-based testing environment in person by scheduling an appointment to Take a Test Drive Before Exam Day.
• For candidates taking our language assisted exams, view the following tutorial on how to navigate the screen in those languages:
   • Chinese
   • Japanese
   • Korean
   • Portuguese
   • Russian
   • Spanish
• Learn even more and access Prometric’s various other resources, by visiting

The application process has not changed, so please send in your application directly to AWS!

Registration is open now with exams starting November 23rd, 2016.

Please view their "What to Expect on Test Day" video in the below player.

I wanted to pass along my compliments and gratitude for the enormous improvements in the CWI recertification program… Also, the option of using Prometric has made the process much easier, and saving me at least 2 days of travel with a center located within 5 miles of my home.”
Bennett B. Grimmett, P.E.
AWS Certified Welding Inspector



This notice applies to all individuals that have applied for and are scheduled to test to the following Part C of the CWI exam or CWI Endorsement exams:

   • AWS D1.5 Bridge Welding Code
   • ASME Sec IX, B31.1, & B31.3
   • ASME Sec VIII & ASME Sec IX

Effective Friday, May 15th, 2016, the following codebooks will be updated in the exam, and candidates will be required to use the updated version with the corresponding exam:

   • AWS D1.5 2015 Edition
   • ASME Sec IX 2015 Edition

Effective Wednesday, November 16th, 2016, the exam will be required to use the updated version with the corresponding exam:

   • ASME B31.3 2014 Edition

To order a copy of the codebooks, click here or to order by phone please call 888-WELDING (888-935-3464), Ext. 280.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Certification Department at 800-443-9353, extension 273.

The AWS Certification Department


Endorsements are supplemental inspection credentials available to all AWS Certified Welding Inspectors (CWIs) and Senior Certified Welding Inspectors (SCWIs) to enhance an individual’s credentials.

Below are the available endorsement certifications that AWS offers. Select the endorsement you are interested in for more information regarding the requirements, reference materials, and other relevant information.

D1.1 Structural Steel
D1.2 Structural Aluminum
D1.5 Bridge Welding
D15.1 Railroad
D17.1 Aerospace
Penetrant Testing (PT Type II- Method C)
Magnetic Particle Testing (MT Dry Powder Yoke Method)
API 1104 Pipeline
ASME Pressure Vessel Section IX, Pressure Piping B31.1 and B31.3
ASME Pressure Vessel Section VIII, Div. 1 and Section IX
Structural Bolting Inspection
Structural Drawing Reading