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Professional Certifications

Ways To Show You’re Serious About Your Career

Earning your specialized welding certification can reward you in significant ways, including higher salary potential, stronger employment demand and better job stability. In addition, specialized certification shows employers your ability to continually learn and grow in your field, both critical qualities to succeed in bigger career roles like team leadership or more complex jobs.

AWS offers individual certification categories

Just click on any of the links below to learn more about the opportunities, exam requirements and suggested preparation tips for each.

Certified Welder Program

The Certified Welder program is a performance-based program with no prerequisite courses or certifications required. Final certification will provide "transferrable" credentials that you may take with you wherever you go.

The Certified Welder (CW) program tests welders to procedures used in the structural steel, petroleum pipelines, sheet metal, and chemical refinery welding industries. There is a provision to test to a company-supplied or non-code welding specification. Tests for Certified Welder (CW) are performed at AWS Accredited Testing Facilities located throughout the world. 


Certified Associate Welding Inspector

Take the first steps towards a prosperous career in welding inspection as a Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI). You'll get hands-on experience as you work alongside a Senior Certified Welding Inspector or Certified Welding Inspector. The decision to become a CAWI signals to employers that you're serious about your career. Count on AWS Certification to put you on the right course.


Certified Welding Inspector

The Certified Welding Inspector certification is more than a rewarding career. It involves great responsibility and remarkable skill demonstration. The CWI® is widely recognized, both nationally and internationally, and successful companies have come to rely on this AWS certification when ensuring the highest level of quality workmanship. As a Certified Welding Inspector, you will find this career path lucrative and rewarding. This certification can lead you to a career that is engaging and promising on all levels. If what you need is a stable career where you will thrive and find fulfillment, then the CWI certification is for you.


Senior Certified Welding Inspector

The SCWI is an individual who is in a supervisory position and has attained a higher level of experience than a CWI. The successful applicant also has professional education which has provided the opportunity to solve problems with a scope and level of difficulty beyond those experienced as a CWI.

CWIs who have held CWI certification for a minimum of six years and possess the requisite 15 years of experience may still not necessarily be the ideal candidate for the SCWI exam.


Certified Welding Educator Program

The Certified Welding Educator Program (CWE) is geared for industry professionals specializing in welding education. This AWS certification confirms your ability, talent and knowledge to direct and perform operations associated with welder training and classroom instruction. 


Certified Resistance Welding Technician

Resistance welding is a competitive, high-production industry that requires the expertise of well-trained technicians to keep pace with today’s relentless marketplace. The Certified Resistance Welding Technician credential validates the bearer has demonstrated knowledge about resistance welding principles, processes and equipment through a combination of education, experience and examination. The information below outlines the required education, experience, and information which must be submitted prior to taking the CRWT exam.


Certified Radiographic Interpreter

The AWS Certified Radiographic Interpreter program certifies the ability of individuals to properly assess welding-related indications produced on radiographic film and related media. If your job responsibilities include reading and interpretation of weld radiographs, this program is designed for you. You’ll learn how to identify proper film exposure, correct selection of image quality indicators, characterization of indications, and use of acceptance criteria as expressed in the AWS, API, and ASME codes.

AWS Radiographic Interpreter Certification provides employers and practitioners alike with the assurance that the principles of radiographic interpretation will be reliably applied to the examination of welds. 


Certified Welding Supervisor

Welding supervisors are valued in every industry that uses welding as a core process in the manufacture, construction, or fabrication of their products.  Welding supervisors know which factors influence welding quality; how to oversee welders to ensure that higher-level work; and the complementary factors that help maximize productivity.

The AWS Certified Welding Supervisor (CWS) certification enables foremen, inspectors, managers, quality supervisors, lead welders, procurement managers and chief executives to improve their company’s bottom line.

Certified Welding Supervisors often make valuable contributions to the four most important metrics in welding operations: quality, cost, productivity and safety.

Make a bigger impact to your company’s bottom line – and your own career– by becoming an AWS Certified Welding Supervisor.


Certified Welding Sales Representative

If you consider yourself to be among the best sales professionals in the welding industry:

  • Providing value-added expertise to your customers...
  • Supporting them with newer or better solutions...
  • Helping them improve their welding quality and productivity...
  • Working with them to help ensure a safer workplace...

The AWS Certified Welding Sales Representative (CWSR) certification positions you as one of the industry’s top professionals. The AWS Certified Welding Sales Representative program ensures that the welding industry knows you bring years of expertise and insight to every recommendation and sale you make – and that your continued commitment to learning keeps your knowledge and skills at their peak.


Certified Welding Engineer

AWS Certified Welding Engineer (CWEng) professionals are capable of directing operations associated with weldments and other types of joints to ensure satisfactory results, completed in accordance with appropriate contract documents, purchase orders, codes and all other standards.

Employers, recognizing the specialized skills and knowledge a CWE-certified professional brings, frequently rely upon this certification as their prerequisite when hiring welding engineers. The CWEng certification has also earned considerable respect globally, as the only recognized professional certification for welding engineers issued within the U.S.

Earning your CWEng certification assures you a strong addition to your career portfolio and provides current and future employers a clear indicator of your advanced expertise.


Certified Robotic Arc Welding

The AWS Certification Program for Robotic Arc Welding - Operators and Technicians (CRAW) allows many welding personnel employed in various welding sectors to measure themselves against standards for their occupation. It also signifies that the CRAW Operator or Technician has demonstrated the capability of working with various codes, standards, and specifications. Since proof of active practice or re-examination is required every three years, certification also signifies that the CRAW Operator or Technician is current with the welding industry.


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