Certified Welding Inspector 9-year Recertification
As an AWS Certified Welding Inspector or Senior Certified Welding Inspector, you must renew your certification every three years. Every nine years, you must recertify, either by examination, obtaining approved endorsements, by recertification course, or by demonstrating 80 hours of continuing education, along with other requirements. Neglecting to recertify prior to your expiration will result in the loss of your certification status and will require you to retest on all parts of the original exam to regain your certification.
The American Welding Society offers an intensive CWI nine-year recertification course. The course was created to eliminate the need for CWIs to take the physical test, and it satisfies the eighty-hour continuing education requirement for recertification.
Individuals can forego having to attend the traditional two-week session by participating in the course. The course is conducted over six days, from Sunday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Attendees receive their AWS Certificate of Completion on the final day of the course.
The standard application processing time is 6 weeks. You will be notified no later than 6 weeks AFTER your application has been submitted.
CWI 9-Year Recertification Course - Background
This intensive course not only satisfies the eighty hours of continuing education alternative to retesting, but is a highly-evaluated update of the CWI body of knowledge.
Pre-course assignment. You will be asked to complete chapters 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 in Welding Inspection Technology and take the corresponding tests in the workbook. Both these documents will be shipped thirty days prior to the start date of the seminar. This pre-course assignment partially fulfillsthe eighty-hour requirement. Answers will be provided the first day of the program.
The course will start with an informal skills assessment exercise to identify what fundamentals need reinforcing.
Participants are asked to have ready, and be prepared to discuss, one or more real-world problems encountered on the job (non-proprietary). Problems can be technical or administrative. Interaction among CWIs working on these problems has resulted in many innovative solutions. Students bring along any codes or other documents needed for clarification.
AWS Certificates of Completion will be awarded the last day of the course. Immediately following your actual nine-year renewal date, you will be sent your new CWI wallet card and wall certificate.
Special price includes six days of tuition, refreshment breaks, materials and textbooks, as well as recertification fees and three years of AWS membership (included only with non-member pricing).
Note: Eye examinations shall be performed not more than seve months prior to the date of the welding inspector recertification date. Your certificate and wallet card will be delayed if a current eye examination is not in your file. Hotel accommodations, travel and regular meals are the responsibility of the attendee. Always check the status of a seminar before making nonrefundable travel arrangements.
CWI 9-Year Recertification Course - Fact Sheet
Compact eighty-hour course design combines pre-seminar assignments with daytime and evening onsite sessions, directed studies, and other activities
Rare opportunity to meet and share experiences with other seasoned CWI professionals from a wide range of industries.
Interactive format offers the opportunity for CWIs to share and learn from their peers, who collectively have many years of experience.
Pre-seminar reading assignment includes Welding Inspection Technology, Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7, and the written answers to questions on those chapters found in the Welding Inspection Technology Workbook. This pre-seminar assignment partially fulfills the eighty-hour requirement.
The seminar begins with an informal skills assessment to identify the fundamental areas the instructor will cover during the course.
Bring with you and be prepared to discuss one or more real-world problems encountered on the job (non-proprietary). Problems can be technical or administrative and will be presented and discussed with other experienced CWIs. This interaction often results in innovative problem-solving techniques and solutions. Bring along any codes or other documents necessary for clarification.
Your AWS Certificate of Completion will be mailed to you within thirty days of the seminar. You will receive your new CWI wallet card and wall certificate in the month your current certification expires.Note: Eye examinations shall be performed not more than seven months prior to the date of recertification. Your certificate and wallet card will be delayed if a current eye examination form is not on file.
The course price of $1,705 for members and $1,938 for non-members includes textbooks and recertification fee. The non-member price also includes a three-year AWS membership.
Completing the Application
Visual Acuity Record/Eye Examination: The AWS QCI-96 Standard states the CWI must have their eye examination performed not more than seven months prior to the date of the welding inspector examination or recertification.
- Qualifying Work Experience – Last three years of employment must be documented on application.
- Payment – can be made by credit card, check money order or purchase order (if member).
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