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An American Welding Society membership offers unparalleled benefits, no matter where you are in your welding career. With access to leading educational resources, technical information, and more, you can learn new skills, earn valuable certifications, and help lead the next generation of welding professionals. Make your mark on the industry with AWS.
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Certification and Education
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AWS is the go-to source for professional certification and education. Our certifications cover nine industry categories to address all segments of welding and joining and help you reach your career goals. AWS also offers comprehensive, expert-developed training resources — online courses, instructor-led seminars, and more — that can enhance your career and your lifetime earning potential. Students, experienced welders, other industry professionals — we offer something for everyone.
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Knowledge is power – and the key to setting yourself up for a rewarding career.
Welding Procedure Qualifier Endorsement
Demonstrate your knowledge, skill, and ability to qualify Welding Procedure Specifications (WPSs)
Professional Development Education
Access expert insights and industry updates online, enhancing skills and staying current with trends. Elevate your knowledge easily through virtual learning from technical leaders and experts.
SWPSS In Codeware
Quickly access the AWS Standard Welding Procedure you need for use in pressure vessels and heat exchangers designed through Shopfloor or Compress. Check ASME IX compliance, purchase, download, and integrate seamlessly into efficient operations.
66.3% of the welding workforce supplements their education with AWS certifications.
Certification facilitates career advancement and contributes to making a better living.
39 in-person or virtual training resources to help you succeed
The world of welding is broad and vast. AWS always invites you to learn, develop, and grow through specialized courses.
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A standard is a document used repeatedly as a rule, guideline, or definition. AWS has defined more than 350 standards for our industry.
Our award-winning publications — including Welding Journal, Inspection Trends, Spraytime, and Welding Journal en Español — are easy to digest, allowing you to stay up to date on trending products, services, and technology.
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Join a Student Chapter
Sharpen your skills and set yourself up for future success. Get Members can get valuable experience — and meet friends in your the welding field — by joining an AWS Student Chapter.
INTERNATIONAL BRAZING & SOLDERING CONFERENCE
The ultimate gathering for brazing and soldering experts. Engage in 4 days of education, plenaries, and networking with leading scientists and engineers in the field.
Diverse industry professionals from all backgrounds and experience levels gather at Welding Summit to exchange ideas and knowledge, discuss welding trends, and more.
HOW TO USE ASME SECTION IX WORKSHOP
An introductory three-day workshop that trains participants to comply with ASME Section IX, Welding, Brazing, and Fusing Qualifications requirements.
The Emmet A. Craig Resistance Welding School
This intensive two-day course covers the fundamentals of resistance welding, from theory to application requirements and equipment.
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Popular Topics in Member Forum
Production Welding Quality
Is it possible to “over weld” designs? Is there any flexibility in the guidelines laid out in the AWS D1.1 structural welding code? How can I ensure we’re using the best standards for quality control?
Calibration of Stud Welding Power Sources
How often should my structural steel shop be calibrating our power sources? Some fabricators and inspectors say regular fine-tuning might not be necessary — regardless of AISC 207 and AWS D1.5 standards. What do you recommend?