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AWS knows that students are our industry’s future and provides every aspiring welding professional with a variety of unparalleled resources and opportunities at deeply-discounted Student Membership rates. See how AWS can help you with all the benefits shown below.

Annual Dues: $15 (Domestic and International Students)

AWS Student Member Application in PDF format.

AWS Student Members are eligible to apply for Transitional Membership following four years of continuous Student Membership or upon graduation, whichever occurs first. Transitional Members will continue to enjoy their existing benefits for up to three years before upgrading to Individual Member status. For more information, or to upgrade today to Transitional Member status, contact the AWS Membership Department.


Or Call 1-800-443-9353, ext. 480 (inside the U.S. and Canada)
1-305-443-9353, ext. 480 (outside the U.S. and Canada)


Student Membership Benefits Include Invaluable Learning and Career Resources

As a Student Member, you enjoy ALL these benefits

  • Monthly digitized subscription of award-winning Welding Journal - on your computer, mobile phone or tablet. (With the option of receiving hard copy versions of the Welding Journal for just $20 more. - option available only to students in U.S., Canada and Mexico.)
  • Quarterly digital edition of Welding Marketplace keeps you current on welding's newest products and services.
  • Access to the Student Forum
  • Student Member Community within AWS Member Network
  • Access to members-only web site at
  • 10% on AWS Logo Merchandise from Lands' End
  • Exclusive AWS Welder Decal for display on a welding helmet or other use
  • This Week in Welding e-News brief
  • Access to an online Resource Library connects you with industry blogs, podcasts and the AWS YouTube Channel
  • Access to career information and job postings at
  • Careers in Welding magazine delivered electronically upon joining, which features Welding Career Internship Opportunities
  • Opportunities, Advances in Technology, Welding Fun Facts, Career Profiles, and a Resource Guide

PLUS these additional benefits:

AWS Student Chapter Participation

  • Gain the knowledge, experience and networking opportunities to launch your career even more successfully
  • Nearly 100 AWS Student Chapters are located at schools across the country: you’ll meet other welding students and professionals at both Chapter meetings and local AWS Section meetings

Student Chapters Website

Networking, Recognition and Scholarships


  • An extra 25% off 300+ AWS publications  and code books
  • Member-only discounts on car rentals, insurance, cell phones and more

Upgrade to an AWS Individual Membership plan to get even MORE

  • Programs discounts that advance your career and your pay
    Continuous learning and skills upgrades at a discount
  • Certification programs
  • Technical conferences
  • Educational programs
  • Online distance learning
  • You’ll get up to 90% off a popular AWS publication or CD-ROM. Choose from more than 20 publications including Welding Handbook, 9th ed., VolA, Welding Metallurgy, Jefferson's Welding Encyclopedia (CD-ROM only) and others

Please view the full list of Student Membership Benefits in PDF format.

Discount Programs

AWS members save everywhere they go… at work, at home and even on the road


As an AWS member, you can enhance your professional growth at substantial savings. AWS sponsors, through its Education Department and Conference Department, a wide variety of conferences, seminars and symposiums throughout the country.  Nationally and internationally acclaimed welding experts present papers of current interest in such areas as joining research, NDT, welding inspection, AWS codes and standards, safety and health and more.

Similar savings are available on AWS Home Study Courses and In-House Training.  Throughout the year, local Sections also offer numerous educational activities to members at nominal cost.  In addition, AWS members may participate in professional conferences in a number of foreign countries at member-only savings.?

Training and Events

AWS members receive deep discounts on more than 120 technical training events every year.  All AWS-sponsored courses, clinics and conferences are noted for their expert instruction, quality materials and participant satisfaction. Access to widely recognized AWS Certification programs designed to recognize and document individual expertise and knowledge of specific industry disciplines.  AWS offers members-only discounts on nearly a dozen different Certification categories.  Certification can mean better pay, more job security, and recognition as one of the industry's elite.  Achieve the mark for materials-joining excellence with certification in:

AWS Logo Merchandise From Lands' End - Members Save 10%

Trust Lands' End Business Outfitters to deliver top-quality custom AWS logo products and clothing that are perfect for both home and work. Share your pride in being part of AWS's worldwide community while enjoying the exceptional value of merchandise from Lands' End, all fully guaranteed.

Visit Lands' End Business Outfitters,.or call 1-800-920-1471

Industry Publications

A huge benefit for AWS Members is the 25% discount on 300+ AWS technical publications.  Choose from popular publications like the D1.1 Structural Welding Code - Steel.  With your AWS member-only discount, you could save more than $90 on this publication alone... that's like getting your membership for free!

Equipment and Tools

AWS members can save big with the GAWDA / AWS Discount Program.  AWS members receive Member-only discounts on welding equipment and tools of the trade by participating distributors.  Click here to see the list of participating distributors.

Insurance Programs

Liberty Mutual - Auto & Home Insurance
Liberty Mutual has partnered with the American Welding Society to offer members exclusive savings on quality auto and home insurance.* Call 800-531-6087 visit Liberty Mutual to learn more or get a free quote.
*Discounts and savings are available where state laws and regulations allow, and may vary by state. To the extent permitted by law, applicants are individually underwritten; not all applicants may qualify.

Car Rental Service

Receive worldwide member discounts for business and leisure car rentals through Hertz.  AWS Members'-only discounts will help you save on your next car rental need.

American Welding Society Members are entitled to special discounts with Hertz. 
Your Discount CDP# 75641 is the key. Write it down and use it every time you make a reservation.

To check rates or make a reservation, visit, call your travel agent or call Hertz at 1-800-654-2200. 
Be sure and mention the Discount CDP# 75641 to receive special discounts.

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AWS Members receive a 10% discount on AWS merchandise through our Lands’ End Store

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