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Elevate your education.

As a welding student, knowledge is power — and the key to setting yourself up for a rewarding career. AWS Student membership allows you to enhance your education and tap into invaluable resources outside the classroom or training room, including mentorship from experienced professionals. And since the dues are just $15 for the year, AWS Student membership is the easiest extra credit you’ll ever find.

As an AWS Student member, you can:

  • Learn about the latest industry trends, technology, and products in the award-winning Welding Journal digital magazine
  • Meet and network with other aspiring welders at a local AWS Student Chapter or online through the AWS Member Network Student Community with more than 8,000 members
  • Apply for an AWS Scholarship to receive tuition assistance for two-year, four-year, and vocational welder training programs
  • Prep for your career with free or discounted online courses and publications


Or Call 800.443.9353, Option 4 (inside the U.S. and Canada)
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Annual Dues

Annual Dues: $15 (Domestic and International Students)

AWS Student Member Application in PDF format.

AWS Student Members are eligible to apply for Early Career Membership following four years of continuous Student Membership or upon graduation, whichever occurs first. Early Career Members receive the same benefits as Student Members, plus additional discounts on AWS products for up to five years before upgrading to Individual Member status.



AWS membership supports the career growth of those who make their living in the welding industry. Many AWS members have had long, successful careers, and we look forward to being part of yours! AWS Student members get many of the perks of AWS Individual Members, as well as additional student-only benefits at a reduced rate. This year, get AWS working as hard as you do to help advance your career, connect to our deep technical knowledge base and save money.


  • Tuition Assistance: If you’re enrolled in a four-year, two-year or certificate program in welding or a welding-related field, you may qualify for an AWS Foundation Scholarship
  • 10 Certifications: Earning one or more AWS certifications opens doors to rewarding and lucrative career opportunities
  • Self-Paced Online Learning: Short, interactive modules on a variety of topics are easy-to-understand and available at your convenience
  • Peer-Reviewed Research Papers: Available online
  • Career Resources:  Careers in Welding website and Careers in Welding magazine


  • AWS Member Network: Get answers to questions ranging from technical topics to career guidance and more from our active, members-only online community. As a Student Member, network with your peers in the dedicated Student Community
  • Industry Conferences and Events: Discover cutting edge welding trends and ways to make your operation more efficient from industry experts
  • Technical Committees: Join like-minded colleagues in developing or revising one or more of the AWS Standards used by welders worldwide
  • Local District and Section Networking Meetings: Participate in your local welding community’s activities, share insights, find mentors or trainees, form professional partnerships or collaborations, make lifelong friends. Learn more about what you can gain from involvement with your local Section.
  • AWS Student Chapter: Connect with your peers and network with industry leaders while learning and sharpening your skills


In addition to the benefits listed above, you’ll find your membership fee pays for itself when you take advantage of AWS member pricing on a variety of products and services, including:

  • AWS Online Learning and AWS Bookstore
  • Partner Products and Services
  • Annual electronic subscription to monthly Welding Journal and electronic access to Inspection Trends. (Print subscription available for additional $20.)

Get additional benefits with an upgrade to Individual Membership:
When you join as an Individual Member you can purchase an AWS publication for $35 - up to a 82% discount! You can choose from a list of over 20 popular titles, including the Welding Handbook. Individual Members also receive additional benefits including a print subscription to the Welding Journal, and discounts on AWS Certification, Conferences, and Seminars.

View the printable list of Student Member Benefits in PDF format.

Please view the full list of Individual Member Benefits in PDF format.

Member Benefit Webinars

Webinars will be scheduled throughout the year to introduce members to various features of their AWS Membership, and offer guidance on how to make the most of their AWS membership.

New Member Welcome Webinar

To help our newest members learn more about their AWS member benefits we have launched a quarterly webinar series to provide an overview of what AWS members receive. While new members are the target audience, long-time members are welcome to attend. This online event hosted by AWS staff will provide an overview of AWS Individual Membership benefits, how to navigate the AWS Member Portal, and how to access several features. These online events are free, but registration is required.

Feb 2, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
Register here: https://aws-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ppZKz_0nQUW2H3gOpbCm-Q

AWS Member Network Overview

Over 50,000 AWS members have logged into the AWS Member Network. Are you one of them? Curious members as well as frequent users are invited to join AWS staff for a guided tour of the AWS Member Network to learn how to navigate the community and use some of its features.


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