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As a veteran in the welding industry, you understand the importance of continued education and keeping your skills honed. Joining and maintaining AWS membership ensures that you’re constantly informed on the latest industry trends, technology, and processes. Plus, by staying active within the AWS community, you can connect with other experienced professionals for technical insights or provide mentorship to up-and-coming welding professionals.

As an AWS Individual member, you can:

  • Access award-winning publications such as the monthly Welding Journal and quarterly Inspection Trends
  • Ask technical questions and engage with other dedicated welding professionals through the AWS Member Network forum
  • Get involved at your local AWS Section or an AWS technical committee
  • Receive discounts on AWS products and services, including pre-certification training, standards and publications, conferences, and more
  • Take advantage of money-saving partner programs for insurance (varies by location), business services, shipping and office supplies, travel deals, and more

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AWS Individual Member Application in PDF format.


Or Call 800.443.9353, Option 4 (inside the U.S. and Canada)
305.443.9353, Option 4 (outside the U.S. and Canada)

Annual Dues and Offers

Annual Dues

Annual dues for new members are $88 + $12 initiation fee.
Annual dues for renewing members are $88.

Bonus Offers for New Members

New Members can join for two-years for $151 (Save $25)

Purchase a book for $35! Choose from a list of over 20 popular titles.
Additional $50 shipping fee for new members outside of the United States.



AWS Individual Membership supports the career growth of those who make their living in the welding industry. This year, make membership in AWS work as hard as you do to advance your career, connect to our deep technical knowledge base and save on AWS products and services.


  • 10 Certifications: Earning one or more AWS certification opens doors to rewarding and lucrative career opportunities
  • Online and In-Person Classroom Instruction: Pre-certification training can help you prepare to take that all-important exam
  • Self-Paced Online Learning: Short, interactive modules on a variety of topics are easy-to-understand and available at your convenience


  • AWS Member Network: Ask or answer technical questions with your peers, exchange ideas and network virtually
  • 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 Opportunities: 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.


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 Education and Training
  • AWS Certification
  • AWS Standards and Publications
  • AWS Conferences
  • Partner Products and Services
  • Annual subscription to monthly Welding Journal and electronic access to Inspection Trends

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.

Connect to Colleagues, Companies, and New Opportunities

Local Section Meetings

AWS members gain the opportunity to exchange information and tips, nurture professional contacts and interact with other welding and fabricating industry professionals who have common interests, visions and dreams. Learn more about sections near you.


FABTECH brings 30,000 professionals together to view the latest innovations in materials joining.  More than 200 in-depth technical sessions and educational programs allow members to exchange information and share solutions with industry peers.

AWS Member Network

  • Connect with members who think and work like you.
  • Learn from the expertise of others in the community.
  • Share your expertise with other AWS  Members.

Career Resources

Visit jobsinwelding.com to take your career to the next level!  Available resources will help you with researching career options, resume writing and interview prep. You can also upload your resume and search for open positions.  Students can look through internship listings to assist with completing their program requirements or get a jump start on their career.

International Membership

Members outside of the United States can take advantage of a wide variety of benefits to advance their career and welding knowledge.

International Sections
The following countries host International Sections where you can participate in welding activities closer to home, share insights, find mentors or trainees, and form professional partnerships or collaborations.

International Payments
To make a payment through electronic funds transfer, please follow the instructions found at www.aws.org/certification/page/bank-information.

Partner Programs

Distinguished Member Recognition

If you or someone you know has made major contributions at the local and national levels, participated in AWS education offerings, and sponsored new AWS Members, then apply for the AWS Distinguished Members award. Created by the AWS Board of Directors, this life-long recognition is designed to distinguish outstanding service and commitment of AWS Members to their Society and the welding industry.


  • Current AWS Member
  • Accumulate at least 35 points from at least three of the following four categories:
    • National AWS Leadership,
    • Local AWS Leadership,
    • Professional Development, and
    • AWS Membership Recruitment
  • Credit may only be counted once for each line item.
  • Complete and submit required information in the space provided on this form.


Individuals who achieve this status receive an AWS Distinguished Member Certificate and get recognition in the Welding Journal, as well as in the AWS Awards Directory.

AWS Distinguished Member Recognition Recipient List

How to Apply

Complete an application and submit to Nici Banks nbanks@aws.org.

AWS Distinguished Member Application

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