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

View a summary of Student Membership in PDF format.

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Annual Dues

Annual dues for new and renewing student members are $15.

Membership includes digital editions of the award-winning Welding Journal, as well as Inspection Trends magazines. Print issues of Welding Journal are available for an additional $20/year*.

Students are eligible to maintain student membership status for a maximum of four years, as long as they remain a student during that time. Following four years of Student Membership or upon graduation, whichever occurs first, AWS Student Members are eligible to upgrade to Early Career Membership. 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.


*Additional $50 shipping fee for new members outside of North America.

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 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.

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. To register for upcoming webinars or view recordings of past webinars, AWS members should log in to the AWS Member Network.

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.

February 15, 2023 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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May 17, 2023 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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August 16, 2023 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Nobember 15, 2023 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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