Sunday, October 4, 2015

Are You Want To Become a Certified Welding Inspector ?

Whether you’re new to welding or seeking advanced training to pursue bigger opportunities, this is your one-stop resource for up-to-date educational opportunities.Learn how to become a welding inspector. Research the education requirements, training information, and experience required for starting a career in the welding field.

Why you Should  Become  a Welding Inspector?

Welding inspectors examine the connections and bonds between metals. Inspectors use visual tools and electrical instruments to check and ensure the quality and safety of connections.
In addition to working in the field completing their examinations of welding projects, inspectors spend time in an office setting compiling their reports. The majority of inspectors work on a full-time basis, primarily during business workdays. Some risk may be associated with this profession; welding inspectors utilize protective gear during their evaluations to keep themselves from harm on welding sites.

Career Requirements

Degree LevelHigh school diploma; postsecondary education can help students advance to a welding inspector position
Degree FieldEngineering, engineering technology
ExperienceVaries; instructor certification requires 3-12 years experience, depending on education
CertificationCertification may be required or preferred by employers
Key SkillsAbility to perform physical work and climbing as part of the job, communication skills, familiarity with blueprint reading, familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel
Salary (2015)$68,507 yearly (median)
Sources: American Welding Society, Job listings accessed during December 2012, (July 2015)

Education Requirements..

Educational pathways for certified welding inspectors include high school welding classes and certificate programs at vocational schools, trade schools, technical schools or community colleges. Candidates can even earn associate's or bachelor's degrees in welding technology before becoming inspectors. Common course topics include introductory welding, gas welding, pipe welding, arc welding, blueprint reading, mechanical drawing, physics and mathematics

Earn a Post secondary Education
Formal training through a community college or vocational school isn't required, but some employers seek welding inspectors with post secondary education. Technical programs in welding typically last 1-2 years and result in a welding diploma or certificate. Topics generally include blueprint reading, metallurgy, fabrication and arc welding. Students might also consider 2-year associate's degree programs in welding technology. These programs often include general education coursework as well as welding-specific classes in arc, gas tungsten arc and pipe welding.

American Welding Society...
AWS was founded in 1919 to advance the science, technology and application of welding as a nonprofit educational association. AWS services over 50,000 members worldwide consisting of engineers, educators, researchers, welders, inspectors, welding foremen, company executives and officers, and sales associates. Headquartered in Miami, Florida-USA, it is supported by a 100-member staff.
AWS' certified welding inspector programme has been in effect for over 25 years and to date more than 36,000 professionals have been certified.
Additional information on AWS can be found at
AWS certification is the welding industry's most respected sign of approval. Recognized throughout the industry as weldings leading authority, the American welding society, has demonstrated their commitment to bring industry the best and most reliable educational and certification programmes tailored specifically for each circumstance and the need of the job
The Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) programme..

If every employee or contractor hired came with an objective stamp of approval, we would never need to worry about deploying someone under qualified again. By specifying personnel who are AWS-certified, you:
  • Minimize failures and recall
  • Uniquely increase sales advantages over foreign and domestic competition
  • Save money on training and testing
  • Maximize product liability protection
  • Maintain desired levels of workmanship and quality, while improving productivity and efficiency for your company

Successful exam candidates become AWS certified welding inspectors, joining an elite group that share a worldwide defined level of proficiency. CWI's are entered into the AWS national register of CWI's, receive a wallet card, certificate suitable for framing, and a unique stamp for identification.
They are also listed in the AWS inspection trends magazine for industry reference and verification. These days, it takes more than just experience to be successful. It takes proof ! Proof of your worth and your ability. With AWS certification, you will never worry about losing your competitive edge, since proof of active practice or re-examination is required at the time of renewal or re-certification.You will join thousands of welding inspectors who have gone through the program for over 25 years. The AWS certified welding inspector programme is designed for welders, inspectors, technicians and engineers.

Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI)

Certified associate welding inspector (CAWI) candidates must pass a written and practical test. Topics covered on the test include welding processes, quality assurance and mathematics. Candidates need at least two years of experience in a welding-related job. Certified associate welding inspectors can only hold their level of certification for three years, after which they may take the test to qualify for the certified welding inspector credential. CAWI certification is not eligible for renewal.

Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)

Like the CAWI certification, the CWI requires individuals to successfully complete a written and practical test. The practical test includes plastic replicas of welds, inspection tools and a codebook. The first knowledge test is a closed-book 150-question exam, while the second knowledge test, taken after the practical exam, is a 46-60 question test in a welding specialization chosen by the applicant. Certification must generally be renewed every three years.

Senior Certified Welding Inspector (SCWI)

Senior certification for welding inspectors calls for at least six years as a CWI and a minimum of 15 years in a welding-related profession. Candidates must pass an eye examination and written test. Certification must be renewed every three years. A 9-year recertification cycle is available for CWIs and SCWIs by examination or by completing continuing education courses.


CSWIP Welding Inspector certification is the scheme mostly widely used by industry.

The CSWIP scheme is:

  • an internationally recognised mark of competence for people engaged in welding and/or inspection related jobs in manufacturing, constructing, operating or repairing high integrity welded structures, plant or components
  • an accredited scheme - the UK government's Department of Trade and Industry has accredited CSWIP for personnel certification in accordance with ISO/IEC 17024 through the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS)

The categories of certification available are:

  • Inspection (welding and plant inspectors)
  • Underwater inspectors
  • Plastic welders
  • Welding instructors (including rail, plastics)
  • Welding supervisors
  • Welders, including the National Welder Training Standard
  • General inspection of offshore facilities
  • Non-destructive testing (NDT)
  • Integrity management of bolted joints
  • Cathodic protection personnel
  • Welding coordination personnel
  • Heat treatment operatives

In general the scheme offers three levels of certification Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3.

There are three simple steps to certification:
  1. Mandatory approved training
  2. Relevant work experience
  3. Examination at a CSWIP Test Centre

Certification/Awarding Body:

For up-to-date information/requirements documents, please visit 

Three levels of  Welding certification are Available - 
CSWIP Visual Welding Inspector, Welding Inspector and Senior Welding Inspector. Senior Welding Inspectors often supervise teams of welding inspectors to deliver compliance of welded products and structures.

CSWIP Visual Welding Inspector - Level-1

Why attend this course?

This course covers the requirements of applicable standards and general theory and can lead to certification via a visual weld inspection approval route.

Suitable for:

Welders, operators, line inspectors and foremen who undertake visual examination of welded joints; quality control staff associated with welding; all staff who need basic training in welding inspection coupled with a qualification in this field.

This course is also available with a practical module: CSWIP 3.0 Plus - Visual Welding Inspector with Practical Module (4 days).

Course Content:


  • The role of a visual welding inspector
  • Inspection equipment and the use of gauges
  • Welding related standards and codes
  • Welding processes and terminology
  • Pre-weld, pre-heat and post weld visual inspection
  • Welding consumables
  • Basic steel weld metallurgy
  • Welding defects
  • Defect acceptance levels
  • Safety issues
  • Fit-ups

Also this welding inspection course covers: visual inspection procedures; relevant codes of practice, terms and definitions; welding processes and typical welding defects; weld measurements; typical documentation and requirements; practical inspection and reporting. All CSWIP requirement documents are available at

Course Objectives:

  • To identify various weld imperfections (defects)
  • To understand the relevant welding technology related to visual inspection
  • To understand the need for documentation in welding
  • To be aware of codes and standards related to inspection requirements
  • To carry out inspection of parent materials and consumables
  • To carry out visual inspection of welds, report on them and assess their compliance with specified acceptance criteria
  • To pass the CSWIP 3.0 Visual Welding Inspector qualification.

Additional Information:
  • Examination applicants must submit a detailed CV/résumé when booking this course
  • Enrolment on this course does not constitute reservation of an examination. All courses may be followed by a CSWIP Welding Inspector examination for candidates with appropriate experience as specified in CSWIP document WI-6-92. All CSWIP requirement documents are available at

Entry Requirements

Although there is no specific experience required, it is recommended that candidates possess a minimum of six months' welding-related engineering experience and two years' industrial experience.

In addition, candidates must comply with Clause 1.3.4 of CSWIP document WI-6-92 available at


Why attend this course?

This course is intended for personnel with experience in welding inspection, welder training or welding supervision, who are wishing to consider a formal inspection certification route.

Suitable for:

Inspection engineers and supervisory staff. The course is ideal for inspectors requiring preparation for the CSWIP examinations - Welding Inspector 

Course content

  • Welding processes
  • Consumables
  • Procedures
  • Welding defects
  • Specifications
  • Specification analysis
  • Mechanical testing of welds
  • Cutting and joint preparation
  • Basic steel metallurgy
  • Heat-affected zone
  • Pre-heat and post heat
  • Weld repairs
  • Weld symbols
  • Practical exercises
  • Examination syllabuses
  • Fit-ups
Also the duties and responsibilities of a welding inspector; fusion welding processes; typical weld defects; types of steel; carbon-manganese, low alloy and stainless steels; hardening of steels; weldability; heat treatment; parent metal defects; visual inspection; testing parent metals and welds; destructive tests; NDT techniques; welder and procedure approval; codes and standards; outline of safe working practices; practice in examination questions; continuous and end-of-course assessment. In addition, candidates meeting the CSWIP requirements for eligibility complete the relevant CSWIP examination on day 5.

Course Objectives:
  • To understand factors which influence the quality of fusion welds in steels
  • To recognise characteristics of commonly used welding processes in relation to quality control
  • To interpret drawing instructions and symbols to ensure that specifications are met
  • To set up and report on inspection of welds, macrosections and other mechanical tests
  • To assess and report on welds to acceptance levels
  • To confirm that incoming material meets stipulated requirements and recognise the effects on weld quality of departure from specification
  • To be in a position to pass the Welding Inspector - Level 2 examinations
Certifying Authority

Entry Requirements:
Personnel working in welding industry who can produce a certificate of at-least 3 years experience.


Why attend this course?

Ideal for experienced welding inspectors who hold approved weld inspector status in an appropriate certifying scheme, i.e. PCN or equivalent. The course is designed to review, reinforce and develop the additional subjects required for Weld Inspector Level 2 approval.

Suitable for:

Experienced welding inspectors and quality control staff, especially those who are proceeding to the CSWIP Senior Welding Inspector examination.  It is essential that course members have a knowledge of the subjects covered in the course Welding Inspector before joining this course.

Course content

  • Technical and supervisory qualities required
  • Quality assurance
  • Auditing
  • Content of NDT reports (theory and practical)
  • NDT capabilities and limitations
  • Assessment of fracture samples
  • Review of all welding/senior welding inspector examination syllabuses
  • Steel metallurgy
  • Crack mechanisms
  • Welding symbols
  • Consumables
  • Practical exercises
  • Examination syllabuses

Also Function and responsibilities of a senior welding inspector; defects in welds; weld symbol interpretation; interpretation of NDT reports; documentation of welding; approval and certification procedures; general principles of supervision; case studies; planning; organisation; interpretation of fractured surfaces; auditing; practice in typical examination questions; course assessments.

Course Objectives:
  • To understand the various facets of welding inspection and quality control
  • To assess the validity of a welding procedure
  • To recognise origins of weld defects
  • To interpret features of a fracture surface and prepare detailed reports
  • To scrutinise and correct inspection reports
  • To plan, organize and supervise use of skilled inspectors and NDT personnel
  • To conduct pre-, during and post welding audits
  • To be in a position to pass the relevant examination

Entry Requirements:
Certified Welding Inspector Level - 2 with minimum 2 years experience / Overall 5 years experience in welding field with CSWIP Level - 2.

Welding QC Coordinator
The CSWIP Welding Quality Control Co-ordinator takes Responsibility for a team of inspection personnel and the quality documentation Required for welding fabrications. The role typically consists of ensuring that Inspection Test Plans (ITPs) are fully adhered to, both from a quality and Engineering point of view. It is seen as a natural career progression from the CSWIP Welding Inspector and the CSWIP Senior Welding Inspector.

Job Duties..

Welding inspectors check the quality of the metal-joining work done by other welders. Specific job duties depend upon qualification levels and are determined by the employer. In general, certified associate welding inspectors perform inspections under the supervision of CWIs and SCWIs, according to the AWS. Certified Welding Inspectors review various welds to ensure that the join between the two pieces doesn't break, mark defective welds for repair and observe welders in metal shops.

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