AWS CWI Course- AWS CWI Fees – Certified Welding Inspector Renewals – Seminar and Exam Schedule/Price list – Full Details
AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) DESCRIPTION
Certified Welding Inspector Certification can lead you to a career that is stable, engaging and fulfilling on all levels. From associate certification to senior-level credentials, most welders find career expansion as an inspection professional to be both rewarding and lucrative.
The AWS Certified Welding Inspector CWI Program will begin a phased implementation of the newly published QC1:2016. This directly impacts the CAWI, the CWI, and the SCWI programs. You are strongly encouraged to download the free QC1:2016 PDF
Do You Qualify For Certified Welding Inspector Exam?
To qualify as a CWI, you must pass a vision test and have a combination of qualifying education and work experience, with supporting documentation:
MINIMUM WORK EXPERIENCE
Bachelor or higher degree in welding engineering or welding technology – Four years maximum substitution
Minimum of One-year welding based work experience
Associate or higher degree in welding or non-welding related engineering technology, engineering, or a physical science – Three years maximum substitution
Minimum of two years welding based work experience
Engineering/Technical courses that can be applied to Bachelor or higher degree in Welding – two years maximum substitution
Minimum of three years welding based work experience
Trade/Vocational courses – one-year maximum substitution for successfully completed courses
Minimum of four years welding based work experience
High school diploma or approved high school equivalency diploma
Minimum of five years welding based work experience
8th grade level of schooling
Minimum of nine years welding based work experience
Less than 8th grade
Minimum of twelfth years welding based work experience
AWS Certified Welding Inspector CWI Certification is more than a rewarding career. It involves great responsibility and remarkable skill demonstration. CWI Certified Welding Inspector is widely recognized, both nationally and internationally, and successful companies have come to rely on this American Welding Society certification when ensuring the highest level of quality workmanship. As a Certified Welding Inspector, you will find this career path lucrative and rewarding. This certification can lead you to a career that is engaging and promising on all levels. If what you need is a stable career where you will thrive and find fulfilment, then the CWI Certified Welding Inspector certification is for you.
American Welding Society adopts the same guidelines for photos as does the India Department of State for passport photos. The following guidelines are borrowed and modified from the India Department of State website.
Your photo is a vital part of your application. To learn more, review the information below on how to provide a suitable photo to avoid processing delays. The acceptance of your photo is always at the discretion of the American Welding Society.
We recommend you use a professional passport photo service to ensure your photo meets all the requirements.
If you are applying for a AWS CWI Certification, you must provide one (1) passport-style photograph. Your photo must be:
Printed on photo quality paper
2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size
Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (between 25 and 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head
Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open
Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis:
Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily
Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face
Headphones, wireless hands-free devices or similar items are not acceptable in your photo
If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device or similar articles, they may be worn for your photo
Dark glasses or non-prescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons (a medical certificate may be required)
Glare on glasses is not acceptable in your photo. Glare can be avoided with a slight downward tilt of the glasses or by removing the glasses or by turning off the camera flash
Photos copied or digitally scanned from driver’s licenses or other official documents are not acceptable. In addition, snapshots, magazine photos, low quality vending machine or mobile phone photos, and full-length photographs are not acceptable.
Want to take the photo yourself?
While we recommend you use a professional passport photo service to ensure your photo meets all the requirements, you may take the photo yourself. Hand-held self-portraits are not acceptable. Photos must not be digitally enhanced or altered to change your appearance in any way. Please use reliable references for guidance on taking your own photo. There are several online software tools for this purpose. It is your responsibility to ensure the tool you use produces a photo that meets AWS specifications.
AWS-CWI Renewals/Recertification – Change of Appearance
If you cannot be identified from your current photo on file with American Welding Society, you should submit a new photo with your renewal or re-certification application.
Examination results will NOT be released until we receive the 2 x 2-inch colour passport – style photograph. To avoid delays in receiving your examination results, please mail your photo to the address listed below:
RENEWAL For CWI’s and SCWI’s (3 and 6-year cycles):
The renewal process is an important part of maintaining your certification. Senior Certified Welding Inspector SCWI’s and Certified Welding Inspector CWI’s maintain their certification by submitting an approved renewal application to the Certification Department. The application must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the expiration date of the current certification and no earlier than 11 months prior to the expiration date of that certification.
To qualify for renewal, the Certified Welding Inspector CWI or Senior Certified Welding Inspector SCWI shall attest to having no period of continuous inactivity greater than two years during the previous three years of certification in activities described in AWS B5.1. This work experience must be documented in the Qualifying Work Experience section of the application. Resumes are not accepted.
A 60-day administrative extension period is allowed. During this time, certification will be considered as expired. Renewals submitted after the administrative 60-day grace period but within one year of expiration may be accepted for renewal; however, administrative late fees may apply. If all renewal requirements have been met, certification will be reactivated.
AWS may send a renewal notice, but if not received, it remains the responsibility of the Senior Certified Welding Inspector SCWI or Certified Welding Inspector CWI to renew on time.
For further information concerning the Certified Welding Inspector CWI or Senior Certified Welding Inspector SCWI certification renewal, please refer to AWS QC1.
RE-CERTIFICATION For AWS CWI and SCWI
As an American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector, you must renew your certification every three years. Every nine years, you must re-certify, by one of the options indicated below. An approved 9-year recertification application must be in the American Welding Society Certification Department at least 60 days prior to the expiration date of the current certification and no earlier than (11) months prior to the expiration date of the current certification.
A 60-day administrative extension period is allowed. During this time, certification will be considered as expired. If the paperwork is received on time and all renewal or re-certification requirements have been met, certification will be reactivated.
9-Year Recertification by Part B Practical Exam:The two-hour Part B Practical Exam will evaluate you in the practical aspects of weld inspection and establish that your skills are current. It is to your advantage to be familiar with the various measurement tools used for testing as described in the American Welding Society Applicant Instructions. You should review a variety of weldments that show various levels of porosity and undercut. Be prepared to interpret and inspect bend, t-joint, groove, and pipe weld samples.
9-Year Recertification by Endorsement:You can take an endorsement exam to recertify. You can apply for this option up to (11) months prior to your expiration date. Passing one of these exams meets the requirements for re-certification. Endorsements require passing a two-hour exam on one of the following:
AWS D1.1 Structural Steel
AWS D1.2 Structural Aluminum
AWS D1.5 Bridges
AWS D15.1 Railroad
AWS D17.1 Aerospace
API 1104 Pipelines
ASME Section IX, B31.1 and B31.3 Boiler & Pressure Vessel
All endorsement exams (with the exception of Structural Drawing Reading) will be offered all over India in convenient locations using computer-based testing with our partners at Prometric. After your application has been submitted to American Welding Society and approved, you will be provided with an Authorization to Test (ATT) letter in order to schedule your appointment through Prometric at one of their centres. Prometric session fees will apply at the time you schedule your appointment.
Important Note: American Welding Society QC1 defines endorsements as “Indication of an additional skill documented in writing and added to one’s certification credential(s)”. In fulfilling the 9-year re-certification requirement, endorsements cannot be taken to the code-book to which your Certified Welding Inspector certification was attained.
9-Year Recertification by Accumulated Continuing Education:If you have kept yourself up to date in the inspection profession by attending classes and seminars related to welding, your education requirements may be satisfied. You need 80 contact hours (PDHs) of seminars, courses or online courses such as those found through American Welding Online (awo.aws.org) that meet the requirements of QC1 Section 16.
The course content must be in one or more of the subject areas as defined in the Education and Experience Requirements of the B5.1, Specification for the Qualification of Welding Inspectors Section 5.
Endorsements or Certifications Achieved Prior to 9-Year Re-certification:
Endorsements: Certified Welding Inspectors who have previously taken and passed one or more endorsement exams prior to the nine-year cycle may apply for re-certification without having to meet further examination, professional development hour, or seminar requirements.
Certified Radio-graphic Interpreter: At any time during your nine-year cycle, if you meet the prerequisites, you can apply to become certified as an American Welding Society Certified Radio-graphic Interpreter (CRI). This is a valuable certification that fulfils your nine-year requirement.
9-Year Recertification Course:If your certification expires within the next seven (11) months and you aren’t going to recertify through examination or haven’t accumulated 80 PDHs in the past nine years, the American Welding Society 9-year re-certification course is for you. Upon completion of the course, you will receive an American Welding Society Certificate of Completion for the course. Your new wallet card, certificate, and stamp will be mailed to you. Your certification number and renewal month will not change.
Note: DO NOT mail the full 9 yr Re-certification application if completing the online registration.
DID YOU KNOW…
Certified Welding Inspector applicants in their ninth year of certification who qualify and wish to earn a Senior Certified Welding Inspector SCWI can apply for both SCWI and Certified Welding Inspector 9 YR Recertification. If taking either the endorsement or Part B option for Certified Welding Inspector 9 YR re-certification, both the Senior Certified Welding Inspector and Certified Welding Inspector 9 YR exam can be taken at the same exam location.
I would suggest the “Welding Inspector’s Handbook” available from American Welding Society AWS. If you take the American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector Training seminar, you will be given a stack of books to study.
If you don’t take the CWI Training seminar, Buy the following books:
Welding Inspection Technology and Workbook
AWS A2.4 Welding and NDT Symbols
AWS A3.0 Terms and Definitions
To pass the CWI Exam, you will need to get 72% marks from Each Part.
There is lots of welding symbols questions, maybe 16. So know those cold. Lots of questions on welding processed, too.
You will have to know how to use a micrometer and dial caliper
Calculate cross sectional area of a round and rectangular piece.
Calculate ultimate tensile strength, elongation, and reduction in area using both US customary units as well as metric conversions.
The hard part will be to identify various weld discontinuities using plastic weld replicas and measure weld sizes, undercut, etc.
You will be provided with a “welding standard” that is a compilation of AWS D1.1, ASME Section IX, and a little API thrown in for good measure. The trick is to read the specification without allowing your day to day experience influence your decision on accepting or rejecting welds. Use only the criteria listed in the specification.
I understand it used to be harder, with much more math. The one week immediately preceding the tests is invaluable. They really drum it into your head.
The AWS CWI Training Seminar is definitely worth it. And then the one week class AWS CWI gives right before the test is excellent.
There are three parts of tests involved, and they have to be completed in 2 hours each part. The first part is (Part A) General Knowledge and is 150 questions closed book.
The second part is Part B, The Part B is practical test. Part B is the accumulate welding standard GTAW referral. This is where most candidates who miss the test mess up. Part of the reason is the samples are pretty beat up and may confuse candidates. With the good preparation it will go well. Another part is if you have so many years of experience in inspecting, it may well work against you. As GTAW mentions, accept or reject based on the supplied test only. Some of the porosity is unbelievably huge, but depending on the criteria is acceptable.
The third is Part C, The Part C is your Code section. I tested with API 1104 (Welding of Pipelines and Related Facilities) and it sounds like you will be also. Both Part B and Part C is open book, so memorization of formulae won’t be an issue.