The Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) credential is one of the most respected professional credentials in the welding industry. CWIs are often highly regarded and sought-after throughout the world. These people are trained to evaluate weldments for imperfections that, if not identified and corrected, could result in product failure, as well as possible loss of revenue, property and more.
To become a CWI, candidates must pass a 3-part exam that is intentionally challenging, to make sure those who get certified are equipped to carry out their inspection responsibilities in the field, on the job site or shop floor. CWI exam participants say that preparing for it is critical, because taking it can be overwhelming and intense.
Most CWI hopefuls choose to prepare for the exam in a classroom setting, so they can get real-time, in-person training and feedback from their instructors. At the onset of the pandemic, many training facilities shut their doors or pivoted to offering only online instruction.
Anticipating an increased post-pandemic demand once restrictions were lifted, AWS inventoried their CWI exam training and seminar options for programming opportunities. The review showed AWS offers sufficient online options, but only one in-person training option; a one-week seminar.
“When we asked our members, many felt that six days isn’t enough to absorb all the material to feel confident taking the CWI exam,” said Alicia Garcia, Director of Education and Training. As a result of this feedback, AWS created a comprehensive two-week in-person seminar package. “While there are other organizations that offer a two-week in-person seminar; we provide more value at a lower price point,” continued Garcia.
The AWS new Two-Week, In-Person Seminar Package includes instruction by credentialed CWIs and CWEs (Certified Welding Educators) early receipt of code book, tools and study materials, and daily lunch.
FEATURE BENEFIT! FREE ACCESS (A $750 value!) to the Online CWI Pre-Seminar. Upon registration for either of the two sessions below, you will receive free access to the AWS Online CWI Pre-Seminar. This self-paced online program is designed to help you learn or brush up on fundamental concepts before your live, instructor-led training. With 80 hours of engaging, multimedia course work, the Pre-Seminar covers a wide array of topics in a modular, self-study format:
Two seminar/exam sessions have been scheduled and are accepting applicants:
FRESNO, CA | SEPTEMBER: Seminar: September 27 – October 8, 2021 | Exam: October 9 | Application Deadline: September 13 | Location: Ironworkers Training Center - 1380 S. Channing Way - Fresno, CA 93706
MIAMI, FL | DECEMBER: Seminar: December 6 – 17, 2021 | Exam: December 18 | Application Deadline: November 22 | Location: American Welding Society Headquarters - 8669 NW 36 Street - Miami, FL 33166
In many ways, Certified Welding Inspectors have the weight of the world on their shoulders. Failing to properly inspect and qualify welds can jeopardize the integrity of the building, vehicle, appliance, or other product being manufactured. It’s vital that their knowledge, skill and ability to inspect weldments, solve problems and determine remedial action has been verified through AWS exam certification and preparation. Now, CWI candidates have a new, comprehensive and affordable way to get in-person instruction through AWS.
For more information about AWS Certified, visit aws.org/cwi2week.
About AWS: The American Welding Society is the worldwide authority in the development of standards, certifications and educational programming for the welding, allied joining and cutting community. We are a not-for-profit organization committed to connecting the welding industry to our extensive collection of resources, informing our members of technological advancements and developing the next generation of welding professionals with the help of the AWS Foundation. AWS serves over 60,000 members worldwide and is composed of 22 Districts with 250 Sections and Student Chapters. For more information, visit the American Welding Society's website at aws.org.