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inspector, Certified Welding Inspector

ANSI/AWS QC1-96
An American National Standard
Approved by
American National Standards Institute
December 9, 1996

Standard for AWS Certification of
Welding Inspectors
Supersedes QC1-88
Prepared by the AWS Qualification and
Certification Under the Direction of AWS
Certification . Approved by AWS Board of
Directors

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welding procedures. safety and responsibilities. or deletions) and any pertinent data that may be of use in improving this standard are requested and should be addressed to AWS Headquarters. and proof of visual acuity.Abstract This standard defines the requirements and program for the American Welding Society to certify welding inspectors.doc -2- . LeJeune Road. Florida 33126 copy. Guests are invited to attend all meetings of the AWS Qualification and Certification Committee to express their comments verbally. or sell any patented items. recommended practices. In such cases. symbols. any changes in those AWS standards must be approved by the governmental body having statutory jurisdiction before they can become a part of those laws and regulations.W. These individuals do not speak on behalf of AWS. Users of the information in this standard should make an independent. their provisions carry the full legal authority of the statute. It must be reviewed every five years and if not revised. However. Miami. substantiating investigation of the validity of that information for their particular use and the patent status of any item referred to herein. Printed in the United States of America Note: The primary purpose of AWS is to serve and benefit its members. All rights reserved. consideration. Florida 33126. AWS provides a forum for the exchange. With regard to technical inquiries made concerning AWS standards. it must be either reaffirmed or withdrawn. AWS does not assume any duties to which a user of these standards may be required to adhere. destructive tests. terms. specifications. these standards carry the full legal authority of the contract or other document that invokes the AWS standards. The examination tests the inspector's knowledge of welding processes. methods. In addition. Such comments will receive careful consideration by the AWS Qualification and Certification Committee and the author of the comments will be informed of the Committee's response to the comments. and discussion of ideas and proposals that are relevant to the welding industry and the consensus of which forms the basis for these standards. 336581806. This standard is subject to revision at any time by the AWS Qualification and Certification Committee. definitions. 550 N. documents that are included in federal or state laws and regulations. or made part of. or the regulations of other governmental bodies. oral opinions are informal and should not be used as a substitute for an official interpretation. To this end. and guides) of the American Welding Society are voluntary consensus standards that have been developed in accordance with the rules of the American National Standards Institute. nor do these oral opinions constitute official or unofficial opinions or interpretations of AWS. Statement on Use of AWS Standards All standards (codes. LeJeune Road. By publishing this standard. changes in or deviations from requirments of an AWS standard must be by agreement between the contracting parties International Standard Book Number: 0-87171-486-8 American Welding Society. The certification of visual welding inspectors requires documentation of experience. Comments (recommendations. reports. In all cases. 1996 by American Welding Society. Publication of a standard by the American Welding Society does not carry with it any right to make. oral opinions on AWS standards may be rendered. classifications. such opinions represent only the personal opinions of the particular individuals giving them. Where this contractual relationship exists. use.W. Procedures for appeal of an adverse decision concerning all such comments are provided in the Rules of Operation of the Technical Activities Committee. 550 N. A copy of these Rules can be obtained from the American Welding Society. satisfactory completion of an examination. By providing such a forum. additions. Miami. the American Welding Society does not insure anyone using the information it contains against any liability arising from that use. When AWS standards are either incorporated in.

D. Green* J. Honeycomb Division ASEA Brown Boveri National Training Fund AISC ICF Kaiser Hanford Company Washington Public Supply System Welding Management Consultants Consultant American Welding Society American Welding Society Past President The Ohio State University Lincoln Electric IGP *Advisory Members Personnel AWS QCA Subcommittee on Certification of Welding Inspectors H. J. H. Inc. Picard. 2nd Vice Chairman J. The Ohio State University Standard Refrigeration/Autorad Welding Engineering Services Canadian Welding Bureau Welding Specialists. F. Raymond T. Bohnart. Hufsey. Hufsey. Wiswesser.doc -3- . 1st Vice Chairman J.E.Inc. R.* S. P. Chairman R. DeLaurier. Retired. Greer M. L. Waite F. Synder Z. G. R. Messer C. Wiswesser J. E. Sr. M. Turner R. Urbick* R. L. Bridge & Iron Co. Schlafly* S. D. Ex-Officio D. Howden. Evans H. Inc. Harris. Ex-Officio R. Inc. Long* R. Fugate L. P. Chairman J. Incorparated Consulting Engineer Pacific Northwest Ironworkers Consultant Stupp Bros. R. Ex-Officio E. Kotecki. Zirnhelt Fluor Daniel. Inc. Clarbour S. H. Petroski R. J. McAlpin R. L. Ex-Officio D. Clark II A. W. P. Houle* W. L. Secretary H. Goser W. Foreword 336581806. F. R. F. G. G. Exxon Chemical Valmet. E. Simons* W. Kvidahl M. Kennedy R. Pepper S.. Pepper. Teuscher. Chapman R. Ex-Officio Lockwood Greene Engineers Welder Training and Testing Insitute Ashland Chemical Company American Welding Society Ford Motor Company Law Engineering Incorporated Ford Motor Sterling Plant Fluor Daniel. K. K. F. T. M. Clark II. L. Behnke H.F. Messer A. H. Ingalls Shipbuilding BE & K Constuction Company Exxon Chemcial Lockwood Greene Engineers CS Associates City & County of San Francisco Welder Training & Testing Institute Charcas International.. F.Personnel AWS Qualification and Certification Committee C. American Welding Society NDE Counsellor Arlington Structural Steel Co. Inc. Baczkowski* E. Secretary S. Cusma P. Fought & Company. Beck* W. R. Collin* F. W. E. Scott R.

the activities performed should be consistent with the requirements. For welding inspectors to be effective.doc Page No.000 individuals have met the requirements of AWS QC1. welder qualifications. be able to read drawings. Standard for Certification of AWS Welding Inspectors. The welding inspector must be thoroughly familiar with welding processes. Over 26.(This Foreword is not part of AWS QC1-96. materials. the limitation of weld testing. Standard for Certification of AWS Welding Inspectors was first published in 1975. since the start of the program. or other document. worldwide. Table of Contents 336581806. The Qualification and Certification Committee of the American Welding Society was formed in 1973. prepare and keep records. and technical and ethical principles. The first examinations for the certification of Welding Inspector were conducted in the spring and fall of 1976. welding procedures. prepare and make reports and make responsible judgments. AWS QC1. The last revision to this standard was published in 1988 and was approved by the American National Standards Institute. -4- .) The purpose of welding inspection is to determine if a weldment meets the acceptance criteria of a specific code. standard. but is included for information only.

2 Verification 7.3 Public Statements 8.1 Integrity 8.4 Conflict of Interest 8. Definitions 4. Functions 4.1 Capability 4.1 Committee 9. Certification 7.3 Certified Associate Welding Inspector 6. Revocation 9.Use of AWS Standards Committee Personnel Subcommittee Personnel Subcommittee Personnel Foreword 1. Senior Certified Welding Inspector 2.5 Solicitation of Employment 8.2 Courts 10.2 Responsibility to the Public 8. Upgrading of Certification 12.3 Reciprocity 8. Recertification (Renewal) 336581806.2 Certified Welding Inspector 2.3 Certified Associate Welding Inspector 3.doc ii iii iv v 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 5 6 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 9 9 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 -5- .2 Duties 5.6 Unauthorized Practice 9. Code of Ethics 8.2 Certified Welding Inspector 5. Reinstatement 11. Examination Requirements 7. Scope 2.1 Documentation 7. Levels of Certification 2.1 Senior Certified Welding Inspector 5. Education and Experience Requirements 5.

Standard Welding Terms and Definitions. 2. or other documents. and federal. Florida 33126. LeJeune Road. 1. This document is not intended to address safety and health matters regarding certified welding inspectors. Miami. Safety and health requirements are provided in ANSI Z49. and the principles of conduct and practice by which certification may be maintained. and local government regulations. 1. The Certification Department of the American Welding Society.5 It shall be the responsibility of the employer to determine that the SCWI/CWI/CAWI is capable of performing the duties involved in his/her particular welding inspection assignment. The Certification Committee of the American Welding Society.3 In the certification process.1 This standard establishes the requirements for AWS certification of inspection personnel. The document issued to the applicant on successful completion of the requirements for certification. Safety in Welding and Cutting.doc 2. CWE. The American Welding Society. code. CWIs and CAWIs who are. committee. 1. Definitions The welding terms used in this standard are defined inANSI/AWS A3. A person certified by AWS as meeting the qualification requirements of 5. Specified limits placed on characteristics of an item or process defined in codes. -6- certification. The act of determining.2 and 6.4 In the certification process. A person who applies to the AWS for certification. 1. No determination is made of an individual's capabilities in applying that knowledge within a specific work environment or under actual working conditions. at the time of the claim. verifying and attesting in writing to the qualification of personnel in conformance to specified requirements.Nondestructive Examination.To accept as satisfactory. Levels of Certification There are three levels of AWScertification of welding inspection personnel.1. Certified Welding Inspector (CWI). state.2 The three levels of certification are Senior Certified Welding Inspector (SCWI). AWS. applicant. A person certified by AWS as meeting the qualification requirements of 5.7 Safety Precautions. 2.Certified Welding Educator. Certification Department. code. 1.1 and 6.3 and 6. A standard suitable for adoption by a governmental authority.3 Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI).0. other safety and health standards. current and in compliance with all sections of this standard. It describes how personnel are qualified.Scope 1. These levels are defined as follows: 336581806. .A person certified by AWS as meeting the qualification requirements of 5. certificate. Other terms used in this standard are defined as follows: approved. the employer is responsible for determining that a person has all qualifications as stated herein. 3. Standard for AWS Certification of Welding Inspectors 1.6 This standard is intended to supplement the requirements of an employer.2. NDE. AWS conducts an examination to determine a person's general knowledge of welding inspection and related technical areas. or other documents and shall not be construed as a preemption of the employer's responsibility for the work or for the performance of the work. Any oral or written claim of certification under the guidelines established herein shall be made only by those individual SCWIs. specifications. acceptance Criteria. 1.1 Senior Certified Welding Inspector (SCWI). The act of determining the suitability of some material or component for its intended purpose using techniques that do not affect its serviceability.2 Certified Welding Inspector (CWI). and Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI).W. This document only covers the rules of certification. 550 N.

2. subcontractors.QA. and as defined in 4.2 Verify documentation of procedure qualification test results. and/or NDE personnel.2. supervise one or more CWIs.2. subcontractors. 4. specification. 4. procedures.5. methods.doc -7- 4.Having complied with specific requirements. Detection and measurement of weld discontinuities or the supervision of individuals so involved. A standard suitable for adoption in procurement documents. conform to the requirements of the applicable standards.3 The CAWI shall be able to perform inspections.1. Review of quality control programs of vendors.2 Verify documentation of perform-ance qualification test results.2.4.2. 4. Specification of quality assurance methods. qualification.2.2. for determining if welded assemblies conform to workmanship and acceptance criteria. subcontractors. or other organizations.. and that they are qualified to use the welding procedures specified for the work. however.3 Verify that the welding equipment to be used for the work is appropriate for use with the welding procedure and has the capability to meet the applicable requirements of the welding procedure. and ensure that the work performed and the records maintained conform to the requirements of the applicable standards and other contract documents.2 Duties The Welding Inspector's specific duties are defined by the employer. A generic term incorporating codes.2. 4. 4. applicants shall be able to demonstrate their abilities to perform the following duties: 4.1 Capability 4.2.1 Witness performance and testing of procedure qualification test assemblies. qualified.6 Inspection of Work . the word should denotes a guideline and the word may denotes a choice. or other organizations. 4.5. CAWIs. under the direct supervision of a SCWI or CWI within visible and audible range. specifications. or other organizations.4.1. however. recommended practices. QC. procedures. 4. 4. and guides that have been prepared by a sponsoring committee.5 Verify that welders. verb usage.2. 4.1 Interpret drawings and other documents.2 The CWI shall be able to perform inspections or to verify that the work inspected. prepare inspection procedures. Specification of quality control methods.2 Verify that the base materials and consumable welding materials conform to the specifications and that welding filler metals used are as specified for each base material or combination of base materials. the word shall denotes a requirement. Review quality assurance programs of vendors. and acceptance criteria. 4.Quality Control. and tack welders have been qualified in conformance to the applicable standards. Demonstrated training.2.3 Require requalification if there is evidence the welder's or welding operator's work does not conform to the requirements of the applicable standard.Quality Assurance. knowledge and experience required for personnel to perform the duties of a specific job. and records maintained. Functions 4.4 Verify that the welding procedures are as specified and are qualified. or supervise these activities when performed by outside agencies. It is the SCWI or CWI. 4. or supervise these activities when performed by outside agencies. review and interpret joining procedures.1 Witness testing of the welder test assemblies and/or welding operator qualification test assemblies. standard. and that the welding is performed in conformance to the applicable procedure. 4. classifications.2.1 The SCWI shall be able to perform inspections. and approved and adopted in accordance with established procedures. conduct audits of vendors and/or organizations providing materials or services to the project. 4. welding operators. or criteria for employer or client. skill. 4. who has responsibility 336581806.5. As used in this standard.4 Require requalification if the welder's or welding operator's qualification is not current. Conduct or supervise quality audits of vendors.1.2.5.

Education and Experience Requirements 5.2.2. or destructive tests to be applied.Specification of detection and measurement of weld discontinuities. . Specification of quality assurance (QA) methods. 5. or supervision of personnel performing weld repair. Fabricati on.2 Verify that the required visual and other nondestructive examinations have been performed by qualified personnel in the specified manner.2.1 Senior Certified Welding Inspector. Review of quality control programs of vendors. provided qualifications are in conformance to the specified requirements. 4. written verification of documented employment as outlined in 5.2.1.3 Verify that the specified filler metals are used and that filler metals are maintained in proper condition. 4. quality assurance. or other organizations. and/or supervision of personnel in erection of welded assemblies or sub-assemblies.7. Supervision of one or more technicians engaged in examination testing. supervision. 4.Detection and measurement of weld discontinuities or the supervision of individuals so involved. or hold a state or military approved high school equivalency diploma.2. per requirements. 5. 336581806.2 Production. and/or specifications for weldments.4 Shall submit with the application.1.4. 5.2. the control of welding materials. 5.3 Construction.1.1.2.2.3 Perform any further nondestructive examinations that are required. 4. 4.2. inspection requirements and acceptance criteria.2. welding operator's and tack welder's qualifications.7.2.1 Shall be a high school graduate. 5. and acceptance criteria. 5. the welder's.7 Repair.8. 5. 4. and tack welder are as specified. 5.3 All applicants must successfully complete (minimum 75% correct) the SCWI examination provided by the American Welding Society. procedures. Planning. Conduct or supervise quality audits of vendors.1 Prepare clear and concise reports and verify that records of the welding procedure.7.6.2 Verify that the edge preparation or joint geometry meet the requirements of the welding procedure and drawings.2. welding operator. or other organizations. Specification of quality control (QC) methods.1. extracted from referenced study materials.6 Examination.2. Application of visual or other nondestructive evaluation processes to a written procedure. drawings. nondestructive examination. This examination shall include questions relating to inspection. drawings.2.2.5 Verify that the work conforms to requirements of the applicable standards.2.4 Quality Control.4 Verify that the technique and performance of each welder.2 Shall have no fewer than fifteen years experience in an occupational function that has a direct relationship to welded assemblies fabricated to national or international standards and be directly involved in one or more of the following: 5.6.1 Perform the required visual examinations.1. Each applicant for certification as a Senior Certified Welding Inspector (SCWI): 5.6 Verify that the work inspected is identified and documented in accordance with specified requirements. or as recommended by the manufacturer.5 Quality Assurance. and/or application of base metals and filler metals in the preparation and completion of production weldments. This verification shall be completed and . and the results of examinations are maintained. subcontractors. the welding procedure qualification.1. procedures.6. or criteria for employer or client. subcontractors.Repair of welds that are defective.1 Verify that only approved or qualified welding procedures are used for the work.8 Records 4. Review the resulting information to ensure that the results are complete. Review quality assurance programs of vendors. procedures. 4.6.2. 4.1. or other documents.1 Design.1.1. subcontractors.1. 5.6. above. and welding processes. control.2. 4.7 Nondestructive Examination 4. preparation of documented (written) procedures for visual or other nondestructive evaluation processes.2.doc -8- 5.6.2.1. erection. Preparation of plans. or other organizations.

and then only for successfully completed courses* in a curriculum related to welding that can be (or could be) applied to (1) above.2 Shall have no fewer than five years experience in an occupational function that has a direct relationship to welded assemblies fabricated to national or international standards and be directly involved in one or more of the following: .6 Shall have been certified as an AWS CWI for a minimum of six years. photocopied summaries of subjects taught.PT.1.10.10. 5.GTAW. and then only for successfully completed courses* in a curriculum that can be (or could be) applied to (1) above. may substitute for 3 of the 15 years experience requirement.1.signed by the applicant's most recent employment supervisor or the appropriate personnel department staff.Brazing..2 Three years of relevant** teaching experience may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the fifteen years experience requirement with documentation (e.g.1. 5.EGW. or soldering for a minimum of three years. Credit is given as follows: -9- **Note:Relevant experience shall be considered on the following basis: Teaching full-time in a trade.1.PAW. planning and/or supervising personnel performing the following activities: VT. in the occupational skill of welding or subjects related to welding.LT.Mechanical Cutting Note:Cutting processes refer only to those that are applied to the fabrication and repair of weldments. Two years maximum.2.7 Shall be familiar with. or construction involving structures fabricated by welding. examination.GMAW. "Successfully completed courses" means a completed quarter or semester with credit in that course. *Note:"Course in the curriculum" means courses within a body of courses offered toward a degree.. area or technical school.1.10 Alternatives to 5.SW. or a physical science. Two years maximum if the degree is in engineering technology. 5. or in combination.QA Audits QA Procedures.FCAW. materials.1.1.2. QA Surveillance. college or university. 5. Each applicant for certification as a Certified Welding Inspector (CWI): 5. (2)Engineering/Technical School Courses.Soldering OFW.5 Shall have been responsible for the supervision of one or more QC. design. its application.10. fabrication. and processes.ET MT. 5. If the applicant is a consultant. and letters of reference) or a current CWE. and be capable of applying and/or preparing specifications and procedures for the following joining and cutting processes: SMAW. control. brazing.ESW. 5.UT.1 Shall be a high school graduate.doc provided studies are relevant to any of the functions described in 5. (1) Associate or higher degree. 5.2 with supporting documentation (e. 336581806. attesting to the applicant's employment activities of which he/she has personal knowledge or documentation. copies of transcripts which specify credited hours of training. (3)Trade/Vocational Courses. or that can be applied to a degree in (1) above.1. RW.2.9 Shall be thoroughly familiar with and capable of performing or supervising others in the performance of the duties described in Section 4.2 Certified Welding Inspector. quarter hours. 5. engineering. teaching certificates. or hold a state or military approved high school equivalency diploma.g. understand. in conformance to AWS QC5.Thermal Spraying EBW. or semester hours) may be substituted as follows.1. Functions. 5. 5. One year maximum.10.RT.Thermal Cutting SAW.1.1. Documentation of the number of actual hours completed is necessary prior to notification of actual credit allowed. or NDE personnel in the conduct of welding. the verification of supervisory experience may be by affidavit from either the employer or a client.LBW. with the exception that a maximum of three (3) years of experience may be substituted using the provisions of 5. QA. understand. and be capable of specifying.AET.1 and 5.A maximum of two years of post-high school education may be substituted for an equal number of years of the required fifteen years experience.8 Shall be familiar with.2 individually.1.1.

engineering. 5. teaching certificates. RT. 336581806.2. 5.6 Shall be familiar with and understand the following examination methods: VT.1 and 5.2.doc .2. with the application. Functions. which specify credited hours of training. MT PT.3 Certified Associate Welding Inspector..2.4. Documentation of the number of actual hours completed is necessary prior to notification of actual credit allowed.2.5. provided studies are relevant to any of the functions described in 5. Engineering/Technical School Courses. its application. 5. EBW.2.7 Shall be thoroughly familiar with and capable of performing the duties described in Section 4. GTAW.2. in the occupational skill of welding or subjects related to welding.4. FCAW. UT.2. Thermal Spraying. AET. written verification of the documented employment.2.2. and then only for successfully completed courses* in a curriculum that can be (or could be) applied to (1) above. and then only for successfully completed courses* in a curriculum related to welding that can be (or could be) applied to (1) above.2. LT.4. 2. "Successfully completed courses" means a completed quarter or semester with credit in that course.ESW. or that can be applied to a degree in (1) above. *Note:"Course in the curriculum" means courses within a body of courses offered toward a degree. control.4 individually or in combination. Credit is given as follows: 1. 5. 5. OFW.2.2.2. area or technical school. LBW.2 Production. with the exception that a maximum of two (2) years of experience may be substituted using the provisions of 5.2. two years maximum. ET 5.2.10 - 3.4. GMAW. PAW. welding procedures and welding operations for weldments.2.2.4.5 Repair. Associate or higher degree.2. letters of reference. or physical sciences.1 Design.2 Less than an eighth grade level schooling with not less than 15 years work experience in welding functions described in 5. quarter hours.4 Examination.2. Brazing. EGW.3 A maximum of two (2) years of post-high school education may be substituted for an equal number of years of the required five years experience.2.2. attesting to the applicant's employment activities of which he/she has personal knowledge or documentation. Planning and control of welding materials.4. Detection and measurement of weld discontinuities and verification of fabrication requirements described in 4. 5.2.Preparation of plans and drawings for weldments.1 Eighth grade level schooling with not less than 10 years work experience in welding functions described in 5. Fabrication and/or erection of weldments. 5.. **Note:Relevant experience shall be considered on the following basis: Teaching full time in a trade.2. 5.4 Alternatives to 5.2. photocopied summaries of subjects taught. Trade/Vocational Courses. and processes. One year maximum. Repair of welds that are defective. Soldering RW.3 Shall submit.2 with proper supporting documentation (e.2. Two years maximum if the degree is in engineering technology.4 Three years of relevant** teaching experience may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the five years experience requirement with proper documentation or a current CWE in accordance with AWS QC5 may substitute for three (3) of the 5 years experience requirement (e.2. 5. Each applicant for certification as Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI): .2. 5. college or university. etc.3 and 5.2. copies of transcripts. Thermal Cutting SAW.g.g. 5.5 Shall be familiar with and understand fundamentals of the following processes SMAW. Mechanical Cutting Note:Cutting processes refer only to those that are applied to the fabrication and repair of weldments.2. 5.3 Construction. 5. and letters of reference). This verification shall be completed and signed by the applicant's most recent employment supervisor or the appropriate personnel department staff. SW. materials. or semester hours) may be substituted as follows.

RW. SW. Failure to meet the above level of acuity shall be adequate cause to reject an applicant or refuse recertification.3.5 Repair.3.2.3 Shall submit.2. FCAW OFW.2.3.4 Two years post-high school education in welding curriculum or engineering technology. with the application. 6. or CAWI: 5.3.1 Eighth grade level of schooling with not less than four years work experience in welding functions described in 5.3.1. as defined in 5..2 Production.2. Medical Doctor.2.1 Applicants shall meet the following examination requirements to be considered for certification as either SCWI. Brazing Thermal Cutting Mechanical Cutting Thermal Spraying Note:Cutting processes refer only to those that are applied to the fabrication and repair of weldments. GMAW. This verification shall be completed and signed by the applicant's most recent employment supervisor or the appropriate employment activities of which he/she has personal knowledge or documentation. PAW.3. CWI. 5.3 Eighth grade level of schooling with not less than one year of vocational education and training in a welding curriculum and at least three years experience in welding functions. but is not considered essential for all examinations. Eye examination results shall be submitted on forms furnished by the AWS Certification Department.1 Design.2 Pass a written three part examination as follows: .6 Shall be familiar with. Shall take a color perception test. 5.2.3. 5.3. and at least six months experience in welding functions. letters of reference. and applications VOIDED. with or without corrective lenses.5.3.4. welding procedures and welding operations for weldments. It shall be the employer's responsibility to establish and enforce color perception requirements for those SCWIs.4 Alternatives to 5. CWIs and CAWIs in his/her employ.1 Shall be a high school graduate or hold a state or military approved high school equivalency diploma.5 Shall be familiar with and understand the fundamentals of the following processes 5.2 The completed eye examination results shall be received in the AWS Certification Department NOT LATER THAN 30 DAYS after the applicant's completed examination date.1 Eye examinations shall be administered by an Ophthalmologist. Registered Nurse.1.11 - 6. or semester hours): 5. etc.1 and 5.1.3 Construction. ESW. 5.2. 5.3. EGW. 5. Color vision acuity is desirable in some specific applications.3. Applicants who have NOT fulfilled ALL requirements by that date shall have ALL records. EBW. specific duties described in Section 4.4. 6. Detection and measurement of weld discontinuities and verification of fabrication requirements described in 4.1 Pass an eye examination. LBW.Repair of welds that are defective.3. Note:Near vision acuity is considered essential to the proper performance of welding examination.3.2. to prove near vision acuity on Jaeger J2 at 12".1.doc .3.4.4.g.2. Examinations shall be performed not more than 7 months prior to the date of the welding inspector examination or recertification. 5. written verification of employment. quarter hours. Certified Physician's Assistant. with proper supporting documentation (e. 6.2.3. and capable of performing under the direction or supervision of the CWI.3. Planning and control of welding materials. 5.3.3.2. or physical sciences.3. SAW.2 Shall have no fewer than two years experience in an occupational function that has a direct relationship to weldments fabricated to national or international standards and directly involved in one or more of the following: SMAW.1. as defined in 5. which specify earned credit hours of training.1. Functions. GTAW. engineering. Soldering 5.4 Examination.. Fabrication and/or erection of weldments. scores. Examination Requirements 5.2 Less than an eighth grade level of schooling with not less than six years experience in welding functions. 6. or by other ophthalmic medical personnel. 336581806.3.3. Optometrist. copies of transcripts. Preparation of plans and drawings for weldments. 5. as defined in 5.

The exception to this requirement are members of American Welding Society staff and members and officers of the Certification Committee. may require payment of a nominal administrative fee. but not limited to.1. and confirmed by the Board of Directors.1.. welding examination. Verbal requests for verification of status and certification number of SCWI'S. Changes to programs subsequent to granting reciprocity shall be cause for reevaluation by the Qualification and Certification . CWI. or 5.12 - 7. welder qualification.2.2. and with notarized and witnessed release. the latter by successfully completing the examination of a reciprocal country. Only the certification number. or for the certification period remaining within his/her country's certificate. Certification shall be valid for three years unless revoked for reasons defined in 8. Individuals failing one part of the written examination must retest on all parts of the examination.doc . whichever is less.1.6 and the authority of Section 9. who may request and receive access to all information relating to program participants in the necessary pursuit of their duties on behalf of the program. 5.3 Reciprocity The American Welding Society may issue a SCWI. or CAWI. as applicable. drawing/specification compliance. date certified and current status (current. but not limited to." Notes:(1) Except as noted in 12. CWI. The wallet card shall indicate the 336581806.1 or 5. Applicant must complete and submit all necessary documents for consideration.2 Verification The American Welding Society shall release certification test results only to the applicant SCWI/CWI/CAWI.. welding and nondestructive testing processes. (3) CWIs and CAWIs whose scores on each part of the examination meet the requirements of a higher certification level may request an upgrade to that level when the requirements of 5. or CAWI certificate to applicants who have met requirements equivalent to those of 5. etc. mechanical testing.2. revoked. welding procedure qualification. Also.3 and 6.2 A closed book test on fundamental principles on topics including. mechanical properties of metals. and CAWI applicant who complies with the requirements of Section 5. written approval of the applicant. and basic on-the-job arithmetic. SCWI. 6.1 Documentation The American Welding Society shall issue to each SCWI.2. and nondestructive testing processes. safety.2.3 A test on practical application of welding inspection knowledge including. Such persons will be notified of their status in writing. 6. CWIs.2 are satisfied. 7. Upgrading of Certification. CWI's. Revocation.2 or 5. welding symbols.2. Reciprocity periods are for 3 year terms from the date of validation. or upon findings by the Committee.1. CWI. Certification 7. and CAWIs who fail to meet the minimum scores for their respective certification upon reexamination shall be considered no longer certified.1. or to a person or agency designated by the applicant SCWI/CWI/CAWI upon written request.4 Applicants shall pass each part of the examination. in addition to those provided at the time of examination.1 An open book test on the requirements of a fabrication standard.3 and 6. Notes: (1) SCWIs. weld discontinuities.) shall be provided by American Welding Society staff members without the express. recertification by application is limited to a total of nine years without examination. Recertification for any remaining months or years (maximum of 3 years) of the SCWI/CWI/CAWI's home country's certification may be accomplished by submitting a "Renewal Application. It shall also state results of color vision tests.2. The certificate shall indicate the date of certification. Test results. a serialized (unique number) certificate and a wallet card stating that the applicant has met the AWS certification requirements. inspector's duties. (2) Reciprocity certifications shall remain in force until such time as the normal certification period has elapsed. refer to Section 11. 2) SCWIs and CWIs who fail to meet the minimum requirements for their respective certification upon reexamination may be certified for the certification level that they actually achieved. that the particular program upon which the original reciprocity was based is not being administered in conformance to the submitted specifications.6. 6. and holding a currently valid certificate. expiration date of certification and any need for corrective lenses for near vision acuity. Note:Certification upgrade is not automatic. 5. and CAWI's shall be provided to requestors without charge.1.

8. CWIs.4 Conflict of Interest 8.2. 8. Code of Ethics Preamble. and disclosing any possible financial interest. the regulator or employer's customer. Contact the AWS Certification Department for a listing of current reciprocal agreements.3 Neither falsely represent current status nor seek to misrepresent the certification level (SCWI/CWI/CAWI) by modification of certification documents or false verbal or written testimony of current level or status.doc 8. CWI or CAWI on projects also subject to the inspector's administrative jurisdiction as a public official. experience. criticisms or arguments on weld inspection matters connected with public policy which were inspired or paid for by an interested party.2 The SCWI. 8. statement.3. 336581806. while serving in the capacity of an elected. 8. and with the Committee or its representatives.Committee of issuance of certifications beyond the date of change. any bribe or commission for professional employment with the exception of the usual commission required from licensed employment agencies.1 The SCWI. and factual in any written report.5. from any party.2 Present credentials upon request. and capability.2 Responsibility to the Public. dealing with the client or employer in connection with the SCWI's.3 Public Statements 8. neither inspect. and CAWIs shall be cognizant of the following principles and the scope to which they apply. or CAWI shall issue no statements. CWI. solicit. or revocation of certification. 8. CWI. CWI. unless this practice is expressly dictated by a job description and/or specification and all affected parties to the action are in agreement. 8. Accordingly. CWI.5 Sign only for work that the inspector has inspected. without first identifying the party.2. financial or otherwise.4.4. thorough. or for services pertaining to the same project.3. directly or indirectly. 8. nor offer. the speaker. review. unless the circumstances are fully disclosed and agreed to by all interested parties or their authorized agents. or CAWI shall not accept compensation. CWI.2 The SCWI. CWI.2. The SCWI. from more than one party for services on the same project. with the understanding that any unauthorized practice is subject to the Committee's review and may result in suspension. CWI's. and CAWI shall act to preserve the health and well being of the public by performing duties required of welding inspection in a conscientious and impartial manner to the full extent of the inspector(s) moral and civic responsibility and qualification. or CAWI shall.1 Undertake and perform assignments only when qualified by training. 8. CWI. 8. or circumstance that might be so considered.4 The SCWI. CWI. the SCWI. The SCWI. reprimand. 8. CWI. and CAWI shall act with complete integrity in professional matters and be forthright and candid to their employer. on matters pertaining to this standard. 8. and conduct in the occupation of welding inspection. . In order to safeguard the health and well being of the public and to maintain integrity and high standards of skills.6 Neither associate with nor knowingly participate in a fraudulent or dishonest venture.1 The SCWI. or for work over which the inspector has personal knowledge through direct supervision. upon a background of technical competence pertinent to the subject. practice. retained.4. 8.1 Integrity.2. and upon honest conviction of the accuracy and propriety of the statement.13 - . 8.3 The SCWI.4. the American Welding Society SCWIs. or parties. or CAWI shall not solicit or accept gratuities.2.4 Be completely objective. and CAWI shall: 8.5 Solicitation of Employment 8. nor approve work in the capacity of SCWI. or employed public official. CWI. or CAWI shall neither pay. and CAWI's work. or parties. or CAWI shall publicly express no opinion on welding inspection subjects unless it is founded upon adequate knowledge of the facts in issue.1 The SCWI. directly or indirectly.2. or CAWI shall avoid a conflict of interest with the employer or client and shall disclose any business association. 8. or testimony of the work and include all relevant or pertinent testimony in such communiqués or testimonials.

or those of the inspector's associates. certification alone may not legally qualify the Inspector to provide inspection services to the public. 8.5. submission of requested employment information. (i.. and expires on the first day of that month. The Committee shall have the power to suspend.1 The SCWI. Welding Journal subscription or memberships. and shall request upgrade directions from the AWS Certification Department. such as a Registered Professional Engineer. (2) Maintaining a current address with the AWS Certification Department**.2 The SCWI. CWI. Upgrading of Certification 8. the CWI shall comply with the requirements of 5. or CAWI's certifications whether such misrepresentation was made at the time of application or on subsequent applications (renewal. Contract documents. Recertification (Renewal) 12. AWS Certification Programs (Available from the AWS Certification Department). CAUTION: While the SCWI. except as necessary to perform the duties of a SCWI.5. refuse renewal.) shall be a violation of this section. . or CAWI shall neither falsify. or in the solicitation of business contracts wherein current certification is either required or inherently beneficial (advertisements for training courses. Likewise. or (b) A written request for "Renewal Application" postmarked at least one calendar month prior to expiration of the current certification. or building or jurisdiction laws may require inspection to be performed under the direction and responsibility of others. The Committee may place on probation or reprimand a certificate holder.6 Unauthorized Practice) in a proceeding conducted in conformance to AWS QC9. CWI's. or revoke the SCWI's. CWI. 9. Notify the Certification Department at AWS directly.e. or CAWI's certification for misrepresentation of facts regarding personal qualifications.14 - 9. past assignments.2 Courts. and shall request upgrade directions from the Certification Department. assignments. AWS has not qualified these individuals for non welding related inspection. CWI's. shall constitute an unauthorized practice subject to the imposition of sanctions. 3 years later. or CAWI credentials may only be used for the field of welding inspection. exaggerate.The Committee may apply to any court of competent jurisdiction for further enforcement of its administrative decisions and rulings. status.4 The SCWI. Revocation 9. or CAWI may have established excellent credentials.1 Committee.g. Administrative Procedures for Alleged Violations of 336581806. the CAWI may remain at the Associate certification level. CWI's. Reinstatement Reinstatement of a revoked certificate shall be allowed with no penalty or prejudice to the individual provided the reason for such revocation has been rectified to the Committee's satisfaction.8. 12.. such as the AWS Certification Department. An expiration grace period exists until the last day of that month.).6 Unauthorized Practice. relating to SCWI's.3 The SCWI. does not automatically notify other departments. consulting services. CWI. Should he or she desire to upgrade the certification to CWI. e. without their written consent. The CWI may remain at the CWI certification level.1 and 6. CWI.2 and 6. commercially valuable information not generally known) concerning business affairs or technical processes of a present or former client or employer. or CAWI shall not disclose proprietary information. Misrepresentation of current SCWI/CWI/CAWI certification status at the time of. etc.5.1 at the time of upgrade.doc . the CAWI shall comply with the requirements of 5. etc. *Certification becomes effective on the first day of the month following the date of examination. accomplishments and responsibilities. or CAWI. CWI. nor indulge in the misinterpretation of personal academic and professional qualifications. Should he or she desire to upgrade the certification to SCWI.Any violation of any part of the standard of conduct prescribed by this standard if related to a SCWI's. **NOTIFICATION OF ADDRESS CHANGES(S) TO ONE DEPARTMENT. CWI. and CAWI shall be responsible for: (1) Maintaining certification by submitting either: (a) A "Renewal Application" postmarked by the expiration date* of the current certification.1 at the time of upgrade. etc. including any violation of the Code of Ethics contained in this standard. 11. 10. if found guilty of any unauthorized practice (as outlined in Section 8. 8. or CAWI's occupation.. or subsequent to.

CWI. The requirements for the examination are in 6. or transcripts must be sent to the AWS Certification Department directly from the issuing institution or organization. The SCWI.2. or repair. diplomas.2. alternatively. CWI. of their three-year certification period. shall automatically require recertification by examination using the current practical section of the certification examination. production. construction. Education and Experience Requirements. Failure to meet the alternative requirements for experience and continuing education credits above. CWI.2. during the last three years of certification. meet certain requirements for renewal without examination. recertification shall be either: (a) by completing the current practical section of the SCWI/CWI/CAWI examination (current examination at the time of application for recertification) or.2." One of the two years of activity may be fulfilled by satisfactory documentation of the completion or teaching of a minimum of forty (40) contact hours of training courses whose content must be in the occupational skill of welding.1 and 12. Trainers who want to substitute training hours for student hours shall submit documentation of the hours of training performed. 6) Trainers must submit documentation showing they performed forty (40) contact hours of training. CWI. 3) AWS Education Department courses offered by AWS Sections.2.2 The SCWI. Education and Experience Requirements of this standard. 2) Courses offered by the AWS Education Department. Minimum of eighty (80) contact hours earned during the nine year certification period including forty (40) earned in the final three 336581806. control. materials. local AWS sections. or CAWI shall complete a current "Renewal Application. 12. 4) Home study courses as long as the candidate provides documentation that he or she successfully completed the course and passed an examination.2 After nine years from the date of initial certification. and by presenting evidence (certificate or transcript) of participation or teaching in training courses or programs offered by AWS Education Department. or transcripts must be sent to the AWS Certification Department directly from the issuing institution or organization. college or trade/vocational school meeting the following criteria: 1.15 - year period. CWI. and no course may be repeated for credit within any three year period. 3. or CAWI shall.1. design. colleges. and each nine years thereafter.The SCWI. or CAWI requesting renewal of certification shall attest to two years activity. upon expiration of his/her certification.2.12. (b) by attesting to two (2) years of continued activity in inspection. except as allowed in 12. or an accredited university. and should contact the AWS Certification Department for the correct procedure. or subjects related to welding. Maximum of forty (40) contact hours are allowed for any one course. Course content must be one or more of the subject areas defined in Section 5. cease to be a SCWI. 12. Credit for a particular course may only be granted once in a three year period. recertification without examination is limited to two consecutive three-year periods. and CAWI shall pass an eye examination. as follows: 1) Courses offered by accredited universities. 12. 4.4 The SCWI. or technical (including trade) schools. its application.3 The SCWI. The SCWI.doc . Certificates of completion. However.2. welding. and CAWI applying for renewal of certification that has expired or those choosing recertification by examination will be considered as new applicants. diplomas. 12. CWI. 5. 5) Certificates of completion. in the practice of welding inspection or related activities as defined in Section 5. . and CAWI shall be recertified every three years by reexamination or. and processes. and the results shall be submitted to complete recertification. CWI or CAWI and may not continue to advertise as such. 2.