Certified Welding Inspector

This 5-day, instructor-led seminar reviews the body of knowledge required of a CWI and prepares candidates for the CWI exam given at the end of each seminar week. The Seminar includes the Welding Inspection Technology Course, Visual Inspection Workshop, and one of two Code Clinics designed to review the material covered in the Fundamentals, Practical, and Code Book portions of the CWI exam. The Seminar includes on-site books and a 3-year AWS membership.

CWI Seminar and Exam Package (D1.1 or API 1104)

Member: $2,185
Non-Member: $2,418
Length: 5 days


Earning your Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) credential is serious work and has a significant impact on your future. When it comes to preparing for the CWI exam, the stakes are too high to waste valuable time and money.

The AWS CWI Seminar puts you on the track to success, exclusively offering:

  • Industry expert instructors with the knowledge to prepare you to pass the exam
  • Guided instruction material, including homework, that helps take the mystery out of the new Part B Exam
  • Mini- and full practice exams designed to build your confidence for the pace and format of the exam realistic replica training sets to prepare you for the hands-on portion of the exam
  • An AWS Welding Inspector’s Toolkit to keep as your own ($195 value)
  • A complimentary copy of D1.1:2015 for seminar/exam registrants testing to D1.1 ($548 value) and a complimentary copy of the Code Clinic Reference Manual ($84 value)
  • A complimentary copy of the API Code Clinic Study Guide for registrants testing to API 1104 ($84 value)

Combining industry expertise with real-time application, AWS Education Seminars provide the most realistic, engaging and effective test-prep solutions for career success.

Get the Most out of your CWI Investment

A CWI is expected to have a wide range of knowledge and skills. The AWS online CWI seminar helps you prepare for the live CWI Seminar at your own convenience. Comprised of six comprehensive online courses, the CWI Online Pre-Seminar is designed to prepare you for the extensive body of knowledge reviewed during the live Seminar. Each self-paced course is divided into short, interactive modules with quizzes, tests, and learning activities that map to the skills and knowledge points needed to become a CWI. Learn more here >

Schedule for 5 Day CWI Seminar


DAY 1 & DAY 2 Morning

D1.1 Code Clinic – MANUAL

These eight hours of instruction provide a road map through the D.1.1 Code. Participants will learn to quickly locate important paragraphs, charts and tables, which is crucial to understanding the code in a timed testing environment and time sensitive working conditions. This course has proven a valuable resource for participants preparing for the CWI exam.

DAY 2 Afternoon

DAY 2 Afternoon

API 1104 Code Clinic – MANUAL

This four-hour course covers CWI competency requirements, including qualification of welding procedures for manual and automatic welding, workmanship requirements, design and preparation of the joint for production welding, and nondestructive testing and acceptance standards. Attendees will practice open codebook testing under time constraints.

NOTE: Seminar fee does not include a copy of API 1104, Welding Pipelines and Related Facilities (20th Edition). API 1104 may be purchased from the AWS Online Store at pubs.aws.org. Attendees will receive our study guide: AWS API Code Clinic Reference Manual.

DAY 3

Welding Inspection Technology Course

This three-day course focuses on all facets of welding quality and nondestructive examination. Topics include evaluation of welding and cutting processes, weld joint geometry and welding symbols, welding inspection and qualification criteria, metal properties and destructive testing, visual examination of weld and base metal discontinuities, and more. This course is ideal for welding inspectors and welding educators seeking AWS certification or increased proficiency for job advancement.

DAY 4

Visual Inspection Workshop

This hands-on workshop provides instruction in the use of visual inspection and measurement tools, the evaluation of weld replicas with representative discontinuities and defects, the examination of welding qualification documents, and the visual inspection of welds using representative specifications. The seminar also includes a sample test to prepare participants for the CWI practical exam.

DAY 5

CWI Examination

The Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) exams are held on the Saturday following the seminar week at the same seminar location. Sign-in for applicants begins at 7:30 am, and the test begins promptly at 8:00 am. You are required to show a valid driver’s license or passport and a copy of your confirmation letter in order to gain entrance to the examination. All exam questions are multiple choice, and each part of the exam is two
hours long.

PART A – Fundamentals: Closed book test; 150 questions
PART B – Practical: Hands-on test; 46 questions; use Book of Specifications
PART C – Open Code Book: 46-60 questions; use your choice of one of five welding codes


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