Welder Performance Qualifier

This endorsement assesses a candidate’s knowledge, skill, and ability to conduct welder performance qualification tests. CWIs and SCWIs seeking the Welder Performance Qualifier endorsement shall pass an open-book examination.

To prepare for the endorsement exam, candidates are encouraged to attend an online AWS seminar or perform self-study to become familiar with the Welder Performance Qualifier subject matter. Candidates must correctly answer at least 70% of the exam questions in order to receive this endorsement.

Seminar Information

The Welder Performance Qualifier Endorsement Seminar is a guided walk-through of best practices for performing a welder qualification test.

This online seminar offers an in-depth review of Qualifier responsibilities, requirements for test facilities, equipment, and materials, and how to prepare Procedure Qualification Records (PQRs) and other integral documents. The seminar concludes with a full-length practice exam and a detailed, instructor-led review of each question and answer in order to better prepare attendees for test day.





september 2021

13sepAll Day14WPQ Seminar & ExamTo Be DeterminedType:In-Person SeminarTopic:Welder Performance QualifierState:Arizona

Online Seminar Only

Member: $620
Non-member: $705

The registration options below are only for the WPQ1 Seminar package and does not include an exam.

July 6 – 15, 2021
(Tuesdays and Thursdays 12 – 4pm EST)

Instructor: Buddy Mar

November 9 – 18, 2021
(Tuesdays and Thursdays 12 – 4pm EST)

Instructor: TBD

Online Seminar & Exam Package

Member: $880
Non-member: $965

If you are interested in registering for the WPQ1 Online Seminar and Exam package, you will need to complete your check-out process on the Certification Portal.

Who is this Endorsement For?

This endorsement is for any current CWI or SCWI who wishes to receive a credential that documents their knowledge, skills, and abilities to conduct welder performance qualification tests.

For the full Welder Performance Qualifier Endorsement Program Description, please click here.

CWI’s, SCWI’s and Recertification
For existing CWIs and SCWIs, successful completion of this endorsement can satisfy the re-examination requirements for 9-year recertification, provided that the endorsement is earned during the immediate 9-year period.

Related Training

WPS/PQR Explained


This online course provides a comprehensive overview of welding procedure specifications (WPS) and their supporting procedure qualification records (PQR).


Destructive Testing


This online course describes the material properties of metals that can be evaluated with destructive testing, as well as the principles and performance of the most common destructive tests used in the welding industry.


American Welding Society Learning