CWI Pre-Seminar


Member: $865
Non-member: $1,150

Course Length

Approximately 72 hours

Access to Course Materials

Course – 90 days

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CWI Pre-SeminarPurchase the CWI Instructor-led Seminar at the same time you buy the CWI Pre-Seminar and receive the following benefits:

  • Get the CWI Pre-Seminar for only $750!
  • Receive your study materials before the CWI Instructor-led Seminar
    • D1.1 CCRM Code Clinic Reference Manual for registrants testing to D1.1
    • D1.1:2015 for registrants testing to D1.1
    • API Code Clinic Study Guide for registrants testing to API 1104
    • WIT-T-2008 Welding Inspection Technology (text)
    • WIT-T-2008 Welding Inspection Technology (workbook)
    • A3.OM/A3.0:2010 Standard Welding Terms and Definitions
    • A2.4: 2012 Standard Symbols for Welding, Brazing, and Nondestructive Examination
    • B1.10M/B1.10:2009 Guide for the Nondestructive Examination of Welds
  • Non-members receive a three-year AWS membership

Click here to register for the CWI Online Pre-Seminar, CWI Instructor-led Seminar, and CWI Exam.

The key to certification is preparation.

Studying for the Certified Welding Inspector exam can be a daunting task. A CWI is expected to know a wide breadth of  information, and combine that knowledge with practical experience. So why go at it alone?

The CWI Pre-Seminar is a 72-hour, self-paced interactive online program, which
combines the following seven courses into a single package at one low price:

  1. Welding Fundamentals I
  2. Safety in Welding
  3. Fabrication Math I
  4. Fabrication Math II
  5. Understanding Welding Symbols
  6. Metallurgy I
  7. Science of Non Destructive Testing


The CWI Pre-Seminar provides several critical benefits over self-studying or multiple week classroom courses:

Unequaled quality

AWS spent two years developing the CWI Pre-Seminar, using the experience of the same industry experts that develop the AWS codes and standards studied as part of the CWI program. The CWI Pre-Seminar is not just PowerPoint slides you read through, or an online document. All of our programs are interactive, with high-quality audio narration, high definition videos and phones, professionally created diagrams and graphics, as well as quizzes, test, and learning activities that map to the specific skills and knowledge points needed to become a CWI.

Double the content

The 72 hours of online training that make up the CWI Pre-Seminar more than double the educational materials presented through the AWS Instructor-led program. While other programs can claim to do the same, this is the only CWI program that allows you to complete the first 72 hours online.

Start studying today

With the CWI Pre-Seminar you will gain access to the 72 hours of training almost immediately (if registering online). You do not have to wait for your instructor-led seminar to start studying.

Minimize travel expenses and time away from work

The combination of the instructor-led CWI program, plus the online CWI Pre-Seminar, provides over 100 hours of training. While other training programs may provide multiple weeks of training for the CWI exam, those programs require additional travel expenses and time away from work.

Learn your way

All AWS courses are designed to maximize learner engagement by presenting materials designed for all learning preferences. While classroom training is generally geared towards one or two learning styles, AWS courses are designed with all learning preferences in mind through the combination of audio and written materials, along with videos, animations, and photographs, as well as interactive quizzes and activities.

Learn at your pace

While instructor-led seminars present materials at a pre-determined pace, with little time to spend on individual student needs, the CWI Pre-Seminar allows you to work through fundamental CWI knowledge at your individual pace. If you already feel comfortable with your level of knowledge about a particular subject, feel free to skip ahead.

If you feel as though you didn’t grasp a concept, feel free to repeat the section or module. Still don’t understand? Attend one of our instructor office hours and have an AWS senior CWI instructor answer your questions.


The AWS CWI Pre-Seminar is a collection of seven American Welding Online courses:

COURSE 1 – Welding Fundamentals

COURSE 2 -Safety in Welding

COURSE 3 -Fabrication Math I

COURSE 4 -Fabrication Math II

COURSE 5 -Understanding Welding Symbols

COURSE 6 -Metallurgy for the Non-Metallurgist: Fundamentals

COURSE 7 -The Science of Non Destructive Testing

These are the same courses that can be purchased individually, but sold as a package at a greatly reduced rate.


Why did AWS develop a CWI Pre-Seminar?

Over the past two years, AWS surveyed virtually every individual who completed the AWS CWI program and asked them what we could do better. Two answers kept showing up in the results: participants wanted more instruction time and they wanted to study some of the materials (particularly the fundamentals) before attending the seminar. After studying the problem for some time, AWS decided that the most cost effective option for participants (that would provide the highest value) would be to host the initial training online. This would reduce travel costs for participants, as well as their time away from work. Additionally, they can study the materials a little at a time, instead of trying to cram all their studying into a week or two.

Who should take this seminar?

Anyone who is serious about passing the Certified Welding Inspector exam should complete the AWS CWI Pre-Seminar in preparation for the AWS instructor-led seminar. But the pre-seminar is also much more. If you have plans of becoming a CWI in the future, this course can teach you many of the fundamentals needed to be successful.

How long do I have to complete the CWI Pre-Seminar?

Participants have access to the seminar content for a period of 90 days from the date of registration. During this time, they may access the six Pre-Seminar courses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from virtually anywhere with an internet connection. Access to the seminar materials will cease after this 90 day window.

How long does it take to complete the course?

In total, the seven courses that make up the CWI Pre-Seminar contain approximately 72 hours of online training content. If you take into account study time, course practice problems, quizzes, interactive, and the completion exam for each course, users can expect to spend between 95 and 105 hours of total study time completing the CWI Pre-Seminar.

Each of the six courses is completely independent of one another, and will contain their own instructions, quizzes, interactions, and completion exam. Therefore, your total study time will depend on which courses you chose to complete.

Will this course help prepare me for the Certified Welding Inspector Exam?

Absolutely. The CWI Pre-Seminar provides 72 hours of training towards obtaining your AWS CWI, and is best used as a preparation for the AWS instructor-led CWI seminar that focuses on higher level information.

Does the Pre-Seminar take the place of the week-long instructor-led CWI seminar?

No. The CWI Pre-Seminar does not take the place of the instructor-led seminar. We are confident in saying that 40 hours of education is not enough to learn everything a CWI needs to be successful. Many topics covered in instructor-led CWI seminars are general review. The Pre-Seminar enhances the week long seminar by ensuring that participants possess the requisite knowledge to get the most out of the AWS week long CWI seminar.

Do each of the seven Pre-Seminar courses grant a credential upon completion?

Yes. Upon the completion of each of the seven Pre-Seminar courses, participants will have the option to take a completion exam. The exam consists of a varying amount of multiple choice questions that test the participant’s retention of the basic topics covered in the seminar. The Completion Exam must be completed within a set period of time. Participants that do not attain the pre-set passing score may attempt to retake the same exam a second time. Participants that pass a course’s completion exam will receive a Certificate of Completion along with the pre-determined number of Professional Development Hours. The AWS Certificate will arrive at the address used for registration within 10 to 14 business days from the date of examination. International shipping delivery dates may vary.

Welding Inspection is a complicated topic. How much do I need to know before taking this seminar?

All of the concepts presented in these seven courses are presented in clear, easy-to-understand language and easily digestible chunks of information. No previous knowledge is needed to take these courses. We start at the beginning, explain every term and topic, and provide practice questions to ensure you understand the material.

Do I need to purchase any other materials?

No. All the materials and resources necessary to complete the course objectives are provided as part of the online seminar.

Do I receive Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for completing this course?

As participants that finish each of the seven Pre-Seminar courses, they will receive a Certificate of Completion and PDH hours.
Welding Fundamentals – 14 Hours
Safety in Welding – 3 Hours
Fabrication Math I – 18 Hours
Fabrication Math II – 15 hours
Understanding Welding Symbols – 10 Hours
Metallurgy for the Non-Metallurgist: Fundamentals – 6 Hours
Science of Non Destructive Testing – 6 Hours

Can I use these Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for recertification?

Yes. Professional Development Hours (PDHs) earned through American Welding Online courses or Virtual Conferences can be utilized for recertification as long as the PDH’s are gained during the certification period.

What platforms and devices can I use to view AWS Learning online courses?

You must be connected to the internet to access AWS Learning online courses. AWS supports the most recent versions of Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer. Courses can be viewed on desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. Note, however, that a high speed internet connection and large screen offer a better user experience.


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