WPS/PQR Explained


Member: $120
Non-member: $150

Access to Course Materials

Course – 30 days
Exam – 10 additional days

Course Length

Approx. 4 hours

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Learn the nature and use of a WPS along with its supporting procedure qualification record (PQR)

Welding procedure specifications (WPS) allow welders to consistently produce welds that meet desired requirements without any rework. However, the nature and use of a WPS, and its supporting procedure qualification record (PQR), are commonly misunderstood. This online course provides a comprehensive overview of these documents in an engaging and easy-to-understand multimedia format.

Topics include: the format and function of a WPS and a PQR; the different types of WPSs; essential and nonessential variables for arc welding, oxyfuel welding , resistance welding and brazing procedure specifications; the procedure qualification process; the information included on a PQR; and common nondestructive and destructive tests.


MODULE 1 – Introduction to WPSs & PQRs

MODULE 2 – How to Read a WPS, Pt. I

MODULE 3 – How to Read a WPS, Pt. II

MODULE 4 – Procedure Specifications for Oxyfuel Welding, Resistance Welding, and Brazing

MODULE 5 – PQRs and Qualification Tests


How much do I need to know before taking this course?

To get the most out of this course, it is helpful to understand the basic principles of welding, including terminology, joint design, electrical characteristics, discontinuities, and safety. These topics are covered in the AWS online course, Welding Fundamentals I.

Who should take this course?

This course is designed for anyone who wants to familiarize themselves with the format, function, and use of a WPS and a PQR. This course is ideal for students and established welders who want to learn or reacquaint themselves with these vital documents. The course is also perfect for contractors, supervisors, quality assurance personnel, and other persons that deal with procedure specifications.

How long do I have to complete this course?

Participants have access to the course content 24 hours a day for a period of 30 days from the date of registration. After this 30-day period, participants will have an additional 10 days to pass the completion exam. The exam can be activated before the end of the 30-day period if the participant has completed all the modules.

Does this course include a completion exam?

Yes. Upon completion of the final course module, participants are prompted to take an exam designed to evaluate their comprehension of the subject matter. The completion exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions and must be completed within a 90 minute period. Participants who do not attain the 75% passing score may attempt to retake the exam a second time. Participants who attain a score of 75% or more on the completion exam earn an AWS Certificate of Completion and 4 Professional Development Hours (PDHs). The AWS Certificate of Completion can be downloaded and printed directly from the webpage.

Do I need to purchase any other materials?

No. All the materials and resources necessary to complete the course objectives are included.

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

Yes. Participants that receive a score of 75% or above on the Completion Exam will receive an AWS Certificate of Completion and 4 Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

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

Yes. Professional Development Hours (PDHs) earned through AWS online courses and virtual conferences can be applied towards recertification provided the PDH’s are earned during the certification period.

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

Yes. The Certified Welding Inspector Practical Exam (Part A) contains questions concerning the topics covered in this seminar. This course is designed to help prepare participants for this section of the exam.

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

You must be connected to the internet to access AWS 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 fast internet connection and a large screen offer better user experiences.

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