SENSE – Schools Excelling through National Skills Education – is a set of specifications and guidelines meant to assist schools in training welders.

The program guidelines were originally published in 1995 and 1996 through grants received from the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Labor. Based on a survey of the welding industry, the SENSE guidelines define two levels of knowledge and skills required in the welding workplace. Individuals trained in Training Organizations aligned to the SENSE guidelines may implement SENSE Level I: Entry Welder and/or SENSE Level II: Advanced Welder.

Trainees that complete a SENSE-compliant training program are eligible to receive an AWS SENSE certificate and wallet card. The SENSE program includes four different certificates that a trainee can earn, one for each welding process offered (SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, and FCAW).

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SENSE Registration Packet

American Welding Society Learning