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More than 35,000 welding inspectors worldwide are certified by AWS. In Canada, a qualified candidate can take an exam for become an AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) by taking an examination at CASTI or at nearby U.S. sites. The examination is given in three parts. There is a written test in welding fundamentals, a practical exam utilizing inspection tools to work with weld specimens, and an open-book written exam on applying your choice of seven welding code books.

Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) examinations:

AWS can arrange special exams in Canada when requested by companies and training providers.  For more information on special exams, please contact:

Michael Porter
(800) 443-9353 ext 269

CWI/CWB Reciprocity

Canadian Welding Inspectors who have successfully completed the Canadian Standard CSA W178.2 examination and are currently holding a valid Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) card may apply for the AWS CWI certification through the Reciprocity Program. The Canadian Welding Bureau Level II is equivalent to the AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) and Level I is equivalent to the Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI).

Apply for reciprocity here.

Manufacturing or fabrication facilities can be certified by AWS.

Please contact:

Emil Pagoaga
(800) 443-9353 ext 448

List of current AWS Certified Welding Fabricators in Canada: