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QC1:2007 Standard for AWS Certification of Welding Inspectors

The latest edition of AWS QC1, QC1:2007, Standard for AWS Certification of Welding Inspectors, has been approved, published, and goes into effect immediately. The changes are relatively minor, are summarized in its Foreword, and are shown as underlines in the text. The major revisions to QC1 occurred in the 2006 and have carried over into QC1:2007. Shown below is a summary of the some of the most significant changes that had been introduced by AWS QC1:2006

This is a summary of the some of the most significant changes contained in the new AWS QC1:2006, Standard for AWS Certification of Welding Inspectors.

A Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI) will no longer be able to renew or recertify at the CAWI level. CAWIs must retest and score at the certified welding inspector’s cutoff of 72% to retain any certification.

QC1:2006 also has new provisions to cover retest. If the simple average of the three parts of the exam is 72% or higher, the candidate is allowed to retest on the part(s) that fell below the required 72%. If the simple average is below 72%, all three parts of examination will have to be repeated. If the candidate fails the first retest, subsequent retests require 40 hours of additional training before being permitted to retest.

It is now permitted to take committee-approved supplemental inspection exams (SIEs or endorsements) to enhance one’s inspection credentials. Passing these SIEs not only enhances one’s credentials as a CWI, but may also me applied toward the 9-year recertification. These exams may be taken any time during the 9-year certification cycle for CWIs and may also be taken by non-CWIs who wish to add such supplemental credentials to their resume. Non-CWIs will not be permitted to use these credential toward credits for CWI certification, but must still take and pass the full three-part exam.

Click here to view the QC1:2007 Standard of AWS Certification of Welding Inspectors

Note to Exam Candidates regarding API-1104 code:
The American Petroleum Institute has published the 20th Edition of API-1104, Welding of Pipelines and Related Facilities.

Effective 01 June 2006, candidates choosing the API-1104 open codebook exam may only use the 20th Edition. The new API-1104 exam will consist of 60 multiple choice questions taken in the same two hour format. The new API-1104 exam is not compatible with any editions of API-1104 other than the 20th Edition.

Candidates are responsible for purchasing the API-1104 codebook and, if not in possession of abound copy of the standard. must present proof of purchase for any photocopies presented.

CWI Program Information
The Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) certification is widely recognized, both nationally and internationally, in the welding industry.  Successful companies have come to rely on this AWS certification when ensuring the highest level of quality workmanship. 

To qualify for exam registration, a Welding Inspector Exam Application and the required supporting documentation must be submitted and approved. Applications with incomplete or missing information (except for the Visual Acuity Record, which may be submitted later) will be considered unqualified unless the missing documentation can be provided within two (2) weeks of being notified (via telephone or email) that their application is incomplete. If the applicant fails to meet the qualification criteria for the exam, the exam fee (or the exam portion of a seminar/exam package fee) will be refunded minus a processing fee.

The standard application processing time is four weeks and applicants will be notified by an exam confirmation package.

AWS cannot guarantee space at an exam site if the application has not been received in a timely manner and has not been processed and/or approved by the Certification Department. When circumstances do not permit meeting the registration deadlines, fast track processing is available at an additional fee. Please contact the Certification Department regarding this procedure and its fees.
American Welding Society
Certification Department
550 NW LeJeune Road
Miami, Florida, 33126


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