CWI Seminars

AWS Welding Inspection Seminars
An intense week of preparation you won't find anywhere else.

SUNDAY  1pm–5pm — MONDAY  8am–12pm

D1.1 Code Clinic
The eight hours of instruction provide a "road map" through the Code, emphasizing the ability to locate important paragraphs, charts and tables quickly, which is crucial to understanding the code when working under stressful deadlines. In addition to practice questions, a practice exam will be administered, and the instructor will illustrate the use of the Code under time constraints, creating deadline pressure similar to the test environment. If you're taking the CWI exam, this clinic has proven to be valuable test preparation. As a leading construction code, D1.1 is the ideal tool to teach effective code use.

  • How to correctly interpret specifying documents.
  • Sure-fire methods to avoid common pitfalls with any code.
  • The proper terminology that gets you the right section of the code -- quickly.
  • How to use any code, standard or specification by understanding the core of the problem or question.

MONDAY  1pm–5pm

API 1104 Code Clinic
This four-hour course covers general code provisions, including qualification of welding procedures for welds containing filler metal additions, design and preparation of the joint for production welding, nondestructive testing and acceptance standards, and automatic welding with and without filler metal additions. Attendees will practice open codebook testing under time constraints.
NOTE: Clinic fee does not include a copy of API 1104, Welding Pipelines and Related Facilities (20th Edition). API 1104 may be purchased from WEX at (888) 935-3464. Attendees will receive our study guide, AWS API Code Clinic Reference Manual.

  • API 1104 testing requirements and acceptance criteria.
  • The proper terminology that gets you to the right section of the code ­ quickly.
  • How to use any code, standard or specification by understanding the core of the problem or question.
Note: You MUST purchase your own copy of API 1104, Welding of Pipelines and Related Facilities (20th Edition). AWS does not supply this codebook. Contact WEX at or phone (888) WELDING (935-3464) to purchase your copy of API 1104, 20th Edition.


Welding Inspection Technology Course
Three days on all facets of welding processes and nondestructive examination. This course continues to be refined and sharpened through attendee evaluations and by examination performance.


  • Safe Practices.
  • Metal Joining and Cutting Processes.
  • Terminology and Weld Joint Geometry and Welding Symbols.
  • Documents Governing Welding Inspection and Qualification.
  • Metal Properties and Destructive Testing.
  • Metric Practices.
  • Welding Metallurgy.
  • Evaluation of Weld and Base Metal Discontinuities.
  • VT and Other NDE Methods and Symbols.
This course is a real aid for welding inspectors and welding educators seeking AWS certification or increased proficiency for job advancement.

FRIDAY  8am–5pm

Visual Inspection Workshop
This workshop provides eight hours of expert instruction that includes approximately three hours of instruction in the use of inspection tools, followed by "hands-on" learning for the balance of the workshop. This hands-on training incorporates plastic replicas of welds and also includes a sample practical examination to prepare test candidates for the CWI practical exam.

  • How to use weld measuring instruments.
  • Compliance to a specific code.
  • Do's and don'ts of documentation.
  • When a discontinuity is OK.
  • When a defect is rejectable.
  • Why visual inspection can be the most effective NDE technique.

SATURDAY  7:45am–6pm

CWI Examinations
The Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) exams are held on the Saturday following the seminar week at the same seminar location. Sign-in for applicants begins at 7:30 am with the Test Supervisor/Instructor beginning promptly at 8:00 am. You are required to show a valid driver's license or passport and a copy of your confirmation letter in order to gain entrance to the examination. All exam questions are multiple choice, and each part of the exam is two hours long. A description of each part follows:

Part A: Fundamentals
Closed book test; 150 questions.

Part B: Practical
Hands-on test; 46 questions; use Book of Specifications.

Part C: Open Code Book
Open book test; number of questions can vary (46-60) on the code you previously selected.

What Are People Saying About AWS Prep Courses? 

"Our instructor at the preparatory seminar did a great job and really helped us to have a much better understanding in all areas. The class is money well spent."

"The AWS CWI exam is an excellent test and it's a certification that I am proud to carry."

"I'll have anyone who reads this know I am proud and excited to have attained the CWI status."

"I deal with multiple client specifications on a daily basis and one requirement that has become more frequent is that a CWI be required to sign off on the visual inspection of our product, which is pipe fabrication."

"Dave Diaz was my instructor. I received very high marks on my test and attribute that to his abilities as a teacher."

"The instructor, Scott Helzer, did an excellent job of preparing the candidates."

"Your staff responded quickly, courteously, and I felt that they wanted me to become a member and achieve CWI status. In short, they were great!"