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AWS can help you career with a variety of resources and opportunities unparalleled in the industry.  AWS will help you do your job better - more quickly, more accurately and with the latest industry information available anywhere. AWS Members receive key benefits that help them in today's competitive market.  Please see benefits below.


  • Annual Dues: $86 (plus a one-time $12 initiation fee)
  • Special Offer: New Members can join for two-years for $147 (Save $25)
  • Join: Become an AWS Individual Member today by joining on-line here. You may also join by calling (800) 443-9353, ext. 480, or (305) 443-9353, ext 480.

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Local Section meetings afford AWS Members the opportunity to exchange information and tips, nurture professional contacts, and interact with other welding and fabricating industry professionals who have common interests, visions and dreams.
Learn more about sections near you.

The FABTECH Show brings some 25,000 professionals together to view the latest innovations in materials joining.  More than 200 practical, in depth technical sessions and educational programs further allow members to exchange information and share solutions with their industry peers.

The AWS Forums allows members to communicate with others in the industry online.  Post questions regarding your welding and fabricating dilemmas and get feedback, instantly.

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AWS sponsors, through its Education Department and Conference Department, a wide variety of conferences, seminars and symposiums throughout the country.  Nationally and internationally acclaimed welding experts present papers of current interest in such areas as joining research, NDT, welding inspection, AWS codes and standards, safety and health and more.

As an AWS Member, you can enhance your professional growth at substantial savings.  Similar savings are available on AWS Home Study Courses and In-House Training.  Throughout the year, local Sections also offer numerous educational activities to members at nominal cost.  In addition, AWS Members may participate in professional conferences in a number of foreign countries at special member prices.

 Professional Development
Professional Development PictureAWS Members receive deep discounts on more than 120 technical training events every year.  All AWS-sponsored courses, clinics and conferences are noted for their expert instruction, quality materials and participant satisfaction.

Access to widely recognized AWS Certification programs designed to recognize and document individual expertise and knowledge of specific industry disciplines.  AWS offers Members'-only discounts on Certification on nearly a dozen different categories.  Certification can mean better pay, more job security, and recognition as one of the industry's elite.  Achieve the mark for materials-joining excellence with certification in:

- Certified Welder
- Certified Welding Inspector
- NDE Inspector
- And more... (click here for more info on Certification programs)

Also, learn about career opportunities at or post your resume and search for jobs at

 Industry Periodicals & Publications
Welding Journal PictureThe Welding Journal is the most widely read professional publication serving the welding industry.  Bringing you the very latest information on new welding applications, products, and methods, the magazine combines materials of immediate practical use with the only peer-reviewed research articles on subjects vital to the welding industry.  Note:  Digital delivery of the Welding Journal is standard for AWS Members residing outside the U.S., Canada and Mexico.  A printed WJ is available to international members. Contact for information.

AWS Members also receive bi-annual issues of Product Literature Review, Welding Marketplace, and American Welder.

A huge benefit for AWS Members is the 25%  discount on 300+ AWS technical publications.  Choose from popular publications like the D1.1:10 Structural Welding Code - Steel.  With your AWS Members'-only discount, you could save more than $131 on this publication alone... that's like getting your Membership for free!

 Technical Resources
Technical Resources PictureAWS website,, puts AWS' vast resources at your fingertips.  Browse the AWS Consultant's Network, AWS Buyer's Guide, and peruse through the newest AWS ShopOnline, and more.

Access TELEWELD at (800) 443-WELD, ext. 320, a free-service providing answers to your technical questions you may have when you purchase any AWS publication.

Discount Programs
Discounts PictureAWS Members can save big with the GAWDA / AWS Discount Program.  AWS Members receive Members'-only discounts on welding equipment and tools of the trade by participating distributors.  Click here to see the list of participating distributors.

In addition to discounts on publications and registrations for conferences, certifications and expositions, AWS Members can take advantage of additional savings by participating in one of several Members'-only programs.  AWS Members can receive substantial discounts on automobile insurance programs, automobile rentals and more!  AWS Members also have access to a health insurance program with plans to suit their needs.  Click for more details...

Special New Individual Member Offer
AWS BooksNew AWS Individual Members not only get all the money-saving benefits listed above, but join now, and get an AWS Technical Publication for just $35 (up to a $192 value).  Choose from more than 20 publications including Jefferson's Welding Encyclopedia (CD-ROM only), Design and Planning Manual for Cost-Effective Welding, Welding Handbook, 9th Ed., Vol. 1, or the Welding Handbook, 9th Ed., Vol. 2., The Welding Handbook, 9th Ed., Vol. 3, The Welding Handbook, 9th Ed., Vol. 4, or Welding Metallurgy

To see the full list of publications that you can choose from, click here.

Bonus Offer: New Individual Members can join for two-years and Save $25.

Become an AWS Individual Member today by joining on-line here. You may also join by calling (800) 443-9353, ext. 480, or (305) 443-9353, ext 480. 

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