AWS - Student Membership

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AWS provides students with a variety of resources and opportunities unparalleled in the industry.  AWS knows that students are the future of the industry. For this reason, we offer a deeply-discounted Student Membership. See the benefits below to see how AWS can help you.

  • Annual Dues: $15 (Domestic and International students)  
  • Join: Become an AWS Student 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 and Student Chapter 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 formation of and participation in an AWS Student Chapter can provide valuable experience for career and personal development for AWS Student Members.  For a list of existing Student Chapters in your area got to: and follow the prompts.  For information on the organization and operation of an AWS Student Chapter go to the Student Chapter section of our website (click here), or download  Student Chapter Manual-Organization and Operation (in .pdf format).  You will need Adobe Acrobat to view the .pdf version of this document.

Contact the Director, Member Services at or 800-443-9353, ext. 260 for a complete Student Chapter organizational packet.

The Annual 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 Picture Monthly digitized subscription of award-winning Welding Journal on your computer, mobile phone or tablet. Plus, Student Members now have the option of receiving
 hard copy versions of the Welding Journal for just $20 more.

Quarterly digital edition of Welding Marketplace keeps you current on welding's newest products and services.

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 $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 PictureIn 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 health, life and automobile insurance programs, automobile rentals and more!  Click for more details...

Upgrade to an AWS Individual Member to get this Special 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 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.  Please note: to be eligible for this offer, you must join as an AWS Individual Member.  To see the full list of publications that you can choose from, click here.

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

Join as an Individual Member
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.

Join as a Student Member
Become an AWS Student 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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