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AWS announces new certified inspector pathway

April 28, 2021
IIW diploma holders now have a unique opportunity to streamline the process of earning the CWI credential

The American Welding Society (AWS) has introduced a new pathway for certain IIW diploma holders to achieve the AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) credential, through the “CWI by IIW Waiver” program.

The traditional route of earning the CWI credential is by passing a three-part exam: Part A (Fundamentals) tests general welding knowledge, Part B (Practical) involves hands-on testing of welding inspection techniques and Part C (open codebook) tests knowledge of a particular welding codebook.

IIW diploma holders have a unique opportunity to streamline the process of earning the CWI credential. By submitting evidence of one of the following IIW diplomas, they can apply for a waiver from taking Part A (Fundamentals) and need only to pass Part B (Practical) and Part C (Open codebook) exams to possess both IIW and AWS credentials: International Welding Engineer (IWE), International Welding Technologist (IWT), International Welding Specialist (IWS), International Welding Inspection (IWIP-C, IWIP-S, IWIP-B).

“In this competitive global environment, having dual credentials through both AWS and IIW can provide a competitive edge,” said John Gayler, AWS’ Senior VP of Welding and Technology. “By offering the CWI by IIW Waiver program, AWS has paved the way the way for IIW diploma holders to possibly open career opportunities. And the price has been adjusted as IIW diploma holders only need to take two exams instead of three!”

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