Welding inspectors undergo years of intensive training. Welding Inspectors must also pass the certified welding inspector exam. Passing the exam involves a great deal of preparation. The American Welding Society (AWS) provides several resources and study materials for test takers. Once you pass the exam, you earn the nationally and internationally recognized title of Certified Welding Inspector (CWI). The CWI designation means you possess professional skills and offer quality workmanship.
Download the CWI program online registration package. The package includes a breakdown of the exam categories and subject areas. Familiarize yourself with this information. When you know what the exam covers, you can prepare and study more effectively.
CWI Study Materials
Study the exam preparation packet which includes a list of recommended study materials. Use these materials or self-study. A few of the recommended publications include the "Certification Manual for Welding Inspectors," "Welding Inspection Handbook," "Standard Welding Terms and Definitions" and "Safety in Welding, Cutting and Allied Processes."
Take a certified welding inspection seminar. The American Welding Society offers a one-week seminar to help prepare you for the exam. The seminar covers topics such as D1.1 codes, API 1104 provisions, welding inspection technology as well as hands-on training with welding measurement tools. The seminar lasts from Sunday to Friday. On Saturday the exam is administered.
Brush up on your welding skills prior to taking the exam. Ask a qualified welding inspector to critique your work. Use this feedback and make the necessary adjustments to improve your welding techniques. Also, practice inspecting the work of other welders. Practice builds your confidence. It also shows you what your strengths are and what areas need improvement.