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The American Welding Society (AWS) was founded in 1919, as a nonprofit organization with a global mission to advance the science, technology and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes, including brazing, soldering and thermal spraying. AWS strives to move the industry forward in both thought and action, as well as inspire new generations to see the exciting career opportunities available today.

Uniting the Welding Industry

Headquartered in Miami, Florida, and led by a volunteer organization of officers and directors, AWS serves over 70,000 members worldwide and is composed of 22 Districts with 250 Sections and student chapters. The Society is dedicated to supporting hundreds of thousands of industry professionals, including: welders, business leaders, sales and service teams, manufacturers, vendors, associations, educational institutions, committee volunteers, and students. We connect welding communities from around the world into a collaborative force, built on a foundation of higher standards; advanced learning; and rewarding growth.

Explore AWS programs and initiatives


AWS proudly serves over 70,000 members. Members include individual welders, supervisors, executives, engineers, scientists, educators, researchers, inspectors, foremen, sales and service teams, as well as manufacturers, independent shops, distributorships, end-users, and educational institutions. Membership interests span automatic, semi-automatic and manual welding, brazing, soldering, ceramics, lamination, robotics, thermal spray process and welding safety and health. Members receive a variety of resources and discounts. See the full list of benefits in our AWS Membership section.


AWS offers a number of certification programs that recognize and document expertise and knowledge in specific welding-related disciplines including, inspectors, supervisors, educators, radiographic interpreters, welding engineers and fabricators. AWS is the source for qualification and certification of welding personnel. Since the Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) program was introduced in 1976, AWS has certified over 97,000 welding inspectors alone, plus thousands more working professionals across other certification categories. Visit the AWS Certification section to find out more.

Education and Research

AWS offers international, national and local educational opportunities including seminars, conferences, individual corporate programs, and online courses. AWS education initiatives span from welding basics to leading-edge technology updates. AWS also offers the award-winning program, SENSE (Schools Excelling through National Skills Education), which offers administrative standards and curriculum guidelines for the qualification of entry-level, advanced, and expert welders in high schools and colleges. For more information on AWS educational offerings, visit AWS Learning.

AWS also supports the educational mission of the AWS Foundation, founded in 1989 to support research and education in welding and related technologies. The Foundation raises funds to support education and research in welding and allied technologies, awarding more than $400,000 a year in undergraduate and graduate scholarships, research fellowships, and grants to graduate stu dents andfaculty. The Foundation also works to address the welder workforce shortage and helps facilitate programs aimed at relieving the nationwide critical shortage of welders. Find out more about AWS Foundation.

Industry and Technical Publications

AWS members receive The Welding Journal, a monthly magazine dedicated to the welding and manufacturing industries and winner of more than 60 editorial and design awards, including the 2014 Florida Magazine Association award for "Best In-Depth Reporting". In addition, AWS publishes the quarterly magazine Inspection Trends, a magazine is tailored to materials inspection and testing professionals and covers new technology, trends and safety. The Welding Journal EN ESPAÑOL is published four times a year by AWS and is the leading magazine in welding in Latin America. For more information, visit AWS Publications.

AWS publishes more than 300 technical books for the welding industry, including one of the world's most widely used standards, D1.1/D1.1M, Structural Welding Code – Steel. AWS has also developed approximately 200 codes, specifications, recommended practices, and guides that are approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

To view a listing of all AWS technical publications visit our online shop at the Online Bookstore.


AWS co-sponsors FABTECH, North American's largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event. AWS also participates in national and international trade shows, providing a valuable crossroad for welding and joining professionals. For more information visit the AWS Events section.

The Professional Program

AWS offers a broad range of technical papers outlining the latest welding research, processes and applications, as well as special sessions to explore industry issues. Subjects cover an entire range of industry concerns from the joining of space age materials to production management techniques, testing, quality assurance and more.

CWI Program

BETZ AWS-CWI training Seminar & Certification events

AWS-CWI training Seminar & Certification events are offered almost every months in tamilnadu , INDIA. Additional certification events will be designed and announced based on the requirements of our corporate clients . Before taking up the seminar or certification we always recommend you to plan well in advance and book your registration. This will enable you to receive the complete set of study materials that you can use to prepare well for the event, and will enable us to reach you through our News letters to keep you updated on the latest AWS CWI News and events.

BETZ AWS-CWI seminar Pattern:

Three Days of the seminar will be used to cover the (Part-A) "Fundamentals" part of the examination that covers all the facets of AWS QCI:2007, Welding Process, Weld Joint Geometry and Welding Symbols, Document Governing Welding Inspection and Qualification, Metal Properties and Destructive Testing, Welding Metallurgy, Weld and Base Metal Discontinuities, Visual Inspection, Other NDE Methods and Symbols, Safety in Welding and cutting One and Half Days will be used to cover the (Part-B) "practical applications" part of the examination. This will expose you to actual visual inspection tools, guages, weld replicas and further to the accessibility and rejection criteria of sample weldments based on the Books of Specification.

One and Half Days will be used to expose and refresh your skills incomprehending the welding code books(Part-C) including qualification of welding procedure.

Two Days will be totally dedicated to discussion and review session of Part - A,B & C.

Exam Scoring Requirements.

CWI: Completion of Parts A, B, and C with a minimum score of 72% in each part

When you prepare for this AWS-CWI training Seminar & Certification keep in mind that AWS-CWI is one of the industry's most trusted and recognized stamps of approval, and YOU are going to get recognized with it. And when you take the seminar with BETZ you will be given individual care and mentoring to bring up every participant to the stringent requirement levels set for AWS-CWI. By doing this, we do our bit of service to the industry by identifying and nurturing talents that is most required in the QA/QC industry.

So let us help you, get your "Stamp of Approval"

PDF    AWS-CWI Brochure
PDF    AWS-CWI Registration
PDF    AWS-CWI Application (Fresh)
PDF    AWS-CWI Re-Test Application
PDF    CWI-Part-B-Practical-Exam-Information
PDF    QC1-2016
PDF    B5.1-2013-AMD1
PDF    CWI-Part-B-BOS-Metric
PDF    AWS-SCWI Brochure
PDF    AWS-SCWI Registration
PDF    AWS-SCWI Application (Fresh)
PDF    SCWI-Re-Xxam-PKG-v3
PDF    1224-Visual-Acuity-From
PDF    AWS - CWEng Part #1&2 Brochure
PDF    AWS - CWEng Part #1&2 Registration
PDF    AWS_CWEngPart #1& 2 Application (Fresh)
PDF    Examination-User-Guide-for-Certified-Welding-Engineer
PDF    Body of Knowledge
PDF    AWS - CWEng Part #3&4 Brochure
PDF    AWS - CWEng Part #3&4 Registration
PDF    AWS_CWEng Part #3 & 4 Application (Fresh)
PDF    B5.16-2006
PDF    Body Of Knowledge
PDF    AWS-CWS Fresh Application
PDF    QC13-2006-1
PDF    B5.9-2006
PDF    CWS-Bok
PDF    AWS-CWSR Fresh Application
PDF    B5.14-2009
PDF    QC14-2009
PDF    Exam Site Code
PDF    AWS -Certified Welder Brochure
EXCE    NDT    Brochure
  EXCE    NDT Registration
  EXCE    NDT Applications
BETZ - International Agency for  AWS
Betz is proud to be one of the international agents hand picked to conduct AWS/CWI, SCWI and other exams on behalf of the American Welding Society, USA. Right now BETZ is conducting its seminars and certification events in India and to be specific, Coimbatore and Chennai.

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