American Welding Society (AWS)

Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI)


Credential: Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI)  In-Demand resource CA Eligible
Credentialing Agency: American Welding Society (AWS)

Renewal Period: Not Renewable

The American Welding Society (AWS), Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI) is an entry-level credential for individuals who perform welding quality control and quality assurance activities. Individuals who earn the CAWI work in every industry that uses welding as a core process in the manufacture, construction, or fabrication of their products. Those holidng the CAWI perform welding inspections under the active supervision of Senior Certified Welding Inspectors (SCWI) and Certified Welding Inspectors (CWI). CAWI candidates must meet experiential requirements and pass an exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: Not Renewable

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

American Welding Society (AWS)

8669 NW 36 Street
# 130
Miami, FL  33166-6672

Phone: (800) 443-9353

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Candidates must have a combination of qualifying education and work experience with supporting documentation as follows: 

  • 2 years of post-high school education in a welding curriculum or engineering technology, engineering, or physical science and 6 months of experience; 
  • High school diploma or hold a state or military approved high school equivalency diploma (e.g. GED) and 2 years of relevant work experience;
  • At least 8th grade education with a minimum of 1 year of vocational education and training in a welding curriculum and 3 years of relevant work experience;
  • 8th grade education and a minimum of 4 years of relevant work experience; or 
  • Less than 8th grade education and a minimum of 6 years of relevant work experience.

The Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must pass a vision test.

The AWS certification exam tests candidate's skills on factual knowledge of welding fundamentals, and the ability to use codes and standards. For this reason, AWS strongly recommends that candidates for certification attend an AWS Seminar  first.

  • Welding Processes (10%)
  • Heat Control & Metallurgy (carbon and low-alloy steel) (6%)
  • Weld Examination (9%)
  • Welding Performance (9%)
  • Definitions and Terminology (12%)
  • Symbols - Welding and NDE (10%)
  • Test Methods - NDE (8%)
  • Reports and Records (6%)
  • Duties and Responsibilities (4%)
  • Safety (5%)
  • Destructive Tests (4%)
  • Cutting (3%)
  • Brazing (2%)
  • Soldering (1%)

Percentages indicate the minimum required for each category in an examination.


  • Procedure and Welder Qualifications (28%)
  • Mechanical Test and Properties (8%)
  • Welding Inspection and Flaws (34%)
  • NDE (8%)
  • Utilization of Specification and Drawings (8%)

Percentages indicate the minimum required for each category in an examination.


  • Materials and Design (10%)
  • Fabrication (30%)
  • Inspection (25%)
  • Qualification (30%)

Percentages indicate the minimum required for each category in an examination.


Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

RECERTIFICATION

Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI)

Renewal Period: Not Renewable

The Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI) credential has the following recertification information:

  • CAWIs are not eligible for renewal. An individual holding the CAWI credential may only hold the CAWI certification for up to a three-year period; individuals who are CAWI certified are encouraged to upgrade to the Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) credential.

In Demand

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%) and is eligible for CA under the CA MOS/ASI Related Option

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

CA Eligible

This certification is eligible for CA under the CA Civilian Occupation Related Option.

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 and Above

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 and Above

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

High

Highly attainable: mimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

MOS is Military Occupational Specialty
ASI is Additional Skill Identifier
WOMOS is Warrant Officer Military Occupational Specialty
AOC is Area Of Concentration Officer

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Updated: December 03, 2019
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