Certified Welding Inspector Exam Prep Course - Minnesota

About Your CWI Instructor

John Pariseau
Meet Your InstructorJohn Pariseau

John Pariseau is the current Director of Curriculum Development at the American Institute of Nondestructive Testing as well as a Subject Matter Expert for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Technical Center of Expertise for Welding & Metallurgy.

He began his career in welding in 1995 as a U.S. Marine in the occupational specialty of 1316 “Metal Worker” where he conducted 5th echelon fabrication & modifications for a vast variety of military components. After being honorably discharged John attended the College of Oceaneering for commercial diving, Nondestructive Testing and underwater welding. In 2001 he received his CWI from AWS and in 2007 his level III certification from ASNT.

His inspection experience has been incredibly diverse and spans multiple industries. He has been the lead inspector for several multi-million-dollar projects including the TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis MN the U.S Consulate in Guangzhou China as well as several high-profile hydraulic structures for the US Army Corps of Engineers.

He was the lead quality assurance specialist for the USACE Welding & Metallurgy TCX and developed the welding inspection and Nondestructive testing training courses for the US Army Corps of Engineers which he has instructed since 2012.

With over 20 years of welding, ndt and inspection experience in the Bridge, Pressure Vessel, Hydraulic, Military and Piping industries, John’s knowledge of welding and NDT makes him an expert in the welding industry.

John serves on the American Welding Societies’ Certification Committee and B1 Methods of Inspection Committee as well as the ASTM E07 Nondestructive Testing and E36 Accreditation & Certification committees and the ASNT Section Operations Council.

John currently holds several technical certifications from various industries including;

  • AWS Senior Certified Welding Inspector (with API 1104, D1.1 and D1.5 endorsements)
  • AWS Certified Radiographic Interpreter
  • ASNT Level III in Ultrasonics, Magnetic Particle, Liquid Penetrant and Visual Testing
  • NACE Level 3 Certified Coating Inspector
  • SSPC Level 3 Protective Coating Inspector
  • ICC Master of Special Inspection

In 2018 John was awarded the Dalton E. Hamilton National CWI of the Year Award from the American Welding Society for outstanding contribution to the science of welding inspection.

How Does our CWI Exam Prep Course Work?

Our CWI Exam Prep Course follows the blended learning philosophy. Our course is a combination of online and hands on training.

The course begins with a 60-hour online series of modules that students can move through at their own pace.

Each module includes PowerPoint presentations with in depth discussion by an instructor, ‘flashcard reviews’ and graded quizzes so you can evaluate your progress throughout the course. All of AINDT’s practice quizzes are pulled from our vast exam bank consisting of several hundred questions. Our online portion of the CWI Exam Prep Course provides in-depth training on the following critical topics:

Part A Fundamentals Online

The online Portion of the CWI Exam Prep Course will cover the fundamentals of Welding Technology as established by the American Welding Society. This coincides with Part A of the CWI Exam.

Topics covered in this portion of the course are as follows:

  • CWI Exam Breakdown
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Welding & Cutting Processes (over 10 processes covered)
  • Weld Joint Geometry
  • Welding Symbology
  • Steel Making
  • Welding Metallurgy
  • Distortion Control
  • Material Property Modification
  • Destructive Testing
  • Overview of Various Industry Welding Codes
  • Welder Qualifications
  • Welding Procedure Specifications
  • Visual Inspections methods and equipment
  • Welding Defects and Discontinuities
  • Introduction to Nondestructive Examination
  • Magnetic Particle Testing
  • Liquid Penetrant Testing
  • Ultrasonic Testing
  • Radiographic Testing
  • Electromagnetic Testing
  • Acoustic Emission Testing
  • Magnetic Flux Leakage
  • Thermal/Infrared Testing
  • Neutron Radiography
  • Vibration Analysis

Part B Hands-on

The AWS CWI NEW Part B portion of the exam has elevated the difficulty of flaw evaluation and specification interpretation. Because of this, AINDT offers an onsite 40-hour prep course specifically devoted to the Part B hands-on evaluation of practical weld specimens, WPS/PQR evaluation and interpretation to Part B specific documents used in the CWI Exam.

Included with the online training will be a walkthrough of the Book of Specifications to ensure that students have a full understanding of the purpose and usage of this “mock” specification and how it is utilized for the hands-on Part B. Additionally, AINDT has developed our own version of the Book of Exhibits and Weld Replicas which aligns with the CWI Exam. We will address how the Part B exam is structured and provide ample time examining the weld replicas using the same tools that will be provided by AWS during the exam. Our primary focus will be on measuring and evaluating the weld replicas, however we will also continuously review both Fundamentals and Code requirements to ensure all parts of the CWI body of knowledge is fresh in your head on exam day.

Following the onsite training, you will be provided the opportunity to take the AWS CWI exam at our facility the Saturday immediately following our CWI Exam Prep Course.

Part C Code Book Online

Navigating and understanding technical welding standards can be a daunting task, that is why we include an in-depth review of each clause with insight from an experienced instructor who has worked to these standards which will better help you understand the meaning and reason behind various requirements.

The code book online training will include a walk through of the welding code of your choice. Included in this training will be a review of how best to become proficient at code navigation, with tips on tabbing, highlighting and notes to include in your code. Currently our Part C training consists of either AWS D1.1-2015 or API 1104-21st edition.

Practice Exams

Upon completion of each part of the online training, students will be provided a timed exam replicating the Parts A and C of the CWI exam. This exam will be graded the same way as the CWI exam and may be taken as many times as the student wants. All of our exam questions are pulled from an exam bank ensuring that you will receive a combination of different exam questions each time.

CWI Exam Prep Course
CWI Exam Prep Course

Enrollment Forms


Our CWI Exam Prep Course can be purchased as a complete package or as individual modules.

a Fundamentals
b Practical
c Code Book

Complete CWI Exam Prep Course Cost


Certified Welding Inspector Course Schedule


CWI Online Prep Course Recommended Start Dates CWI Prep Course Onsite Dates Exam Date Exam Application & Fee Must be submitted to AWS by: AWS Exam Site Code
Dec. 17, 2018 Jan. 28 - Feb. 1, 2019 Feb. 2, 2019 Dec. 21, 2019 MN62619
Feb. 18, 2019 Apr. 1-5,2019 Apr. 6, 2019 Feb. 22, 2019 MN64019
Apr. 22, 2019 Jun. 3-7, 2019 Jun. 8, 2019 Apr. 26, 2019 MN68519
Aug. 19, 2019 Sep. 30- Oct. 4, 2019 Oct. 5, 2019 Aug. 23, 2019 MN67419

As a Certified Welding Inspector, it is important to have the right tools for the job.

AINDT will provide each student who attends the onsite Part B practical portion of our CWI Prep Course with a full set of inspection tools for your use during the training, this kit is included with your enrollment fees and is yours to keep.

Our inspection kit includes:

  • A sturdy tool roll
  • A set of fillet gauges
  • V-Wac gauge
  • Dial caliper
  • 6” steel rule
  • Steel protractor/depth gauge
  • Hi-low gage
  • Magnifying glass
  • C4.1 visual comparator
  • Inspection mirror and flashlight

These are all the tools that AWS will provide you for the part B practical exam. It is critical that the student becomes proficient with these welding inspection gauges.

In addition, AINDT will also provide:

Both of these gauges should be in every inspector’s tool kit.

Our CWI Prep Course also comes with a Tabbing Kit

Our CWI Prep Course also comes with an API 1104 or AWS D1.1 “Tabbing Kit” to better help you learn to navigate which ever code you decide to use for your final exam. Code navigation is a critical skill for PART B of your CWI Exam.

Along with the pre-printed tab kit there will be a video and instruction sheet on how best to use the kit.

Please give us a call at 855-313-0325 for enrollment forms for the course as well as all required documents for your AWS Initial application. We will be glad to help you through the AWS application process.

Description of Accommodations: Arrowwood Lodge

Our CWI Prep Course in-person hands on portion will be held at the beautiful Arrowhead Lodge in Baxter/Brainerd MN.

We chose to do this so that students have both a comfortable place to stay and study during the training. To get these rates please mention the “American Institute of Nondestructive Testing” at the time of booking.

Hotel Amenities

Included in the price of your CWI Prep Course AINDT will provide the following amenities.

Wake Up Before Class

Assorted pastries, muffins, fresh fruit, orange juice, coffee, and tea.

Mid-Morning Break

Assorted sodas, bottled water, coffee and tea.

Afternoon Break

Assorted cookies, desert bars, sodas, bottled water, coffee and tea.

Contact Us Below for Any Questions

Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes
6967 Lake Forest Drive, Baxter, MN 56425
877-687-5634 (Ext 561) or 218-822-5634

Let us customize a training program for you that meets your training requirements.