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What Forms Do You Need to Take Your CWI Exam?

Are you interested in becoming a certified welding inspector? Not sure what to expect with the CWI exam, or how you can best prepare? We’ll we’re here to help by providing you with all the information you need to ace your exam.

How to Prepare for Your CWI Exam

Becoming a certified welding inspector isn’t something that just happens overnight. To become one, you need to get practical welding experience in advance, and experience requirement differs based on your education level. For example, if you have an associate degree in engineering or engineering technology you need 3 years of work experience, whereas you’d need 5 years if you only have a high school degree.

Once you have the experience needed, it’s time to prep for the CWI exam. This test isn’t easy. It covers many topics, so it’s important that you prep enough in advance to ace the test. 

Here are some good ways to prepare for the exam:

Read the Study Materials

Before you take the test, there are two very important documents you should review: Specifications for the Qualification of Welding Inspector and the Standard for AWS Certification of Welding Inspectors. These documents outline everything about the CWI program and exam.

The first document covers everything you need to know to become a successfully certified welding inspector. The second document covers the ins-and-outs of the exam itself.

Take a Seminar

If you’re someone who needs a more formal study setting, consider taking a CWI seminar. These seminars are a crash course on everything that will be included in the exam. And in most scenarios, you can take the CWI certification exam immediately upon completion of the seminar.

If you’re not ready for the formal seminar, you can also take a pre-seminar, which will help teach you the basics of the exam. These options are also available online, which means you can learn the material at your own pace.

What You Need to Know About the Exam

The CWI exam consists of three parts: the fundamentals, practical application, and code application. You’re allotted two hours to complete each section.

You also need a score of 72% or higher for each section in order to pass. If you receive less than 72% on a section, you don’t need to retake the whole test, but rather just that section.

Part A of the exam covers welding fundamentals. Part B, practical application, covers a wide range of topics including welding examination and welding qualifications. The last part, the code application, tests your ability to locate, understand, and use the information within the welding codebook.

What Forms Do You Need to Take to Your CWI Exam?

There are some important forms you’ll need to bring with you on the day of your CWI exam. Here are the forms you should have ready with you:

  • Current Issued ID
  • Confirmation Letter
  • Codebook
  • Qualifying Work Experience Form
  • Visual Acuity Form

These are the basic forms everyone should bring, but there are more general forms you may want to know about. Make sure to review these General Forms before you show up for your test.

Ready to Ace Your Exam?

Passing the CWI exam is no easy feat. But by studying in advance and showing up prepared, you can pass your test with flying colors and become a certified welding inspector!

Want some help prepping for your exam? Contact us and we'll help set you up with a customized training program that will make you as prepared as possible!

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How Much is a CWI's salary? The Facts Revealed

Are you looking for a career change? Whether you're currently in a career or just getting started, it's wise to consider your options.

One job you may have considered is a Certified Welding Inspector (CWI). But how much does this job pay, and what does it entail? These are important details to hash out before you set your sites on being a CWI.

To help you get all the info you need, we've created this handy guide. Keep reading to learn all about what your CWI salary could look like.

The Basics of Being a CWI

As a CWI you'd be working in construction. This means you'll have good job variety because you'll probably work on numerous projects. You'll get to apply your expertise in many different settings, which could keep the job interesting.

This job will keep you moving, but you may love that. No more staring at a computer screen all day!

As a CWI you'll make sure that the welding codes and workmanship of welds are properly adhered to during construction.

You'll also make sure all materials, equipment, and plans are up to par. And you'll verify that all procedures are carried out correctly.

Multiple Work Options

As a CWI you'll have a several options to choose from when it comes to your workplace and amount of travel.

For example, one option is working for what are called independent 3rd party consultants or more commonly referred to as testing labs.  These companies perform inspections for several different industries such as aerospace, commercial construction or oil and gas.  Working for one that focuses on commercial buildings or aerospace, mostly keeps the CWI centered in a major city with minimal out-of-state travel.  A company that focuses on oil and gas will result in more travel to various states and potentially overseas.

Another option is operating as an independent contractor.  In this role you pick and choose jobs on a contractual basis which typically results in higher pay and much more travel.  These types of jobs are more prevalent in the oil/gas pipeline and power production industries.

Contract work may take you all over the place. You'll go where you can find projects that need a CWI. This could be tons of fun, but it's probably not the best option if you're a homebody.

As a CWI you are not limited to which industry you can work in.

How Much do Welding Inspectors Make?

Your salary will depend on who you work for, where you're working, and various other details. In general, though, you can expect to make some good money.

On average you can expect to be paid around $61,000 per year. You may also receive overtime on top of this amount, depending on your projects. You may make much more than this depending on your location.

Whether you work as an independent contractor or an employee will affect how much you make. Contractors stand to make much more per hour, but that work may not be consistent and it doesn't include employee benefits.

The CWI Salary is Worth Talking About

The average CWI salary isn't worth gawking over, but it certainly is worth talking about. This job is more than capable of bringing you a pretty comfortable income.

If you're interested in welding, have some leadership skills, aren't afraid to take charge, and are looking for good money, being a CWI could be the career for you.

Thinking of taking the AWS CWI exam? Here's how to pass the test.

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Are CWI Online Courses the Right Choice for You?

Are CWI Online Courses the Right Choice for You?Are you interested in a new career that is rewarding and challenging? If you've considered a career as a CWI, then you're on the right track. 

How do you become a CWI? It's easy to become a CWI when you can take an online course and go at your own pace.

Check out this guide to see if CWI online courses are right for you.

What Is a CWI?

First of all, CWIs or Certified Welding Inspectors are candidates for jobs all over the world. They are in responsible for the visual inspection and acceptance of welded connections.

For example, they can inspect welds in various industries such as aerospace, pressure vessels, manufacturing, underwater dam repair, refineries and more. 

Those in the industry are willing to pay top dollar for a CWI since they prioritize the quality of their structures. CWIs are in such demand right now that some of them can make up to $100,000 a year. 

CWI Training Courses

CWI online courses can vary in length depending on what type of course-length people candidates are looking for. The purpose of the test is to get students ready to pass the CWI exam.

While each training school is different in their methodology, most of them teach the fundamentals, practicals, and the code-book.

Fundamental

In order to succeed as a CWI, students need to learn the fundamentals. During the fundamentals part of the course, students will learn about metal joining and cutting. They also need to learn about welding symbols and other criteria such as metallurgy. 

Practical Section

During the practical section of the course, students learn how to visually inspect the different types of welding to various industry standards, interpret welding procedure specifications and welder qualification test records. They will also learn how to use welding inspection gauges and properly use them to inspect weld replicas. 

The Code Book

A good CWI knows how to adhere to the codebook. Students will learn how to navigate and interpret welding codes as well as gain insight to the reasons behind certain aspects of code language. 

Taking and Passing the Test

Since CWIs need to ensure the quality of many structures, they need to pass a rigorous exam. They must learn all kinds of codes and complex materials. If they desire to pass this test, they need to put a lot of work into it. 

The American Welding Society offers the CWI certifying exam. This exam is quite complex and up to 70 percent of test takers don't pass.

Before you take the test, you need to be aware of what awaits you. Expect the test to take about 6 hours. It's made up of three parts each lasting two hours. 

After you pass the test you will receive your CWI certification.

Take CWI Online Courses Today

Now that you know what to expect while taking CWI online courses, it's time you make your new career move.

Are you interested in obtaining your CWI? Let American Institute of Nondestructive Testing help you. Contact us for more information.

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What You Should Be Expecting on the New CWI Exam

What You Should Be Expecting on the New CWI ExamThere are many different types of welding that you must be knowlegable in to become a welding inspector, but all aspiring welding inspectors have to face one big test: the CWI exam. In case you don't know, the Certified Welding Inspector exam is the American Welding Society's barrier to entry into the world of welding inspection. 

The test is tough, but it's worth it. Becoming certified can open up a whole new world of career opportunities and boost your salary. If you're not sure what to expect on the 2019 version of the exam, we'll show you here. 

The CWI Exam: A Quick Breakdown

The CWI is a long, expansive, and difficult exam made up of three different parts labeled Part A, B, and C. The exam is also graded somewhat strangely. To pass the test overall, you need to score at least a 72% on each part. You can't get 100% on section A to make up for your 50% on part B or vice versa. 

However, if you reach an overall score over 72%, but fail one part of the test, you only have to retake that part to get your certification. 

Recently AWS has changed the stucture of the CWI exam.  Up until a few months ago, canidates would take all three parts of the exam at one time, thats six hours in one sitting!  Now, canidates will take the Part B portion of the exam first and after completion you will have 60 days to take the Parts A & C at a Computer Based Test (CBT) center.

So what kinds of information do you need to know to pass these different parts? Let's get to it. 

Part A

Part A is a multiple choice question exam testing you on the fundamentals of welding inspection. This part will evaluate your knowledge of welding processes, defects, weld symbology, nondestructive testing and metallurgy to name a few, but there is one caveat that increases the degree of difficulty: You have to answer 150 questions in just 120 minutes. 

This gives you less than one minute to answer each question, so you've really got to know your stuff. Keep in mind, though, that you only have to answer 108 correctly to pass. This means, strategically, that you should simply skip the questions you don't immediately know the answers to and return to them later. 

Part B

Part B is the hands-on portion of the exam. This section also lasts 120 minutes, with a minimum of 46 questions. You have more time per question but in this section, you'll be evaluated on your ability to inspect weld replicas to a specification (using a variety of welding inspection gauges), interpret welding procedures, procedure qualification records and welder qualifications. 

Part C

Lastly, Part C tests your ability to use a welding codebook to research, located, and use information practically. This may sound like an easy open-book test, but it's far from simple when you consider the size of a welding codebook, like this one for example. 

To pass the test in the allotted time (120 min), you should have a lot of knowledge about the codebook you're using before taking the test. You have the option of using AWS D1.1, D1.2, D1.5, D15.1, D17.1, API 1104, ASME B31.1 or B31.3 codebooks.  The number of questions will vary depending on the code book used.

So choose the one you want and start prepping. 

Need Help Studying?

The CWI exam is quite lengthy, which can make it difficult to study for on your own. If you need help getting ready for the certification that will change your life, considering checking out some of our CWI prep courses. We'll help you get certified. We guarantee it. 

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New ICC CEU Courses Offered At The American Institute Of Nondestructive Testing

The ten new online courses offered include Welding Inspection Fundamentals, Understanding Welding Joint Geometry, and more.

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(Baxter, MN)--The American Institute Of Nondestructive Testing is pleased to announce that they are now offering ten new ICC Training courses. The new continuing education offerings include Welding Inspection Fundamentals, Understanding Welding Joint Geometry, and eight more courses designed to help students maintain very high-level, highly-prized technical certifications within the industry and help them thrive in an exceptionally rewarding career.

"We could not be more thrilled to offer these ten new courses to students," said Donald Booth of The American Institute of Nondestructive Testing. "According to standards set out by the The International Code Council, the governing body for commercial and residential construction in the United States, certificate renewal for non-destructive testing professionals can only be achieved by participating in qualifying continuing education courses. As an ICC Preferred Provider, we are proud to offer that education and contribute to the integrity of the profession by providing certification holders with access to top tier courses."

The American Institute of Nondestructive Testing's full suite of ICC CEU online courses includes: Welding Inspection Fundamentals, Fundamentals Welding Processes, Understanding Welding Joint Geometry, Welding Symbols Fundamentals, AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code Review, Introduction To Welding Metallurgy, Introduction To Welding Procedures & Welder Qualifications, Introduction To Visual Welding Inspection, Welding Defects & Discontinuities, and Introduction To Destructive And Nondestructive Examination. Certificate holders visit the AINDT website to see complete descriptions for each course as well as download an enrollment form to register.

Booth went on to say, "Nondestructive testing is a critical career field, and it's vital that even certified technicians stay ahead of the curve when it comes to honing their skills. We invite NDT professionals everywhere who are looking forward to a lasting career in the industry to contact us to learn more about how we can help them achieve that goal."

Visit trainingndt.com to learn more about American Institute of Nondestructive Testing and fill out an enrollment form today for one of their new ICC CEU online courses.

About The American Institute of Nondestructive Testing:

We offer the most convenient and affordable NDT training program available. Our blended learning program offers you the convenience of online NDT training from wherever you may live, followed by hands-on NDT training at our Baxter, MN facility.

The combination of our online NDT curriculum, followed by 18 days of hands-on training using the most up to date NDT equipment will give you the skills needed to enter into a rewarding career in nondestructive testing.

American Institute of Nondestructive Testing is licensed as a private career school with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, sections 136.821 to 136A.832. Licensure is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

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How Does our CWI Exam Prep Course Work?

How Does our CWI Exam Prep Course WorkOur 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.

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AWS CWI Exam Pass Rate: How to Pass (And What to Do if You Fail)

AWS CWI Exam Pass Rate: How to Pass (And What to Do if You Fail)The AWS does not post AWS CWI exam pass rate online. Yet, estimates say that only 30-40% of people who write the CWI exam pass the test on the first attempt. And because the exam costs $1065 in 2018, you want to pass this exam to avoid paying this hefty fee again.

Read on to learn how to pass the CWI exam the first time, and how to prepare if you need to retake it.

What Areas You Need To Know

A CWI exam is challenging. That's because a CWI has to be able to accurately complete welding inspections to specific codes.

A CWI has to have a good understanding of testing methods and drawings and specs. He or she must understand the welding process and be fluent in welding terms.

The CWI exam is comprehensive and covers all these key points. Make sure you review how to become a CWI with these 5 steps.

Create a Test-Taking Strategy

One of the most important things you need to do in order to pass the CWI exam is to have a test strategy.

You should know how much time you can spend on each question before moving on. The passing grade on this exam is 72%. That means that if you are stumped on a question, move on.

Each question is only worth 2.2% of the total exam. It is in your best interest to ensure you have time to complete the entire test than to spend priceless minutes on a tricky question.

Check Your Work

Part 3 of the test is open book. You will be able to use the code book to look up answers.

Don't make the mistake of being overconfident and skip looking up the answer in the codebook. The examiners allow the book for a reason. Codes can be difficult and there is a lot of information.

Verify your answers each time to avoid losing marks in this section.

Know What You Don't Know

If you are unsuccessful the first time you take the CWI exam, don't despair. You have options. You can retake the entire test or just specific parts such as Part A.

Before preparing for your second attempt, carefully review where you went wrong the first time. You will be able to see your score for each of the 3 parts of the exam on your CWI test results.

If you scored an average of over 72% in total but got less than 72% on only 1 part, you may retake only that part.

Besides looking at just your score, also look at the topics you struggled with. then you can focus on brushing up your knowledge on those key areas.

Final Thoughts on AWS CWI Exam Pass Rate

Thank for reading! We hope you found this guide on the CWI exam helpful. Remember, just because the AWS CSI exam pass rate is low for first-time test takers, there is no reason you can't ace the test if you prepare and plan your strategy.

Next, review these 5 tips to help you pass the CWI exam.

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How to Prepare for CWI Test Questions: A Complete Guide

How to Prepare for CWI Test Questions: A Complete GuideIf you're looking to take your welding career to the next level, you'll first need to pass the Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) exam. This standardized test from the American Welding Society ensures that you're able to work safely and swiftly.

But since the exam has the potential to elevate your career, you may feel a bit nervous about passing.

Here's a complete guide to help you prepare for CWI test questions, as well as a few study tips.

What To Expect From CWI Test Questions

The CWI exam is a massive exam that's going to eat up a good portion of your day. The test itself is comprised of three core sections, each focusing on a different component of welding.

Here's a breakdown of each section of the test.

Part A

The initial part of your exam covers 150 questions in just two hours. That doesn't leave a whole lot of room to think.

However, there is some good news. This portion is likely the easiest you'll encounter, as it focuses on the basics of welding. Expect questions about basic concepts, equipment definitions, and safety procedures.

That doesn't mean you shouldn't study, only that your work experience and reading should help you find the best answer.

Part B

The second section of the CWI exam is a practical section. Again, you'll have two hours to complete this portion of the exam but you'll need every second.

You'll be asked to measure samples and ensure whether they adhere to AWS compliance and look for errors in basic welding work.

Don't forget to download the official book of specifications beforehand.

Part C

When you purchase your exam booklet, you'll notice that Part C is included in your book. That's because the third and final portion of the exam is open book.

You're allowed to use your code book, but these questions require more in-depth answers than Part A.

You'll choose from one of four codes for your exam based on your career aspirations:

  • AWS D 1.1 Structural Welding Code: Steel
  • API 1104 Welding Of Pipelines And Related Facilities
  • AWS D 1.5 Bridge Welding Code
  • AWS D 15.1 Railroad Welding Specifications

You'll need to get a minimum of 72% of each section correct to pass the exam.

Take A Prep Course

As you can see, passing the CWI exam isn't something that one can do easily. In many cases, applicants are encouraged to enroll in a test prep course.

Doing so can better prepare you for the test and only takes a few hours per week.

CWI Study Tips

As you begin preparing for the test, come up with a solid study schedule to help you stay on track.

Create flashcards, enlist family and friends as study buddies, and talk to professionals in the industry to get their advice.

Study at least a few hours every week. It seems like a large investment now, but it'll be more than worth it once you pass the exam.

Follow This Guide To Ace The Exam

Acing the test won't be easy, but this guide to CWI test questions should help you get a head start.

Remember to study for each portion of the test, and to do so on a regular basis. The more you study, the better you'll do at the test.

Interested in learning more about CWI test prep or how a training program can help your career? Get in touch today and we'll be happy to answer any questions.

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How Hard is the CWI Exam? Your Questions Answered

How Hard is the CWI Exam? Your Questions AnsweredWhile many industries, manufacturers, and skilled laborers have seen a drop off in their workforce in recent years, welding isn't slowing down. If anything, there's never been a more competitive time for commercial welders to be looking for a role. When you take the CWI exam, you put yourself above other welders by showing you know what you're talking about.

Here are four things to know before you take your exam.

1. You Need Practice

During Part A of the CWI test, you're going to have to do some practical work to show that you know what you're doing. As a commercial welder, you'll have to know how to make clean, clear welds and be able to manage your time.

If you're out of practice or you've been doing one kind of job for a long time, you should do some practice. Take a practice test because you're going to have to show off your practical skills.

2. Know Your Codes

The last part of the test will be a written exam that tests you on your knowledge of safety codes and the details of what it means to weld safely. If it's been a while since you've looked at them, take some time to freshen up on your knowledge.

While you might not think these elements are important if you're not an inspector, you need to anticipate inspection on every project. When you know what they look for, you can ensure you've done a good job that will safely and easily pass an inspection.

3. You Need To Work Under Pressure

Working under pressure isn't for everyone but if you want a good score on your CWI exam, you're going to have to work efficiently. You'll be timed for each section of your test and so you should spend an adequate amount of tie studying.

If you haven't taken a test in a long time, you might have to put together a test-taking strategy. Learning what's required of you will help you anticipate what problems you might have and allow you to perform on the day of the test.

4. Learn What an Inspector Does

Part B of the test will put you in the shoes of an inspector and quiz you on some of what inspectors look for. You should know what a good weld looks like and how to inspect welds on your own. This will ensure instructors that, as a welder, you'll be performing welds that you think an inspector would approve.

When you're working as a commercial welder, you could create load-bearing welds that inspectors might pass over or never see. Rather than try to get away with a bad weld that puts people in danger, this part of the test will ensure you know what a strong, clean weld should look like.

Your CWI Exam doesn't have to be hard.

While you might be intimidated by taking your CWI exam, it won't be hard if you're well prepared. The trick to doing well on this test is studying, practicing, and practicing again.

If you want to know exactly how to pass your exam, check out our latest guide.

 

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How to Pass the CWI Test: A Complete Guide

How to Pass the CWI Test: A Complete GuideAll around the country, welders can make a dependable middle class living off of their skills and knowledge. However, you need to be able to pass your exam to become a high paid certified welder. If you're not prepared to take the CWI test, all the talent in the world won't amount to much.

Here are three things to remember to ensure that you pass your test on the first try.

1. Prepare in Advance

No matter what the test is, if you don't make a serious effort to prepare, you're not going to do well. This is especially true for a welding exam.

Even if you're an experienced welder who has been at it for 20 years, you might not be prepared for the exam. Over time, even the best welder can build up some bad habits that the CWI testers will fail you for.

There is a lot of reference material to read over before you arrive on test day. It should be reviewed a few times to ensure that you know what to expect.

Take a few practice exams that include time restraints. That way you'll be prepared for the pressure of taking your CWI exam. Ask a few colleagues if they've had good experiences with an exam company so you can get the help you need.

2. Go In With a Testing Strategy

There are three main parts of your CWI test. Each portion has its own unique challenges and without a plan of attack, you could end up wasting precious testing time. Taking some practice exams will help you figure out how much time you can spend on each question.

If you haven't taken a test in a while, you might forget that common mistake of spending too much time on a single question. Spending 20 minutes on a single question could leave dozens of easier questions unfinished.

Go in knowing your strengths and weaknesses. If you have a weakness on a particular concept, skip those difficult questions for the end. You can go back and devote your spare time to them once you've covered everything you know well.

Arrive with pencils, erasers, calculators and everything else that you need. Be clear about what is allowed and what isn't.

3. Check Your Work Carefully

Depending on which test you're going to be taking, you need to know how to use the codebook. If you're not a veteran inspector, you might not be on top of what is and isn't kosher.

Some inspectors will remember codes off the top of their head and will breeze through Part C of the exam. If you're feeling a little bit rusty, take some time to refresh your knowledge.

You Can Pass Your CWI Test on the First Try

If you don't know your way around the expectations of the CWI exam, you're going to struggle to pass your test on the first try. The CWI test is easy if you adequately prepare, take time to focus, and stay calm during the day of the exam.

If you need an incentive to stay motivated, check out just how much money you could be making.

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American Institute of Nondestructive Testing (AINDT) will provide their CWI Exam Prep Course in Houston, Texas

American Institute of Nondestructive Testing (AINDT) will provide their CWI Exam Prep Course in Houston, Texas The booming economy and dramatic increase in construction across the country has spurred a renewed effort to rectify the shortage of skilled labor. Paramount in that effort is to increase the number of qualified welders, and where there is welding there needs to be welding inspectors. The various industries are working diligently to increase the number of skilled welders and with that the demand for Certified Welding Inspectors (CWI) is increasing exponentially. The American Institute of Nondestructive Testing (AINDT) is filling this need by expanding its' operations to Houston, Texas.

"Our instructors have decades of welding inspection experience and are deftly involved with the American Welding Society, providing the most up to date training for the ever-evolving CWI exam," stated AINDT CEO Don Booth. "We not only prepare our students for taking the CWI exam but also provide them with real life experiences from industry experts."

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How to Become a CWI in 5 Steps

how to become a cwiThe responsibility of a certified welding inspector is extensive. The CWI manages the operation's oversight. It's hard work but the outlook for a CWI career path is growing and pays well for those willing to shine.

The average CWI salary is $72K/year with increasing demand. The field thrives no matter the economic ups and downs. CWI jobs offer competitive benefits, too, further bonding its opportunity.

Would you like to learn how to become a CWI, tapping this in-demand field? Read on and follow this career path.

Arcing Your Career: How to Become a CWI

A CWI career has a low barriers-to-entry via certification. This is a lucrative opportunity for those wanting to scale their welding prowess. Or, desiring a shift and arc into a new career path. Let's go through the steps on how to become a certified welding inspector.

1. Understand Where You Stand

You'll need to meet an education and experience threshold before you can take the CWI test. The CWI exam requires a 72% passing score (or higher).

Do you meet these AWS requirements?

  • 4/year Bachelors (or higher) or Welding Engineering/Tech + 1/year work
  • 3/year Associates (or higher) or Eng tech/science/Phys. tech + 2/year work
  • 2/year Engineering/Tech courses + Bachelors (or higher) + 3/year work
  • 1/year Trade/Voc. courses + 4/year work
  • HS Diploma (or GED) + 5/year work
  • 8th Grade + 9/year work
  • >8th Grade + 12/year work

Continue work or go back-to-school to fill the needed gaps. Higher education can gap 1-year increments. Push through!

2. Get Your Eyes Checked

You're required to pass a vision test alongside the AWS certified exam.

The process includes:

  1. Filing the VAF (Visual Acuity Form) within 7-months of the exam
  2. Having an eye exam performed by a certified medical professional

The exam factors one's ability to read Jaeger J2 within 12-inches. Corrective lenses are accepted including contacts. The examiner will also check for colorblindness.

3. Study, Study, Study

AWS exams cost $850 - $1,065 depending on membership so you'll want to get it right the first time. There are 3-parts and grants several hours to complete.

Begin studying early, and often:

  1. Go through the official AWS study material
  2. Apply your knowledge alongside our prep course
  3. Consider optional welding inspector training

You're also welcome to attend weeklong seminars. These events are helpful with prep, covering all sections you'll face on the exam.

4. Practice with Dummy Exams

You'll find AWS practice exams through:

  • Amazon
  • Udemy
  • Scribd

Work your way through these practice exams as if they're the real thing.

Include practicing:

  • The 150-question fundamental questions
  • Practical experience including tool identification and use
  • Memorizing and identifying the D1.1 code

5. Take the Real CWI Test

It's time!

  1. Apply for the exam by filing the CWI Initial Application
  2. Use the CWI schedule to choose your destination, and submit forms
  3. Confirm details with AWS
  4. Attend and take the exam

It takes a lot of work gaining the right experience and training. You'll study hard and commit a decent amount of money. But, it'll be worth it once you pass!

Create a Bond with Your Next Opportunity

Trade jobs prove viability no matter what's shaking the economy. A welding career creates stability and incredible income opportunities. Learning how to become a CWI launches this trajectory toward rewarding work.

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5 Tips to Pass the CWI Exam

cwi examIf you want to become a CWI, you need some welding experience. And, you need to pass the CWI exam. The amount of experience you need varies on your education level, but the CWI exam is always the same.

The CWI text is always three parts. You get two hours for each section. They focus on fundamentals, practical application, and code application.

The best thing you can do is be fully prepared. We've put together a list of 5 things you can do to prepare for your test.

1. Create a Study Plan

Everyone learns a little differently. While the test is the same for everyone, your study plan needs to tailored specifically to you.

If flash cards work for you, then start there. If they don't, then you should try reading the content over and taking notes.

There's no one full-proof study plan, the key is to know what works for you and build your plan around it. Most plans should contain more than one study method.

2. Just Reading the Content isn't Enough

Just reading your books or study guides isn't enough to learn the content. You need to actually study it.

Focus and make sure that you are absorbing as much of the information as possible. Don't just skim the material, try to really understand it. As you study try not to just memorize the information, you want to ask yourself why these procedures need to been done in certain ways.

It's a long test, so the better grasp you have on the material, the more likely you will be able to recall it under the stress of the CWI exam.

3. Take Welding Certification Practice Tests

The CWI prep courses and practice tests have been made to help you understand what information is going to be on the CWI exam. By bringing the relevant information to the forefront, you have much better odds of passing the exam.

What makes it even better is that both the courses and the practice tests are designed so you can go at your own pace. That gives you the opportunity to really absorb the material.

4. Know What the Sections are About

It can be really helpful to your self-study to know the breakdown and the number of questions in each of the sections.

Part A is all about your fundamental knowledge; this section is 150 questions. Part B is all about inspection both welding and nondestructive testing; it is 46 questions. Part C is the only open book section and it's about the codebook; this is 46 questions as well.

You have to get 72 percent on all of the sections to pass.

5. Teach a Friend

A lot of times, the best way to know if you actually understand something is to teach someone. As you're explaining it to someone who has no knowledge about welding, you can really tell what you do and don't know.

Teaching a subject has proven to help you remember it, this is called the protege effect.

Pass Your CWI Exam

Passing your CWI exam is a big step toward your future, studying for it can be stress full.

However, if you follow the tips we've laid out, it should be as stress-free as possible. If you are interested in courses or have any questions you can contact us.

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Career Change: Become a Certified Welding Inspector

How Much Money Can I Make as an AWS CWI?Did you know that more than 50 percent of all products require wielding at various stages of the manufacturing process? The building and construction industry also heavily requires the work of welders.

Welding inspectors work to ensure the safety and integrity of things made by welded machinery.

If you have a keen eye for detail and have a passion for technical roles, this is a career you can pursue.

In this article, we're telling you what it takes to become a welding inspector.

Gain Welding Education and Experience

There are several paths to becoming a certified welding inspector.

You can start your journey by pursuing a bachelor's degree in welding technology, welding engineering or a closely related field. After graduating, you'll only need at least 1 year of welding experience to qualify for certification by the American Welding Society.

If you have an associate degree in welding technology, welding engineering or a closely related field, you'll need a minimum of 2 years of wielding-based experience to qualify for certification.

Another option is to join a vocational training institution and get welding training. This is a popular path among the vast majority of aspiring welding inspectors. There are many welding trade schools, and they're cheaper than pursuing a degree. You'll, however, need at least 4 years of welding-based work experience to qualify for AWS certification.

Holders of a high school diploma, along with those whose highest level of schooling is 8th grade, must have a minimum of 5 and 9 years of welding experience, respectively.

Evidently, the best way to become a welding inspector is to start out as a welder. After gaining sufficient welding experience, you can then seek certification as a welding inspector.

Nurture the Skills Required to Become a Competent Welding Inspector

Beyond obtaining welding knowledge, there are essential skills you need to master.

For example, you need a high attention to detail. The job involves scrutinizing weldments, some in places that are not easily visible to the eye. A keen eye for detail will enable you to spot anything that doesn't meet the applicable standards.

Strong technical writing skills are crucial, as well. After conducting an inspection, you'll write detailed reports of your findings. Analytical skills are also crucial, since your role will involve studying engineering drawings.

Get Certified by the American Welding Society

The last step to becoming a welding inspector is to get certified by the AWS.

The Society offers 3 levels of welding inspector certifications:

  • Certified Associate Welding Inspector
  • Certified Welding Inspector
  • Senior Certified Welding Inspector

Each certification has different minimum qualification requirements. Generally, though, the level of minimum qualifications increases with the seniority of certification.

To get certified, you must successfully complete a certification examination, as well as pass a vision test. Certified welding inspectors must renew their certification every 3 years.

The Path to Becoming a Welding Inspector Is Clear

From increased employment prospects to higher compensation, becoming a welding inspector is a great career move. What's more, we have given you the information you need to make a switch to this career.

And that's not at all. We offer a CWI exam prep course that will get you the best preparation you need to ace the certification exam.

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How Much Money Can I Make as an AWS CWI?

Have you decided to pursue an AWS CWI certification? If this is the case, you have probably spent countless hours doing your research to make sure you meet the requirements.

But of course, what you really want to know is how much money you can make as a CWI. If you want to know, keep reading this article.

What is a CWI?

Before you learn how much a CWI makes, you need to learn a little bit more about the nature of the work.

A CWI stands for a certified welding inspector. CWIs are essential to a variety of construction fields.

CWIs have a number of important responsibilities each day to ensure the quality of a construction project.

When working at a job site, CWIs have to inspect for a variety of things such as compliance with city and state laws, federal safety regulations, and company-specific guidelines.

When a construction project is in full swing, an inspector has to monitor the welding operations to ensure compliance to welding procedures.

If you want to become a CWI, you need 5 years industry experience if you have a high school diploma, if you do not have a high school diploma don’t fret, you can still become a CWI but will need more industry experience. It also helps to have a background in engineering, CWI prep courses, or a similar field.

The American Welding Society offers a certified welding inspector certification you can complete.

Reasons to Become a CWI

Aside from a substantial salary, there are other reasons why many people choose to become CWIs.

For starters, the benefits are great. When you're part of a company, you will receive health insurance, 401k, and other benefits.

If you don't like to stay put in one place, a CWI career might be the right move for you. Becoming a CWI will allow you more freedom and more travel opportunities to choose where you want to work.

Also, when you become a CWI, you never stop learning. You will get the opportunity to learn from professionals and develop your skills further.

How Much Does a CWI Make?

For a lot of people deciding on a specific career depends a lot on the salary. It's no different for CWIs.

The average salary for a CWI pays $72K a year, with overtime included. The hourly rate is about $26.64 an hour. Most reports show CWIs rack up an average of 17 hours of overtime a week.

The salary of a CWI has grown over the past few years. In 2013, the average salary was $58,000 a year. This number was an increase from $38,410 a year in 2012.

Of course, this salary varies by location. Some of the lowest salaries for a CWI reported were $44K a year in the state of Idaho.

Meanwhile, New York and DC have some of the highest salaries in the industry reported between $80k and 83K a year.

Becoming an AWS CWI: The Bottom Line

There's no doubt CWIs can make a decent salary. Salaries depending on location can range from $44K to $83K a year. Not to mention you'll receive competitive benefits and a chance to travel.

Are you interested in obtaining an AWS CWI certification? Look no further.

Let us help you pursue your career with our complete CWI exam prep course.

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Our CWI prep course will ensure you are sufficiently knowledgeable in Nondestructive Testing

knowledgeable Nondestructive TestingI’ve received a lot of concerns from prospective students regarding Nondestructive Testing questions in the CWI exam.

Many who have taken CWI prep courses at other institutions found that the coverage of fundamental NDT knowledge is lacking. I imagine this is because most companies that offer CWI prep courses have instructors who may be knowledgeable in practical welding and visual inspection but may not have an NDT background.

AWS does not expect CWIs to be deftly knowledgeable in NDT methods but the newest version of the exam does expect CWIs to have a basic understanding of Ultrasonics, Radiography, Liquid Penetrant, Magnetic Particle and Electromagnetic Testing since NDT of welds is very ingrained in the CWIs work.

AINDT instructors are not only CWIs with a practical welding background but are also ASNT Level IIIs. I myself worked as a code welder am an SCWI and an ASNT level III.

AINDT not only provides CWI prep courses but we also provide Level I, II and III training for Nondestructive Testing in several methods. Rest assured that our CWI prep course will ensure you are sufficiently knowledgeable in Nondestructive testing.

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Addressing The Nde Technician Shortage

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Ask anyone in the pipeline industry, and they’ll tell you there’s a serious shortage of non-destructive evaluation (NDE) technicians in North America. A combination of stronger regulations for legacy lines and new construction, plus a lengthy certification process, has created a situation where demand for technicians outpaces supply.

As the name suggests, NDE provides pipeline owner/operators with a way to validate inline inspection (ILI) findings and evaluate anomalies without the risk of further damage. NDE technicians use magnetic particles, radiography, and high-frequency sound waves to locate anomalies in pipelines. In addition, they can confirm the severity of those anomalies – and that helps operators prioritize repairs and reduce the need for costly multiple excavations.

But the success of NDE largely depends on the technician’s ability to analyze results. And, the specific tools and technologies used to conduct NDE can vary from company to company. To ensure accuracy, it’s critical that technicians know how to use the equipment and how to interpret the results of testing.

And the only way to guarantee that is through experience – lots of it. All technicians must complete a combination of classroom and field training to earn NDE certification. Classroom hours are more theory- Addressing The NDE Technician Shortage As Demand Outpaces Supply, the Oil and Gas Industry Looks for Creative Solutions F U T U R E T H I N K I N G based, and students can apply what they’ve learned to a broad range of industries, from structural steel to pipelines. After completing the requisite classroom hours, students complete 2,000 + hours of supervised, industry-specific fieldwork, unique to their area of NDE focus.

So far, there’s no single, permanent way to create a pool of trained, qualified NDE technicians, but there have been some promising developments. Many colleges and technical schools currently offer two-year programs focused on NDE training. In addition, the industry has started to reach out to college graduates with new certification programs that reduce the training hours required for trainees with four-year degrees in engineering or science.

Pipeline service companies are also finding creative ways to build a larger pool of available NDE technicians: Some are pulling technicians from other departments or even other industries. Because there is a common knowledge base for non-destructive technology (NDT), a technician with years of experience in aerospace, for example, can transition to pipelines.

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Breaking Down How to Use Magnetic Flux Indicators and QQIs

Magnetic particle test pieces will help you maintain your mag particle process by verifying magnetic particle performance. Use to check for mag particle deterioration, to compare different magnetic powders, to verify sensitivity or visibility or to assure field direction and strength. In this blog we look at the primary use of Quantitative Quality Indicators (QQIs) and Magnetic Flux Indicators which are to verify field direction and strength.

Field strength and orientation are key factors in a successful magnetic particle examination. Sufficient magnetic field must be present to form indications on the surface being examined. And because magnetism is directional in nature, only discontinuities that cross the lines of flux will produce leakage fields to form those indications.

Unfortunately, the magnetic field within the part cannot be measured directly. So many practitioners use artificial flaws or test pieces to confirm magnetic field strength. At the same time, artificial flaws can confirm direction since only those orthogonal to the lines of flux will form indications. The most common artificial flaws in use are QQIs and Flux Indicator Strips. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages to consider when choosing the right tool for your inspection.

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New CWI Prep Course!

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We are excited to announce AINDT's introduction of their AWS CWI Prep Course.

We are working intensely to make this training course the most up to date and best in the industry! The American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector program is known for being a very thorough and in-depth examination ensuring those that earn the title of CWI are held to the highest standards.

Our prep course has been designed to bring you the relevant, current information and knowledge to best prepare you for the rigors of the CWI exam. Our course will provide a unique blending of both online and in-person training.

The interactive 40-hour plus online training will cover the part A fundamentals and part C code book portions of the exam in depth. Our online training is specially designed for you to study at your own pace. Following the online portion will be the 40 hour hands on training for the new part B practical exam, the 40 hour in person training will also provide additional review of the parts A and C to ensure you are at the top of your game.

The AWS CWI examination will then be provided on site at our facility immediately following the in-person training.

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CWI Exam Prep Course @ AINDT!

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Did you know?

The CWI exam requires 72% for a passing score on each of its three sections:

  • Part A: Fundamentals,
  • Part B: Practical, and
  • Part C: Code Book.
  • Students who score at least 60%, but below 72% on these three sections will receive a CAWI certification. A Certified Associate Welding Inspector, or CAWI, requires a minimum of two years welding related experience. CAWIs also are not allowed to sign off on paperwork.
  • Upon successfully qualifying and testing to the requirements put forth by the American Welding Society (AWS), the student will receive a National Certification, which will be active for three years.

Included in the course fee each student will receive a comprehensive visual inspection tool kit.

We believe we offer the most comprehensive CWI Exam Prep Course available. Our course will give you the skills and knowledge you will need to take the AWS CWI exam with confidence!

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Course cost: $1,800.00

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