This specification establishes the requirements for American Welding Society (AWS) certification of welding inspection personnel. It describes how personnel are certified, and the principles of conduct and practice by which certification may be maintained. Any oral or written claim of certification under the guidelines established herein shall be made only by those individual SCWIs, CWIs, and CAWIs who are, at the time of the claim, current and in compliance with all sections of this specification. This specification meets or exceeds the requirements of AWS B5.1:2013, Specification for the Qualification of Welding Inspectors. This specification supersedes AWS QC1:2007.
The three levels of certification are Senior Certified Welding Inspector (SCWI), Certified Welding Inspector (CWI), and Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI).
In the certification process, AWS conducts an examination to determine a personâ€™s general knowledge of welding inspection and related technical areas. No determination is made of an individualâ€™s capabilities in applying that knowledge within a specific work environment or under actual working conditions.
It shall be the responsibility of the employer to determine that the SCWI/CWI/CAWI is capable of performing the duties involved in his or her particular welding inspection assignment.
This specification is intended to supplement the requirements of an employer, code, or other documents and shall not be construed as a preemption of the employerâ€™s responsibility for the work or for the performance of the work.