This Standard establishes minimum requirements for Test Facilities, their personnel, and equipment to qualify for accreditation to test and qualify welders in the AWS Certified Welder Program. This facility accreditation program is open to all Test Facilities that are qualified, whether or not they are members of AWS. The Test Facilities may be part of an independent laboratory, manufacturing plant, educational institution, or other party.
This Standard establishes the procedure by which Test Facilities may seek, obtain, and maintain accreditation from an AWS designated third-party assessment agency to participate in the AWS Certified Welder Program.
Safety precautions shall conform to the latest edition of ANSI/ ASCZ49.1-88, Safety in Welding and Cutting, published by the American Welding Society.
NOTE: This Standard does not purport to address all of the safety problems associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user to establish appropriate safety and health practices. The user should determine the applicability of any regulatory limitations prior to use.