AWS - Accredited Test Facility

Program Information

The AWS Accredited Test Facility program establishes minimum requirements for test facilities, their personnel, and equipment to qualify for accreditation to test and qualify welders. ATFs play an integral part in the operation of the AWS Certified Welding program and have proven they have the necessary resources to test welders to this nationally recognized and accepted program. The program is open to all qualified test facilities that may be a part of an independent laboratory, manufacturing plant, educational institution, or other entity.

Recognition
Accredited Test Facilities are listed on the AWS website for those who need to certify welders and are also advertised periodically in the award-winning Welding Journal magazine.

Using ATFs to test and qualify welders makes sense
Entrusting welder certification to ATF specialists makes good business sense for contractors and fabricators. More and more companies have realized the shortcomings of self-qualification and discovered the advantages of utilizing AWS Accredited Test Facilities to test and qualify welders. ATFs help them to save money, improve productivity, and reduce liability by entrusting their welder certification to the experts. To learn more about the AWS Certified Welder program go here.

Explore the ATF Advantage
Join the more than 70 U.S. and 9 international test facilities that have taken advantage of the opportunity to become AWS Accredited Test Facilities. Download an ATF Program Package today or for more information call (800) 443-9353, ext. 448, or email epagoaga@aws.org.


Program Documents
ATF Initial On-Site Audit Application Package
ATF 1st and 2nd Year Renewal Application Package
ATF 3rd Year On-site Audit Application Package


Technical Documents


Instructions

  1. Complete the following documents:
    • ATF Application
    • One uncontrolled copy of your facility's Quality Assurance Manual
    • Completed QA Manual checklist
    • Completed On-Site Audit checklist
    • Application Fee or P.O. Request

    Mail these completed documents to:

    American Welding Society
    Attn: Emil Pagoaga
    AWS Certification Department
    8669 Doral Blvd., Suite 130
    Doral, FL 33166-6640

  2. Following a satisfactory review of the facility’s application, checklists and Quality Assurance Manual, an invoice for the applicable fees will be issued to the facility. Please click on the following link to view the current program fees: http://www.aws.org/certification/docs/schedules.html
  3. Program fees, along with a copy of the invoice must be mailed to:

    American Welding Society
    Attn: Certification Department
    8669 NW 36 Street, Suite 130
    Miami, Florida 33166-6672

  4. Once the program fees have been received, AWS will schedule an on-site audit of your facility by a third-party auditor.
  5. When the audit is completed the facility will receive notification of their results -- including the deficiencies requiring corrective action and a final invoice will be issued to the facility for travel expenses incurred by the third-party auditor.
  6. If the audit results are satisfactory, a certificate of conformance will be issued. The certificate allows your facility to operate in accordance with the AWS QC4-89, Standard for Accreditation of Test Facilities for the AWS Certified Welder Program.

We appreciate your interest in this program and look forward to the certification of your facility. Please contact the Certification Department at 800-443-9353, extension 448 or you can send an email at epagoaga@aws.org with any additional questions.


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