Certification Committee

Scope: To oversee all AWS Certification Programs. Certification Committee initiates and approves certification programs and makes sure that the programs are run according to the protocols (security, ethics, efficient operation) required for them.

Chair: George Hlifka
Vice Chair: Lyndsey M L Deckard
Second Vice Chair: Phil P A Grimm
Third Vice Chair: Richard R L Arn
Secretary: John Gayler

Upcoming Meeting Dates
Winter 2015 Certification Committee Meeting
(All committee meetings are open to the public with the exception of the exam bank committee.)
City: Miami, FL
Dates: January 29, 2015
Time: 8am to 5pm
Venue: American Welding Society Headquarters
Address: 8669 NW 36 Street, Miami, FL 33166

Summer 2015 Certification Committee Meeting
(All committee meetings are open to the public with the exception of the exam bank committee.)
City: TBD
Dates: TBD (July or August)
Venue: TBD
Address: TBD

Subcommittees and Programs overseen by the Certification Committee:

  • Subcommittee on the Code of Ethics
  • Subcommittee on Certification of Welding Engineers
  • Subcommittee on Certification of Welding Inspectors
  • Subcommittee on Supplemental CWI Inspection Programs
  • Subcommittee on Certification of Radiographic Interpreters
  • Subcommittee on Certification of Welding Fabricators
  • Subcommittee on Certification Examinations
  • Subcommittee on Auditing Accredited Test Facilities and Certified Welding Fabricators
  • Subcommittee on Accredited Test Facilities and Certification of Welders
  • Subcommittee on Certification of Robotic Arc Welding Personnel
  • Subcommittee on Certification of Welding Educators
  • Subcommittee on Certification of Structural Inspectors
  • Subcommittee on Certification of Resistance Welding Personnel
  • Subcommittee on Certification of Welding Supervisors
  • Subcommittee on Certification of Welding Sales Representatives
  • Subcommittee on Certification of Welding Technicians
  • Subcommittee on CWI of the Year

New programs the Certification Committee is researching and implementing

  • Part B Exam Re-design
  • Certification of Resistance Welding Technician
  • Penetrant Testing Endorsement
  • Revision of the QC1 standard
  • New QC47 standards for Accredited testing Facilities and Certified Welders
  • Welder Testing Endorsement
  • Welding Procedure Specification Endorsement
  • Magnetic Particles Testing Endorsement
  • Steel Erection/Fabrication Endorsement

If you are interested in joining the Certification Committee or any of its Subcommittees, please review the Certification Committee Membership & Duties Statement and proceed to submit the Certification Committee and Subcommittees application for consideration.

Thank you for your interest, on behalf of the Certification Committee and the AWS staff.