AWS - Reciprocity Program

Reciprocity Program Information

Canadian Welding Inspectors (CWB)
Canadian Welding Inspectors and who have successfully completed the Canadian Standard CSA W178.2 examination and is currently holding a valid Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) card may apply for the AWS CWI certification through the Reciprocity Program. The Canadian Welding Bureau level II is equivalent to the AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) and level I is equivalent to the Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI).

Under the Reciprocity Program, these individuals are eligible for the Certified Welding Inspector or Certified Associate Welding Inspector certification.

To apply for Reciprocity, please complete the Reciprocity Application (Be sure to check the “1st Time Reciprocity” box in the upper left hand corner of the application). Attach a copy of your CWB certificate card that confirms you are certified to the Canadian Standard CSA W178.2 and shows a current expiration date.

Israeli Welding Inspectors (INWC)
Israeli Welding Inspectors who have successfully completed the INWC certification examination and currently holding a valid INWC certification certificate are eligible to apply for the AWS CWI certification through the Reciprocity Program. Inspectors holding AWS CWI certification may also apply to INWC to gain ICWI certification.

AWS will solely be responsible for issuing CWI certification materials. If the INWC welding inspector wishes to maintain their AWS certification independently, they must apply as a new candidate to AWS, pay full fees, and submit to the full requirements of certification (QC1: Standard for AWS Certification of Welding Inspectors).

To apply for Reciprocity, please complete the Reciprocity Application (Be sure to check the “1st Time Reciprocity” box in the upper left hand corner of the application). Attach a copy of your ICWI certificate card that confirms you are ICWI certified and shows a current expiration date.


Program Forms and Document Downloads

Reciprocity Application


Technical Documents

QC1: 2007, Standard for the AWS Certification of Welding Inspectors
B5.1: 2003, Specification for the Qualification of Welding Inspectors


RECIPROCITY RENEWAL:
The renewal of your certification is part of the process of maintaining your certification in accordance with AWS QC1, Standard for AWS Certification of Welding Inspectors. For your convenience, you can download and print AWS QC1 by visiting our website. In order to maintain your certification status with AWS, you must submit a Reciprocity application and check the box Reciprocity Renewal with proof of continued CWB certification prior to your AWS CWI expiration date.

The standard processing time is six weeks and applicants will be notified AFTER your application has been received.

If you choose to mail your application via overnight delivery, please mail directly to:

American Welding Society
8669 NW 36 Street, Suite 130
Miami, Florida 33166-6672

Please retain a copy of your completed application for your records.

Please refer to the AWS Price List and the AWS Exam Cancellation Refund Policies and other Fees for all applicable fees. Be sure to complete the Method of Payment section on the application. All checks and money orders must be in U.S. currency and made payable to AWS. Payment must accompany your application. CERTIFICATION DOCUMENTATION WILL NOT BE MAILED UNTIL PAYMENT HAS BEEN FULLY SATISFIED.

If there any questions or concerns regarding the Reciprocity process, please feel free to contact the AWS Certification Department at: 1-305-443-9353, ext. #273. Our Certification Coordinators are available to assist you Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.