Senior Certified Welding Inspector
After you've been a CWI for a minimum of six years, and your career has evolved into supervisory or managerial responsibilities in the field of quality control/quality assurance, you will want to apply for the highest level of certification: a Senior Certified Welding Inspector, or SCWI. SCWIs are in demand by companies looking to have it all-skilled, seasoned welding managers who can do the job and supervise others.
The SCWI is an individual who is in a supervisory position and has attained a higher level of experience than a CWI. The successful applicant also has professional education which has provided the opportunity to solve problems with a scope and level of difficulty beyond those experienced as a CWI.
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CWI wishing to advance to SCWI at the 9-year recertification
For CWI applicants in your ninth year renewal cycle who wish to pursue and who qualify for SCWI status, you will need to complete a CWI 9-Yr Re-Certification Application along with an SCWI application. Your CWI can be re-certified at the 9-yr mark by either taking the Part B Practical Examination or by evidence of continuing education (see QC1:2007, Section 16.3.2 for more information). You may schedule the Part B examination at the same site location that you will be taking the SCWI examination. If you qualify for re-certification via continuing education, the supporting documents along with the completed exempt application must be submitted at the same time as your SCWI application.
Applicants who are still active CWI's and are not due to expire for at least six months from their desired SCWI testing date, will need to complete the SCWI application only. If you are not successful in passing the SCWI examination, you will maintain your active CWI status until your expiration date. At that time, you must pay the regular renewal/re-certification fees.
BOTH PARTS OF THE SCWI EXAMINATION MUST BE TAKEN. The SCWI re-examination must be taken WITHIN ONE year following the date of your INITIAL exam to keep your application current. AFTER ONE year following your INITIAL exam, you will need to complete a new SCWI Exam Application.
VISUAL ACUITY RECORD
PLEASE BE SURE TO VERIFY THE FOLLOWING BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION TO AWS:
Please be advised that you will be notified (6) weeks AFTER your application has been submitted. We strongly urge applicants to please allow the (6) weeks processing time so that AWS may efficiently and accurately serve your certification needs.
If there are any questions or concerns regarding the SCWI Re-Examination process, please feel free to contact the AWS Certification Department at: 1-800-443-9353, ext. 273. Our Certification Coordinators are available to assist you Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
To qualify for a renewal, all SCWI, and CWI applicants must attest to having no continuous inactivity of two years or greater of the three-year certification period in the practice of welding inspection or related activities as defined in QC1. This work experience must be documented in the Qualifying Work Experience section of the application. Résumés are not acceptable.
Additionally, you must also provide a current Visual Acuity Record with your application. The Visual Acuity Record cannot be more than (7) months prior to the date of your certification expiration. Eye examinations must also be administered by ophthalmic medical personnel.
Please be sure to do the following before submitting your application to AWS:
Interpretation of Subclause 8.1 of AWS QC1:2007 Approved January 17, 2008 by the AWS Certification Committee Text of 8.1 of AWS QC1:2007:
“8.1 Applicants for certification as SCWI, CWI, or CAWI shall satisfy the visual acuity requirements of 6.1 of AWS B5.1, Specification for the Qualification of Welding Inspectors.”
These visual acuity requirements may be satisfied with the use of only one eye.
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Effective 01 June 2006, candidates choosing the API-1104 open codebook exam may only use the 20th Edition. The new API-1104 exam will consist of 60 multiple choice questions taken in the same two hour format. The new API-1104 exam is not compatible with any editions of API-1104 other than the 20th Edition.
Candidates are responsible for purchasing the API-1104 codebook and, if not in possession of abound copy of the standard. must present proof of purchase for any photocopies presented.