American Welding Society (AWS)

Senior Certified Welding Inspector (SCWI)


Credential: Senior Certified Welding Inspector (SCWI)  In-Demand resource CA Eligible
Credentialing Agency: American Welding Society (AWS)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The American Welding Society (AWS), Senior Certified Welding Inspector (SCWI) certification is an advanced-level credential for supervisory or managerial welding quality control and quality assurance professionals. SCWIs work in every industry that uses welding as a core process in the manufacture, construction, or fabrication of their products. SCWIs supervise others and are responsible for directing and performing operations to ensure that all welding-related activities meet applicable requirements. SCWIs work in every industry that uses welding as a core process in the manufacture, construction, or fabrication of their products. SCWIs know which factors influence welding quality; how to oversee welders to ensure higher-quality work; and the complementary factors that help maximize productivity. SCWIs must meet experiential requirements and pass an exam.

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Senior Certified Welding Inspector (SCWI)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    low

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite: Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)
  • Experience: 15 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

American Welding Society (AWS)

8669 NW 36 Street
# 130
Miami, FL  33166-6672

Phone: (800) 443-9353

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Candidates must be a high school graduate or hold a state or military approved high school equivalency diploma and meet experiential requirements. Note: Education may be substituted for experience as follows:

  • High School Diploma or GED with 15 years of related welding experience
  • High school diploma plus one-year of engineering/technical school courses or one or more years of vocational education and training in a welding curriculum with 14 years of related welding experience
  • High school diploma plus two or more years engineering/technical school courses 13 years of related welding experience
  • Associate or higher degree in engineering technology, engineering, or a physical science with 12 years of related welding experience
  • Bachelor or higher degree in welding engineering or welding technology with 11 years of related welding experience

The Senior Certified Welding Inspector (SCWI) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must pass visual requirements. Additional details related to minimum requirements can be obtained from Specification for the Qualification of Welding Inspectors.
  • Candidates and those certified must agree to adhere to the AWS Code of Ethics.

  • Welding and allied processes
  • Heat control and metallurgy
  • NDE fundamentals
  • NDE applicability
  • Destructive testing

  • Welding procedure qualification
  • Welding Personnel Qualification and Certification
  • Welding Inspection and NDE Personnel Qualification and Certification
  • Quality assurance
  • Safety programs and procedures
  • Project management
  • Personnel management and training

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Senior Certified Welding Inspector (SCWI) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

RECERTIFICATION

Senior Certified Welding Inspector (SCWI)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Senior Certified Welding Inspector (SCWI) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Candidates must attest to having no period of continuous inactivity greater than two years as described in AWS B5.1, Specification for the Qualification of Welding Inspectors during the previous three years of certification.
  • Candidates who do not meet the work requirements may renew by taking the CWI Part B Practical Exam.

Candidates must meet the following requirements every 9 years to remain certified:

  • Test to both Parts A&B of the SCWI exam and achieve at least the minimum passing score. (Reference the SCWI Body of Knowledge for a list of acceptable preparatory materials.)
  • Take and pass an endorsement exam on one of the following:
    • AWS D1.1 Structural Steel
    • AWS D1.2 Structural Aluminum
    • AWS D1.5 Bridges
    • AWS D15.1 Railroad
    • AWS D17.1 Aerospace
    • API 1104 Pipelines
    • ASME Section IX, B31.1 and B31.3 Boiler & Pressure Vessel
    • ASME Section VIII, Div. 1 & Section IX Boiler & Pressure Vessel
    • Structural Drawing Reading
  • Accumulate 80 contact hours (PDHs) of seminars, courses or online courses.
  • Complete the AWS 9-year recertification course.

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Most

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Other

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 through E9

Early Career

1-6 years experience; Officer O1 through O2

Mid Career

6-12 years experience; Officer O3 through O5

Late Career

12+ years experience; Officer O6 and Above

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

Medium

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High

Highly attainable: minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

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