Looking for Colorado welding jobs and want to become a CWI? A Certified Welding Inspector is a great career choice that is available all throughout Colorado. Taking the right steps to become a successful CWI is essential to your success.
The first step is to:
Acceptance requires you to have practical welding experience. What does this entail? You’ll need:
- 5 years of work experience if you have only a high school diploma.
- 3 years of work experience if you have an associate’s degree or attended technical school.
The requirements change, so they may vary from what is listed above.
After the application has been submitted, you will need to undergo the CWI examination. Anyone entering this career will need to pass the certification exam before entering the field. The exam is difficult and requires vast knowledge in welding and a lot of preparation even for the most experienced welders.
Those that are preparing for the exam will want to:
- Read the AWS B5:1:2003 and the QC1:2007.
- Study, study, study. It is not enough to skim over the documents; you need to study each document thoroughly.
- Attend the AWS CWI Seminar. This week-long seminar will help you review all of the information on the exam, but should not be your only course of studying. Always study prior to the seminar, and use the seminar to fill in any gaps in your knowledge.
- Determine what will be on the exam. The AWS Body of Knowledge has the most updated criteria listed.
Once you have determined what you should be studying, it’s time to create a study plan that you will follow all the way up to the time you take the test. After you have completed your studies, you will need to take the exam, which is spread out over three different parts.
The first part, Part A, consists of 150 questions pertaining to fundamental welding knowledge. Part B will include inspection topics, while Part C is an open-book test consisting of at least 46 questions. You will need a score of 72% or higher on each part of the test to become certified.