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Preparation Course for the AWS-CWI Exam

Steel stuctures or parts of it for utilisation in the American market, need originally the inspection by a Certified Welding Inspector (CWI).

According to AWS QC1, the purpose of welding inspection is, to determine if a weldment meets the acceptance criteria of a specific code, standard, or other document. The Welding Inspector must be thoroughly familiar with welding processes, welding procedures, welding qualifications, materials, the limitation of weld testing, be able to read drawings, prepare and keep records, prepare and make reports and make responsible judgements.

For Welding Inspectors to be successful, the activities performed should be consistent with the requirements, technical and ethical principles.

The GSI mbH, branch SLV Munich, offers in cooperation with Hobart Institute and the American Welding Society a two week preparation course for the purpose to enable participants to be prepared to take the examination. The used Code Book is AWS D1.1 (2010). The examination, operated by AWS consists on three parts. Applicants seeking CWI certification shall successfully meet the required 72% score of the examination parts.


Part A – Fundamentals
Part B – Practical
Part C – Code Book (D1.1)    



Supplementary notes:

  • The Code Book D 1.1 and a scientific calculator (not programmable) are required at the beginning of the course. You can order the Code book at AWS.
  • The course will start at 09/03/2018 and end with the examination by AWS at 09/14/2018.
  • The lessons will be from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • This course will be executed in english language.
  • Due to the correspondence with AWS, the deadline for the announcement is 08/17/2018.
  • To become a CWI you have only to pass the examination and
  • you need the code book AWS-D1.1, edition 2015
  • To pass the examination it is rather useful to be well prepared by a preparation course.
  • So you can do your application for the examination and/or the preparation course.

Very Important:

You have to do two applications. You need one application for the preparation-course at SLV Munich and one for the exam by AWS.

Application at GSI mbH Branch SLV Munich

Application at AWS

To get the permission to the exam, AWS needs the following AWS exam application forms at the deadline:

Fees for retests

Fees for repeat tests                     Costs
Preparation course

   € 2010.- 
Exam (AWS)

   € 795.- 
Repeat tests (2 parts)

   € 480.- 
Repeat test (1 part)

   € 260.- 
9yr re-certification

   € 830.- 

AWS GSI Conference 

GSI - Gesellschaft für Schweißtechnik International (GSI mbH) and the American Welding Society (AWS) have partnered to deliver a unique conference where U.S. and European welding standards on numerous topics will be presented, compared, and discussed. The conference will take place at GSI mbH NL SLV München (Munich). 

With increased globalization and complexity of supply chains, more and more companies in Europe and in North America have understood the necessity of knowing multiple national and international fabrication codes and standards. 

This conference will benefit engineers, inspectors, supervisors and quality control personnel who are already familiar with one set of standards but need to know more about the other set of standards. 

Attached below you will find the GSI AWS conference program. There will be a voluntary social program organized on October 19th. For further information download the GSI AWS Conference Flyer.