How To Become a Certified Welding Inspector

Are you ready to start your career as a Certified Welding Inspector but you’re not sure where to start? At Real Educational Services, Inc., we provide the training you need to pass your exam as well as hands-on experience that sets you up for a successful future in the welding industry. Read through the steps for becoming a CWI below, and register for courses with Real Educational Services, Inc. today.

 Welder using a torch on a metal object.


Before anything else, you want to make sure that you qualify to take the CWI exam. To qualify, you must have a combination of both education and work experience in welding. The more education you have, the less work experience you need, and vice versa. Finally, you must be approved by the American Welding Society (AWS) to take the CWI certification exam, as they are the organization that offers it. Before you can take the exam, you must also pass an eye exam, as welding inspection is a very visually intensive task.

Welder working with a face mask and sparks flying everywhere.

Choose Your Part C

The CWI exam is broken up into three parts — Part A, Part B, and Part C. Part A and Part B are the same for everyone taking the test, however, when it comes to Part C, there are 8 different options to choose from. The Part C code book that you choose is completely up to you. It can be one that you are most familiar with, one with the least amount of pages for studying purposes, or any other one that you feel most inclined to choose.

Study & Apply

Studying for the CWI exam is the most important step in becoming a Certified Welding Inspector. The three  CWI exams total six hours long, which is why it’s important to have some sort of training under your belt. This is where our courses at Real Educational Services, Inc. come in handy. We provide high-quality, technical, hands-on training that not only will help you pass your CWI exam, but will also prepare you for your future as a Certified Welding Inspector. When you’re ready to take the test, all you need to do is complete and send in your CWI Initial Application and submit every other requirement. Once you have confirmed the location of the exam, you can book your flight and/or hotel room.

Welder working on pipeline construction.

Pass the Test

The final step in becoming a Certified Welding Inspector is taking and passing the exam! All of your training, studying, and hard work comes down to three final 2-hour exams. When you prepare for your exam with Real Educational Services, Inc., we dedicate ourselves to providing you with everything you need for a successful experience. Once you pass, you’ll receive your certification and you can start your future as a Certified Welding Inspector.

Now that you know how to start your future as a CWI, it’s time to start training and studying. Register for courses with Real Educational Services, Inc. today and prepare for a successful career in the welding industry.