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Certified Welding Inspector/Educator (CWI/CWE)Preparatory (10 day) $1800
Certified Welding Inspector/Educator (CWI/CWE)Preparatory (Online) $1800
Applications of Visual Welding Inspection (40 Hours) $1050
Senior Certified Welding Inspector (SCWI) Preparatory (Online) (40 hours) $900
Certified Welding Supervisor (CWS) Course (Online)(5 Day) $900
9 Year SCWI or CWI Recertification Workshop (Online) (80 Hours) $1625
Radiographic Film Interpretation/Interpreter Preparatory (5 day) $900
Fundamentals of Welding Inspection or Advanced Visual Welding Inspection $900
Welding Procedure Fundamentals (5 day) $900
Liquid Penetrant / Magnetic Particle (PT/MT) Inspection Level I and II $800
Ultrasonic Inspection (UT) Digital Thickness $575
AWS Code Courses - AWS D1.1, D1.5 or D15.1 (40 hours) (Online) $575
ASME Section IX, B31.1 and B31.3 (40 hours) (Online) $575
API 1104 Standard (40 hours) (Online) $575
CWI Part B Examination Preparatory (40 hours in classroom) $900
CWI Part B Examination Preparatory (Online) $900
API 570 Piping Inspector (80 Hours Online) $900
API 1169 Pipeline Inspector (40 Hours Online) $900
API 510 Pressure Vessel Inspector (80 Hours Online) $900

Details for SCWI/CWI/CWE Applicants

AWS limits the number of students we can test on any test day to 50. Applications and seats for testing will be assigned a number in the order of receipt by Real Educational Services. Since several students have taken up space for testing and then decided to reschedule at the last minute, we are now forced to apply different rules than what we have used in the past. Full payment for the class and AWS fees is required at the time of application to be reserved a seat for the class and testing. Please call to verify application process due to possible changes in AWS requirements.

Class Time

All classes begin at 8am and run a minimum of 8 hours each scheduled day. Certification preparatory courses are designed to cover a certain amount of material each day and may take beyond 8 hours. These courses also include a substantial amount of homework.

Application for Testing to AWS

Students preparing to take the examinations offered for SCWI, CWS and CWI/CWE will be required to fill out an AWS application that must be completed and turned into Real Educational Services 7 weeks prior to the scheduled test date.   Visual Acuity Forms should accompany the initial application.  Applications received after their deadline may be assessed a late fee by AWS.   Payment for AWS membership and test fees must accompany the application for submission.

For those who elect to test at a later date or those participating in online training, testing may be done at any of the AWS national examination sites. Applications for testing at AWS national examination sites must be sent directly to AWS. AWS requires applications be received not less than 6 weeks prior to their test date. Any applications received after that time will be assessed a “fast track fee” by AWS (if received inside of 6 weeks.)

What to Bring to the Classroom

Calculators - Most courses will require the use of a calculator. For certification courses such as CWI/CWE, SCWI or CWS calculators to be used during testing must meet the requirements of the certifying organization, usually not a programmable calculator. Most students bring either a Construction Master or a scientific calculator. Just bring a calculator you can use or learn in class.

Tools – When use of tools is required for classroom exercises, all necessary tools will be provided by Real Educational Services. Students will not be allowed to use their own personal tools during the certification examinations. AWS allows the basic or scientific calculator or the construction calculator. When tools are required for certification testing, students must use tools provided by the certifying organization, as in AWS supplying tools for all students taking the CWI/CWE examinations.

For CWI/CWE Students AWS Confirmation Letter and Part B Specification – Bring your package
with the Part B Specification and the confirmation letter that you receive from AWS with you to class. This could arrive as an email or via US Post Office. If you do not receive this material before coming to class, you should call AWS at 800-443-9353 ext. 273.

Other materials – Student texts and workbooks are provided, as applicable and may be used for note
taking. Most are the property of the student upon course completion. For certification examinations, the
student must provide their own reference materials such as Codes or Standards.

Other Sources of Materials – Pre-course study materials are provided to registered students of the AWS CWI/CWE or the API 510 and 570 Preparatory courses. Upon registration and meeting deposit requirements for the class, pre-course study guides and questions are mailed to the student. Applicable reference Codes or excerpts which are the responsibility of the student may be obtained from Global Engineering Documents at 800-854-7179 or on line at

Online Course Requirements
Online Courses We are continually improving and updating the training experience in our New Virtual Training Center. Our online students have the advantage of moving to the front of the class to experience teaching in an almost personal, one on one, environment. The video and image content are high definition, bringing you up close to the tools, samples and specifications. The audio has been digitally enhanced for clarity of speech, so the student doesn’t have strain to pay attention and can retain more of the critical information and successful test taking hints.

The basic requirements for participation in the Virtual Training Center are:

  • Computer with sound
  • High speed internet access (HD Video - Standard Definition can be selected for improved speed)
  • Printer
  • Confirmed email address
  • Up-to-date internet browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, IE, etc.)
  • Adobe Reader installed
  • Adobe Flash installed

As with any instruction, the time and effort you put into it, determines what you get out of it! It is important for the student to schedule and dedicate the appropriate amount of time to the online courses. Also, the student will enhance their ability to pass exams by eliminating distractions and be ready to take notes with pencil and paper, preferably a notebook. The student should have the same calculator that they will use for any exam they may take with AWS. Certain courses require specific code books, publications and documentation. If these books not provided via download in the course, they are the responsibility of the student to acquire prior to starting the course.

Once a student has registered and paid in full, they will be sent an email with instructions, login link, user name and password.

The online courses do not provide access to the Codebook of your choice. Students need to have a printed copy for their use prior to beginning the Code section of training.

AWS testing for SCWI, CWI Endorsements, CWS are now being handled by Prometrics. The student will be responsible for contacting AWS and scheduling any examinations for certification. If you need assistance, please call our office.