AWS Certified Welding Inspector

Reciprocal Certification to CSA W178.2 (CWB)
- Exam Preparation
Course Location:
Holiday Inn Express
10010 104 Street
Edmonton AB  T5J 0Z1 Canada
Book Accommodations with CASTI Room Rate
Date: June 18-23, 2012
Earn: 4.8 CEUs

IMPORTANT:To allow sufficient time to complete the pre-classroom online study, course registrants are encouraged to register by May 7, 2012

Completing all of the online study work is a critical step that maximizes your likelihood of passing the exam. Individuals who do not complete all of the online study work may jeopardize the likelihood of successfully passing the exam and do so at their own risk. The online study work is an integral part of this training course and must be completed by all registrants to achieve the full CEU credit, and for exam candidates to comply with the CASTI Exam Preparation Guarantee Policy.

Prior API and ASME Code experience is highly recommended before taking this course. For individuals with limited API and ASME Code experience, it is recommended that the CASTI's Introduction to ASME Pressure Equipment Codes or ASME Section IX - Welding Codes and Metallurgy course be taken in advance.


To achieve the AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) certification, and by reciprocity, also achieve the CSA W178.2 Welding Inspector Certification Level 2 that is managed by the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB). It is also the objective of this course to prepare exam candidates to write the ASME code endorsement exam as part of the CWI certification.


Each participant will receive a certificate with a minium of 4.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) accredited by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) for attending the 6-day classroom session. Further CEUs will be awarded based on the amount of pre-classroom training modules completed.

Who Should Attend

Inspectors, technologists, engineers, or experienced welders and welding supervisors who are involved in new welding fabrication, repairs, alteration, or inspection of welded pressure equipment. It will also assist API 510 and 570 inspectors who plan to challenge the CSA W178.2 practical exam to become a Level 2 inspector. For information regarding the AWS-CSA reciprocity for welding inspector certification, please visit AWS Certified Associate Welding Inspector for more details.

Candidates writing the CWI examination on June 25, 2012 are required to apply directly with CASTI before May 11, 2012. Click here to download the CAWI/CWI Exam Application form.

CASTI Learning Advantage (CLA)
Hybrid Training

This course includes 11 days* of training as described below:

Estimated 5 Days*
Pre-classroom Online

  • online study ASME Codes
  • review general knowledge of welding fundamentals and practical visual inspection
  • solve practical problems and review detailed solutions
  • online pre-classroom content only available from May 7 to June 17, 2012

6 Days

  • instructor-led course consists of 3 parts:
    • A) Welding Inspection Fundamentals (3 days)
    • B) Practical Visual Inspection Workshop (1-1/2 days)
    • C) ASME Code Clinic (1-1/2 days)
  • review example problems and detailed solutions
  • solve practice problems and review detailed solutions
  • in-classroom training held June 18-23, 2012

* Estimates are based on the average time needed by previous students to complete online training. Your personal skill and experience levels will determine the actual time required to complete this work. Previous students took between 10-30 hours (1-4 days) to complete the online lesson work.

Online study is an integral part of this training course. Exam candidates must be prepared to complete all elements of this training course in order to maximize the chances for successfully passing the examination.

Online study components include:

  • study material for reading
  • reviewing example problems and detailed solutions
  • solving practice problems and reviewing detailed solutions
  • practice problems results are graded to provide a measure of self-evaluation

Prior to the course start date, the online study modules are made available to individuals registered for this CASTI exam preparation course. Completion of these online modules is a mandatory part of this training course (see Guarantee Policy below). All exam candidates are encouraged to register early and allow sufficient time to complete these online study modules.

Click here for more information about the CASTI Learning Advantage (CLA).


Welding Inspection Fundamentals (3 days):

This portion of the course will prepare exam candidates to write the 2-hour Fundamentals exam and includes the new updated AWS Welding Inspection Technology (WIT) text book and workbook with over 500 sample exam questions. The WIT text book modules that will be covered include:

  • Welding Inspection and Certification
  • Safe Practices for Welding Inspectors
  • Metal Joining and Cutting Processes
  • Weld Joint Geometry and Welding Symbols
  • Documents Governing Welding Inspection and Qualification
  • Metals Properties and Destructive Testing
  • Metric Practice for Welding Inspection
  • Welding Metallurgy for the Welding Inspector
  • Weld and Base Metal Discontinuities
  • Visual Inspection and Other NDE Methods and Symbols
Practical Visual Inspection Workshop (1-1/2 days):

This portion of the course will prepare exam candidates to write the 2-hour Practical exam and includes the AWS Visual Inspection Workshop reference manual with sample examples questions. Topics covered include:

  • Terms and Definitions
  • Introduction to Visual Welding Inspection
  • Weld and Base Metal Discontinuities
  • Measurements of Welds
ASME Code Clinic (1-1/2 days) (Optional Evening Tutorial Sessions):
  • This portion of the course will prepare exam candidates to write the 2-hour ASME code endorsement exam that includes:
  • ASME Section IX
  • ASME Section VIII-1

Interpretations Workshop

This workshop includes two practice exams, using similar sample weldments and measuring instruments to simulate the actual 2-hour practical exam.

Required Code Documents

All participants must bring the ASME Section IX and ASME Section VIII-1 to the class. These code documents can be purchased as a package from CASTI.

Purchasing Code Documents:

The code documents are available as a package only, not on an individual basis. Note: only the specific portions of the two ASME codes required for the exam are supplied in this code package

Minimum System Requirements for the CLA Pre-classroom Online Study

  • Broadband Internet connection
  • Windows Vista (or higher)
  • Mac and Android computers and tablets are not supported
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 (or newer). Microsoft Edge NOT supported.
  • Latest version of Adobe Reader

Note: Use of Adobe software may have additional system requirements (Please refer to the Adobe specifications provided with your Adobe software or visit the Adobe website at for more information.)

Note: Please consult with your company IT department if you are unsure that your company computer meets the above requirements

CASTI Exam Preparation Guarantee Policy:

Customers who are unsuccessful in achieving a passing mark with the AWS CWI exam after taking the related CASTI course will be offered a 50% discount to retake the same course again, provided all of the following requirements are met:

  • All of the pre-classroom online modules were fully completed and all answers submitted online prior to the start of in-classroom training.
  • 100% attendance at the classroom training.
  • 100% attendance at the pre-exam review day.
  • All of the post-classroom training is fully completed and all answers submitted online prior to the exam date.
  • This offer is limited to the first available course where seating is available.

Final approval for registration under the CASTI Exam Preparation Guarantee Policy is given at the sole discretion of Codes and Standards Training Institute (CASTI).

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About the Instructor

John E. Bringas, P.Eng. is a professional engineer who has practiced metallurgical engineering and inspection for 40 years. He is also certified as an API 510, 570, 653, 571, 577, and 580 inspector, an AWS Certified Welding Inspector, an Alberta In-Service Pressure Vessel Inspector and Welding Examiner, and former CGSB certified NDE examiner in UT and RT. He is a long time committee member of ASTM A01 (Steels), A05 (Coated Steels), B02 (Nonferrous Alloys), NACE STG 32 (Oil and Gas Production-Metallurgy) and STG 36 (Process Industry-Materials), and Canadian Representative on ISO TC 17-SC 4 (Steels). He is the author of the ASTM Handbook of Comparative World Steel Standards, ASTM Handbook of Steel Data: American and European, ASTM Passport to Steel Database, and the CASTI Metals Data Books. Mr. Bringas has engineering work experience in the steel making, foundry, consulting, refinery, pipeline and petrochemical industries and is the founder of Codes and Standards Training Institute and CASTI Publishing Inc.

Richard J. DePue is the Lead Auditor and QA/QC Inspection Manager of Certified Welding and Testing with over 27 years of welding related experience. Some of his responsibilities include conducting and coordinating visual and NDE inspections, AWS welding inspector training, and project surveillance/auditing activities. He holds a M.Sc. Degree in Technology Education Administration and is a CSA W178.2 Level 2 Welding Inspector, AWS Senior Certified Welding Inspector, AWS Certified Welding Educator, AWS Certified Radiographic Interpretation, NY State Public School Certified Teacher in Metal Trades, ASNT Level III - MT, PT, VT. Mr. DePue started his technical career as a welder in 1981 and in concert with his formal education and many technical certifications, he enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience throughout his training courses.