Getting Started: AWS Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI) and Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)

Education and Experience Requirements

Certified Associate Welding Inspector shall have:

Note: CAWI shall perform inspections under the active supervision of a CWI or SCWI

Certified Welding Inspector shall have:

Note: The areas of qualified experience options are listed in AWS B5.1 paragraph 5.5.

AWS Welding Inspector Examinations

Certified Associate Welding Inspector:
Certified Welding Inspector:
Code Exams:

Renewals for CAWI, CWI, and SCWI


Reciprocity and Recognition

From CSA to AWS
From AWS to CSA

* must write a 0.5 hr open-book W178.2 exam

Note: When applying as an AWS CWI for CSA W178.2 Recognition, you will be permitted to inspect the equivalent code endorsement(s) for which you wrote your AWS CWI exam.

For more information about CASTI's AWS CWI Exam Preparation courses, please visit:

This summary of educational requirements, examination and renewal, and recognition and reciprocity information is provided for your general overview. It is important that you read the complete documents containing these details as provided by CSA, AWS and CASTI.

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