Reciprocity and Recognition

From CSA to AWS
  • CSA W178.2 Level 1 to AWS CAWI with endorsement code(s)
  • CSA W178.2 Level 2 to AWS CWI with endorsement code(s)
From AWS to CSA
  • CAWI* to Level 1 with endorsement code(s)
  • CWI* to Level 2 with endorsement code(s), but only after 2 years as a CWI

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


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.

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 Welding Inspector career path page for more details.


Each participant will receive a CASTI Certificate of Completion with 48 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for attending all 6 days of the classroom training. An additional 40 PDHs will be awarded for the completion of the pre-classroom online lessons prior to the course start date.

CASTI Learning Advantage (CLA)
Blended Learning

This course includes 13 days* of training as described below:

Estimated 5 Days*
Pre-classroom E-Learning

  • 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 TBA

6 Days

  • instructor-led course consists of 3 parts:
    • A) Welding Inspection Fundamentals (2-1/2 days)
    • B) Practical Visual Inspection Workshop (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 TBA

Estimated 2 Days*
Post-classroom E-Learning

  • additional practice exam questions (online)
  • write second practice exam (online)
  • post-classroom online training starts TBA

* 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:

  • e-Instructor support
  • 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 lessons are made available to individuals registered for this CASTI exam preparation course. Completion of these online lessons 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 lessons.

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


Welding Inspection Fundamentals (2-1/2 days):

This portion of the course will prepare exam candidates to write the 2-hour Fundamentals exam. The lessons that will be covered throughout course 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 (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
  • Google Chrome. 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

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About the Instructor

John E. Bringas, P.Eng. is the President and Founder of Codes and Standards Training Institute (CASTI) and CASTI Publishing Inc. He is a professional engineer who has practiced metallurgical and materials engineering, and inspection since 1975. He has also been 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 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, E04 Metallography, E28 Mechanical Testing, F42 Additive Manufacturing, J01 ASTM/NACE Committee on Corrosion, NACE STG 31 Oil and Gas Production—Corrosion and Scale Inhibition, STG 32 Oil and Gas Production-Metallurgy, STG 34 Petroleum Refining and Gas Processing, STG 35 Pipelines, Tanks, and Well Casings, STG 39 Process Industries—Materials Applications and Experiences, and past 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 (failure analysis), inspection, NDE, refinery, pipeline, and petrochemical industries.