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Overview of AWS Standards, Education &

Credentialing Programs
Dennis Harwig

Overview of AWS Standards, Education & Credentialing Programs

Dennis Harwig

AWSs strategic goal is to support the


industry by providing:

Membership
Codes and Standards
Certification
Education
Conference/Seminars
Annual Exposition
Foundation and Scholarships
Publications, and Periodicals
Interactive Website

Overview of AWS Standards, Education & Credentialing Programs

Dennis Harwig

AWS Standards Overview

The AWS Technical Department oversees the drafting and the publication of
engineering and welding consensus standards that are developed by the
legwork and expertise of our volunteer base via committees.

Types of Standards:

Codes

Specifications

Guides

Recommended practices

Interpretations

Methods

230 published technical standards.

Besides national standards, AWS collaborates with ANSI by coordinating


and submitting U.S. positions of ISO standards through our volunteer ISO
U.S. TAG committees.

Globalization driving need for translations in Spanish, Chinese, Korean


Russian, Portuguese, Arabic

Overview of AWS Standards, Education & Credentialing Programs

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What Constitutes a Committee?

Our committees can number anywhere from 5-60 volunteers.

On average committee size is usually about 15-20 members.

Some broader committees are subdivided into smaller, specialized


subcommittees to task workload.

In total, the Technical Department oversees the work of 166


committees, including subcommittees and U.S. TAGs.

All of the Technical Committees are open to the public and


encourage anyone interested in participating in standards
development to attend face-to-face meetings or apply on our
website: http://www.aws.org/technical/techapp.pdf

Our Technical Staff of 14, support our volunteer base with program
managers and coordinators.

Overview of AWS Standards, Education & Credentialing Programs

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Classification of AWS Technical Standards

A for Fundamental Technology & Consumables

B for Qualification and Inspection

C for Processes

D for Industrial Applications (Codes)

E or EG for Education (AWS Education Division)

F for Safety and Health

G for Material Weldability

J for Welding Equipment

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Technology & Application Committees


There are 29 Technical Committees in total, all of which publish standards:

A1 Metric Practices

D3 Marine Construction Welding

A2 Definitions and Symbols

D8 Automotive Welding

A5 Filler Metals

D9 Sheet Metal Welding

A9 Computational Weld Mechanics

D10 Piping and Tubing Welding

B1 Methods of Inspection

D11 Cast Irons Welding

B2 Welding Qualification

D14 Heavy Machinery Welding

B4 Mechanical Testing of Welds

D15 Railroad Welding

C1 Resistance Welding

D16 Robotics and Automatic Welding

C2 Thermal Spray

D17 Aircraft and Aerospace Welding

C3 Brazing and Soldering

D18 Food Processing Equipment

C4 Oxyfuel Gas Welding and Cutting

D20 Additive Manufacturing

C5 Arc Welding Processes

G1 Plastics Welding

C6 Friction Welding

G2 Metal and Alloys Welding

J1 Resistance Welding Equipment

C7 High Energy Beam Welding and


Cutting
D1 Structural Welding

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Some of Our Top Sellers

D1.1, Structural Welding Code Steel

A5 Specifications for Filler Metals

A2.4, Standard Symbols for Welding Brazing, and Nondestructive


Examination

A3.0, Standard Welding Terms and Definitions

B1.11, Guide for the Visual Examination of Welds

B2.1, Specification for Welding Procedure and Performance Qualification

SWPS, Standard Welding Procedure Specifications

D17.1, Specification for Fusion Welding for Aerospace Applications

B4.0, Standard Methods for Mechanical Testing of Welds

D9.1, Sheet Metal Welding Code

ANSI Z49.1, Safety in Welding Cutting, and Allied Processes

Overview of AWS Standards, Education & Credentialing Programs

Dennis Harwig

Overview of AWS Standards, Education & Credentialing Programs

Dennis Harwig

ISO 3834

Quality scheme for Welding Fabricators


Addresses special process QA requirements for ISO9000 type
schemes
Thousands of European companies certified
Emerging in Asia, Middle East
Interest growing in USA
Supports structures, vessels, rail, offroad vehicles, and machinery
segments
Scheme allows for use of equivalent standards
Must map standards equivalency framework for each segment
Must designate a Responsible Welding Coordinator who
manages operations

Overview of AWS Standards, Education & Credentialing Programs

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IIW International Institute of Welding, Qualification and


Certification System
To fulfill standards and to avoid failures and repairs in welding
construction key staff in all welding related activities needs to have
an appropriate level of knowledge and competence in welding
technology and its application.
This can be done by using the International Systems for Education,
Training, Qualification and Certification run by IIW which is a unique
and comprehensive system, and in use in more than 40 countries.
The reference to this International Education, Training, Qualification
and Certification Systems in international standards (ISO 14731,
ISO 3834, ISO 17660), is a clear recognition of its value.

Overview of AWS Standards, Education & Credentialing Programs

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Background

AWS is member of IIW - IAB


International Authorization Board
IAB is the body created within the IIW structure to operate the
International IIW Qualification, Certification and Authorization
Systems
AWS is not an ANB (IWP, IWS, IWT, IWE Diploma Scheme)
An organization recognized by the national IIW member is
appointed as (ANB) Authorized National Body for the
supervision of the Qualification System in each country
AWS is the ANBCC for ISO 3834 for USA
An organization recognized by the national IIW member is
appointed as (ANBCC) Authorized National Body for
Companies Certification in each country. Representatives from
these ANBCCs form the Operational Management within the
IAB, and appoint IIW Assessors to ensure conformity of each
ANBCC to the agreed Rules.

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Welding Coordinator

A responsible welding coordinator required for ISO 3834


Can be a single person of group of individuals that fulfill
all role requirements
Knowledge requirements can be met by having
education diplomas or certifications or must demonstrate
competency via audit
Equivalency is for knowledge requirements
Auditor still needs to establish competence to scheme
Equivalency increases value to industry for AWS CWT
and CWEng programs

Overview of AWS Standards, Education & Credentialing Programs

Dennis Harwig

Overview of AWS Standards, Education & Credentialing Programs

Dennis Harwig

AWS Education Services - Background

Making significant investments to improve education services


Developing an integrated program for Education & Credentialing
of personnel
Developing e-learning course bundles and libraries for individuals
and organizations, respectively
Leverage growth of Weld-Ed impact on community college
technician programs
Improving SENSE On-line & school services
Supporting ATF implementation in schools
Modernizing IT infrastructure & web services
Promoting career pathways in welding industry

Overview of AWS Standards, Education & Credentialing Programs

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EDUCATION & CREDENTIALING SERVICES:

SENSE Skill Standard & National Registry

Accredited Test Facility (ATF)

Certified Welder (CW) & National Registry


New CW passport system

AWS Academic Access (AWS AA)

AWS / AWO Education & Training eCourse Libraries


CWI Pre-Seminar, SENSE, ATF Services, etc.

AWS Education Seminars (on-site)

AWS Professional Certifications (CWI, CWS, etc.)

AWS Fabricator Certifications (CWF, ISO 3834)

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AWS SKILLS EDUCATION, TRAINING & CERTIFICATION FRAMEWORK

Education,
E-Learning & Career Services

Accredited Services

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SENSE - Schools Excelling through National Skill


Standards Education

Welding education & skill technology


Education certificate of achievement
Skill qualification
Supports high schools and career centers
Qualification follows AWS B2.1
Level 1 Entry Welder
Level 2 Advanced Welder
AWS SENSE National Registry & Certificates

However if school is an ATF - can issue AWS Certified Welder


credential for qualifications past as part of program

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ATF Accredited Test Facility

Train and certify welders for AWS D1.1, API, and ASME
codes
Workers earn Certified Welder (CW) ID card and registered in
AWS National Registry

Schools need to establish quality enterprise relationships with


industry
Certified welding workforce supplier

Business opportunity for schools


Value opportunity for industry
Change current process
FROM schools train & credential, then industry re-trains
& certifies
TO schools train & certify
Provide better candidates at less cost to industry

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Accredited Test Facilities


Large demand in Community Colleges
Pellissippi TAACCCT grant award starts 2014
Develop ATF Toolkit & Training materials
Ivy Tech state-wide strategy & industry partnerships

Welding Education, Skills & Cert. Conference


July 23rd 25th at Ivy Tech, Indianapolis, IN
New conference to help educators and industrial partners
maximize use of AWS education and credentialing platform

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AWS CERTIFICATION FRAMEWORK


FUNCTION

PERSONNEL PATHWAYS

ENTERPRISE

Skilled Labor

SENSE L1 / L2 / CW

ATF

Technicians

CRAW-O / CRAW-T

ATC

Quality

CRI / CWI / SCWI

CWF / ISO3834

Production

CWS

Engineering

CWT* / CWEng

Sales

CWSR

Education

CWE / Weld-Ed
*Certified Welding Technologist (future)

SENSE

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CWI Competency Based Career Pathway Example


CWI
Experience &
Competency
Requirements

CWI
Education
eCourses

CWI Exam
Readiness
Seminars

CWI
Exam

Practical Work
Exp. 5 yrs.

CWI Pathway

Competencies
& Education

CWI Examination
Preparatory
Seminars

CWI Exam

eLearning
Courses
Pre-Seminar

Welding Inspection
Technology
Seminar

Fundamentals
Part A

Visual
Inspection
Workshop

Practical Part B

Code Clinic

Open Code Book


Part C

CWI Certification

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Fundamentals (CWI Part A) eCourse Bundle

CWI Pre-Seminar includes:

Safety
Math for Welders 1
Welding Fundamentals (Process 1)
Symbols
Metallurgy 1
Nondestructive Testing

AWS eCourses use modern multi-media learning


strategies to support different learning styles

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Educational Course Pathways for AWS Credentials


Competency

CWI

CWT

CWSR

CWS

Fundamentals

Inspection
Practical

Code
Endorsement(s)

Advanced
Fundamentals

B2.1 WPS
Development &
Practical

B2.1 WPQ Testing

Lean Management

Welding
Economics

ISO 3834
Schemes

X
X

This is a simple concept from Education course perspectives

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CWI Endorsements (more under development)


AWS D1.1 Structural Steel
AWS D1.2 Structural Aluminum
AWS D1.5 Bridge Welding
AWS D15.1 Railroad
API 1104 Pipeline
AWS D17.1 Aerospace
AWS Structural Drawing Reading
ASME Section IX, B31.1, + B31.3
ASME Section VIII, Div. 1 and Section IX
AWS Certified Radiographic Interpreter (CRI)
AWS Structural Bolting Inspection

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Volunteer interest?

Standards committee volunteer benefits:

Network with and access to experts in key segments


Strengthen technical capabilities
Develop leadership skills
Become recognized as expert in field / segment
Manage risk for your employer
Discover business opportunities for your employer or
company
Develop understanding of international relationships for
trade and foreign business operations

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AWS Technical Department Contact Us

Feel free to call the Technical Department for further


information at 1-800-443-9353 ext. 340

The activities of AWS Technical Committees in regard to


interpretations, are limited strictly to the Interpretation of
provisions of Standards prepared by the Committee or to
consideration of revisions to existing provisions on the basis
of new data or technology.

Overview of AWS Standards, Education & Credentialing Programs

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Thank You