Certification for welding inspector course
During the fabrication process of equipment, we often encounter the welding process. Welding inspector officers have the duty to maintain welding quality. This QA / QC process starts from weld preparation, weld process and after welding. The welding inspector has several kinds of certifications. For Europe, we are familiar with welding inspectors CSWIP 3.0 and CSWIP 3.1. In November 2019, I took part in the training and examination of the CSWIP 3.0 Welding Inspector certification in addition to my previous competence, which was a certified welding engineer. The CSWIP 3.0 Visual Welding Inspector course is designed for welders, operators, line inspectors, and foremen who carry out the visual examination of welded joints. It is also suitable for welding quality control staff and anyone who needs basic training in welding inspection alongside a qualification. Construction engineers also need to understand welding inspection.
CSWIP 3.0 training (course and exam) duration
The training lasts for 3 days. 2 days are used to study the types of welding defects, limits and acceptance criteria, and practice questions. then 1 day is used for the test. The exam only lasts for 2 hours. The participants worked on 20 questions about welding on plates (butt weld) and 14 questions on welding plates with fillet weld types. The minimum score is 70% for butt weld and 70% for fillet weld. After attending this training, the participant should be able to :
- Identify various weld imperfections (defects) that can be inspected visually
- Understand the relevant welding technology related to visual inspection for plate
- Understand the requirement for documentation/report in welding inspection
- Understand codes and standards in Europe related to inspection requirements of butt weld and fillet weld in a plate
- Carry out inspection of base materials and consumables materials (electrodes, filler wires, consumable inserts, gases, fluxes etc)
- Carry out visual inspection of welds, report on them and assess their compliance with specified acceptance criteria
- Verify weld dimensions, fit up and weld preparations are in accordance with the engineering drawings.
- Pass the CSWIP Visual Welding Inspector qualification.
How to join CSWIP 3.0 Training and examination? You can join the training in your country by contacting TWI agent. Usually, the minimum participant is 10.
what is CSWIP?
CSWIP stand for Certification Scheme for Personnel. Why we choose CSWIP? CSWIP is a complete or comprehensive scheme which provides for the examination and certification of profesional / individuals seeking to demonstrate their knowledge and/or competence in their field of operation. The scope of CSWIP includes among others, Welding Inspectors, Welding Supervisors, Welding Instructors, Welding Examiners, Welding Quality Control Co-ordinators, Heat Treatment Operatives, Cathodic Inspection personnel, Plant Inspectors, Underwater Inspectors, Plastics Welders and NDT personnel. CSWIP focus mainly on welding and inspection knowledge & certification.
CSWIP is managed by the Certification Management Board, which acts as the Governing Board for Certification, in keeping with the requirements of the industries served by the scheme. The Certification Management Board, in turn, appoints specialist Management Committees to oversee specific parts of the scheme. All CSWIP Boards and Committees comprise member representatives of relevant industrial and other interests. TWI Certification Ltd is accredited by UKAS to BS EN ISO/IEC 17024 for certification of personnel.
Responsibility of CSWIP 3.0 welding Inspector
after we joined cswip 3.0 visual welding inspection course and pass the exam, we have responsibility in the area of visual welding inpection.
- Post weld visual inspection
Visual inspection and dimensional check of completed weld against specification requirements and drawings.
and under the supervision of a Welding Inspector or Senior Welding Inspector:
- Establish the most suitable welding processes
- Codes and standards
Application of the requirements of codes and standards.
- Parent material identity
Verification against documentation and markings of correctness of parent material.
- Welding consumables identity
Verification of correctness of welding consumables (electrodes, filler wires, consumable inserts, gases, fluxes etc).
- Pre-weld inspection
Verification that dimensions, fit up and weld preparations are in accordance with the engineering drawings.
Verification that preheat (where required) is in accordance with specified procedures.
- In-process welding surveillance
Surveillance during welding to verify compliance with specified procedure including any preheat, interpass temperature control and post heat requirements.