NWIS Training Inc. will now be holding the American Welding Society “CWI” (Certified Welding Inspector) course and test at our state of the art, 17,000 square foot facility in Burton, TX. Also being offered is the PART B prep course only.


The American Welding Society “Certified Welding Inspector” preparatory course is designed to offer the applicant the knowledge and ability to pass the CWI/CWE test. The course covers the navigation of American Petroleum Institute Standard 1104 as well as practical solutions for complying with the code. The course also covers the theoretical science behind metallurgy, inspection practices, and non-destructive examination. The participants will receive instruction in the following necessary skill blocks:


Welding Safety

Fabrication Math

Welding Symbols

Welding Fundamentals

Inspection Tools

Welding Discontinuities


The CWI course will be 8 days (approximately 64 hrs.) starting on Fridays ending on the following Friday followed by the test on Saturday. NWIS has elected to offer the 8 day prep course vs 5 to allow the students to be better prepared for the exam. This gives each student more course prep time and allows the instructors more individual time with students. This will only increase student knowledge, have the student more prepared for the exam, and help the students investment in passing the test. The American Welding Society (AWS) and proctors will then administer the test on Saturday following the prep course. The test will be in 3 parts and timed.


Part A: Fundamentals 2 hrs (150 questions)

Part B: Practical 2 hrs (46 questions)

Part C: Open Code Book 2 hrs (46-60 questions)


Qualifications for the test are as follows:


Minimum Education                                                                                                                                              Minimum Work Experience

Bachelor or higher degree in welding engineering or welding technology - (4) years maximum substitutionMinimum of (1) years welding based work experience


Associate or higher degree in welding or non-welding related engineering technology, engineering, or a physical science - (3) years maximum substitutionMinimum of (2) years welding based work experience


Engineering/Technical courses that can be applied to Bachelor or higher degree in Welding - (2) years maximum substitutionMinimum of (3) years welding based work experience


Trade/Vocational courses - (1) year maximum substitution for successfully completed coursesMinimum of (4) years welding based work experience


High school diploma or approved high school equivalency diplomaMinimum of (5) years welding based work experience

8th grade level of schoolingMinimum of (9) years welding based work experience

Less than 8th gradeMinimum of (12) years welding based work experience


Students can register for the prep course section on our website but to register for the test you must go to American Welding Society website at



 Print out the CWI exam application, fill it out and mail it in to the American Welding Society address at the top left corner of application. Make sure the sections below have the following correct information on the exam application.


Section 1 you will have to enter a site code that will be listed below for the course date and test you are registering to take.


Section 3 check the API 1104-pipeline box.


Section 4 check the EXAMINATION ONLY box.


Section 14 is the Visual Acuity Record. Print out the form and take it to eye doctor to get your eye examination and the examiner will fill out the information You can send it in with application, mail it in at a later date, or bring it with you on the day of exam. You will not be allowed to take exam if this step has not been completed and form presented to AWS before taking the test.


Please take note that registering for the course DOES NOT qualify as registration for the AWS CWI examination. You are not signed up for the exam until your application has been mailed in with payment. You must register for the exam at least 6 weeks prior to test date (test registration deadlines below) or you can take a 3 week option for an added fee through AWS. Students do not have to take the test on the Saturday following the course. Once a student takes the course the student can choose any test date desired that AWS offers, however there will be a test offered following all CWI courses at our facility on Saturdays.


Each student must have their own API 1104 code book and calculator when taking the course and the test. You will not be allowed to share an 1104 code book. The following books and material will be provided for all students taking the prep course when they arrive at the facility:


Welding Inspection Technology

Welding Inspection Technology Workbook

Standard Welding Terms and Definitions

Standard Symbols for Welding, Brazing, and Nondestructive Examination

Guide for Nondestructive Examination of Welds


The books will be the property of NWIS Training and returned to our facility the morning of the exam.


Lunch will be provided every day during the course section. Coffee and donuts will be served each morning during the course and test day.


2016 Course and Test Dates: Class begins 8AM-4PM Daily


Course Date                                       Test Date                                Site Code                                                    Test Application Deadline to AWS

Oct 19-26 2018                                    Oct 27                                Read Below                                                                        9/17/2018

March 1-8 2019                                  March 9                               Read Below                                                                        1/28/2019

June 21-28 2019                                June 29                               Read Below                                                                         5/20/2019

October 4-11 2019                              Oct 12                                Read Below                                                                         9/2/2019


Our facility is ONLY opened for testing to our students. You must contact us for the site code when registering with AWS for your exam.

                                                                                          Contact number 979-289-9000


NWIS Training, Inc.

16380 Hwy 290 W

Burton, TX 77835

(979) 289-9000

Business Hours

Monday - Thursday  8:00 - 4:00

Friday  8:00 - 12:00