CWI/CWE Preparatory (in the classroom) This course is designed for individuals who desire to achieve the status of an AWS Certified Welding Inspector and/or Educator (CWI/CWE). We are now offering this course for new students in a 10 day format. Over the years, the 10 day format has proven to be the best for preparing our students to take the CWI examinations. Taking the 10 day course allows students longer to study materials in a suitable learning environment, fine tune their skills of taking tests and provides extra hands-on practice.
During this course our students not only are prepared with information to take the CWI examinations but are also given practice and coaching for test taking skills to even better prepare them for the CWI examinations. The attendee may elect to test with any of the Code book selections offered by AWS. Selection of a certain document for testing purposes does not prevent the Certified Welding Inspector from working with other Codes and Standards. If desired, after certification, further training and testing can be accomplished to acquire endorsements in all available Codes and Standards offered by AWS for testing.
If you are testing at a Real Educational Services test location, your application for AWS testing must be received by Real Educational Services, Pascagoula office, no later than 7 weeks prior to the test date. All applications for AWS testing immediately after the course is completed must be sent to Real Educational Services. Payment for both the class and the test must accompany the application submission.
For those who elect to test at a later date or those participating in online training, testing may be done at any of the AWS national examination sites. Applications for testing at AWS national examination sites must be sent directly to AWS. AWS requires applications be received not less than 6 weeks prior to their test date. Any applications received after that time will be assessed a “fast track fee” by AWS (if received inside of 6 weeks.)
Online Courses We are continually improving and updating the training experience in our Virtual Training Center. Our online students have the advantage of moving to the front of the class to experience teaching in an almost personal, one on one, environment. The video and image content is high definition, bringing you up close to the tools, samples and specifications. The audio has been digitally enhanced for clarity of speech so the student doesn’t have strain to pay attention and can retain more of the critical information and successful test taking hints.
- The basic requirements for participation in the Virtual Training Center are:
• Computer with sound
• High speed internet access (HD Video - Standard Definition can be selected for improved speed)
• Confirmed email address
• Up-to-date internet browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, IE, etc.)
• Adobe Reader installed
• Adobe Flash installed
As with any instruction, the time and effort you put into it, determines what you get out of it! It is important for the student to schedule and dedicate the appropriate amount of time to the online courses. Also, the student will enhance their ability to pass exams by eliminating distractions and be ready to take notes with pencil and paper, preferably a notebook. The student should have the same calculator that they will use for any exam they may take with AWS. Certain courses require specific code books, publications and documentation. If these books not provided via download in the course, they are the responsibility of the student to acquire prior to starting the course. AWS does not allow online testing. The student will be responsible for contacting AWS and scheduling any examinations for certification directly with them. Once a student has registered and paid in full, they will be sent an email with instructions, login link, user name and password. The student will then have 90 days to complete the online courses.
Senior CWI Preparatory This course offers training experiences designed to prepare individuals meeting the requirements of the AWS QC-1 to successfully complete the AWS Senior Certified Welding Inspector (SCWI) examinations. As part of the requirements of AWS QC-1, individuals must have a minimum of 6 years as a CWI to take the SCWI examinations. Students will be required to provide their own Codes, Standards and Recommended Practices to be used during the course and the examinations. A suggested list is the SCWI body of knowledge. This course is also offered online for those who need to stay on the job.
CWI/CWE Endorsement Preparatory Courses These courses are specifically designed for SCWI or CWI/CWE endorsement testing to develop skills to identify pertinent information provided, quickly locate the appropriate section of the Code to be used and accurately interpret Code requirements. Courses are available for the following Codes/Standards: ASME Section IX, ASME B31.1 and B31.3, AWS D1.1, AWS D1.5, AWS D15.1 or API 1104. Students are required to provide their own Code or Standard to be used during the course and the examination. These courses are offered online with lecture, quizzes and examinations..
Certified Welding Supervisor Preparatory This preparatory course concentrates on the knowledge needed to improve weld quality, increase productivity and provide a safe and efficient welding environment. A battery of over 1000 questions will be formally asked and answered during the course. The attendee may elect bring any reference documents desired to the test, as allowed by AWS. Your application to AWS must be received by Real Educational Services no later than 7 weeks prior to the test date. This course will be scheduled based on student participation.
9 Year SCWI/CWI/CWE Recertification Workshop This course is designed for individuals who intend to renew their SCWI or CWI certification with training hours instead of retesting. This course will challenge the inspector’s knowledge in welding inspection and use of codes, standards and specifications and involves the attendee in progressively more difficult problem solving exercises. Course topics are taken from AWS B5.1. This course is offered online with lecture, quizzes and examinations. Application for renewal/recertification may be sent directly to AWS. Registration forms for course attendance must be sent to Real Educational Services.
AWS Codes - D1.1, D1.5 or D15.1These courses are designed for QC personnel, welding supervisors, inspectors, managers, auditors and others who desire to increase their understanding of AWS Codes. Guided lessons on each section of the code will include in-depth studies of welding procedure and welder qualification and certification, mechanical testing, nondestructive inspection, acceptance standards and workmanship requirements. These courses are offered online with lecture, quizzes and examinations.
Applications of Visual Welding Inspection This course is designed to provide the student the maximum number of practical experiences possible to learn welding inspection by practical application. Students learn how to determine which inspections are required and how to perform inspection duties before, during and after welding. Students become proficient in the use of various inspection tools required in the industry, witness live welding operations, monitor the mechanical testing of the procedure and welder qualification tests, evaluate radiographic film and complete final documentation. Training is conducted in the classroom, the mechanical testing lab and an actual fabrication shop environment. This course will be scheduled based on student participation.
Advanced Visual Welding Inspection This course is a continuing education course designed for experienced CWIs, QC personnel, instructors, supervisors or those who desire more in-depth understanding of the many facets of welding inspection. During the course each individual will use job specifications, codes
and other governing documents to determine inspection requirements, develop inspection plans and interpret acceptance criteria. The attendee will be auditing welding procedures and welder certifications to various codes, determining applicable mechanical test requirements and assessing results for validity. The attendee will be working in the classroom and in an actual fabrication shop environment. If you are looking for a challenging course to gain renewal hours, this course will provide valuable information pertinent to welding inspection, not just hours.
Radiographic Film Interpretation This course is designed for QC personnel, welding supervisors, inspectors, managers, auditors and others who desire to increase their knowledge regarding radiographic film interpretation and, if desired, to prepare for the AWS Radiographic Interpreter Certification examination. Special emphasis is placed on radiographic quality requirements and the accept/reject criteria of predominantly used Codes. Individuals will learn how to recognize both weld and base metal discontinuities, but more importantly, they will be able to determine radiographic quality and whether a discontinuity is acceptable or rejectable per the requirements of various referencing standards. This course is practical in nature and includes ample film viewing sessions with attention given to each attendee.
Welding Procedure Fundamentals This course is designed for QC personnel, welding supervisors, inspectors, managers, auditors and others who wish to increase their knowledge of welding procedure qualification to AWS D1.1, ASME Section IX and API 1104. Individuals will learn how to determine requirements for procedure qualification, document welding parameters and develop the welding procedure, procedure qualification record and welder performance qualification record. This course involves many practical exercises to develop skills in applying technical requirements of the source documents as well as focus on details required of documentation. Other Codes may be covered upon request.
ASME / NBIC Quality Control This course is designed for quality assurance/quality control personnel, plant engineers, managers, auditors and others who desire to further their understanding of how quality is maintained under the ASME Code and National Board Inspection Code (NBIC). This course offers special instruction in carrying out the responsibilities of the QC manager, purchasing agent, receipt inspector and shop foreman. It also covers procedures for implementing quality programs, maintaining job files, subcontractor auditing and use of Code manuals.
API 510 Preparatory This course is designed for individuals who desire to achieve the status of an American Petroleum Institute (API) 510 Certified Pressure Vessel Inspector. This course offers classroom training experiences designed to prepare individuals meeting the requirements API to successfully pass the API 510 examinations. A battery of over 1200 questions will be asked and answered during the 6 day training. Your application for testing must be submitted to API according to the deadline established by API. Code books to be used during the classroom training and the test are the responsibility of the student.
API 570 Preparatory This course is designed for individuals who desire to achieve the status of an API 570 Certified Piping Inspector. This course offers classroom training experiences designed to prepare individuals meeting the requirements API to successfully pass the API 570 examinations. A battery of over 1000 questions will be asked and answered during the 5 day training. Information regarding application process, required materials and other information are same as API 510 above.
Liquid Penetrant/Magnetic Particle (PT/MT) Level I and II Each course is designed to meet the classroom training requirements of ASNT’s SNT-TC-1A document for qualification and certification of nondestructive testing personnel. Students are provided total classroom training hours and examinations with the required number of questions which satisfy both Level I and II guidelines. Each course is designed to verify comprehension using progress checks throughout the course prior to final examination. Final examinations include general knowledge, practical application and specific examinations using applicable source documents.
Ultrasonic (UT) Digital Thickness This course provides basic knowledge on ultrasonic inspection for digital thickness measurements of steels. Emphasis is placed on sound velocities, frequency, equipment, transducers, selection and instrument calibration techniques. This course is practical in nature, utilizes classroom participation, and allows for hands on application in the use of ultrasonic equipment for measuring material thicknesses. This course is designed for NDT technicians, welding inspectors, auditors, supervisors, managers, engineers, quality assurance/quality control personnel, and others who desire to improve their skills in this area.
ASME Section IX, B31.1 and B31.3 Seminar This seminar is designed for QC personnel, welding supervisors, inspectors, managers, auditors and others who desire to increase their understanding of these ASME Code. The attendee will learn how ASME Section IX B31.1 and B31.3 relate to other ASME code sections, how they are used and how to access information within them. This course is offered online with lecture, quizzes and examinations.
Fundamentals of Welding Inspection This is an introductory course for students new to the field of welding inspection. There are no prerequisites for this course. If you are considering the CWI certification examinations, this course would be especially helpful for students who are not welders. Included will be lecture on fundamentals of welding processes, welding symbols, codes, standards and specifications. Fundamentals of Welding Inspection also offers the maximum number of practical experiences possible to learn welding inspection by practical application. This course is may be taken prior to the CWI Preparatory but can be utilized as continuing education hours for 9 year renewal of CWI