Step 1 – Gain Experience
Find yourself a job related to welding or welding inspection. It is easier if you have an educational background in mechanical engineering but not necessarily.
There are 2 criteria of jobs experience to qualified for the CSWIP 3.1 exam;
- A minimum of 3 years experiences if you work in the inspection area. For example, you can find a job as a QC welding inspector or an assistant welding inspector, or
- At least 5 years experiences if your work is related to welding, i.e. field supervision, production or construction activities. For example, a welder, welding supervisor, leader, welding engineer and so on.
Step 2 – Choose Your Preferred Training and Examination Center
Training and Examination are provided either by International institutions such as The Welding Institute (TWI) or local institutions. You can find them with a simple Google search set to your locality.
The local government even funded the training in some of these local institutions. So check with your local authorities on the offer or ask around.
The fee for CSWIP 3.1 training and examination is approximately USD 2,000 which is not that much if you have been saving while working to gain experience before.
Step 3 – Register for the Course and Exam
In this part, we will use TWI as an example on registering yourself to the CSWIP 3.1 course and examination.
Step 4 – Attend the Course
To be able to sit for the exam, it is mandatory for you to attend the course first. TWI will confirm the date with you through e-mail or phone call upon successful registration and payment.
Up until the year 2018, the course content is as presented below:
- The course will teach you about the duties and responsibilities of a welding inspector including fusion welding processes, typical weld defects, types of, the hardening of steels, weldability, heat treatment and parent metal defects.
- The program also includes visual inspection, the testing of parent metals and welds, and destructive and non-destructive test techniques.
- You will also learn welder and procedure approval, codes and standards, and an outline of safe working practices.
- There will also be the opportunity to practice examination questions while undergoing continuous and end-of-course assessment.
Step 5 – Attend the Examination
The format for the examination is in Multiple Choice Question.
They are as follow;
- 30 General Multiple-Choice Questions to be answered in 45 Minutes.
- 60 Technology Questions to be answered in 90 Minutes
- 24 Macroscopic Questions to be answered in 45 Minutes
- 20 Plate Butt Questions to be answered in 75 Minutes
- 20 Pipe Butt Questions to be answered in 105 Minutes
To pass the exam you will need a 70% pass mark on every section.
Take note that before attempting the examination, you MUST provide the following:
- Two passport size photographs, with your name and signature on the reverse side of both.
- Eye test certificate, the certificate must show near vision and color tests (N4.5 or Times Roman numerals standard) and verified enrollment.
- You can print from the complete examination form TWI website.
It is your sole responsibility to provide the above. Results and certification will be delayed if you failed to do so.
Step 5 – Passing the Exam
If you pass the exam, TWI will send 2 copies of certificates and an identity card to you or your sponsor.
The certification is valid for 10 years and after that, you will have to renew the license with another exam.
There you have it, a step by step guide on How to Become a CSWIP 3.1 Certified Welding Inspector.
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