CSWIP PREPARATORY TRAINING
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The categories of certification available are:

  • Inspection (welding and plant inspectors)
  • Underwater inspectors
  • Plastic welders
  • Welding instructors (including rail, plastics)
  • Welding supervisors
  • Welders, including the National Welder Training Standard
  • General inspection of offshore facilities
  • Non-destructive testing (NDT)
  • Integrity management of bolted joints
  • Cathodic protection personnel
  • Welding coordination personnel
  • Heat treatment operatives
In general the scheme offers three levels of certification Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3.

There are three simple steps to certification:

  • Mandatory approved training
  • Relevant work experience
  • Examination at a CSWIP Test Centre

CSWIP 3.0 - Visual Welding Inspector - Level 1

Suitable for:

Welders, operators, line inspectors and foremen who undertake visual examination of welded joints; quality control staff associated with welding; all staff who need basic training in welding inspection coupled with a qualification in this field.

This course is also available with a practical module: CSWIP 3.0 Plus - Visual Welding Inspector with Practical Module (4 days).

Course Content:

This welding inspection course covers: visual inspection procedures; relevant codes of practice, terms and definitions; welding processes and typical welding defects; weld measurements; typical documentation and requirements; practical inspection and reporting.

Course Objectives:
  • To identify various weld imperfections (defects)
  • To understand the relevant welding technology related to visual inspection
  • To understand the need for documentation in welding
  • To be aware of codes and standards related to inspection requirements
  • To carry out inspection of parent materials and consumables
  • To carry out visual inspection of welds, report on them and assess their compliance with specified acceptance criteria
  • To pass the CSWIP 3.0 Visual Welding Inspector qualification.
Additional Information:
  • Examination applicants must submit a detailed CV/resume when booking this course
  • Enrolment on this course does not constitute reservation of an examination. All courses may be followed by a CSWIP Welding Inspector examination for candidates with appropriate experience as specified in CSWIP document WI-6-92.
Entry Requirements:

Although there is no specific experience required, it is recommended that candidates possess a minimum of six months' welding-related engineering experience and two years' industrial experience.

CSWIP 3.1 - Welding Inspector - Level 2

Suitable for:

Inspection engineers and supervisory staff. The course is ideal for inspectors requiring preparation for the CSWIP examinations - Welding Inspector.

Those with little or no previous welding experience are advised to attend the Certificate in Visual Inspection of Welds course to prepare for this course.

Course Content:

The duties and responsibilities of a welding inspector; fusion welding processes; typical weld defects; types of steel; carbon-manganese, low alloy and stainless steels; hardening of steels; weldability; heat treatment; parent metal defects; visual inspection; testing parent metals and welds; destructive tests; NDT techniques; welder and procedure approval; codes and standards; outline of safe working practices; practice in examination questions; continuous and end-of-course assessment. In addition, candidates meeting the CSWIP requirements for eligibility complete the relevant CSWIP examination on day 5.

Course Objectives:
  • To understand factors which influence the quality of fusion welds in steels
  • To recognise characteristics of commonly used welding processes in relation to quality control
  • To interpret drawing instructions and symbols to ensure that specifications are met
  • To set up and report on inspection of welds, macrosections and other mechanical tests
  • To assess and report on welds to acceptance levels
  • To confirm that incoming material meets stipulated requirements and recognise the effects on weld quality of departure from specification
  • To be in a position to pass the Welding Inspector - Level 2 examinations
Additional Information:

CSWIP Welding Inspector examination - All candidates must attend a CSWIP approved course of training prior to examination. Enrolment on this course does not constitute reservation of an examination. All courses may be followed by a CSWIP Welding Inspector examination for candidates with appropriate experience as specified in CSWIP document WI-6-92.

Entry Requirements:
  • Welding Inspector for a minimum of 3 years with experience related to the duties and responsibilities listed in Clause 1.2.2 of CSWIP document WI-6-92, under qualified supervision, independently verified OR
  • Certified Visual Welding Inspector (Level 1) for a minimum of 2 years with job responsibilities in the areas listed in 1.2.1 and 1.2.2 of CSWIP document WI-6-92 OR
  • Welding Instructor or Welding Foreman/Supervisor for a minimum of 5 years In addition to all the above, candidates must comply with Clause 1.3.4 of document WI-6-92