Diploma - FAQs
What is it?
The International Welding Diploma is a qualification which demonstrates that the
holder has completed minimum requirements for the education, training and examinations
which give him/her specific knowledge relevant to responsibilities in welding coordination.
Is there any document which establishes the minimum requirements to obtain welding diploma?
Yes. The International Institute of Welding produced the IIW Guideline IAB-252-07
Personnel with responsibilities for welding coordination: Minimum requirements for
the education, examination and qualification. This document specifies the syllabus,
learning hours, learning outcomes, and examination requirements for the IIW diplomas.
Why is it important to have recognised knowledge in welding coordination?
The International Welding Diploma in context. ISO 14731 Welding coordination - Tasks
and responsibilities, specifies that responsible welding coordination personnel
shall be able to demonstrate adequate general and specific knowledge in welding
and allied processes to perform these tasks. The standard also specifies in its
Annex A that welding coordination personnel holding the International Welding Specialist
(IWS), Technologist (IWT), or Engineer (IWE) diploma may be considered to satisfy
the specific knowledge requirements of ISO 14731.
What are the advantages of complying with ISO 14731?
Compliance with ISO 3834 Quality requirements for fusion welding of metallic materials,
is being increasingly specified worldwide as the route to evidence management of
quality for welded products. ISO 3834 states the requirement for appropriate welding
coordination personnel. Responsible welding coordinators must comply with ISO 14731
and gaining the IWS, IWT or IWE diploma can be a key step in achieving compliance
with ISO 3834.
Who can issue this Diploma/qualification?
The diploma can only be issued by an Authorised National Body (ANB), as established
by the International Institute of Welding. There is only one ANB per country member.
TWI Certification Ltd is the ANB in the United Kingdom.
I live outside the United Kingdom. Can I still gain the Diploma qualification by attending the courses in the UK?
Yes, subject to complying with the
Is this diploma recognised internationally?
Yes. It is officially recognised in over 40 countries around the world.
I have academic qualifications and/or broad experience in welding. Can these be recognised in order to speed up the process?
Yes. For more details go to
>I am not interested in getting the Diploma, but I would like to attend one or more of the modules. Is this possible?
Yes. You can attend them as guests, but you will not be allowed to sit the exam.
You can get a certificate of attendance to that particular module.