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TWI's practical welder training courses and qualifications are designed to help create a skilled and competent workforce.

With a choice of bespoke on-site practical training, weld procedure development and witnessing of welder qualification tests at TWI or company facilities, our training covers the main arc welding processes that are used by industry, whether manual or semi-auto, including TIG, MMA, MAG, MIG, and FCAW.

This training can be delivered for self-sponsored individuals or companies at basic, refresher or advanced levels across all of the major industry sectors, including oil and gas, chemicals, power, automotive, aerospace and construction.

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Career progression

The practical welder training is an excellent choice if your company or yourself, as an individual, wish to pursue a career in welding inspection. The fundamental knowledge gained from the various welding processes and the advantages and disadvantages of each are invaluable assets for later progression in welding inspection.

Why choose TWI?

Our training is delivered by qualified and experienced welding instructors at our purpose-built training facilities in Cambridge, UK, as well as at our premises in India and Malaysia.
We can also deliver courses worldwide on-site at your own premises.

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Programme details

We have compiled a list of commonly asked questions to provide more information on what you can expect.

What certification will I get?

TWI's welder qualification tests are witnessed by CSWIP approved welding examiners and conducted in line with recognised international standards, such as ASME IX, AWS, and API 1104.

Qualification standards in the global construction and manufacturing sectors are EN 9606/287, ASME IX and BS 4892 parts 1 and 2 in the UK.

The internationally recognised qualification standard for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is BCAR-A8-10, which is also the requirement for welding in the aerospace sector.

What does getting the qualification mean?

Your qualification acts as a proof of competency and confirms that you have been able to demonstrate a level of skill against existing recognised standards for present company manufacturing requirements.

Your welder qualification test can be completed against your company's qualified weld procedures or, if you are a private paying individual, the welder qualification test can be in line with TWI's own qualified weld procedures.

Can you help with qualified weld procedure development?

Yes, we can provide guidance in structuring the test type(s) to determine the range of procedure qualification suitable for your company.

TWI can witness all weld procedure test with relevant NDT and mechanical testing undertaken by The Test House.

All of our qualification documentation is issued and authenticated by TWI Certification Ltd and is officially recognised by DTI/UKAS Pressure Equipment Directive (PED).

Can you assist with qualified weld procedure development?

We can provide assistance to identify test type and determine the range of, while TWI can also witness approval tests and provide full NDT and mechanical test house facilities should they be required.

How do I know that the training is relevant?

Wherever your training takes place, our product simulated workmanship exercises ensure that your training is relevant to real-life situations, with the materials used during the course (and in qualifying) including carbon steel, aluminium, stainless steel and titanium.

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Frequently asked questions

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How long will it take to become a welder? I am a beginner.

Many factors need to be considered regarding the course duration as individuals all learn at a different rate and some of the welding processes are more difficult than others. However, as a general rule, we recommend a minimum practical training of one week per welding process to gain a fundamental basic understanding of each.

How long does the qualification last?

This will vary depending on the qualification obtained. Some qualifications need to be reviewed every year as is the case of BCAR A8-10 (CAA) whilst BS EN ISO 9606/287 is generally reviewed every two or three years.

If my employee passes the welder qualification test does this belong to him or the company?

If the qualification test is completed by your employees against your existing weld procedure(s), the qualification is the property of the company. If the employee ceases employmnet with your company to join another, the qualification is not transferrable to his new employer.

When would you recommend a practical welding assessment?

A practical welding assessment is particularly useful when you need to determine your present skill level. You or the company who employs you may be required to qualify to a higher standard than you presently possess.

The assessment will allow us to gauge how much training you will need to achieve the standard you may require. This also gives you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with our workshop training facilities and discuss your requirements in detail with one of our instructors.

What do I need to bring?

You will be required to bring your own safety footwear and boiler suit, but TWI can provide welding gloves, headshields, safety glasses and so forth (although you can of course bring your own if you prefer).

You do not need to provide an eyesight certificate but if you wear glasses for reading you will need to bring these for welding. We also recommend that you wear a round neck dark cotton tee shirt under your boiler suit for all welding activities.