Is it for me?

Individuals with limited or no previous experience of these welding processes, but who wish to learn them, including maintenance staff required to install and repair plastic pipe systems, welding engineers unfamiliar with these processes and engineering apprentices.

What will I learn?

Introduction to common thermoplastics (PVC, PP, PE, PVDF); key processing techniques; joint preparation; defects and how to avoid them; process control; inspection and testing; health and safety; practical butt fusion, socket fusion and electrofusion welding in polypropylene or polyethylene

What will I leave with?

  • To understand practical welding - butt fusion, socket fusion and electrofusion
  • To identify plastics materials
  • To implement procedure control and safe operation
  • To understand weld properties
  • To identify faults/defects and how to avoid them

What else should I know?

An examination leading to CSWIP certification can be provided following this course if required.

When held at TWI in the UK, the training will be conducted using equipment from a range of suppliers.

Tailored courses are designed to meet the needs of individual and companies, and delivered in-house or at one of our training centres (Middlesbrough, Cambridge or Kuala Lumpur). Please see case studies below for examples of our bespoke training services.

Welding Guide:


Certification in Plastics Welding
TWI offers certification aligned to the British and European standard for Approved Testing of Plastics Welders (BS EN 13067), as well as entry level certification, via the internationally recognised Certification Scheme for Personnel (CSWIP). More information is available at

To discuss your requirements or to book a course in the UK, please telephone Scott Andrews on 01223 899569 or email Scott Andrews. For training inquiries in Malaysia, please contact Dean Mallaburn.


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Plastics Welder Training and Qualification

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