Is it for me?

Currently in the United Kingdom alone, there are in excess of 200,000 kilometres of new plastic pipelines installed for utility services. Therefore, TWI is offering a new two-day transition course, suitable for those who currently work as metal inspectors, and who wish to be able to understand, identify and report on the inspection of welded plastic pipes.

The course is suitable for inspectors that currently hold the CSWIP Welding Inspector (fusion) – Level 2 Certification (3.1). It provides candidates with an understanding of the thermoplastic materials used in piping systems and the welding techniques used to join them.


What will I learn?

  • Plastic pipe welding techniques and equipment
  • Welding imperfections
  • Visual inspection and procedures
  • Material quality assurance (QA)
  • Duties and responsibilities of a plastic welding inspector
  • Terms and definitions
  • Health and safety

What will I leave with?

  • Confidence in contractors and installation teams
  • Improvement in systems
  • Reduction in downtime due to failure and re-working
  • Decline in maintenance costs
  • Enhancement in working practices
  • Decrease in insurance costs
  • Production of inspection reports
  • CSWIP certification is recognised worldwide

What else should I know?

  • A fundamental understanding of the plastic welding techniques and procedures used for welding thermoplastic pipes
  • Be able to understand factors that influence the quality of welding techniques in plastics
  • Interpret drawing instructions and symbols to ensure that specifications are met
  • Undertake reports on inspection of welds and mechanical tests
  • An ability to assess and report on welds to provided acceptance levels
  • Confirm that incoming materials meet stipulated requirements and recognise the effects on weld quality of departure from specification
  • CSWIP Certification

Minimum experience requirementsCertified Welding Inspector (fusion welding)

All training courses and examinations can be carried out at TWI’s Plastic Welding Training Centre in Middlesbrough or TWI’s headquarters in Cambridge or at customers’ premises worldwide.

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Plastics Welder Training and Qualification

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