Is it for me?

The CSWIP Visual Welding Inspector course is designed for welders, operators, line inspectors, and foremen who carry out the visual examination of welded joints. It is also suitable for welding quality control staff and anyone who needs basic training in welding inspection alongside a qualification.

The elearning material for this CSWIP Visual Welding Inspector Online Course cuts down the classroom-based training days to a minimum.

The online material, as detailed below, covers the theory element of the course. The material will be provided after you log on the site.

What will I learn?

The Visual Welding Inspector Online Course will cover: introduction; typical duties of a welding inspector; inspection equipment; welding terminology and definitions; welding process video; welding processes; welding imperfections; plate inspection; practical plate guide; weld map exercise; weld gauge; weld gauge video; training plate walk through; practical inspection of fillet welds; training fillet walk through; fillet weld questions; welding safety.

What will I leave with?

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Identify various weld imperfections (defects)
  • Understand the relevant welding technology related to visual inspection
  • Understand the need for documentation in welding
  • Be aware of codes and standards related to inspection requirements
  • Carry out inspection of parent materials and consumables
  • Carry out visual inspection of welds, report on them and assess their compliance with specified acceptance criteria
  • Pass the CSWIP Visual Welding Inspector examination



What else should I know?

  • This CSWIP Visual Welding Inspector Online Course reduces the time in-class by one day. The course can be completed in one day whereas the classroom-based course and exam are two days duration
  • Enrolment on this course does not constitute reservation of an examination
  • All courses may be followed by a CSWIP Visual Welding Inspector examination for candidates with appropriate experience as specified in CSWIP document WI-6-92

There are no specific entry requirements for this course, but it is recommended that candidates have at least 6 months’ welding-related engineering experience and 2 years’ industrial experience. Candidates must also comply with Clause 1.3.4 of CSWIP document WI-6-92.



Classroom and Exam dates

Dates for the practical and exam element of this course can be found here 

What happens next?
When you have booked your online course, you will receive an email notification with your login details. You will then have 60 days to complete your distance-learning course.

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