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AWS Certified Welder Program (CW)

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College of the Canyons operates as an Accredited Testing Facility for the American Welding Society (AWS) to administer welder qualification testing under the AWS Certified Welder Program.

The Certified Welder program is a performance-based program with no prerequisite courses or certifications required. Final certification will provide "transferable" credentials that you may take with you wherever you go.

The Certified Welder (CW) program tests welders to procedures used in the structural steel, petroleum pipelines, sheet metal, and chemical refinery welding industries. There is a provision to test to a company-supplied or non-code welding specification. Tests for Certified Welder (CW) are performed at AWS Accredited Testing Facilities located throughout the world.

Welders that want to attain AWS Certified Welder certification must make an appointment with one of several AWS-Accredited Testing Facilities. These testing facilities adhere to strict standards for welder testing and can test welders to AWS Standard Welding Procedures (SWPSs), industry standard specifications and company-supplied or non-code welding specifications.

To best familiarize yourself with the most current AWS Certified Welder requirement, please visit the following Links:

Please review the following documents for additional information:

Note: All welding performance exams are arranged by appointment only (no walk ins).  Please contact Tim Baber at or 661 362-3062 for scheduling an appointment.



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