CSWIP (Certification Scheme for Welding and Inspection Personnel) is administered by The Welding Institute. The CSWIP certification process can involve mandatory approved training, a period of relevant work experience and examination at a CSWIP test centre. CSWIP certification provides a mark of current competence as certificates are renewable only on proof of continuing satisfactory performance and capability, often requiring a renewal examination. The CSWIP Welding Inspector certification scheme provides an excellent career profession route for qualified welders and for those involved in NDT.
Typical areas of work activity of personnel for whom CSWIP welding inspector certifications would be suitable are given below:
- Post welds visual inspection Visual inspection and dimensional check of completed weldment against specification requirements and drawings.
- Establish the most suitable welding processes
- Codes and standards Application of the requirements of codes and standards.
- Parent material identity Verification against documentation and markings of correctness of parent material.
- Welding consumables identity Verification of correctness of welding consumables (electrodes, filler wires, consumable inserts, gases, fluxes etc).
- Pre-weld inspection Verification that dimensions fit up and weld preparations are in accordance with the engineering drawings.
- Preheating Verification that preheats (where required) is in accordance with specified procedures.
- In-process welding surveillanceduring welding to verify compliance with specified procedure including any preheat, interpass temperature control and post heat requirements.
- Welding procedures Establishing that a procedure is available, has been approved as required by the appropriate authority and is being employed in production.
- Witnessing of welder and procedure approval tests Witnessing the preparation of test pieces and destructive tests, and verifying compliance with appropriate standards and specifications.
- Welder approvals Verification that adequate and valid welder approvals are available, and that only approved welders as required are used in production.
- Post weld heat treatment Verification that post weld heat treatment has been conducted in accordance with specification requirements.
- Reports Preparation of inspection reports.