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.

Roles & Responsibilities of CSWIP:

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.