Certified Welding Inspector Exam Prep Course - Minnesota


Included in the course fee each student will receive a comprehensive visual inspection tool kit.

We believe we offer the most comprehensive CWI Exam Prep Course available. Our course will give you the skills and knowledge you will need to take the AWS CWI exam with confidence.



Certified Welding Inspector Course Schedule


CWI Online Prep Course Recommended Start Dates CWI Prep Course Onsite Dates Exam Date Exam Application & Fee Must be submitted to AWS by: AWS Exam Site Code
Dec. 17, 2018 Jan. 28 - Feb. 1, 2019 Feb. 2, 2019 Dec. 21, 2019 MN60019
Feb. 18, 2019 Apr. 1-5,2019 Apr. 6, 2019 Feb. 22, 2019 MN60119
Apr. 22, 2019 Jun. 3-7, 2019 Jun. 8, 2019 Apr. 26, 2019 MN60219
Aug. 19, 2019 Sep. 30- Oct. 4, 2019 Oct. 5, 2019 Aug. 23, 2019 MN60419

Our Certified Welding Inspector Exam Prep Course will help you prepare for the American Welding Society (AWS) CWI Certification exam.

We are proud to welcome John Pariseau to the AINDT team as our Director of Curriculum Development and instructor for all AWS related Prep Courses.

John brings extensive knowledge to AINDT and we would like to congratulate him on his award of AWS Certified Welding Inspector of the year, 2018.

John is a Senior CWI, NACE CIP Level 3, holds ASNT Level III certifications in UT, MT, PT, and VT as well as several ICC certifications among many other accomplishments in the field of inspection.

How Does our CWI Exam Prep Course Work?

Our CWI Exam Prep Course begins with a 40-hour online course that students can move through at their own pace. The online Portion of the CWI Exam Prep Course will cover the fundamentals of Welding Technology as established by the American Welding Society. This coincides with Part A of the CWI Exam.

In addition, the online course will provide in depth training to the welding code portion of the exam (Part C, based on the code you select for your AWS exam, API 1104 or AWS D1.1)

The remaining 40 hours of your exam prep course will be held at our Baxter, MN facility. This portion of your training will consist of extensive practical hands-on visual inspection techniques in accordance with the NEW Part B of the CWI exam, as well as additional lecture, study preparation, and practice exams for the welding fundamentals and code book portions of the exam. (Part A and C.)

Following the onsite training, you will be provided the opportunity to take the AWS CWI exam at our facility the Saturday immediately following our CWI Exam Prep Course.

CWI Prep Course Enrollment Form

CWI Exam Essentials

The CWI exam requires 72% for a passing score on each of its three sections:

a Fundamentals
b Practical
c Code Book

Students who score at least 60%, but below 72% on these three sections will receive a CAWI certification. A Certified Associate Welding Inspector, or CAWI, requires a minimum of two years welding related experience. CAWIs also are not allowed to sign off on paperwork.

Upon successfully qualifying and testing to the requirements put forth by the American Welding Society (AWS), the student will receive a National Certification, which will be active for three years.

We will provide each student with all other training materials necessary to prepare for the CWI Exam. This includes tools, plastic weld replicas, course books, and multiple practice exams covering all 3 sections of the CWI Exam.

The student is required to provide their own code book (D1.1 or API 1104) for use in both the online and on-site portions of the CWI exam Prep Course. Also, students will need to provide their own calculator, pens, pencils, highlighters, etc.….

As a Certified Welding Inspector, it is important to have the right tools for the job.

AINDT will provide each student who attends the onsite Part B practical portion of our CWI Prep Course with a full set of inspection tools for your use during the training, this kit is included with your enrollment fees and is yours to keep.

Our inspection kit includes:

  • A sturdy tool roll
  • A set of fillet gauges
  • V-Wac gauge
  • Dial caliper
  • 6” steel rule
  • Steel protractor/depth gauge
  • Hi-low gage
  • Magnifying glass
  • C4.1 visual comparator
  • Inspection mirror and flashlight

These are all the tools that AWS will provide you for the part B practical exam. It is critical that the student becomes proficient with these welding inspection gauges.

In addition, AINDT will also provide:

Both of these gauges should be in every inspector’s tool kit.

Our CWI Prep Course also comes with a Tabbing Kit

Our CWI Prep Course also comes with an API 1104 or AWS D1.1 “Tabbing Kit” to better help you learn to navigate which ever code you decide to use for your final exam. Code navigation is a critical skill for PART B of your CWI Exam.

Along with the pre-printed tab kit there will be a video and instruction sheet on how best to use the kit.

Please give us a call at 855-313-0325 for enrollment forms for the course as well as all required documents for your AWS Initial application. We will be glad to help you through the AWS application process.







Description of Accommodations: Arrowwood Lodge

Our CWI Prep Course in-person hands on portion will be held at the beautiful Arrowhead Lodge in Baxter/Brainerd MN.

We chose to do this so that students have both a comfortable place to stay and study during the training. To get these rates please mention the “American Institute of Nondestructive Testing” at the time of booking.

Hotel Amenities

Included in the price of your CWI Prep Course AINDT will provide the following amenities.

Wake Up Before Class

Assorted pastries, muffins, fresh fruit, orange juice, coffee, and tea.

Mid-Morning Break

Assorted sodas, bottled water, coffee and tea.

Afternoon Break

Assorted cookies, desert bars, sodas, bottled water, coffee and tea.

Contact Us Below For Any Query

Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes
6967 Lake Forest Drive, Baxter, MN 56425
877-687-5634 (Ext 561) or 218-822-5634

Let us customize a training program for you that meets your training requirements.