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How to Prepare for CWI Test Questions: A Complete Guide

How to Prepare for CWI Test Questions: A Complete GuideIf you're looking to take your welding career to the next level, you'll first need to pass the Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) exam. This standardized test from the American Welding Society ensures that you're able to work safely and swiftly.

But since the exam has the potential to elevate your career, you may feel a bit nervous about passing.

Here's a complete guide to help you prepare for CWI test questions, as well as a few study tips.

What To Expect From CWI Test Questions

The CWI exam is a massive exam that's going to eat up a good portion of your day. The test itself is comprised of three core sections, each focusing on a different component of welding.

Here's a breakdown of each section of the test.

Part A

The initial part of your exam covers 150 questions in just two hours. That doesn't leave a whole lot of room to think.

However, there is some good news. This portion is likely the easiest you'll encounter, as it focuses on the basics of welding. Expect questions about basic concepts, equipment definitions, and safety procedures.

That doesn't mean you shouldn't study, only that your work experience and reading should help you find the best answer.

Part B

The second section of the CWI exam is a practical section. Again, you'll have two hours to complete this portion of the exam but you'll need every second.

You'll be asked to measure samples and ensure whether they adhere to AWS compliance and look for errors in basic welding work.

Don't forget to download the official book of specifications beforehand.

Part C

When you purchase your exam booklet, you'll notice that Part C is included in your book. That's because the third and final portion of the exam is open book.

You're allowed to use your code book, but these questions require more in-depth answers than Part A.

You'll choose from one of four codes for your exam based on your career aspirations:

  • AWS D 1.1 Structural Welding Code: Steel
  • API 1104 Welding Of Pipelines And Related Facilities
  • AWS D 1.5 Bridge Welding Code
  • AWS D 15.1 Railroad Welding Specifications

You'll need to get a minimum of 72% of each section correct to pass the exam.

Take A Prep Course

As you can see, passing the CWI exam isn't something that one can do easily. In many cases, applicants are encouraged to enroll in a test prep course.

Doing so can better prepare you for the test and only takes a few hours per week.

CWI Study Tips

As you begin preparing for the test, come up with a solid study schedule to help you stay on track.

Create flashcards, enlist family and friends as study buddies, and talk to professionals in the industry to get their advice.

Study at least a few hours every week. It seems like a large investment now, but it'll be more than worth it once you pass the exam.

Follow This Guide To Ace The Exam

Acing the test won't be easy, but this guide to CWI test questions should help you get a head start.

Remember to study for each portion of the test, and to do so on a regular basis. The more you study, the better you'll do at the test.

Interested in learning more about CWI test prep or how a training program can help your career? Get in touch today and we'll be happy to answer any questions.

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How Hard is the CWI Exam? Your Questions Answered

How Hard is the CWI Exam? Your Questions AnsweredWhile many industries, manufacturers, and skilled laborers have seen a drop off in their workforce in recent years, welding isn't slowing down. If anything, there's never been a more competitive time for commercial welders to be looking for a role. When you take the CWI exam, you put yourself above other welders by showing you know what you're talking about.

Here are four things to know before you take your exam.

1. You Need Practice

During Part A of the CWI test, you're going to have to do some practical work to show that you know what you're doing. As a commercial welder, you'll have to know how to make clean, clear welds and be able to manage your time.

If you're out of practice or you've been doing one kind of job for a long time, you should do some practice. Take a practice test because you're going to have to show off your practical skills.

2. Know Your Codes

The last part of the test will be a written exam that tests you on your knowledge of safety codes and the details of what it means to weld safely. If it's been a while since you've looked at them, take some time to freshen up on your knowledge.

While you might not think these elements are important if you're not an inspector, you need to anticipate inspection on every project. When you know what they look for, you can ensure you've done a good job that will safely and easily pass an inspection.

3. You Need To Work Under Pressure

Working under pressure isn't for everyone but if you want a good score on your CWI exam, you're going to have to work efficiently. You'll be timed for each section of your test and so you should spend an adequate amount of tie studying.

If you haven't taken a test in a long time, you might have to put together a test-taking strategy. Learning what's required of you will help you anticipate what problems you might have and allow you to perform on the day of the test.

4. Learn What an Inspector Does

Part B of the test will put you in the shoes of an inspector and quiz you on some of what inspectors look for. You should know what a good weld looks like and how to inspect welds on your own. This will ensure instructors that, as a welder, you'll be performing welds that you think an inspector would approve.

When you're working as a commercial welder, you could create load-bearing welds that inspectors might pass over or never see. Rather than try to get away with a bad weld that puts people in danger, this part of the test will ensure you know what a strong, clean weld should look like.

Your CWI Exam doesn't have to be hard.

While you might be intimidated by taking your CWI exam, it won't be hard if you're well prepared. The trick to doing well on this test is studying, practicing, and practicing again.

If you want to know exactly how to pass your exam, check out our latest guide.

 

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New CWI Prep Course!

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We are excited to announce AINDT's introduction of their AWS CWI Prep Course.

We are working intensely to make this training course the most up to date and best in the industry! The American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector program is known for being a very thorough and in-depth examination ensuring those that earn the title of CWI are held to the highest standards.

Our prep course has been designed to bring you the relevant, current information and knowledge to best prepare you for the rigors of the CWI exam. Our course will provide a unique blending of both online and in-person training.

The interactive 40-hour plus online training will cover the part A fundamentals and part C code book portions of the exam in depth. Our online training is specially designed for you to study at your own pace. Following the online portion will be the 40 hour hands on training for the new part B practical exam, the 40 hour in person training will also provide additional review of the parts A and C to ensure you are at the top of your game.

The AWS CWI examination will then be provided on site at our facility immediately following the in-person training.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Call 855-313-0325 today to register!

 

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CWI Exam Prep Course @ AINDT!

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Did you know?

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

  • Part A: Fundamentals,
  • Part B: Practical, and
  • Part 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.

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 - Click for More Info & to View Dates

Course cost: $1,800.00

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What Is NDT?

What Is NDT?NDT, or nondestructive testing, plays a crucial role in assuring that structural and mechanical components perform their function in a safe, reliable, and cost-effective manner. NDT technicians perform the necessary tests to locate the indicators and discontinuities that may cause failures or shutdowns in these systems. NDT is performed in a manner that does not affect the future usefulness of the object or material, and can be employed while components are in use to detect service-related conditions caused by:

  • wear
  • fatigue
  • corrosion
  • stress
  • other factors

Simply put, NDT keeps the world safer for everyone. Are you ready for a new, rewarding career that will always be in demand? Call AINDT today. Instructors are waiting to speak with you! (855) 313-0325.

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After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople

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PBS - Education Aug 29, 2017 1:40 PM EDT

FONTANA, Calif. — At a steel factory dwarfed by the adjacent Auto Club Speedway, Fernando Esparza is working toward his next promotion.

Esparza is a 46-year-old mechanic for Evolution Fresh, a subsidiary of Starbucks that makes juices and smoothies. He’s taking a class in industrial computing taught by a community college at a local manufacturing plant in the hope it will bump up his wages.

It’s a pretty safe bet. The skills being taught here are in high demand. That’s in part because so much effort has been put into encouraging high school graduates to go to college for academic degrees rather than for training in industrial and other trades that many fields like his face worker shortages.

Now California is spending $6 million on a campaign to revive the reputation of vocational education, and $200 million to improve the delivery of it.

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American Institute of Nondestructive Testing Expands Training Capabilities

Digital Radiography Training Courses The American Institute of Nondestructive Testing has expanded their training capabilities by purchasing Carestream computed and digital radiography equipment to add to their 6400 sq ft training facility. They offer online and hands-on training for both Digital and Computed Radiography.

"We will continue to invest in the newest equipment to provide the highest quality training for our industry and to meet the needs of our clientele," says Don Booth CEO, "Also, when I started the American Institute of Nondestructive Testing I knew that offering only online NDT education without a fully functional hands-on training facility would not be sufficient. I am a firm believer in online training for many aspects of learning, but the hands-on portion, where you can directly interact with students, really solidifies the learning experience."

The American Institute of Nondestructive has also recently launched their online ASNT Level III Prep Courses to help prepare individuals for their Level III exams.

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Another Happy Graduate of AINDT!

Hey guys,

I just finished my first week and thought I'd share what it has been like. Of course, I'm just assisting on these for now, but once I get my certs, I'll be out there on my own doing this stuff.

Day 1: MT on welds for a piece to be used by a private space exploration company.

Day2: UT lamination scans on large steel plates used for construction of a new ferry.

Day 3: PT on welds for ferry construction; UT shear wave on pipe welds

Day 4: UT thickness gauging the hull of a small freighter

Day 5: UT thickness gauging safety pins on the top of a grain elevator (about 100 feet up, harnessed and dangling off the roof); MT on a repair weld for the boom of a cement truck

Never know what the day will hold for me, and I really like that. No RT, which is unfortunate. We've mostly got maritime customers, but it seems like there is quite a bit of railroad, construction, paper mill, and manufacturing customers, too.

It's a good gig. I'll let you know when another position opens up.

Thanks again for everything,

Morris
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How To Start Your Career In Nondestructive Testing

How To Start Your Career In Nondestructive TestingAINDT (American Institute of Nondestructive Testing) can get you started on an exciting, rewarding new career in a lucrative, growing field. Nondestructive testing is used in all areas of modern life, and you can be a part of it! AINDT offers a Nondestructive Testing Technologies Certificate Program that will get you on your way to your high-paying new career. Best of all, we offer on-demand online training—enroll today and start tomorrow! The Nondestructive Testing Technologies Certificate Program also offers a complete curriculum, including all needed materials and textbooks. To finish your training, you will complete a hands-on training program for 18 days at our Baxter, MN facility. Your new rewarding career awaits with AINDT. Call today and talk to one of our instructors: (855) 313-0325. We look forward to speaking with you!

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NDT Training

Feb03 InspirationalAINDT offers your complete training to get you started on a rewarding, high-paying career in nondestructive testing. NDT is a constantly-evolving field in high demand in all manner of industries, from transportation to utility and power. If you are looking for an NDT training school that offers all the training you need to get into a rewarding career in nondestructive testing, look no further than AINDT! Our blended learning program offers you the convenience of online NDT training from wherever you may live, followed by hands-on NDT training at our Baxter, MN facility. The combination of our online NDT curriculum, followed by 18 days of hands-on training using the most up-to-date NDT equipment will give you the skills needed to enter into a rewarding career in nondestructive testing. Our NDT training program includes all required study material and books for your online training, which takes approximately 6 months. Our training program will prepare you for NDT certification by an NDT employer. The online portion of your NDT training can be started at any time, and hands-on training is available 6 times per year (every other month starting in January) and will be scheduled at the student's discretion. With job placement assistance and an amazing new career waiting for you, call AINDT today for more information: (855) 313-0325. Instructors are waiting to speak with you!
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New Complete NDT Training

Feb10 InspirationalIf you are looking for nondestructive testing certifications, AINDT could not make the process simpler to obtain your NDT Training online. AINDT's Nondestructive Testing Technologies Certificate Program is thorough and complete. Our online training is on demand—enroll today and start tomorrow! What's more, our interactive learning management system is second-to-none. At your convenience, you will complete reading assignments, view PowerPoint presentations, interact with our flashcard reviews, watch instructor video lectures, complete graded quizzes, and write essays. Our program contains your complete curriculum, including all required textbooks and study material. Each student receives a complete set of ASNT personal training publications which include classroom training books and student lecture guides: your own personal library of NDT knowledge. The final step is hands-on training, which will be completed over 18 days at our Baxter, MN facility. You will use various types of equipment used for each of the NDT methods covered in your online theory courses, and with the help of our instructors you will complete actual NDT examinations, interpret results, and document your findings. Call today for more information (855) 313-0325 and visit us on the web. Get started on a rewarding, competitive new career in NDT today with AINDT!
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Radiation Safety Refresher

Feb01 InspirationalAINDT is your source for industrial radiation safety training. In addition, 10 CFR 34.43 training states require "annual refresher safety training for each radiographer and radiographer's assistant at intervals not to exceed 12 months." AINDT also offers your Radiation Safety 8 Hour annual Refresher Training course. For just $129, this online course offers a convenient and cost-effective way to meet the required annual radiation safety refresher training for your company. Our program includes PowerPoint presentations, video lectures, flashcard reviews, graded reviews, graded quizzes and a 60-question final exam. Upon completion of the course, you will receive a digital and hard copy of a certificate of completion for each employee. Keep your radiation safety training current with AINDT. Visit us on the web or call for more details: (855) 313-0325. Instructors are waiting to speak with you!
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Ultrasonic Testing: 9 Experts Discuss One of the Smartest Technologies in NDT

Source: Berg Engineering & Sales Company, Inc.

"Ultrasonic testing is an NDT technology for detecting test piece discontinuities which may not be visible to the human eye. These defects can include cracks, corrosion, inclusions, porosity outside of specified tolerances, and voids. Ultrasonic testing devices pass ultrasonic sound waves into the test piece and measure the waves that reflect back to the device. The profile of the reflection is interpreted by software and the human operator to determine if the test piece is within spec.

In this article, we’ve interviewed several experts on ultrasonic testing. We hope to provide an overview of this technology and the good which it is doing in the world. We asked our panel of experts the following questions:

  1. How is ultrasonic testing creating a safer world?
  2. What advice do you have for someone who wants to start a career in ultrasonic testing?
  3. What is the most serious flaw you’ve ever detected via ultrasonic testing?"

To get expert answers to the above questions, click here.

If you want to learn more about one of the smartest technologies in NDT, talk to an American Institute of Nondestructive Testing Instructor today! 855-313-0325.

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NDT Training

NDT TrainingAINDT offers your complete training to get you started on a rewarding, high-paying career in nondestructive testing. NDT is a constantly-evolving field in high demand in all manner of industries, from transportation to utility and power. If you are looking for an NDT training school that offers all the training you need to get into a rewarding career in nondestructive testing, look no further than AINDT! Our blended learning program offers you the convenience of online NDT training from wherever you may live, followed by hands-on NDT training at our Baxter, MN facility. The combination of our online NDT curriculum, followed by 18 days of hands-on training using the most up-to-date NDT equipment will give you the skills needed to enter into a rewarding career in nondestructive testing. Our NDT training program includes all required study material and books for your online training, which takes approximately 6 months. Our training program will prepare you for NDT certification by an NDT employer. The online portion of your NDT training can be started at any time, and hands-on training is available 6 times per year (every other month starting in January) and will be scheduled at the student's discretion. With job placement assistance and an amazing new career waiting for you, call AINDT today for more information: (855) 313-0325. Instructors are waiting to speak with you!

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Radiation Safety Refresher

Feb01 InspirationalAINDT is your source for industrial radiation safety training. In addition, 10 CFR 34.43 training states require "annual refresher safety training for each radiographer and radiographer's assistant at intervals not to exceed 12 months." AINDT also offers your Radiation Safety 8 Hour Yearly Refresher Training course. For just $129, this online course offers a convenient and cost-effective way to meet the required annual radiation safety refresher training for your company. Our program includes PowerPoint presentations, video lectures, flashcard reviews, graded reviews, graded quizzes and a 60-question final exam. Upon completion of the course, you will receive a digital and hard copy of a certificate of completion for each employee. Keep your radiation safety training current with AINDT. Visit us on the web or call for more details: (855) 313-0325. Instructors are waiting to speak with you!

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Intensive Training

Intensive TrainingWhen you sign up for the UT Shearwave Weld Examination, you get so much more than information. This course, like all AINDT training, offers intensive hands-on training. Attendees will participate in creating scan plans, DAC curves, AWS rating, and inspection of numerous flawed weld samples. With any NDT training, experience is always the best teacher, so you will get the focus and hands-on approach needed to ensure your success with your training. We have several Ultrasonic Scopes for you to use, but if possible, please bring your own so you can become more familiar with it. Call (855) 313-0325 today for more information on the UT Shearwave 5-day Weld Examination course. Instructors are waiting to speak with you!

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New Corporate Training

New Corporate TrainingAINDT is excited to announce our newest corporate training program for UT Level I and II Training: UT Shearwave Weld Examination. This 5-day course is held on our campus and features an intensive, hands-on 40-hour course. This course is designed for Ultrasonic Level I and II technicians wanting to gain in-depth knowledge of shearwave calibration, scanning, interpretation and evaluation techniques. UT Shearwave Weld Examination will cover AWS D1.1, AWS D1.5, ASME V, API 1104 requirements. Your new certification awaits. Call (855) 313-0325 today for more information. Instructors are waiting to speak with you!

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Even Our Training Is Exciting

Even Our Training Is ExcitingAINDT offers training in a wide range of exciting, rewarding fields from amusement parks to aerospace. Luckily, our training is exciting as well, keeping your interest up and focused. Best of all, our ASNT Level III Basic Exam prep course is interactive and engaging. Its format is easy to follow and understand, and you can use it anywhere you have internet access! This program is available on mobile devices including tablets as well. We could not make it easier for you to start on the path to your new, rewarding career. Call (855) 313-0325 today for more information. We look forward to speaking with you!

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Your New Career Awaits

Your New Career AwaitsYou want a new career that challenges you and pays well. That's where AINDT comes in. Finding the time to train for a new career is often where people get discouraged. That’s why we make it easy for you! Our ASNT Level III Basic Exam prep course saves you both time and money on food, travel, and lodging expenses by allowing you to study at home. Work at your own pace, and focus on the areas you know you need most. Our course also includes multiple practice final exams, ensuring you are prepared to succeed! Call us today for more information (855) 313-0325. Instructors are waiting to speak with you!

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School For Thought

Oct02 InspirationalGraphicIf you're looking for a new direction in a rewarding new career, look no further than AINDT. AINDT offers the best, most affordable vocational school around. Non-destructive testing is a growing industry that is needed in just about every aspect of our daily lives from the auto industry, to bridges, to oil and gas development, to aerospace. AINDT offers the technical vocational training you need to get certified in a high-demand, well-paying career that will never become obsolete. Combining both interactive, trade school courses with hands-on training, AINDT also offers job placement assistance to find your perfect fit in your chosen field. Call 855-313-0325 today. Instructors are waiting to talk to you!
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