AWS Certified Welding Inspectors Certification

The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) has an agreement with the American Welding Society (AWS) to provide access for AWS Certified Welding Inspectors (CWIs) and Senior Certified Welding Inspectors (SCWIs) to Visual Testing (VT) certification under the provisions of the ASNT Central Certification Program (ACCP). The purpose of this agreement is to facilitate companies’ and individuals’ compliance with current and anticipated personnel qualification requirements for Visual Testing.

ACCP provides visual testing certification in accordance with ASNT Recommended Practice No. SNT-TC-1A. It is the most widely referenced NDT program document and is widely specified in codes and standards, most notably by ASME. As a result of this broad recognition, the ACCP certificate provides its holder with access to work in accordance with many generally required codes and standards.

Update to ACCP and CWI/SCWI Certificate Program

With the launch of the ASNT 9712 program, the ACCP program is being discontinued. Learn how this affects CWI/SCWI certificate holders.



Under the agreement, current AWS CWIs and SCWIs holding valid certificates may qualify for the ACCP VT Direct Visual technique for the General Industry (GI) sector based on the AWS examinations already taken.

Interested individuals will complete an ACCP application form and supply ASNT with a copy of their current CWI or SCWI wallet card, along with a currently valid Jaeger J-1 visual acuity form. No other documentation will be necessary for the ACCP Level II VT GI-Direct certification. The ASNT certification will match the expiration date of the candidate's AWS CWI certification.

Qualified CWIs and SCWIs may also apply for ACCP Level II VT certification in the Pressure Equipment (PE) Sector. PE interested applicants will need to comply with the requirements for the GI Sector listed above and document three years’ experience in pressure-related visual inspection.

Due to accreditation changes, the Remote Viewing techniques is no longer available under this agreement.

Documentation Required

An ACCP Level II applicant must satisfy all eligibility requirements. Before you begin the online application you will need to have all the required documents in digital form to upload in the process.

Item Required  Description Form Preferred File Format
Current Contact Information Your current address for the shipment of certification materials and documentation from ASNT. You will have the chance to enter this within the online application. - -
Experience Documentation

ACCP Level II VT certification in the General Industry (GI) Sector and in the Direct (D) Technique is granted without documenting any additional experience, provided all other requirements are met. Complete this page only if you are seeking ACCP Level II VT certification in the Pressure Equipment (PE) Sector

ACCP Level II VT certification in the Pressure Equipment (PE) Sector requires three (3) years of documented experience in pressure-related visual inspection.

To be approved for the Pressure Equipment Sector, an ASNT NDT Level III, ACCP Professional Level III, or an Authorized Inspector commissioned by the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors must attest to the experience by signature.

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Current CWI Certificate You will be required to attach a valid American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector or Senior Certified Welding Inspector certificate or wallet card. - .pdf
Visual Acuity Statement This certification requires a signed statement of visual acuity that meets the criteria for eligibility. Vision examinations shall be administered by a physician, licensed nurse, ophthalmologist or optometrist, or by personnel approved by the employer’s Level III. The visual examination date must be within 12 months of the date that this application is signed.
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Digital Photo (Headshot) This certification requires the submission of a photo. Photo must be a passport or license-style headshot. Photos may be taken on devices such as a personal digital camera, cell phone or webcam.
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