International system for certification and training of personnel.
The international training and certification system for the personnel related to welding (from welding coordinator to welder) is implemented from the International Institute of Welding and the European Welding Federation since 1998 and sets the qualification level of the personnel in the welding sector. It is supported by the European and global industry and is recognized internationally from all the accreditation and construction inspection organizations.
The training levels are recognized and certified internationally and their syllabus is determined and supervised by the Ιnternational Αuthorization Βoard of the International Institute of Welding. These levels are as follows:
IWE – International Welding Engineer
IWT – International Welding Technologist
IWS – International Welding Specialist
IWP – International Welding Practitioner
IWIP – International Welding Inspection Personnel
IW – International Welder
The training, the examinations and the issuance of diplomas for all the above levels are determined, specified and supervised by the Ιnternational Αuthorization Βoard of the International Institute of Welding.
Every national welding institute certified by IIW must have specific targets related to the upgrade of training and must be structured according to the specifications of IIW. The institute must always try to develop welding technologies in its country and develop and implement all the necessary procedures which will allow it to supervise the recognized by the IIW training programs. In this case the national institute is evaluated by international auditors and as long as it satisfies the relative requirements it can be approved from the responsible committee of IIW as an Authorized National Body.
The training which leads to the internationally recognized diplomas is provided in any member country of the IIW from an accredited training center (Authorized Training Body).These centers are audited, supervised and certified by the Authorized National Body. This structure of roles and responsibilities is graphically illustrated in the below figure.
The development of the above structure and the training of all the welding personnel according to the categorization of IIW are widespread across Europe, the USA and the rest of the world. The diplomas issued are internationally recognized and prove compliance with the quality and safety requirements of structures according to the international standard EN ISO 3834 and according to the relative regulations of all the inspection organizations (classification societies, etc)
The specific training system and the diplomas issued through that, are recognized from the international standard EN ISO 14731 (Welding coordination, tasks and responsibilities) as proof of qualification which according to the standard, the welding engineer shall have.
By the end of 2009 more than 55000 diplomas have been issued globally.
Well-known welding institutes like TWI in the United Kingdom, SLV in Germany, IIS in Italy, AWS in the USA and 25 national institutes in Europe are recognized and can provide approved training and equivalent diplomas for the welding personnel.
IIW training programs application form.