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Overview of American Welding Society (AWS)

Founded in 1919, the American Welding Society (AWS) is a nonprofit organization working to advance the science, technology, and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes. AWS is headquartered in Miami, Florida and serves more than 70,000 members worldwide. The Society is dedicated to supporting thousands of industry professionals, including: welders, business leaders, sales and service teams, manufacturers, vendors, associations, educational institutions, committee volunteers, and students. We connect welding communities from around the world into a collaborative force, built on a foundation of higher standards, advanced learning, and rewarding growth.

AWS offers a number of certification programs that recognize and document expertise and knowledge in specific welding-related disciplines including, inspectors, supervisors, educators, radiographic interpreters, welding engineers and fabricators. AWS is the source for qualification and certification of welding personnel. Since the Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) program was introduced in 1976, AWS has certified over 97,000 welding inspectors alone, plus thousands more working professionals across other certification categories. 

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