American Welding Society (AWS) Testing


The James Turner Institute of Weld Technology is accredited by the American Welding Society to offer AWS certified welder testing in accordance with AWS D1.1 and other codes and standards.

CPCC's welding program is also registered with the AWS Sense initiative (Schools Excelling through National Skills Standards Education). This program provides guidelines for academic skill standards for the training and qualification of welding processes.  Students may advance through three levels, emerging prepared and ready for today's workforce.

AWS Welding Certification testing at Harper Campus is held on the third Saturday of each month.  For more information or to help with scheduling your test you may contact Ray Sosko at 704.330.4487 or you can call the registration desk at 704-330-4223 with the class and section number set up for that month to prepay in order to ensure a space for each person tested.

*Please provide updated email and phone number when registering to be notified of any changes to the class*

To register online for one of the following tests please click HERE:

Certification TestDate Price

WLX 7076-05 - Practice for Experienced Welders

WLX 7076-06 - Practice for Experienced Welders

WLX 7076-07 - Practice for Experienced Welders

WLX 7076-08 - Practice for Experienced Welders

WLX 7076-09 - Practice for Experienced Welders







8am - 5pm

WLX 7121-06- Single Position Plate

WLX 7122- 06 - Multiple Position Plate

WLX 7123-06- Single Position Pipe






8am -3pm

WLX 7121-07- Single Position Plate

WLX 7122- 07 - Multiple Position Plate

WLX 7123-07- Single Position Pipe






8am -3pm

WLX 7121-08- Single Position Plate

WLX 7122- 08 - Multiple Position Plate

WLX 7123-08- Single Position Pipe






8am -3pm

WLX 7121-09- Single Position Plate

WLX 7122- 09 - Multiple Position Plate

WLX 7123-09- Single Position Pipe





Once we have determined the best procedure to test on, then you can practice for that test.



There is a wealth of information and photographs on the certification process at

Additional Information:

The most common tests taken are 3/8" plate and 6" pipe with stick rods, however, there are many more available. We prepare the pipe by turning the bevel on the lathe, and the plate by saw cutting the angle. The welder is responsible for the remaining coupon preparation before welding starts: cleaning off any mill scale and setting the lands at the root opening with your own grinders or file. Grinding, power wire brushing or other mechanical cleaning is permitted during welding under most codes, but not under the D1.5 Bridge Code.

The main items that we need to know to select the proper test for you are:

Job Type: There are many different AWS codes and code books for specialties such as Structural Carbon Steel - D1.1, Structural Sheet Steel D1.3, Bridges - D1.5, all the way up to Aerospace D17.1 Other codes that we can not easily test for, such as Section IX of ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code or the American Petroleum Institute API 1104 may govern the job.

Metal alloy: Low carbon steel, High Carbon (tool) steel, high carbon to low carbon, stainless, or other more exotic metals.

Metal thickness: Test are normally good for double the thickness tested, so a standard 3/8" plate will qualify for up to 3/4", weld testing on 1" plate or schedule 80 pipe will qualify for unlimited thickness, 1/8" is the minimum certified thickness for non-sheet metal tests.

Metal type: Sheet metal up to 10 gauge, plate 3/8" to 1", 2" or 6" diameter Schedule 80 pipe or tubing.

Joint Type: Fillet weld, groove with backing, open root groove.

Position: Flat, horizontal, vertical up, and/or overhead for plate, vertical, horizontal or 45 degree angle for pipe. The all-position certifications for carbon steel require either two plates (vertical & overhead) or one 45 degree pipe.

Qualified Welding Procedure: The AWS has 62 different prequalified Standard Welding Procedure Specifications (SWPS) to choose from, and there are many more privately developed and qualified procedures that are treated as proprietary Trade Secrets.

Process: GTAW (TIG), SMAW (stick), FCAW (flux core MIG), GMAW (MIG) spray transfer, or a combination. ***Please Note: There is NO AWS certification for GMAW-S (short circuit MIG), except in sheet metal, or as a root pass followed by another process for plate and pipe.***