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Finding AWS Test Site

Postby bosulli » Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:42 am

Hey everybody, and thanks for viewing my post.

Problem - getting a 3G Structural Steel certification test.

I am new to welding. 50yo, and ex-CFO type. I have been learning to weld, and believe I am ready for a 3G cert test. Went to AWS web site, and there are not any testing sites within 3 hrs. Did email one site, but have not gotten a reply.

Although I don't mind driving 3 or 4 hours for a test, but need details, so I can be prepared. I have zero knowledge of the protocols, what to bring, or what to expect.

Has anyone had experience getting any type of AWS certification while in a locale that does not have a testing facility? Anyone, meaning an individual doing this on their own without the sponsorship of an employer.

Thanks for your replies. Any info would be of help.

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Re: Finding AWS Test Site

Postby LtBadd » Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:20 pm

Robert
I did have to drive several hours to take a TIG pipe test at a community collage that was a certified AWS testing facility, of course I brought all my welding gear and I also brought a test fixture that I made and used to practice with. The fixture held the pipe coupon in the 6G position for the test, I also brought clamps to secure the fixture

That you're doing this for yourself doesn't make a difference as to what you'll need (obviously) to complete the test. That was over a decade ago, but as I remember the certifying agent will walk you through the steps in preparing and tacking the coupons and then give you the ok to proceed with the test. Perhaps someone with a more recent experience will reply and fill in any blanks I missed.

You could call the testing facility and talk with the certifying agent to ensure you're clear on what they expect.
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Re: Finding AWS Test Site

Postby bosulli » Mon Aug 01, 2016 5:33 pm

Thanks for the reply LtBadd.

Would like to bring all the equip & tools I can, even my own machine, which is on a trailer.

I called two AWS sites, both community colleges in Alabama. Numbers on the AWS site go straight to VM. Have not heard back. Thinking they don't want to deal with people off the street without formal trade school.

I would pay someone local that was a CWI for a company just to check me out, knowing it would not be AWS cert. Then keep calling the AWS sites.
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Re: Finding AWS Test Site

Postby LtBadd » Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:00 pm

Try calling AWS directly, they may be able to put you into contact with someone local, or provide assistance with the facilities you're trying to contact.
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Re: Finding AWS Test Site

Postby Otto Nobedder » Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:21 pm

There are also companies like Accuren that are not directly AWS, ASME, or API affiliated but are accepted/credentialed testers for the codes. This may be worth exploring.

No, you're not going to want to pay to have a truck come to your place, but they have training facilities for their inspectors that may be able to accommodate you.

There are also some specialty shops that do nothing but in-house weld testing and may have booths. I took several hours of practice at one in Beaumont, TX, way too many years ago.

Where are you located?

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Re: Finding AWS Test Site

Postby bosulli » Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:09 pm

Thanks Otto Nobedder for the info I will check them out. My customers do not require AWS. Just want to pass a legit test, so I can say I have. My customers don't really know what a welding test is. They have just heard of "certified" welders. Also, for my own outside confirmation that I know what I am doing. For needs, a CWI can witness (I'll pay) and there are labs that will cert it passes D1.1 spec ($200). After that if I do get a job that code requires AWS cert, one of the AWS sites I called and emailed will have called back.

Oh yeah, I am in Memphis. Just moved back from TX. Sill going back and forth.
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Re: Finding AWS Test Site

Postby RamboBaby » Tue Aug 02, 2016 12:38 pm

If you hold out and learn 4G before testing then you will be certified to weld 1, 2, 3 & 4 ---- G & F. You aren't terribly far from this place, maybe 3 - 4 hours:
http://m.georgiatradeschool.com/?url=ht ... =true#2931
Plate test at this facility will cost you $150 in any position.
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Re: Finding AWS Test Site

Postby bosulli » Tue Aug 02, 2016 5:28 pm

RamboBaby,

Think your right about the 4G. By the time I get how to and where to get certified, I will have the overhead down.

I see ChuchE2009 touting the Georgia Trade School. His video of it looked nice. I will contact them. Its two hours further then Birmingham, and I am familiar with ATL.

Thanks for the tips. Very helpful.Oh yeah, I got the tig torch adapter from Weldfabulous working. WIll post a pic on that thread, when I think to get a pic of it.
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Re: Finding AWS Test Site

Postby bosulli » Wed Aug 03, 2016 2:25 pm

Call the Georgia Trade School. Did speak to very helpful admissions type of person. They do offer the cert tests to people off the street. Usually you only have to give them a few days notice. But, they are not an AWS accredited test facility. Maybe that's all I need for now.
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Re: Finding AWS Test Site

Postby weldingt » Mon Aug 08, 2016 8:30 pm

We are a bit outside the 3-4 hour drive time but still in Tennesee. Just the diagonally opposite corner. 

We are also an AWS Accredited Test Facility but do testing in accordance with the AWS certified Welder program https://www.aws.org/library/doclib/QC7-93.pdf and just in accordance with various codes. There is no difference in either as far as the quality of the weld goes. Just the paperwork, registration with AWS, and the fact that a CWI is required for the AWS Certified Welder program. Regular testing in accordance with a code does not require a CWI or any facility .

Your friend can test you out of the back of his truck, do the bends, sign the papers and you are now the magical "CERTIFIED WELDER"

We do the Limited Thickness 3G/4G for $550.00 for AWS Certified Welder and Same Test Non AWS Certified Welder for 425 or 450. You can find em cheaper probably, but we are good at what we do. Usually a 24 hour notice will work and sometimes shorter.
https://registration.xenegrade.com/wscc/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=11029
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