American Welding Society- Membership

American Welding Society- Membership

AWS- American Welding Society

The American Welding Society (AWS) was founded in 1919, as a nonprofit organization with a global mission to advance the science, technology and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes, including brazing, soldering and thermal spraying. AWS strives to move the industry forward in both thought and action, as well as inspire new generations to see the exciting career opportunities available today.

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 the world.


AWS proudly serves over 70,000 members. Members include individual welders, supervisors, executives, engineers, scientists, educators, researchers, inspectors, foremen, sales and service teams, as well as manufacturers, independent shops, distributorships, end-users, and educational institutions. Membership interests span automatic, semi-automatic and manual welding, brazing, soldering, ceramics, lamination, robotics, thermal spray process and welding safety and health.