Certified welding inspectors need at least three years of experience if they have an associate degree, five years if they only have a high school diploma and nine years if they only have an eighth grade level education. Voluntary welder inspector training helps inspectors prepare for the exam.
Voluntary certified welding inspector training is offered by welding, vocational and technical schools. As of 2015, the American Welding Society offers five-day seminars that cover safe welding practices, code enforcement, destructive testing and inspection documentation. Students also usually have the opportunity to use inspection tools. Once the seminars are done, students are able to take the exam.
The actual certification test is composed of an exam as well as a vision test. As of 2015, the actual exam includes the fundamentals of welding inspection, hands-on inspections and a code application portion. Even if an individual passes the exam, he cannot become certified if he doesn't pass the vision test.
Welding inspector certification has to be renewed every three years. Renewal requires a renewal fee and a notarized renewal application. Rather than taking another exam to have their certifications renewed, welding inspectors only have to retake the vision test, and there are no continuing education requirements/