Welcome to SAIW

The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is a non-profit technical organisation dedicated to furthering standards in welding-fabrication and related technologies. Established in 1948, it is a founder member of the International Institute of Welding (IIW).

SAIW provides training programmes, consultancy and industry support services. Based in
Johannesburg, with branches in Cape Town and Durban, we are active throughout Southern African and also have experience further afield – predominantly in Central Africa, the Indian Ocean Islands and the United Arab Emirates.

SAIW has offered training courses for more than 30 years. An SAIW qualification has long been regarded as the industry standard in South Africa and also enjoys international recognition.

An Authorised National Body (ANB) of IIW since 2003, SAIW offers the full range of IIW qualifications – Engineer, Technologist, Specialist, Practitioner, Welder and Inspector. We also have strong affiliations with leading training organisations such as the Universities of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria.

This message serves as notice to all our students and customers that due to the increase in VAT from 14% to 15% on 1 April, our prices will be adjusted to reflect the increase in VAT.




Welding Courses

SAIW offers a wide range of courses in welding technology and Non Destructive Testing (NDT) at its Johannesburg training school... more

NDT Courses

  Non Destructive Testing (NDT) refers to the testing of material and components without inhibiting its further usefulness. Applied scientific... more

Technical Services

The technical skills available from SAIW add value to businesses through productivity and quality improvement, problem solving, development work and... more

Practical Welding

  The Practical Welder Training course is tailored around the needs of the student. The training will be geared to... more

SAIW Certifications


The SAIW provides training in accordance with the ISO 9712 standards and therefor provides sector specific training as opposed to... more


SAIW Certification is approved by the International Institute of Welding (IIW) as an Authorised National Body (ANB), which allows it... more