International Welding Inspection Personnel


The SAIW flagship Welding Inspector training programmes are tailored to meet industry requirements for welding inspection personnel involved in the fabrication, petrochemical, refinery, process plant, power generation, construction and other industries. Qualification as a welding inspector is an ideal platform to build a career in quality control of welded fabrications or as a third party inspector. This qualification is well regarded in industry and may lead to a variety of career paths.

The IWIP course is designed to equip an inspector to conduct basic inspections, to identify welding defects and witness and validate welder qualification tests.

Important to note: This course is the first level of a new 3-level programme, which was introduced in 2017 and it will comprise International Welding Inspector Personnel (IWIP) Basic, Standard and Comprehensive levels.

The SAIW has decided to fully implement the International Institute of Welding (IIW) IWIP Programme in order to afford candidates an internationally recognised qualification. Those who pass will receive an IIW certificate.

The IIW is represented in more than 50 nations across five continents and is the leading welding organisation in the world.


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Course Information

The course will be offered in modular form as from this year which means that a student can enrol for the Technology module or the Inspection module independently.

To become an IWIP-Basic Inspector one needs to successfully complete both modules. Those in possession of the IIW International Welding Practitioner (IWP), Specialist (IWS), Technologist (IWT) or Engineer (IWE) diplomas only need to complete the Inspection module at Basic level to become an IWIP-B Inspector as they will have already completed the Technology component in the IWIP – Basic course.

Upon completion of the Basic Level, two years working experience is required to access the Standard Level course. To progress from the Standard Level to the Comprehensive Level, two further years of working experience is required.

The course covers theoretical modules in welding processes and consumables; welding defects; materials technology; visual inspection; distortion and control of dimensions; Welder qualification; inspection and quality assurance of welded fabrications; and health and safety.

The course also covers practical modules on how to perform visual inspections on welded samples and complete inspection reports; how to accept or reject welds to a construction code or specification; and learn how to qualify procedures and welder performance to a construction code.

Access Conditions

Entry Requirements:


Matric with a pass in both Mathematics and Science and a combined or average mark of 50%


Successful completion of SAIW’s Welding Quality Control course


Two years welding experience


Matric with a minimum mark of 50% in Maths and Science. A General Education and Training Certificate (Grade 9) with 5 years metalworking experience


Successful completion of Basics of Welding Quality Control course.

Course Duration Technology  : 10 days + 1 day revision + 1 day exam

Course Duration Inspection :  6 days + 2 days exam

Costs & Bookings

Corporate Member: R38 073 (including VAT)

Non- Member: R41 160 (including VAT)

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