Focus on Courses

The SAIW is continuously looking to provide the market with courses that are pertinent to the ever-changing conditions in the welding industry. The following two courses answer specific needs confronting our industry at the present moment.

Piping Inspectors Course

The South African Pressure Equipment Regulations (PER) requires that new and in-service pipelines are categorized and conformity assessed in accordance with SANS 347. SAIW has for a long time offered courses that lead to certification as a Competent Person (CP) for In-Service Inspection as well as for Inspector of Pressure Equipment (IPE) certification for all new construction and repairs through the respective SAQCC schemes. A need has now been identified for the certification of Pipeline Inspectors.

This new Piping Inspectors course is based on certification requirements similar to the Competent Person and Inspector of Pressurised Equipment, consisting of a one week theoretical course, followed by an examination. The candidate is then required to gather experience as a pipeline inspector prior to application for certification. It is also a requirement for the inspector to have comprehensive knowledge of the South African legislation for Pressure Equipment, therefore it is a pre-requisite for the student to have successfully undertaken a Legal Knowledge course on the PER and SANS 347.


Successful candidates will have comprehensive knowledge on the requirements of International Pipeline and Piping Component
Inspection standards, including failure mechanisms, safety devices, the requirements for new construction standards, and Inspection techniques followed by objective and supportive report writing.

Among others, the following International standards will be covered API 570, API 571, API 574, API 576, API 579, and ASME B31.3 and ASME B16.5 construction standards.

International Robotic Welder

The International Robotic Welder training course is designed to give the candidate the necessary theoretical knowledge on welding technology by equipping him/her with the skills to manage all aspects of a robotic welding operation including design of the welding task, safety and troubleshooting of the welding operation.

The course gives the candidate an understanding of the following aspects of Robotic Welding (RW):

  • Terminology used for RW.
  • The different levels of automation, mechanization and robotic welding.
  • The quality assurance, quality control and inspection applied in RW.
  • Productivity and economics of welding.
  • Non-Destructive Testing of Robotic Welds.
  • Technical drawings including interpretation and application.
  • Welding Symbols.
  • Standards for welding defects (ISO 5817).
  • Health and Safety in RW.
  • RW Systems and Programming.
    • Axes of RW Systems
    • Control Systems in RW
    • Structure of Welding Systems
    • Equipment components used in RW
    • RW Programming and Efficient Use.
    • Welding Processes used in RW
    • Programming of Robots
    • Seam tracking systems and sensors used in RW
    • Joint Preparation for RW
    • Maintenance of RW Systems

The training includes a practical module which will teach the Welding Operator

  • Welding procedures
  • Qualification tests of the RW Operator as per ISO 14732
  • Programming of the RW Machine including off-line programming