Revised rules to transition arrangements for IIW Qualifications

A recent change to the rules for Transition Arrangements in the IIW system may mean that there are some welding personnel in a position to apply for an IIW diploma using the Transition Arrangement process which lapsed some years earlier.

Transition Arrangements (TAs) for each member country of the International Authorisation Board (IAB) are agreed in meetings of Group B, which deals with Implementation and Authorisation of the IIW personnel qualification and certification systems. The TAs are approved when a country is first introducing IIW qualifications into the national environment. They are intended to allow experienced welding personnel that have met requirements and trained using national programmes access to the IIW qualification system. An Authorised National Body (ANB) has been allowed to issue IIW diplomas under transition arrangements for a period of three years after the date when a qualification was first included in the scope of the ANB approval by the IAB.

SAIW received its approval as an ANB in January 2003. The scope of the approval of SAIW at that time covered specialists, practitioners, technologists and engineers.

Inspectors were included in the scope of the ANB approval sometime later, but for all the qualifications the period when SAIW could issue diplomas using transition arrangements has long past. At its meeting on the 10th of July 2012, the IAB Group B amended the rules related to TAs and the 3-year rule fell away.

From July 2012 onwards, anyone meeting the TA requirements up to the time the SAIW ANB gained approval from IAB for a qualification to be included in its scope of activities, can apply at any time as the 3-year rule has fallen away. The cut-off dates applicable are shown below with the TA for each type of qualification.

The approved TAs for South Africa are as follows:

International Welding Engineer IWE; cut-off date 21 January 2003

A BSc degree in Engineering from a university course approved by ECSA or an equivalent qualification accredited for registration as a Professional Engineer or a university degree in an Engineering Science discipline with a minimum period of study of 3 years

Plus an MSc in Welding Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, or a SAIW Diploma in Welding Engineering

Plus 3 years’ experience at IWE level in the past 5 years or 10 years’ experience in the past 15 years

International Welding Technologist IWT; cut-off date 21 January 2003

A National Diploma or a National Higher Certificate (or equivalent) in a relevant engineering discipline

Plus a SAIW diploma in Welding Engineering

Plus 3 years’ experience at IWT level during the past 5 years or 10 years’ experience in the past 15 years

Alternatively, a National Diploma or National Higher Certificate (or equivalent) in a relevant engineering discipline

Plus SAIW Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Welding Supervisor Certificates

Plus 5 years’ experience at IWT level during the past 8 years or 12 years’ experience in the past 15 years

International Welding Specialist IWS; cut-off date 21 January 2003

Senior certificate or N3 including maths and science subjects (or equivalent) or a Certificate of General Education and Training (Grade 9) (or equivalent) with a minimum of 3 years of metal working experience in addition to the guideline experience (see below)

Plus a minimum age of 20 years with 2 years metal working experience (guideline requirement)

Plus a SAIW Level 2 supervisor certificate

Plus 3 years’ experience at IWS level during the past 5 years or 10 years’ experience in the past 15 years

International Welding Practitioner IWP; cut-off date 21 January 2003

Hold a valid welder qualification certificate ISO 9606 H-L045 ss nb in 1 of the weldprocesses listed in 5.1 of ISO 9606, or equivalent, e.g. EN 287-1 H-L045 ss nb,or ASME IX 6G or hold a valid welder qualification as a plate welder for the following conditions: PE ss nb or PC and PF ss nb, according to ISO 9606 at least in 1 process, and/or other national equivalent in the IIW member country e.g. ASME IX

Plus a minimum age of 21 years including 2 years of experience as a welder

Plus a SAIW Level 1 Welding Supervisor Certificate

Plus 3 years’ experience at IWP level during the past 5 years or 10 years’ experience in the past 15 years

International Welding Inspector Comprehensive Level IWIP (C); cut-off date 18 January 2005

National Diploma or National Higher Certificate (or equivalent) in a relevant engineering discipline

Plus SAIW Level 2 Fabrication and Welding Inspector

Plus 2 years’ experience at IWIP (C) level in the last 5 years

Alternatively, Senior certificate or N3 including maths and science subjects (or equivalent) or a Certificate of General Education and Training (Grade 9) (or equivalent) with a minimum of 3 years of metal working experience

Plus SAIW Level 2 Fabrication and Welding Inspector

Plus SAIW Level 3 Fabrication and Welding Inspector or SAIW Codes of Construction

Qualification (ASME code course)

Plus 4 years’ experience at IWIP (C) level in the last 6 years

International Welding Inspector Standard Level IWIP (S); cut-off date 18 January 2005

Senior certificate or N3 including maths and science subjects (or equivalent) or

a Certificate of General Education and Training (Grade 9) (or equivalent) with a minimum of 3 years of metal working experience

Plus SAIW Level 2 Fabrication and Welding Inspector

Plus 2 years relevant experience at IWIP (S) level in the last 5 years

Alternatively, hold a valid welder qualification certificate ISO 9606 H-L045 ss nb in 1 of the welding processes listed in 5.1 of ISO 9606, or equivalent, e.g. EN 287-1 H-L045 ss nb, or ASME IX 6G or hold a valid welder qualification as a plate welder for the following conditions: PE ss nb or PC and PF ss nb, according to ISO 9606 at least in 1 process, and/or other national equivalent in the IIW member country e.g. ASME IX

Plus SAIW Level 2 Fabrication and Welding Inspector

Plus 4 years’ experience at IWIP (S) level in the last 6 years

International Welding Inspector Basic Level IWI (B); cut-off date 18 January 2005

Senior Certificate or N3 including maths and science subjects (or equivalent)or a Certificate of General Education and Training Grade 9 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 3 years of metal working experience or a valid welder certification in more than 1 process or with more than 1 material: if in plate position – PE ss nb, if in pipe position – H-L045, in accordance with ISO 9606 or equivalent (e.g. ASME IX 6G)

Plus SAIW Level 1 Fabrication and Welding Inspector

Plus 2 years’ experience at IWI (B) level in the last 5 years

Please note:

Where there is reference to experience gained at a particular level the experience should have been gained in the period leading up to the cut-off date. Experience gained after the cut-off date cannot be taken into account.

Most candidates will be required to attend a professional interview during the assessment

For more information contact Herman Potgieter at potgieterh@saiw.co.za