Membership Information


  • Professional recognition through affiliation with the SAIW, signified by a Membership Certificate bearing member’s name.
  • Reduced rates on training courses, seminars and conferences.
  • Free copies of the Institute Journal, African Fusion and the Fusion newsletter.
  • Purchasing of items such as welding gauges, wall charts, books, specifications and codes – all available from the Information Centre at reduced rates to members.
  • Free access to information:
    • 10% discount on standard charge-out rates for consultancy services
    • Telephonic advisory service
    • Attendance at monthly technical meetings for employees
    • Current awareness bulletins (welding and NDT) issued quarterly
    • Access to codes and standards and library facilities
  • Access to Institute facilities for promotional presentations at reduced prices
  • Membership fees are tax deductible.


There are five types of Individual Members, each category having its own requisites as follows:

1. Honorary Life Members (‘HonLMSAIW’)
Honorary Life Members are individuals who are elected to this category in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the industry or to the Institute. They do not have to apply for membership and are not required to pay membership fees.

2. Fellows (‘FSAIW’)
Fellows are individuals of scientific or technical eminence, elected to this category in recognition of distinguished contributions to the science or practice of welding.

3. Members (‘MSAIW’)
A Member is any individual with a minimum of five years of theoretical and/or practical experience in the field of welding, which combined with the relevant qualifications, shows a professional competence. This category includes International Members.

4. Associate Members (‘AMSAIW’)
Associate Members are individuals involved in the field of welding, although not necessarily in a hands-on, practical sense. This category includes International Associate Members.

5. Students (‘SMSAIW’)
Students are individuals below the age of 25, studying an approved form of training in the industry and who are considered suitable for membership.


Membership Total
Including VAT)
Fellow  R850.00
Fellow International
Honorary Life Member  N/A
Individual Member  R850.00
Individual Member International
Associate Member  R610.00
Associate Member International     R520.00
Student  R360.00
Student International
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