SAIW Welding & Fabrication Inspector Level 1


Course Information 

The SAIW Level 1 course introduces candidates to welding processes, its applications, advantages and disadvantages as well as typical defects. It also introduces candidates to materials technology and the impact of welding on material properties. Visual inspection, quality assurance and quality control and welder code approval are covered in level 1.

This course has been in existence for over 40 years and has been continually refined to meet industry requirements. The course has been refreshed and refined to ensure it is completely up to date and will deliver more comprehensive knowledge than ever before. This is a result of amalgamating the SAIW Welding and Fabrication course with the IIW IWIP Basic course creating a world-class course.



Students will cover some of the following topics:

  • ASME VIII visual inspection aspects;
  • AWS D1.1 Welder Qualifications;
  • ASME IX Welder Qualifications;
  • NDT Reports;

Upon successful completion of the SAIW Welding and Fabrication Inspectors level 1, the student will be issued with the SAIW Welding and Fabrication Inspectors Level 1 qualification certificate and an internationally recognised and respected IIW IWI Basic Diploma.

IIW IWI-Basic Requirements:

According to the International Approvals Board (IAB) guidelines for the requirements for International Welding Inspector – Basic level, the practical part of the final examination is divided into two parts, one of which tests the competence of the candidate undertaking a range of inspection tasks. The second part will be an oral interview/examination to assess the candidate’s comprehension of the tasks involved and written results & reports. The oral examination will test the candidate’s understanding and interpretation of international quality standards and focuses on the quality aspects of international standards, and quality related documentation, such as control manuals.

SAIW welding and fabrication inspector level 1 + practical oral = IWIP/B

Once a student completes the Level 1 training, they may progress onto the SAIW Welding and Fabrication Inspectors Level 2 course. The progression will enable students to enhance their curriculum vitae/

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Course Outline

Week 1

  • Terms & Definitions
  • Welding Processes
  • Welding Defects

Week 2

  • Materials including Mill certificate
  • Welding Symbols
  • Visual Inspection
  • Inspection Reports

Week 3

  • Welder Qualifications
  • Welding Safety
  •  QA/QC including quality control plans

Week 4

  • Revision (3 days)
  • Exam

Course Duration

20 days + 3 days revision + 2 days exam

Entry Requirements

  • Matric with Mathematics or Science OR
  • Successful completion of SAIW’s Introduction to Inspection
  • Two years professional welding related experience
  • Grade 10 plus a pass in a SAIW proficiency test

Dates – JHB

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Dates – Secunda

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Corporate Member :
R47,500 (including VAT)

Non-Corporate Member :

R51,400 (including VAT)

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