IIW Welding Practitioner (IWP)

An International Welding Practitioner (IWP) is typically an individual responsible for ensuring that welding operations are carried out safely, efficiently, and in compliance with international welding standards and codes.

IWPs are trained to understand and apply welding processes, welding procedures, and quality control measures.

They play a key role in supervising welding activities and ensuring that welders adhere to established welding procedures and safety guidelines.

IWPs can also be involved in coordinating welding activities within their organisations or projects, although their focus is primarily on the practical aspects of welding.


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Course Outline

This course has both a theoretical and a practical component and covers:

  • Welding processes and equipment.
  • Materials and their behaviour during welding, construction and design.
  • Fabrication applications engineering.

Practical Welder training is carried out on an individual basis with the main processes being MMA, MIG/MAG, FCAW, TIG and Oxy-Fuel welding. Forty (40) hours are reserved to broaden the student’s knowledge and skill in other relevant materials within this main process. An additional twenty (20) hours shall be reserved to give the student basic understanding of the possibilities of other processes.

On completion of the course, students will have an understanding of:

  • The characteristics and main components of the most common arc welding power sources.
  • The fundamentals of common and special welding processes and their applications.
  • Consumables used in the different processes.
  • Joint designs and weld configurations for specific materials, thicknesses, accessibility, different loadings and allowable tolerances.
  • Basic metallurgy of steels, testing of materials and heat treatments.
  • Defects encountered with the various welding processes.
  • And more – see dedicated course brochure for additional details.

Course Duration:

Practical: 7 days
Theory: 9 days
Exams: 2 hours

Students may be exempt from practical training provided they hold a welder qualification for multiple materials and can demonstrate experience of all the major welding processes.

Entry Requirements

  • A valid welder qualification certificate to weld in all positions without backing in at least one process, eg. 6G (H-L045) pipe weld without backing, or horizontal and vertical groove weld without backing.
  • The recommended minimum age of 20 years including 2 years working experience as a welder.
  • Welder qualification tests will be conducted on completion of the theory in the 6G positions and PF plate positions, in a choice of processes or materials.


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* Practical training can be done at alternative dates provided the practical is completed in the calendar year in which the theory was completed. No practical exam is taken.


Corporate Member:
Theory Only – R16 900 (including VAT)
Practical Only – R10 400 (including VAT)
Combined – R27 300 (including VAT)

Non- Corporate Member:

Theory Only – R18 300 (including VAT)
Practical Only – R10 400 (including VAT)
Combined – R28 700 (including VAT)


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