The Australian Welding Institute (AWI) Education and Certification committee prime objectives are:
- To undertake, arrange and promote education, training, qualification and certification for the benefit of members of the Institute and the welding industry
- To work closely with Australian TAFE bodies, Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s), related government agencies and departments to enhance National Training and educational agendas.
To do this the AWI has identified that the key to this succeeding is the need to form an Education and Certification Working Group (to be known as the E&C) that involves key stakeholders. These are defined as:
- Registered Training Organisations
- Manufacturing Skills Australia
- Australian Welding Institute
The more detailed aims of the E&C are as follows:
To identify potential qualification and certification opportunities for the benefit of stakeholders and to implement these opportunities
To align a qualification and certification system to the national training agenda and other nationally and internationally recognised certification bodies where they benefit stakeholders
To offer independent administration of a Australian national qualification and certification system, broadly based around:
- AS/NZS 1796 Welders certification
- AS/NZS 1796 Welding Supervision
- AS/NZS 2214 Welding Supervision
- AS/NZS 4481 Welding Fabrication Inspection
Periodically review the system for conformance and potential improvements
To offer independent administration of a Australian national certification system, broadly based around:
- AS/NZS ISO 3834 Quality requirements for fusion welding of metallic materials
The AWI is an Organisation that will:
- Work with training organisations to develop, maintain and review a qualification and certification system.
- Issue Certificate(s) within four weeks of receipt of results providing the candidate has supplied all the relevant information, paid the registration fee etc
- Maintain a National Register of successful candidates.
- Maintain an audit role to verify the integrity of the process and system.
- Be a part of an examination development group and to provide input.
- If required by industry, be involved in the development of examinations for their use.