National Welding Inspectors Certification Scheme(NWICS)


WQC is an Approved Training Partner(ATP) and as an Approved Training Centre( ATC ) of the Indian Institute of Welding(IIW).NWICS is conducting 1st time in India

Levels of Certification

  • Basic level ( NWICS – Basic )
  • Standard level ( NWICS – Standard )
  • Advanced level ( NWICS – Advanced )

Comparison of Major Inspectors Certification Schemes



Basic level

Eligibility Qualification & Experience requirements
Sl No Educational Qualification Experience
1 Class VIII 5 Yrs. Industrial experience out of which 3 yrs in welding area /inspection / NDT of welds
2 Class X (With Sc. &Math) / ITI (Mech.) 3 Yrs. Industrial experience out of which 2 Yrs. in welding area /inspection / NDT of welds
3 Class XII / IWS/IWIP(B) diploma or any equivalent Welding Inspectors course 2 Yrs. Industrial experience out of which 1 Yr. in welding technology / inspection / NDT of welds
4 MSc/BE/ IWE/ BSc /Diploma in Engg. / IWT, IWIP (S) diploma or equivalent Welding Inspectors course 6 months Industrial experience in welding technology /inspection / NDT of welds, desirable but not essential
Role and functions Welding Inspectors - Basic level
  • Independently carry out before, during and post-weld visual inspection and dimensional checks of weldments against specification requirements & drawings.
  • To carry out the following functions under the supervision of a Welding Inspector - Standard level or Welding Inspector - Advanced level
    • Understand the application of various standards, codes, specifications, welding symbols, drawings, WPS and statutory / regulatory requirements.
    • Verify the compliance of raw materials & consumables, certificates against the applicable standards, codes & specifications.
    • Verify that joint dimensions, edge preparation, fit up, welding equipment, weld preparations are in accordance with the drawings, standards and process requirements
    • Verify the compliance of pre-heat procedures against the applicable standards.
    • To carry out in-process surveillance during welding to verify compliance with specified procedure including pre-heat, welding parameters , inter-pass temperature control and any post-heat requirements.
    • Understand and ensure compliance of applicable safety requirements.

Standard level

Eligibility Qualification & Experience requirements
Sl No Educational Qualification Experience
1 Class VIII 8 Yrs. Industrial experience out of which 5 yrs in welding area/ inspection / NDT of welds
2 Class X (With Sc. &Math) / ITI (Mech.) 5 Yrs. Industrial experience out of which 3 yrs in welding area/ inspection / NDT of welds
3 Class XII / IWS /NWICS – B / IWIP(B) diploma or equivalent Welding Inspectors course 3 Yrs. Industrial experience out of which 2 yrs in welding technology/ inspection /NDT of welds
4 BSc /Diploma in Engg. / IWT, IWIP (S) diploma 2 Yrs. Industrial experience in welding technology / inspection / NDT of welds.
5 MSc/BE/ IWE 1 Yr. Industrial experience in welding technology / inspection / NDT of welds
Role and functions of Welding Inspectors – Standard level
  • Supervise the activities of Welding Inspectors – Basic level
  • Independently carry out the following functions
    • All functions carried out by a Welding Inspector – Basic level in addition
    • Develop, comment and review quality control and inspection & testing plans based on product standards, codes, specifications, drawings and statuary/regulatory requirements.
    • Review Welding Procedures(WPS) for compliance with code and contract requirements and verify Welding Procedure Qualification(WPQR) compliance
    • Witness procedure qualification test including testing of specimen and verify compliance with WPQRs, WPSs and Welders Qualification against applicable standards for conventional welding processes (e.g. arc welding processes, steels, aluminium alloys etc.)
    • Verify the compliance of PWHT procedures against the applicable standards.
    • Verify NDT procedure compliance
    • Take decisions on acceptance of quality documents related to welded fabrication (e.g NDT, Material Testing, Production Testing, etc.)
    • Take decisions based on above quality documents (e.g NDT, Material Testing, Production Testing etc)according to the requirements defined for the construction
    • Implement weld inspection quality assurance plans
    • Evaluation & acceptance of welded fabrication on the basis of DT & NDT test reports.
    • Conduct surveillance and audit of suppliers and vendors
    • Report on all the above actions.
    • Training and evaluation of Welding Inspectors – Basic level

Advanced level

Eligibility Qualification & Experience requirements
The candidate must possess NWICS - Standard level or equivalent certification along with
Sl No Educational Qualification Experience
1 Class X (With Sc. &Math) / ITI (Mech.) 10 Yrs. Industrial experience out of which 5 yrs in welding area / inspection /NDT of welds
2 IWS /IWIP(S) / Class XII ( with Sc & Maths ) 5 Yrs. Industrial experience out of which 3 yrs in welding technology / inspection / NDT of welds
3 BSc /Diploma in Engg. / IWT 3 Yrs. Industrial experience out of which 2 yrs in welding technology / inspection / NDT of welds
4 MSc/BE/IWE / IWIP (C) 2 Yrs. Industrial experience out of which 1 yr in welding technology / inspection / NDT of welds
Role and functions of Welding Inspectors – Advanced level
  • Supervise the activities of Welding Inspectors – Basic and Standard levels
  • Independently carry out the following functions
    • All functions carried out by a Welding Inspector – Basic level and Standard level in addition
    • Verify base material and filler material compatibility
    • Witness procedure qualification test including testing of specimen and verify compliance with WPQRs, WPSs.
    • Conduct Welders Qualification tests and qualify the same against applicable standards for conventional welding processes. (e.g. arc welding processes, steels, Al. alloys etc.)
    • Write Welding Procedures Specifications (WPS) & Welder Performance Qualification (WPQ)
    • Prepare visual inspection, NDT and Destructive testing (DT) requirements
    • Identification of weld defects and determination of their acceptability including Radiographic film interpretation for carbon, low alloy and stainless steels.
    • Final acceptance and certification that all requirements specified for the weldment have been met
    • Prepare welding inspection quality assurance plans, audit and surveillance plans along with documentation and control requirements.
    • Maintenance of comprehensive inspection reports
    • Training and evaluation of Welding Inspectors – Standard level
    • Provide technical leadership and guidance to team of Welding Inspectors

Examination Procedure

1) ANB India conducts an examination comprising of theory, practical and viva-voce to determine a candidate’s knowledge & competence.
2) ANB India suggests that candidates undergo a training program at an ANB India Approved Training Partner (ATP), at the appropriate level as preparation for appearing for the examinations.
3) The examinations are conducted at ANB India Approved Testing Centres (ATC) by ANB India Authorised Examiners.

Examination

1. Comprises of Theory, Practical & Viva-voice examinations
Theory – 100 marks / pass marks 65
Practical - 100 marks / pass marks 65
Viva-voce – 100 marks / pass marks 65
2. Weightage
Theory – 40%
Practical – 40%
Viva-voce – 20%
3. Minimum aggregate Pass Marks – 70%