Welding Certification

Earning a welding certification not only makes your resume glisten, but it also sends a clear message to employers that you’re a master of your craft. Additionally, it means that your skills have been scrutinized by an expert in the field and deemed up to strict industry codes. So, if you’re a Welder, read on to find out how you can earn this fiery credential.

Do I need welding certification?

Many jobs will require you to be certified. Others may give you a specified amount of time to become certified as a condition of your employment. State, industry, and job requirements vary widely, but enhancing your welding training with a welding certificate is always a bonus in the eyes of potential employers.


In order to pass certification exams, you must first be able to weld. Look into welding programs at local community colleges and trade schools. Some employers will let you learn your skills on the job or through an apprenticeship.

There are dozens of certifications as well as varying skill level assessments. You might seek certification as part of your professional job title, such as Teacher, Engineer, Fabricator, or Inspector. You might also want to prove a specific skill set, such as underwater welding or bridge welding.

Next Step

Check with the American Welding Society (www.aws.org), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (www.asme.org), and the American Petroleum Institute (www.api.org) for specific testing requirements.

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