This month, the HERA Training Centre is again offering Part 2 of its training programme in welding inspection leading to national and international qualifications.

This is for the CBIP Certified Welding Inspector (CWI), and the globally-recognised IIW International Welding Inspector Basic (IWI-B) and International Welding Inspector Standard (IWI-S). The Centre is New Zealand’s only International Institute of Welding (IIW) Accredited Training Body (ATB).

People gaining these qualifications as welding inspectors may work either as “in-house” for fabricators, manufacturers or contractors, or as third party inspectors on behalf of clients and project managers.

Courses in weld inspection consist of Part 1 Welding Technology (that also doubles as the Welding Supervisor course) and Part 2 Welding Inspection. This is based on the principle that a welding inspector should have at least the qualifications required for a welding supervisor.


The course content of Part 2 focuses on inspection activities:

  • The role and responsibilities of a welding Inspector
  • Welding terms and definitions
  • Mechanical testing on welded joints
  • Types and causes of weld imperfections
  • Welding procedures and welder qualification: witnessing, approval, and review
  • NDT techniques: visual inspection, liquid penetrant testing, magnetic particle testing, radiographic testing, ultrasonic testing, pressure test, dimensional tests
  • Quality assurance and quality control

The course includes a balance of lectures, exercises and case studies, and practical work. For the IIW International Welding Inspector qualifications there are two options. For the IWI-B the course is one week full time (40 hour). For the IWI-S an additional 24 hours are required in the form of three days in the following week.

The dates are:
IWI –B 23rd – 27th November 2015 (Monday to Friday), examinations 28th Nov (Sat).
IWI –S 23rd – 27th Nov (Monday to Friday) plus 30th Nov – 2 Dec (Monday to Wednesday the following week), examinations 3 Dec (Thursday).

For those intending to take the CBIP Certified Welding Inspector examinations the full programme of the Welding Supervisor and the 8-day inspection course is recommended unless candidates have had equivalent training and relevant experience.

Update shared by our General Manager Welding Centre Dr Michail Karpenko