This course provides training in welding inspection.

It leads to:

  1. HERA Welding Inspector – Steel Structures
  2. HERA Certificate of Proficiency in Visual Testing of Welded Joints to AS/NZS ISO 17637:2019

The course content complies with the HERA requirements for the training of welding inspection personnel.

On the completion of the course, the candidates will be able to perform essential duties of the welding inspector within the scope of AS/NZS 5131 Section 7 and Appendix I including the revision and approval of welding procedures and welders’ qualifications, and reporting visual examination of welds in accordance with the standards and specifications.


This course is perfect for:

  • Fabricators who perform in-house visual examinations
  • Those seeking the CBIP Certified Welding Inspector


It is especially relevant to those in:

  • Steel construction
  • Infrastructure fabrication and maintenance
  • Bridge building
  • Transport industry
  • Machinery
  • Shipbuilding
  • Maintenance

You need to meet the following requirements to qualify to do this course.

  • Have successfully completed the HERA Welding Supervisor course
  • Proficiency in the comprehension and writing of English as used in the engineering industry,
  • Proficiency in basic mathematics
  • The ability to write reports

This course covers the scope of inspection activities as well as NDT techniques.

Welding inspection:

  • 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, approvals and welder approvals

NDT techniques:

  • Testing methods
  • Visual inspection
  • Liquid penetrant testing
  • Magnetic particle testing
  • Radiographic testing
  • Ultrasonic testing
  • Pressure test
  • Dimensional tests
  • Quality assurance
  • Practical work

The standards covered in this course include AS/NZS ISO 17637, AS/NZS 1554 part 1, 2 and 3, AS/NZS ISO 5817, AS/NZS 2980, and AS/NZS ISO 9606.

The Welding Inspector 1 exams:

The Practical exam is held on the last day of the course.

The Theory exam is held online in the next week after the course.


Need more Information?

Please contact our Welding team by phone +64 9 242 4849, or by email at

Upcoming exams:


Volkan Yakut  | HERA Senior Welding Engineer

Volkan is an international welding engineer (IIW) with expertise in the field of Defence, Shipbuilding and Oil and gas. He holds NDT qualifications Level 3 for UT and Level 2 for RT, MPI, PT and VT. He is also a Lead Auditor for Steel Fabricator Certification (SFC) Scheme.


Ozgur Erdem | HERA Senior Welding Engineer

Ozgur has worked extensively on the delivery of industrial plant projects globally in many roles at different levels in the fabrication and construction of boilers, reactors, pressure vessels, structural steels and piping systems of oil & gas, nuclear and thermal power (CCGT and coal fired) plants in Turkiye, Russia, Albania, Libya and Iraq.

He was a lecturer of welding inspection courses at international training organisations in Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Central Asia and South America.


Michail Karpenko  | GM Welding Centre

HERA Michail, an international welding engineer (IIW), is a member of the Standards New Zealand and Australia Committees including WD-003 “Welding” actively involved in the revision and updating of welding standards such as AS/NZS 1554, AS/NZS ISO 3834, DR ISO 17607, AS/NZS 5131. He was actively involved in establishing the Fabricator Certification Scheme (SFC) and is also a Lead Auditor for this Scheme.


Robert Ryan  | HERA Welding Engineer

Robert is an international welding inspector (IIW IWI-S) and AS 2214 Welding Supervisor with expertise in the field of welding processes, procedures, training of welders as well as quality management systems to AS/NZS 5131 and SFC


Alan McClintock  | HERA Senior Welding Engineer

Alan is a qualified welder, welding supervisor and inspector IWI-C, and an IIW Welding Technologist. He has considerable experience with New Zealand and Australia welding related structural standards and related quality control procedures. Alan is a Lead Auditor for Steel Fabricator Certification (SFC) Scheme.

What does the course cost?

Cost depends on your membership category at HERA. For more details, refer to the “Prices” tab.


Does the course fee cover the exams?

No, exam fees are additional.


Do I have to do the exams straight after this course?

No, exams can be taken at a later date.


How often is this course held?

The course is offered twice a year


What can this course lead to?

On completion, attendees are able to progress forward to the HERA Welding Inspector Level 2 and IWI-S


Do I have to do the Welding Supervisor course first?

Yes. This course is a mandatory requirement for our Welding Inspector Level 1 and IIW qualifications.

Course costs:

HERA Ordinary Platinum member


HERA Affiliate or Associate Gold members

5% discount


Non HERA member

Full price


Exam costs:

Theory Exam




Practical Exam




*All prices include GST


Want to get a HERA membership discount, but aren’t a member?

Find out how to become one today!  Or contact our Manager Customer Experience, Rebecca Symonds for more information.

Not only will this reduce your course fees for your business, but also for any of your employees throughout the year. And depending on the tier of membership you choose you can also enjoy discounts on offered resources and other membership benefits as well.

Register today!

Please select from the upcoming Welding Inspector course dates below: