When you get certified by an AWS Accredited Test Facility (ATF), you’re sending a signal to employers that you have the skills necessary to meet industry and employer standards. Tulsa Welding School’s Jacksonville campus is now an ATF.

Contact our ATF office directly to learn more about certifications.
Give us a call at 904-345-5593.

What Is AWS Certification?

The American Welding Society (AWS) gives certifications to welders who have passed one of their welding tests. AWS testing facilities test welders to determine if they have enough expertise to become valuable, trustworthy professionals in the industry who will help employers accomplish their goals.

What Are the Benefits of AWS Certification?

AWS certification makes you a more marketable job candidate when you’re hunting for welding job opportunities. With this certification in your list of qualifications, you stand out from all the other welders who are trying out for the same jobs you’re applying to.

Employers hire welders with AWS certification so that they can adhere to national standards of quality,
performance and safety. AWS-certified welders also reduce liability and cut down on costs. i

What Types of AWS Certification Are Available at Tulsa Welding School, Jacksonville?

The most commonly requested certifications are listed below:

  • 3/8” Plate w/backing, SMAW (E7018), 3G/4G
  • 3/8” Plate w/backing, FCAW, 3G/4G
  • 3/8” Plate, SMAW (E6010 Root, E7018 Rem.), 3G/4G
  • 6” Sch. 40 Carbon Pipe, SMAW (E6010 Root, E7018 Rem.), 6G
  • 6” Sch. 40 Carbon Pipe, GTAW/SMAW, 6G
  • 2” Sch. 80 Carbon Pipe, GTAW, 6G
  • Student/Graduate - $200/Test (Promo Price)
  • Non Student/Graduate - $500/Test

Contact our ATF office directly to learn more about certifications.
Give us a call at 904-345-5593.

Additional procedures and materials may be available. Larger and/or thicker materials will require an additional surcharge due to the added cost of the materials and the extended duration of testing. Check with the certification department or Director of Training if you have any questions or for scheduling.

How Do I Prepare for AWS Certification?

A rigorous welding training program that teaches the fundamentals of welding should adequately
prepare individuals who want to be certified. Welders will need to be able to accomplish these tasksii

  • Identify the proper materials.
  • Follow all safety protocols.
  • Follow all welding procedures that the test specifies.
  • Use a welding machine.
  • Assemble the joints.
  • Choose the right position in which to weld.

An AWS test supervisor will inspect the weld to determine if it meets AWS standards. Welders who pass the test will receive certification.

How Can I Get Started on My Certification?

The path to AWS certification is long and doesn’t begin with the test. Training in the fundamentals of welding is the best way to prepare yourself not only for a certification test, but also for a secure career in welding.

Contact our ATF office directly to learn more about certifications.

Give us a call at 904-345-5593.

ATF Certifications are accredited by the American Welding Society. This certification testing is not accredited by ACCSC. Available at Tulsa Welding School – Jacksonville campus only.

Additional Sources

Accredited School, ACCSC. TWS-Jacksonville located at 1750 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32216 is recognized by ACCSC as a satellite location of TWS-Jacksonville located at 3500 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32216. Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center (TWSTC) in Houston and TWS-Jacksonville are branch campuses of Tulsa Welding School, located at 2545 E. 11th St., Tulsa, OK 74104. Tulsa, OK campus is licensed by OBPVS and ASBPCE. Jacksonville, FL campus is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 2331. TWSTC and TWS in Tulsa, OK are approved by TWC. TWS in Jacksonville is licensed by the Mississippi Commission on Proprietary School and College Registration, License No. C-668. Licensure indicates only that minimum standards have been met; it is not an endorsement or guarantee of quality. Licensure is not equivalent to or synonymous with accreditation by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. TWS in Jacksonville is also regulated by: Office for Career and Technical Schools, 10 N. Senate Ave, Suite SE 308, Indianapolis, IN 46204; [email protected]; http://www.in.gov/dwd/2731.htm. GI Bill® Eligible (check with local campus for specific eligibility). The AOSWT program is an Associate of Occupational Studies degree program and is not an academic degree. The AOSWT program is not approved for the following states: CO, GA, LA, MN, and TX. For more information about our programs, please visit our website at: http://www.tws.edu/student-resources/regulatory-information/.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Scholarships available to those who qualify. Candidates need to refer to the scholarship information page to determine topic of essay (where applicable) and must meet all regular admissions requirements and be scheduled to start training prior to applying for a scholarship. If a student changes his/her re-enter date, the scholarship award may be forfeited. Scholarships are not transferable and most scholarships cannot be used in conjunction with any other scholarship TWS offers. In most cases, only one award will be given per student. If a student is eligible for multiple scholarships, the scholarship that is most beneficial to the student will be awarded. Scholarships will be distributed incrementally over the entire duration of the program. Scholarship eligibility requires continuous enrollment. Failure to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress may result in the probation and possible loss of scholarship. Termination from training may also result in the loss of a scholarship, which may increase your tuition obligation to TWS. Tuition charges will be based on the amount reflected on your Enrollment Agreement. See the reverse side of your Enrollment Agreement or the School Catalog for the school’s refund policy.

* According to 2019 IPEDS data TWS has the largest total combined enrollment of students for all post-secondary schools in the U.S. with the designated largest program of CIP Code Welding Technology/Welder.

** https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce

1 Total number of estimated graduates for TWS calculated based on historic data available as of 12/31/2020.

2 Tulsa area annual mean wage is $46,390, Jacksonville area annual mean wage is $42,910 and Houston area annual mean wage is $51,260 for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers (514121) reported by BLS as of May 2019 http://data.bls.gov/oes. Average starting salary for Professional Welder is $35,863 for TWS Tulsa, $35,157 for Jacksonville, and TWSTC is $39,216 for graduates employed during the 12 month period of 7/1/19-6/30/20.

3 According to BLS data Oklahoma employed 10,420, Florida employed 13,510 and Texas employed 48,940 welders, cutters, solderers (514121) as of May 2020. http://data.bls.gov/oes

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