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> Do I need a welding certificate
Mr S
post Nov 11 2019, 07:49 PM
Joined: 11-Nov 19

Hi all question for those in the know....I'm a competent mig welder and I've been mig welding for around 10 years..not as a job but restored a few cars etc...i was recently offered a job TIG welding which I've been doing now for 3 weeks...training on the job and already starting to gain confidence...the company however dont give you a certificate if I want one I will need to go to college in the evenings...is it worth paying £500 for a 12week course just to gain the certificate, is it a must have in case I decide to work elsewhere in the future...cheers
Technic Al
post Nov 12 2019, 11:18 AM
Joined: 14-Oct 03

I guess it depends on where you want to move to. Id say that training is never a bad thing. It should make you better at the job you're doing now and that could lead to better things either where you are or somewhere else. Id do it given the opportunity.
post Dec 11 2019, 04:42 AM
Joined: 11-Dec 19

Of course, obtaining certification gives you wider scope. There are some companies that require certified welders and the pay is very good.

If you shift from your country to other, the welding certification will be very helpful to get a quick welding job.
post Dec 12 2019, 06:37 AM
Joined: 11-Dec 19

For welding certification information, you can refer to https://www.aws.org/certification/ as well.
post Dec 15 2019, 05:24 PM
Joined: 30-Jun 11

Well if they are training you on the job, what is the point in shelling out 500 quid. Let the company train you and if you really need a cert let's say for your own business then once you are up to standard you can pay for your cert in your name. If you want to move in to the contracting side then you will have to test out for all your jobs.
post Apr 14 2020, 02:12 PM
Joined: 2-Sep 04

most client specs and industry specifications or standards require welder qualifications test certificates prior to welding on the job. the company you working for should have welding procedures. You normally produce a test weld in accordance with an approved WPS, this qualifies you to weld within the ranges specified on the welder qualification test certificates and is valid for a specified time.

going elsewhere to train and qualify when you are already employed in the capacity of a welder does not make sense.
the company you re working for can qualify you on the job in accordance with their approved welding procedures ..

post Apr 14 2020, 10:09 PM
Joined: 23-Jul 09

How old are you if you’re in your 25+ I wouldn’t bother your destined too earn £10 an hour in a fab shop
post May 9 2020, 08:56 PM
Joined: 9-May 20

This may be an older thread but I would like to add that having a certificate is highly beneficial..

You never know what the future brings and if you already know how to weld then getting a certificate will not be very difficult.
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