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AWS Announces Certification Program
August 11, 2005

The American Welding Society’s (AWS) Certified Welding Supervisor (CWS) Program provides engineers, managers, designers, and others the opportunity to reduce welding costs and increase profitability for their employers.

This innovative program identifies a body of knowledge all welding supervisors should know and understand to increase productivity and improve weld quality.

“The Certified Welding Supervisor program was created to maximize the supervisor’s ability to increase weld quality and lower costs,” says Jeff Hufsey, AWS deputy executive director. “This report shows that decreased productivity can be traced to poorly trained welding supervisors, and too little interaction with their welders.”

The CWS program is a result of a study conducted by AWS and the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) that found training welding supervisors reduced weld metal volume, reduced arc time per weldment, reduced rework and scrap, and reduced work effort and motion and delay time. Visit for more information or to download the NSRP study.

The American Welding Society is the largest organization in the world dedicated to advancing the science, technology, and application of welding and allied processes, including joining, brazing, soldering, cutting, and thermal spraying. Headquartered in Miami, FL, USA, AWS serves almost 50,000 members throughout the world. For more information on AWS programs and publications, visit the Society’s Web site,

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