In 1998, EWF and IIW agreed on transferring the EWF Qualification System to IIW. IAB will be the structure within IIW that will up date the EWF system documentation (Guidelines and Rules) and will implement these as an IIW Qualification System.
This International Education, Training and Qualification System for Welding Personnel is recognised worldwide and supported by industry and by international training and accreditation entities, opening the way towards one Global Education and Qualification System for Welding Personnel.
This System is recognised by ISO namely on the ISO 14731 – Welding Coordination – Tasks and Responsibilities, as a way for a Welding Coordinator to gain his welding technical knowledge, as stated on the standard Annex A.
In order to administer this system and to develop it, the IIW has established the IAB – International Authorisation Board. This IIW Working Unit aimed at the effective integration of the EWF and IIW systems and its implementation in all IIW countries, publishes Guidelines for training and develops and manages the Quality Assurance procedures controlling the system.
An organisation recognised by the national IIW member is appointed as (ANB) Authorised National Body for the supervision of the Qualification System in each country. Representatives from these ANBs form the Operational Management within the IAB, and appoint IIW Assessors to ensure conformity of each ANB to the agreed Rules.
Until the end of 2011, more than 80.300 IIW diplomas have been awarded worldwide.
The IIW Directory of Access Conditions defines for every country the access requirements to the courses based on the IIW Guidelines for Education, Examination and Qualification. This information can be obtained from the Authorised National Body (ANB).
People interested in obtaining an IIW diploma that are already qualified due to previous education and experience, should contact the Authorised National Body (ANB) in their country for additional information.
For more information go to the list of Approved Guidelines.
If you want more information about a specific country, please go to IAB-ANBs