Wed, 01 April, 2020
TWI Certification Ltd (TWI CL), a wholly owned subsidiary of The Welding Institute, was formed in 1993 to exemplify the independence and impartiality required to deliver certification in accordance with international standards.
TWI CL develops and implements certification schemes, approves training courses and authorises assessments to satisfy industry needs. These activities are performed under the stakeholder governance of the Certification Management Board, which is made up of representatives from industry, such as BP Exploration and Production, National Grid Gas plc, Network Rail, Lloyd’s Register, Rolls-Royce and Shell.
TWI CL meets the needs of industry by providing certification in three distinct areas:
- Personnel Certification, which provides personnel competence assurance certification through the CSWIP and BGAS-CSWIP schemes. CSWIP certificates provide employer confidence in compliance with current standards and regulations, and offers assurance to their customers that their staff are competent and can deliver a quality product whilst maintaining the necessary safety requirements.
- Company Certification, which provides certification for manufacturers in accordance with a number of standards. These are: Welding Fabricator Certification Scheme (WFCS) in accordance with ISO 3834, Conformity Assessment of the Execution of Steel and Aluminium Structures (CAESAS) in accordance to EN 1090-1, Certification for Welding of Railway Vehicles and Components (CWRVC) in accordance to EN 15085-2, and Certification of Manufacture of Special Materials (CMSM) in accordance with ISO 17782 (NORSOK M-650). These products have a direct relationship to the success and profitability of companies worldwide by enabling them to show compliance with European and International product standards. In addition, Company Certification offers a Certification Scheme for Welder Training Organisations (CSWTO).
- Welder Certification is responsible for welding procedure qualifications (WPQR) and the certification of welders, which provides industry with assurance of the competence of their production welding activities. Welder Certification is responsible for the End Point Assessment of apprentices under the new Apprenticeship Standard. In conjunction with this, it provides welder qualifications and testing, as well as operating the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) and acting as the examining body for a number of CSWIP certifications.
On top of this TWI CL is also the Authorised Nominated Body for EWF and IIW qualifications in welding coordination, leading to International and European Welding Specialist/Technologist and Engineer qualification. Those who successfully gain their diploma may also be able to apply to TWI CL to have their diploma certified under the Personnel Certification Scheme.