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Linn State Technical College is an Accredited Testing Facility for the American Welding Society (AWS) as of September 2013.

AWS approved welding certifications lets an employer know that you have completed a nationally recognized test, which shows your ability to perform a sound weld in accordance with industry standards.  Each certified welder has a certification card that shows approved welds which must be renewed every 6 months, or they will expire.

Linn State Technical College offers Practical Welding Tests and Maintenance Renewal only at this facility, and testing is performed in 4 hour blocks, twice a day.  When you first arrive at the facility you will be given instructions in safety and review the Welding Procedure Specification (WPS) specific to the test you are taking.  You will be given the chance to familiarize yourself with the facilities’ equipment.

To become certified, you must show your welding skills during the test and produce a sound weld that passes visual inspection as well as Destructive/Non-Destructive testing.  There will be no time for training during the testing process, if you feel that you do not possess the skill required before arriving at the testing facility please contact the Facility Rep., Frances Boswell.  We have customized training classes available through the Business and Industry Relations office upon request.  The CWI will not give welding lessons during the testing process.

There is no one universal test to certify welders, welders may have to be certified in each process used (SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, & FCAW, etc.) and for each group of metals (steel, stainless, aluminum, etc.).  Some tests restrict the thickness of metals that can be welded, as well as the direction of travel. Tests can be done with or without backing, and with various joint designs. In addition, some tests cover all positions of welding while some restrict positions.
You may only be certified to do what you were tested for, so ask questions about what type that your job requires for you to obtain.  Consult your company’s welding or quality control engineer or QA manager for the proper tests needed. 

AWS Certification Fees
A list of current test prices are listed below; please note AWS has a $35 processing charge for each weld test certification document.  The application cost is included in the total price listed below.      


Test

Description

Price

3/8" WB

Plate = 3/8” Carbon Steel Plate Test, with backing

$395.00

3/8" WOB

Plate = 3/8” Carbon Steel Plate Test, without backing

$395.00

1" WB

Plate = 1” Carbon Steel Plate Test, with backing

$449.00

1" WOB

Plate = 1” Carbon Steel Plate Test, without backing

$449.00

Pipe - 6 WB

Pipe = 6” Schedule 80 Carbon Steel Pipe Test, with backing

$550.00

Pipe - 6 WOB

Pipe = 6” Schedule 80 Carbon Steel Pipe Test, without backing

$550.00

Maintenance
Renewal

Required maintenance to renew approved welds

$75.00

Tests Not Shown/Specialty Tests available upon request, costs vary depending on
availability of certified metal for test coupons.   Please contact the testing facility to
request pricing for tests not shown.

Prices may change depending on market price for materials.


Registration / Payment

Click here to fill out an application. Once your application is submitted, you will receive an email from the Facility Rep., stating that your application has been received, the date and time you are scheduled and the amount due.  Payment for certifications are due upon receipt of first email.  Once payment has been received, you will be sent a second email confirming your testing date.

Payment can be made one of three (3) ways:

  • Credit Card-call 573.897.5121 to make a credit card payment. Make sure you have total amount due, name of tester, and testing date available when you call.
  • Check-Mail to: Linn State Technical College, ATTN: Accounts Payable, One Technology Drive, Linn, MO 65051. Be sure to include a copy of your email that shows testers name, testing date and amount due.
  • Purchase Order-Mail a copy of the Purchase Order to: AWS Testing Facility, ATTN: Frances Boswell, Linn State Technical College, One Technology Drive, Linn, MO 65051

Cancellation Policies
LSTC Cancellation Policy – You must notify the Facility Rep. Frances Boswell at 573-897-5283, 10 days prior to your test date to receive a full refund. If you cancel within 10 calendar days of your test date a $75 processing fee is withheld from your refund. No refunds are given for No Shows or if you cancel the day of your test.

Weather Cancellation Policy
Classes are not normally cancelled except due to inclement weather.  If inclement weather is expected, please check the LSTC website for a cancellation notice or call Frances Boswell at 573-897-5283.


Things to bring to your certification test:

  • Safety glasses/goggles to cover prescription glasses
  • Welding Helmet
  • Welding cap
  • Ear protection
  • Leather boots
  • Welding jacket
  • Welding gloves
  • Correct clothing – full length jeans/trousers no holes or frayed edges

Contact the Facility Representative for more information.
Frances Boswell 573-897-5283
Frances.boswell@linnstate.edu
Campus Map:  http://www.linnstate.edu/tour/index.php 
(The AWS Testing Facility is located in Building 9)
AWS Website: http://www.aws.org/w/a/






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