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KWJS Training Centers

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Hanbat National University (formerly, Daejon National University of Technology)
Kongju National University (formerly, Cheonan National Junior Technical College)
Korea Aerospace University
June 14, 1999
February 11, 2000
June 18, 2001
Training & Technical Cooperation Center
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Gyeongnam Provincial Geochang College May 21, 2009

N° of Diplomas and Certificates Issued

Diplomas/Certificates N° of Participants N° Issued Period
Korean Welding Engineer (KWE)
Korean Welding Inspector Level 1 (KWI-E)
Korean Welding Instructor (KWIE or KWIN??)
Korean Welding Specialist (KWS)
Stud Welder
Arc Welding Robot Operator
298
89
74
55
70
35
280
83
56
12
33
35
1992-2008
1998-2002
1998-2002
1998-1999
1998-2002
1999-2000
Total= 621 499

KWJS Qualifications

(Note: As an IIW-IAB Member Country of, the KWJS only issues IIW diplomas and does not offer its own accreditation. The KWJS will continue to issue only IIW diplomas)

Korean Welding Engineer (KWE)

This course is designed to train engineers (KS B ISO 14731) towards the efficient and responsible performance of welding-related, quality assurance work (KS B ISO 3834). The examination towards this diploma is conducted in accordance with the authorization requirements of the IIW and the KWJS, and once the required examinations have been successfully passed, the KWE & IWE Diplomas are issued. The KWE qualification is recognized internationally and proves that the holder is a professional engineer, able to solve any issues which may arise and to independently develop the necessary skills to operate within a welding-related industry.

  • Training Center: Welding Engineering Center, Hanbat National University
  • Sponsored by: The Human Resources Development Services of Korea, Ministry of Labor
  • Authorization Bodies: The Korean Welding and Joining Society (KWJS), International Institute of Welding (IIW)
  • Course Duration: 3 months
  • Eligible Participants: Graduates of a 4-year college/university, with degrees in either the Natural Sciences or Engineering, or those for whom graduation is imminent (candidates must have graduated by February of the year immediately following enrolment in the course).
  • Location: Welding Engineering Center, Hanbat National University (Yuseong-gu, Daejon)
  • Issuable Certifications (after successful completion of the course):
    • Korean Welding Engineer diploma (KWE), issued by the KWJS
    • Training certificate, issued by Hanbat National University (as part of an Industry-University co-operation program)
Korean Welding Inspector

The KWJS’ Korean Welding Inspector (KWIP) course is conducted according to the same regulations as those which govern the EWF's European Welding Inspector (EWI) accreditation. The qualification offered via successful completion of this course is expected to be recognized worldwide as a key factor in construction supervision, especially for the fabrication and repair of welded structures.

While other countries offer similar certifications (e.g., CWI in the USA and CSWIP in the UK), most are obtainable after completion of only short-term courses, incapable of offering comprehensive and systemic welding training. Even after successful completion of those courses, there still remains a need for further organized education and qualification programs in order to properly and thoroughly nurture welding inspectors.

The KWIP course is six times longer in duration than its equivalents in other nations, but is more extensive in scope, covering the whole range of welding and welding inspection technologies.
The Welding Inspector training program was established by the EWF and includes all key content for welding inspection. The addition of more sophisticated field training components is also planned for the future. Upon successful completion of this course, participants are able to demonstrate basic skills in welding inspection.
Between 1998 and 2002, the KWJS certified 83 individuals as Korean Welding Inspectors (Level 2, KWI-E).

  • Training Center: Welding Engineering Center, Hanbat National University
  • Authorization Bodies: The Korean Welding and Joining Society (KWJS), DEUTSCHER VERBAND FUR SCHWEISSEN UND VERWANDTE VERFAHREN e.V. (DVS)
  • Course Duration: 7 weeks (49 days)
  • Eligible Participants:
    • Four-year college/university graduates, with a background in the Natural Sciences or Engineering
    • Junior college graduates, with a background in the Natural Sciences or Engineering, in possession of the Korean Welding Specialist - Level 1 certification
    • Professional Welding Engineers (e.g., SFI, KWE or EWF)
  • Issuable Certifications (after successful completion of the course):
    • European Welding Inspector (Level 1, EWI-E), accredited by the European Welding Federation (EWF)
    • Korean Welding Inspector (Level 1, KWIP-E), accredited by the Korean Welding and Joining Society (KWJS)
    • Training certificate, issued by Hanbat National University
Korean Welding Instructor

The Korean Welding Instructor (KWIE or KWIN??) course is bound by the same regulations as those which govern the EWF’s European Welding Instructor (EWI) and the KWJS’ Korean Welding Instructor (KWIE or KWIN??) accreditations.
The role of the Welding Instructor is to educate welders, to guide complicated field operations as required, as well as to train new and existing workers. This course covers gas welding, shielded arc welding, MIG/MAG and TIG welding (56 hours for common theory and 160 hours of practical work). Thus, individuals who did not receive a complete education may join this course after completion of a 2-week preparatory training session and an entrance test, according to EN 287/ISO 9606.
Between 1998 and 2002, the KWJS issued KWIE or KWIN?? certification to 56 individuals.

  • Training Center: Welding Engineering Center, Hanbat National University
  • Authorization Bodies: The Korean Welding and Joining Society (KWJS), DEUTSCHER VERBAND FUR SCHWEISSEN UND VERWANDTE VERFAHREN e.V. (DVS)
  • Course Duration: 2 months
  • Eligible Participants:
    • Capable welders, aged 24 years or older
    • Individuals who have successfully completed a 3-week preliminary training program and a final examination (pipe welding), in accordance with the KWJS’ Welder Regulations and ISO 9606/EN 287 (ISO & European Welder Testing Standards)
  • Issuable Certifications:
    • Welding Instructor, issued by DEUTSCHER VERBAND FUR SCHWEISSEN UND VERWANDTE VERFAHREN e.V. (DVS)
    • Korean Welding Instructor (KWIN or KWIE???), issued by the Korean Welding and Joining Society (KWJS)
    • Pipe Welder, issued by the European Welding Federation (EWF)
    • Pipe Welder, issued by the Korean Welding and Joining Society (KWJS)
    • Training certificate, issued by Hanbat National University
Korean Welding Specialist (Level 2)

This course is designed for Welding Specialists who conduct quality assurance of welds in the field (KS B ISO 3834). Successful participants who gain certification are then qualified to make decisions and relevant adjustments to the planning, fabrication, supervision and testing of simple welded structures.
Between 1998 and 1999, the KWJS issued Korean Welding Specialist (Level 2) accreditation to 12 individuals.

  • Training Center: Welding Engineering Center, Hanbat National University
  • Authorization Body: The Korean Welding and Joining Society (KWJS)
  • Course Duration: 1.5 months (6 weeks)
  • Eligible Participants:
    • Junior college graduates (or those with further education), with a background in the Natural Sciences or Engineering, or individuals with relevant qualifications and more than two years’ experience in the field
  • Issuable Certifications:
    • SFM (Schweiss Fachmann), issued by DEUTSCHER VERBAND FUR SCHWEISSEN UND VERWANDTE VERFAHREN e.V. (DVS)
    • Korean Welding Specialist (Level 2, KWS), issued by the Korean Welding and Joining Society (KWJS)
    • European Welding Specialist (EWS), issued by the European Welding Federation (EWF)
    • Training certificate, issued by Hanbat National University
Stud Welder

The KWJS’ Arc Welding Robot Operator course is conducted in compliance with the Arc Welding Robot Operator Education & Training Regulations.
This course is designed to develop the competence of Arc Welding Robot Operators, since the demand for these workers’ skills continues to increase, especially in the car part manufacturing industry. Arc welding quality and productivity are largely dependent on the level of skill of the operators involved. Traditionally, the industry only relied upon the manufacturer of such arc welding robots, insofar as training and repair were concerned. There exists a tremendous need for further education and more systemic training, along with the requirement for relevant and accepted certification, in order to guarantee more efficient processes in the field.

  • Training Center: Welding Engineering Center, Hanbat National University
  • Authorization Body: The Korean Welding and Joining Society (KWJS)
  • Course Duration: 1 week (5 days)
  • Eligible Participants: High-school graduates, or those with further education
  • Issuable Certifications:
    • Arc Welding Robot Operator (AWRO), issued by the Korean Welding and Joining Society (KWJS)
    • Training certificate, issued by Hanbat National University