ACCP Level II VT Certification for AWS CWIs and SCWIs

ACCP Level II VT Certification Available to AWS CWIs and SCWIs

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Application and Fee Schedule (PDF)
Visual Acuity Form (PDF)

The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) has an agreement with the American Welding Society (AWS) to provide access for AWS Certified Welding Inspectors (CWIs) and Senior Certified Welding Inspectors (SCWIs) to Visual Testing (VT) certification under the provisions of the ASNT Central Certification Program (ACCP). The purpose of this agreement is to facilitate companies’ and individuals’ compliance with current and anticipated personnel qualification requirements for Visual Testing.

ACCP provides visual testing certification in accordance with ASNT Recommended Practice No. SNT-TC-1A. It is the most widely referenced NDT program document and is widely specified in codes and standards, most notably by ASME. As a result of this broad recognition, the ACCP certificate provides its holder with access to work in accordance with many generally required codes and standards.


Under the agreement, current AWS CWIs and SCWIs holding valid certificates may qualify for the ACCP VT Direct Visual technique for the General Industry (GI) sector based on the AWS examinations already taken. Interested individuals will complete an ACCP application form and supply ASNT with a copy of their current CWI or SCWI wallet card, along with a currently valid Jaeger J-1 visual acuity form. No other documentation will be necessary for the ACCP Level II VT GI-Direct certification.

Qualified CWIs and SCWIs may also apply for ACCP Level II VT certification in the Pressure Equipment (PE) Sector. PE interested applicants will need to comply with the requirements for the GI Sector listed above and document three years’ experience in pressure-related visual inspection.

Due to accreditation changes, the Remote Viewing techniques is no longer available under this agreement.

Application and Certification

The application form, including the fee schedule is available here. The Visual Acuity Form is available here. Completed applications and supporting documentation are to be submitted directly to ASNT.

ASNT will mail successful applicants the ACCP wallet card and wall certificate indicating the scope of their ACCP VT certification. The ASNT certificates will match the CWI or SCWI expiration dates and are contingent on maintaining AWS certification.


Updated February 2015.