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Old 06-13-2005, 05:26 PM
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Does any body know what is involved to get my welding certificate? I want to get my own rig and would like to know how long it take to get my certificate.

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Old 06-13-2005, 06:17 PM
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Find out when the test is, and show up. Training/practice is your responsibility, might be a good idea to take a course.

I am CWB certified GTAW and SMAW.
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I imagine that you need to take a course............check the community collages in your area.
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Is it true that it takes 3-4 years to get the certificate?
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Nah I just did the test, I welded non professionally for years and just decided to get certified. The college course here is 10 months but I would just take an evening course and practice at home in your spare time. I would get in touch with a person who is certified and pick his brain before you go, there are a few tricks you can use that will make passing the test easier. Such as:

1) Bring your own fresh sealed dry box of rods if your going for SMAW, the rods in the test area are the cheapest junk you can buy.

2) Bring your own angle grinder with a cup wire brush and a 5 1/4" wheel for cleaning up between passes, cleanliness is next to godliness in welding. Here they x-ray your work so it better be perfect, power tools make that a lot easier than pounding away with a chipping hammer and a hand held wire brush.

3) Quench your work between passes, those small test pieces get real hot and if you don't you will get inclusions no matter how clean you wire brush it. Don't ask me how I found this out.

4) Do your test in the morning, statistically most people have steadier hands before 12:00PM.

5) Take a break in the middle of the test to relax, there is no time limit and sitting under that welding helmet sweating your butt off for 4 hours will make you rush to finish and certainly affect your welds. Relax!

6) Don't be afraid to start over if it isn't looking too good, they don't care how many test pieces you make, they only want one good one for each position.

7) Drink lots of water during the test, dressing in leather and sitting in front of a red hot piece of metal will dehydrate you before the end of the test.

8) Undercut is instant failure, no x-ray to check for solid welds...just instant failure. Don't forget cause even a little tiny gouge will fail you. Don't say I didn't warn you.

9) Really think about if this is a profession you want to do for the rest of your life, its dirty and sweaty and the fumes will eventually kill you (My uncle died from liver disease related to being a professional welder for 40 years) Those trace metals in the smoke all end up in your liver you know.

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dang. anyone want to buy a welder?
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