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May 19, 2018
The AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) Certification

Introduced in 1976, the Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) certification is a pillar program in the welding industry. Offered by the American Welding Society (AWS), the certification is recognized worldwide and establishes a well-rounded knowledge base and skill set in the field of welding.

May 9, 2018
The AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) Exam

Are you looking to boost your earnings, gain flexibility, and increase demand for your welding expertise? If so, becoming a Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) may be the career path you’re looking for.

To become one, you’ll need to take the CWI exam. But first, what is a CWI?

April 17, 2018
What Is the AWS CWI Exam Pass Rate?

The CWI (Certified Welding Inspector) exam offered by AWS (American Welding Society) is notorious for being difficult to pass.

You've probably wondered, “What is the exam pass rate?” It can’t be very high. There are too many people who are taking the exam a second time because they failed one or more parts of the test.

February 20, 2018
Digital Plans - Changes to ICC Special Inspector Exams

In December 2017, ICC started using digital plans instead of physical plans in their special inspector exams. You can view the digital plans on the computer during the exam.

Because of these changes, SI Certs is now including digital plans with all of our ICC special inspection courses.

February 13, 2018
How to Register For and Schedule an ICC Special Inspection Exam

The first step is creating an account with ICC (International Code Council) because the registration process is centered around your ICC account. If you don't have an account, you can create one here.

March 01, 2017
The Advantages of Taking an Online Special Inspector Test Prep Course

All of SI Certs’ online courses are developed from scratch to address the challenges of the ICC test and the demanding working schedules of full-time field technicians and inspectors. SI Certs has many advantages that are unique in the training and education industry. These set us above alternate training options, particularly classroom-based instruction.

May 01, 2016
Reinforced Concrete Practice Test – Best Practices for Test Preparation

Not all practice is equal. Not all practice is even beneficial. This is actually a major problem when technicians and inspectors are studying for the next certification. Here’s what we’ve seen in the marketplace, and we’ve rated the approaches. Consider the following:

May 01, 2015
How Much is Your Time Worth? (The Time and Money Equation)

If your time is worth money, then how much? This is an important question for anyone to consider, and particularly field Quality Assurance persons looking to advance their Special Inspection certifications.

December 01, 2014
How to Pass the ICC Reinforced Concrete Plans Portion of the Test

SI Certs ships 1-3 plan sets with their online training courses. For Reinforced Concrete, we currently ship two Training Plan sets with purchase of each course. Our plans follows the same successful teaching method – colored notes and guides right on the plan sheets themselves that show you how to navigate, how plans are structured, and most importantly challenging navigation routes.

July 01, 2014
ICC Special Inspection Training with Guaranteed Results – A Letter to Our Users

Guarantees. We used to get users asking if we would guarantee they would pass if they took our course, but we seldom get that question anymore. Regardless, we wanted to keep a response on our site to users wondering about this kind of guarantee.

August 01, 2013
My Experience Taking the ICC Reinforced Concrete Test

When I last took the ICC Reinforced Concrete Special Inspection test (2012), I left the testing center and immediately documented my experience. I wrote this to help others who would be facing this same experience and curious what the testing experience is like. If you’ve never taken the test before, this is for you. If you have, you may find some comfort in shared experiences.

June 01, 2013
How to Pass the ICC Reinforced Concrete Test

I noticed two things when I first got into the construction materials testing industry:

April 01, 2013
SI Certs Reviews, Criticisms and Feedback

I about spit out my drink when I called one of our competitors and they told me online courses are a piece of crap. As the founding owner of SI Certs (of course, they didn’t know that), and have spent 6 years (at time of this writing) developing what I consider to be the most relevant, easiest, user friendly approach to preparing for and passing ICC’s Special Inspection certification tests. SI Certs has a team on board consisting of developers, consulting engineers, testing and inspection department managers, and master inspectors who all contribute to making SI Certs’ ICC study courses powerful training and test prep resources.