Changes to IIW Certifications and Qualifications to Help Tackle COVID-19 Conditions

Over the last few weeks, Weld Australia has been working closely with the International Institute of Welding (IIW) on several measures designed to make certification and qualification processes more accessible in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If, for any reason, you are facing difficulties in completing your certification audit or qualification renewal in the normal way or on time, please contact Weld Australia directly on:

In the wake of COVID-19, we understand that not everything is ‘business as usual’. Weld Australia is here to help you, and to work with you. We want to ensure that you retain the certifications and qualifications that you worked so hard to achieve.

Remote Auditing for AS/NZS ISO 3834 Certification

With a range of travel and social distancing restrictions in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, performing site audits for AS/NZS ISO 3834 certification is almost impossible.

As such, the IIW has relaxed these site auditing requirements: Weld Australia is able to audit companies remotely.

Weld Australia has developed a procedure that exceeds the IIW requirements to ensure that both a rigorous auditing process is maintained, and the integrity of the certification system is upheld. Remote audits will be carried out via desktop activities, and by utilising videoconferencing facilities and video recording for record keeping purposes.

Remote Exams for Personal Qualifications

The IIW has also relaxed the way in which exams for personal qualifications are conducted.

Weld Australia is now able to fully conduct online examinations, combined with an interview via videoconferencing facilities, for several personal qualifications, including:

  • International Welding Specialist (IWS)
  • International Welding Technologist (IWT)
  • International Welding Engineer (IWE)

Weld Australia is still working with the IIW on alternative formats for exams that encompass a practical testing module (such as the International Welding Inspector).

Personnel Certification Renewals Extended to Six Months

Given the exceptional circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Weld Australia understands that action is required on personnel certification that have recently expired.

Weld Australia has implemented a policy to give certified personnel an extension of six months from their certification expiry date in which to submit their renewal applications.

Weld Australia certification renewals already have an automatic three months grace period from the date of expiry in which to submit a renewal application.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, personnel whose certification expires between January 2020 and May 2020 are now eligible to apply for an expiry extension of six months from their current expiry due date. The six month extension will not affect the continuous certification expiry date.

For further information about any of these changes, or any qualification or certification related questions, please email: