What is On a Welding Certification Test?
When signing up for a welding certification test, you’ll need to choose a particular welding process such as Stick, TIG, MIG, or Flux Core Arc Welding. Generally speaking, a welding test will ensure that welders can do the following:
- Adhere to all safety procedures and assemble correct supplies.
- Properly set up the welding machine.
- Correctly prep and assemble the joints to be welded.
- Work on the weld in the correct position.
- Follow the welding procedures outlined in the test.
There are a variety of welding positions for certification tests on surfaces such as flat metal welds and pipe welds, and they have a code system as follows:
- 1 is the flat position.
- 2 is the horizontal position.
- 3 is the vertical position.
- 4 is the overhead position.
- F is a fillet weld.
- G is a grove weld
In order to see illustrations of the various positions, see the Go Welding certification test guide. You’ll also find a series of links to specific welding test preparation tutorials.
These types of welding procedures and joints are what you’ll need to practice prior to your test. You can often find a welding course that includes the test at the end of it, ensuring you are properly prepared, though there are plenty of Do-It-Yourself tutorials such as this video by Welding Tips and Tricks.
If You Fail a Welding Certification Test
Failing a welding test is not the end of your prospective welding career. In fact, many welders fail the first time through. Calling ahead and learning as much as you can about the test will help you prepare for the test, but sometimes you just need to fail the test once before you’re ready for it. Thankfully there is plenty of official and unofficial information online that will help you prepare.