International Institute of Electric Welding Technologies and Jeweler’s Affairs of Ukraine.
International qualification system for training of welding production personnel in Ukraine
Professional training of personnel capable of realizing the advantages of modern welding technologies has features related to the specifics of the welding process and the high requirements for welding products.
These features are reflected in the training programs developed by the International Institute of Welding (IIA) and the European Welding Federation (ESF), which created a unified harmonized training system for all categories of personnel, from qualified welders to graduate engineers.
The number of countries acceding to this harmonized international training system for welding production personnel is increasing annually.
Today it is used in 37 countries: Australia, Austria, England, Belgium, Bulgaria, Brazil, Hungary, Germany, Holland, Denmark, India, Iran, Spain, Italy, Canada, China, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Romania , Singapore, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, USA, Thailand, Ukraine, Finland, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, South Africa and Japan.
Thanks to the use of unified training programs and a centralized system for monitoring the organization and conduct of qualification examinations in these countries, diplomas, certificates and certificates issued by the Authorized National Authorities (DNA) are mutually recognized.
They are also recognized in other IIA member countries, which includes more than 50 countries. A unified qualification system makes it possible to determine the conditions for a guaranteed level of quality of manufacturing welded structures, regardless of the countries in which they are produced. The qualification system is recognized by European and international accreditation bodies, since it fully complies with the international standards of ISO 3834 series (introduced as harmonized national standards of Ukraine — DSTU ISO 3834), which determines the quality requirements for welding.
In the new version of the standard ISO 3834: 2005 «Requirements for the quality of fusion welding of metallic materials» and ISO 14731: 2006 «Coordination of welding operations. Tasks and functions »(introduced as the harmonized national standard of Ukraine — DSTU ISO 14731) regulates the requirements for the welding production staff of different qualification levels.
The international welding engineer (IWE), the international welding technologist (IWT), the international welding specialist (IWS) are recommended as the personnel entrusted with welding coordination functions. Welding inspection, as specified in ISO 3834: 2005 (Part 5), is the responsibility of the International Welding Inspector (IWIP).
In Ukraine, the first domestic specialists with similar qualifications were trained 10 years ago. In 1998, a group of Ukrainian welding engineers was retrained under the ESF programs «European welding engineer». The organization of such a course was made possible through the participation of the German Welding Society, which had appropriate accreditation from the ESF, ie, one of the DNAs, whose functions include the organization in their countries of a harmonized international training system for welding personnel.
In 2002, Ukraine also joined the system, having received the appropriate accreditation from the IIA to organize the training of specialists in all the above four international qualifications, as well as on International Practice (IWP) and International Welder (IW). From the CIS countries, except Ukraine, Russia has such accreditation.
Thus, in Ukraine, alongside the national one, there is an international qualification scheme for the training of welding production personnel, which is in full compliance with the requirements of ISO 3834: 2005.
The MIS-ESF qualification system belongs to the postgraduate education category. In this regard, for each category of approved qualifications, the conditions for access to training, including the requirements for the level of education, are determined. In different countries, the requirements for access to training courses for MIS-USF are adjusted taking into account existing national vocational education systems. In the case of Ukraine, the conditions for access to training are presented in the tables.
International Welding Engineer (IWE)
Full course (440 hours) Short course (340 hours) Short course (120 hours)
Master’s, Engineer’s or Bachelor’s degree in mechanics, electrical engineering or metallurgy Master’s, Engineer’s or Bachelor’s degree in welding Master’s, Engineer’s or Bachelor’s degree in welding, and also during the last four years as a welding engineer
International Welding Technologist (IWT)