The European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting (EWF) manages the International System for Training, Qualification and Certification of both welding personnel and companies using welding, in Quality, Environment, Health and Safety.
EWF was founded in 1992 and nowadays has 28 European member countries and 2 Observer Members from outside Europe, represented by thier national welding societies.
EDUCATION, TRAINING AND QUALIFICATION FOR WELDING PERSONNEL
EWF and its member organizations have developed an international harmonised system for education, training and qualification in the field of welding technology. It was a pioneer organization developing the first harmonized system embracing all the European countries for the qualification of personnel for a wide range of levels both in welding, related technologies and inspection. EWF has licensed its Qualification System to IIW in 2000 and since then a combined EWF/IIW System had been offered in 45 countries worldwide. The importance of this system is recognised by ISO and CEN, being EWF a recognized stakeholder of CEN. Search for Qualifications and Special Courses details in our Qualifications area.
CERTIFICATION OF WELDING PERSONNEL
EWF Personnel Certification Systems was developed with the aim of assessing and recognizing job competences in Welding Coordination, Plastics Welder and Welder, Welding Operators and Brazers. For more detailed information please visit our Certification of Welding Personnel area.
CERTIFICATION OF COMPANIES
EWF created an Integrated Manufacturers Certification System. This integrated system complies with ISO 3834 – Welding Quality requirements (that is in place since 1998) ISO 14001 - Environment and also Health and Safety (these two systems are in place since 2000). Currently the Manufacturers Certification System has been adopted by IIW and it is used internationally, only covering the Quality field. For more information please visit our Certification of Metalworking Companies area.
EWF has been involved in the preparation, participation and management of vocational, educational, training and RTD (Research & Technical Development) projects as a way of driving forward the welding and joining community. Read more about the projects EWF has participated in our Projects area.
We've developed support tools for our members, in particularly related to the implementation of new standards, translation of welding terminology and training materials.