11:22 AM, 12 September 2017

Revised rules to transition arrangements for IIW Qualifications

New Zealand's IIW Authorised National Body
HERA is the Authorised National Body (ANB) for Personnel Qualification for New Zealand under the system of the International Institute of Welding (IIW).

To provide a smooth transition from the national to the international (IIW) qualification system, a national ANB has been allowed to issue IIW diplomas to professionals who have relevant work experience, and who have national welding qualification diplomas/certificates issued before the date the country has joined the IIW Scheme.

New Zealand became a part of the IIW training scheme on to 11 December 2008. At that time the training was offered under the umbrella of the Welding Technology Institute of Australia (WTIA). An independent New Zealand ANB was established in 2013.

Approved Transition Arrangements
The Transition Arrangements (TAs) for each member country are defined by the IIW Authorisation Board. The TAs are approved when a country first introduces IIW qualifications into the national environment.

While most of the eligible New Zealand candidate have already received their IIW diplomas under the TAs, there may be some welding personnel in a position to apply for an IIW diploma using the Transition Arrangement process.

The eligible professionals are those who have relevant experience in the years prior to 11 December 2008, and have a diploma issued by the New Zealand Institute of Welding (NZIW) or CBIP certification, and meet other applicable conditions.

HERA ANB IIW qualifications
From 1st September 2017 onwards, anyone meeting the TA requirements, can apply for the IIW qualification on TA to HERA ANB. The application form can be downloaded following the links below:

SF 001TR IWE Application For Transition Arrangements
SF 001TR IWI-B Application For Transition Arrangements
SF 001TR IWI-C Application For Transition Arrangements
SF 001TR IWI-S Application For Transition Arrangements
SF 001TR IWS Application For Transition Arrangements
SF 001TR IWT Application For Transition Arrangements

An overview of the requirements for New Zealand applicants is given below:
International Welding Engineer (IWE)
a. New Zealand first degree (Bachelor) in Engineering (or related discipline), or eligibility to register as Chartered Professional Engineer with IPENZ ( Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand), or an equivalent overseas recognition (as defined in the IIW list of approved access conditions), plus
b. NZIW Certificate in Welding Engineering, plus
c. 3 years relevant experience in the last 5 years prior to 11 December 2008, plus
d. 3 years relevant experience in the last 5 years.

International Welding Technologist (IWT)
a. NZ National Diploma in Engineering (or related discipline) Level 6, or an officially (i.e. NZQA) recognised equivalent.
b. NZIW Certificate in Welding Engineering, plus
c. 3 years relevant experience in the last 5 years prior to 11 December 2008, plus
d. 3 years relevant experience in the last 5 years.

International Welding Specialist (IWS)
a. NZ National Certificate in Engineering (or related discipline) Level 4 or equivalent, plus
b. NZIW Welding Supervisor Certificate , plus
c. 3 years relevant experience in the last 5 years or 10 years relevant experience in the last 15 years prior to 11 December 2008, plus
d. 3 years relevant experience in the last 5 years.

International Welding Inspector Comprehensive (IWI-C)
a. Hold a NZ National Diploma in Engineering (or related discipline) Level 6, or an officially (i.e. NZQA) recognised equivalent or higher, plus
b. have held a CBIP Welding Inspector certification prior to 11 December 2008, plus
c. 2 years relevant experience in the last 5 years prior to 11 December 2008, plus
d. 2 years relevant experience in the last 5 years, plus
e. Successfully pass a professional interview if required by the HERA ANB

International Welding Inspector Standard (IWI-S)
a. Hold a NZ National Certificate in Engineering (or related discipline) Level 4 or equivalent, or higher, plus
b. have held a CBIP Welding Inspector prior to 11 December 2008, plus
c. 3 years relevant experience in the last 10 years prior to 11 December 2008 plus
d. 3 years relevant experience in the last 5 years plus
e. Successfully pass a professional interview if required by the HERA ANB.

International Welding Inspector Basic (IWI-B)
a. Hold a NZ National Certificate in Engineering (or related discipline) Level 3 or equivalent, or higher, plus
b. have held a CBIP Welding Inspector prior to 11 December 2008, plus
c. 3 years relevant experience in the last 10 years prior to 11 December 2008 plus
d. 3 years relevant experience in the last 5 years plus
e. Successfully pass a professional interview if required by the HERA ANB.