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  • IAB-001r4-10

    Rules for the implementation of IIW Guidelines for the education, examination and qualification of welding personnel

    Copyright EWF 1995

  • IAB INTERNATIONAL AUTHORISATION BOARD IAB-001r4-10

    RULES FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION

    OF IIW GUIDELINES

    FOR THE EDUCATION, EXAMINATION

    AND QUALIFICATION OF WELDING PERSONNEL

    Rules for the Implementation of IIW Guidelines for the Education, Examination and Qualification of Welding Personnel Approved: January 2010 1 of 49

    Published by: EWF-IAB/IIW Secretariat Av. Prof. Dr. Cavaco Silva, 33 Taguspark Apartado 012 P-2741-901 Porto Salvo Portugal Tel: +351.21 4211351 Fax: +351.21 4228122 E-mail: ewf-iab@isq.pt www.iiw-iis.org

    Prepared and issued by the IAB-International Authorisation Board Under the authority of the IIW-International Institute of Welding

  • IAB INTERNATIONAL AUTHORISATION BOARD IAB-001r4-10

    Rules for the Implementation of IIW Guidelines for the Education, Examination and Qualification of Welding Personnel Approved: January 2010 2 of 49

    Table of Contents Introduction. 4 Part 1 Standard requirements for IIW Authorised National Bodies ANBs. 5 Part 2 ANB assessment, surveillance and reporting procedure. 14 Part 3 Standard requirements for ATBs. 16 Part 4 The Examination. 20 Part 5 Distance (self) learning courses as a route to IIW qualifications 24 Appendix 1 ANB Application Form. 25

    Appendix 2 ATB Application Form. 28

    Appendix 3 Application for an ATB seeking Approval of Courses 31

    Appendix 4 Application from Existing ANB for Extension of Scope. 36

    Appendix 5 Layout of International Welding Personnel Diplomas 38

    Appendix 6 Specific requirements when printing the IIW Diplomas 44

    Appendix 7 ATB Certificate, Schedule and Rules for using IIW-ANB combined logo... 45

    Appendix 8 ANB Certificate and Schedule.. 48

  • IAB INTERNATIONAL AUTHORISATION BOARD IAB-001r4-10

    Rules for the Implementation of IIW Guidelines for the Education, Examination and Qualification of Welding Personnel Approved: January 2010 3 of 49

    Foreword These rules have been developed following the principle of mutual recognition, which has been agreed between the International Institute of Welding and the European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting

  • IAB INTERNATIONAL AUTHORISATION BOARD IAB-001r4-10

    Rules for the Implementation of IIW Guidelines for the Education, Examination and Qualification of Welding Personnel Approved: January 2010 4 of 49

    Rules for the implementation of IIW Guidelines for the education, examination and qualification of welding personnel INTRODUCTION These Rules establish the mechanism by which the Education, Examination and Qualification Guidelines of IIW are implemented, such that the requirements are applied uniformly by all countries involved, and that the diplomas granted are mutually recognised. This is done by appointing one organisation in each country to act for IIW, and these organisations are assessed and monitored in compliance with the Rules. These organisations are known as the IIW Authorised National Bodies (ANBs), and are responsible for ensuring that the standards of education, examination and qualification are maintained. In this, the objective is that IIW qualified personnel at a certain level will have achieved the same minimum level of knowledge, irrespective of the country in which they had been qualified. The IIW has delegated all authority for this activity to the International Authorisation Board (IAB). This Body consists of a supervisory board and two subsidiary Groups A and B. The membership of these Groups is restricted to a maximum of two representatives of each existing and applicant ANB. These Rules are administered on behalf of the Board by Group B Implementation, Authorisation and Certification. Whereas the Rules follow the general principles of ISO IEC 17024 (1) where applicable, ANBs wishing to comply fully with ISO IEC 17024, for example for the purpose of achieving national accreditation, will need to take further measures than those required by these rules. These rules shall be updated and reissued every two years and there is an obligation of all ANBs to implement the changes within one year of the date of issue. Period of validity of Guidelines The Education, Examination and Qualification Guidelines are the responsibility for the IAB Group A: Education Training and Qualification and are up-dated every two years. Amendments to the Guidelines adopted by the IAB Board are to be communicated to Approved Training Bodies (ATBs) by ANBs and implemented as soon as possible. When a revised Guideline is adopted by the IAB Board, there is an obligation on all ANBs to implement the changes, within their scope of authorisation, 18 months of the date of adoption. However, when a course has been announced, the Guideline current at the time of the announcement is valid for a period of not exceeding two years from the date of the announcement. The adoption of a new Guideline by the IAB Board places an obligation on all ANBs to withdraw their own competing schemes within the scope of its authorisation, three years from the date of the adoption.

  • IAB INTERNATIONAL AUTHORISATION BOARD IAB-001r4-10

    Rules for the Implementation of IIW Guidelines for the Education, Examination and Qualification of Welding Personnel Approved: January 2010 5 of 49

    PART 1: STANDARD REQUIREMENTS FOR IIW AUTHORISED NATIONAL BODIES (ANBs) 1.1 Introduction

    This Part specifies the requirements for ANBs wishing to implement the IIW system for the education, examination and qualification of personnel. The policies and procedures of ANBs and their administration shall be fair and equitable among all candidates and shall comply with any applicable statutory requirements.

    1.2 Role of the ANB

    It is the role of the ANB to act in its own country for IIW in respect of personnel qualification, including: i) The approval of ATBs for the conduct of courses in accordance with IIW Guidelines. ii) The conduct of the examinations. iii) The qualification of personnel and the recording of relevant information. An ANB shall not offer or provide training, or aid others in the preparation of such services, unless it demonstrates how training is independent of examinations in order to ensure that confidentiality and impartiality are not compromised.

    1.3 Definitions

    Qualification: The award of an IIW diploma gained in accordance with the IIW Guidelines and these rules. Such diplomas remain valid for the life of the holder.

    ATB: For the purpose of these rules, the term Approved Training Body

    (ATB) is an organisation that has been assessed and approved by an ANB in accordance with IIW rules for training organisations. By awarding ATB status, the ANB confirms that the ATB fulfils the requirements for delivering training in accordance with one or more IIW guidelines. It shall be an organisation independent from the ANB or clearly separated from it.

    Council of the ANB: The body, which is legally responsible for ANB affairs. It could be the

    'Board of Directors' or the 'General Assembly of the organisation.

    Governing Board The body which is responsible for conducting the activities of the of the ANB: ANB listed in 1.2 above.

    IAB Lead Assessor: A person elected by the IAB Board, on recommendation of Group B,

    who is responsible for leading an ANB audit team.

  • IAB INTERNATIONAL AUTHORISATION BOARD IAB-001r4-10

    Rules for the Implementation of IIW Guidelines for the Education, Examination and Qualification of Welding Personnel Approved: January 2010 6 of 49

    IAB Peer Assessor: A person approved by Group B to assist the Lead Assessor with a

    site visit

    IAB DL Assessor: A person with experience in use of the Instructional System Design approach to curriculum development, Distance Learning and Quality Assurance, having the Peer Assessor status and appointed by the Chairman of IAB Group B.

    ATB Lead Assessor: A person elected by the ANB Governing Board, on the Chief

    Executive recommendation, who is responsible for leading an ATB audit team

    Invigilator: A competent person who supervises examination candidates during

    theoretical examinations in accordance with IIW rules for examinations. Invigilators must be independent from the persons being examined.

    1.4 Responsibilities and status of ANBs An ANB accepts responsibility for the implementation of the current IIW system for education,

    examination and qualification of welding personnel at the national level. All ANBs, applicant ANBs and IIW members interested in becoming ANBs are charged a fee, in

    accordance with the rules established by Group B. 1.5 Grant of IIW Authorisation The grant of IIW Authorised National Body status for a defined scope of activity is made by the

    IAB Board on the recommendation of the Group B. See OP-03. If a country already has an EWF ANB, this is the IIW ANB in that country. The Secretariat shall issue a certificate of authorisation to the ANB covering its activities on

    behalf of IIW following authorisation, and this shall be valid for a period of five years. The certificate shall have an appended schedule to indicate the scope of authorisation (e.g.

    IWE, IWT, IWS, etc.) for which the ANB has been assessed and approved. Extension of scope shall be applied for and assessed and, if granted, a new schedule shall be issued by the Secretariat. Application for extension of scope shall be made to the Lead Assessor using the official application form (see also Part 2, Clau

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