Welding Terms and Definitions

General Description

The Welding Terms and Definitions badge indicates that an individual has mastered the knowledge points listed below. AWS WeldLink badges denote an individual’s qualifications and level of education, knowledge, or skills in specific subject areas.

Knowledge Points

Standard Welding Terms and Definitions as defined in AWS A3.0 including, but not limited to:

  • Welding Joint Types and Edge Shapes
  • Types of Welds
  • Welding and Testing Positions
  • Welding Application Nomenclature
  • Parts of a Weld
  • Weld Discontinuities
  • Welding Equipment Nomenclature

How to Earn This Badge

Complete the requirements for any one of the following options to earn this badge:


Obtain one of the following certifications:

  • Certified Welding Inspector
  • Certified Welding Supervisor
  • Certified Welding Educator
  • Certified Radiographic Interpreter

Online Courses

Successfully complete any one of the following AWS learning courses:

  • Welding Fundamentals

The Online AWS Welding Fundamentals Seminar provides a comprehensive overview of the basic principles of welding. This 14 hour course covers the basic science and practical application of the most commonly utilized welding processes along with other essential topics such as: welding terminology, weld design, welding safety, electrical theory, the weldability of metals, and welding quality control.

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Successfully complete any one of the following AWS seminars:

  • Certified Welding Inspector Seminar
  • Certified Welding Supervisor Seminar
  • Certified Radiographic Interpreter Seminar
  • Certified Welding Sales Representative Seminar

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The following resources can help you obtain the knowledge needed to earn the Welding Terms and Definitions Knowledge Badge:


  • AWS 3.0: Standard Welding Terms and Definitions
  • https://pubs.aws.org/p/874/a30ma302010-standard-welding-terms-and-definitions-including-terms-for-adhesive-bonding-brazing-soldering-thermal-cutting-and-thermal-spraying


Common Careers

Many of the individuals who have earned the [name of badge] are working as:


  • Inspector
  • Engineer
  • Educator
  • Supervisor
  • Radiographic Interpreter


Related Industries

Many of the individuals who have earned the Welding Terms and Definitions Badge are employed in the following industries:


  • Aerospace
  • Oil and Gas
  • Construction
  • Shipbuilding
  • Education