FAQ

Who can attend the underwater welding course?

Any IDSA approved commercial, surface supplied trained diver, with or without welding experience.
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Where is the certificate valid?

Our certificate is recognised worldwide.

How long is the certificate valid?

On successful completion of the course we provide you with an EAL-certificate valid for life. EAL covers the theoretical background demanded by EWF/IIW. The wet weld certificate is valid for two years. To keep your wet weld certificate up to date you have to do a witnessed assessment within 18 months.
At this moment you can even apply for an upgrade (pipe on plate, overhead).

How is the course built up?

The first three days we provide you with the necessary theoretical background.
All Lessons start at 7.30hr and finish at 17.30hr.

The next two days consist of dry welding introduction or training according NIL 1 + (“Vertical up – PF”).

The next five days consist of wet welding practice starting at 7.30hr and stop at last at 19.30hr.

The final day is an examination day, witnessed by NIL/EWF/IIW.

Do I have to take my safety gear with me?

Personal safety equipment will be provided by DiveWise.
This will include

  1. dry weld welding shield
  2. coverall
  3. safety glasses
  4. working gloves
  5. ear protectionone acceptation is safety shoes.

Is it possible to take a shower after a dive?

Yes, we’ve got 2 shower cabins.

Do I have to arrange my accommodation by my self?

Yes, but you can find the best hotels in an acceptable Price range on our site.

Are food and drinks included during the course.

Coffee and Tea are free, soft drinks are available for a small fee.

What certification is issued for the Weldcraft-Pro?

EAL (EMTA Awards) who are port of SEMIA /sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies) issue the knowledge competence certificate as per IIW.

What does IIW and EWF standard for?

International Institute of Welding (the authority for which the course materials is written; we use their training guideline as referenced in document 570-01- for fillet welder-plate). European Welding Federation (now part of IIW)

What other welding qualification specifications may also be used?

BS 4872-1:1982 (class II)

How are the wet and dry welding exercises broken down?

Exercises are broken down into stages, i.e. stage 1 exercise 1. Dry – covers: BOP (bead on plate), stringer, weave and penetration welding techniques in the flat position and then moves onto tee joints (fillet welds). Other positions are available, but depend on ability off each independent student.

Wet simply breaks down into: BOP, Lapp and Tee joints and starts off with flat, H-V and then V-D positions (only fillet welds ore taught).

What does LOC stand for?

Learning Outcome (this is what the student is taught/ learns and is assessed on)

How are LOC’s assessed?

All LOC’s are assessed through written, oral and/ or practical work the student undertakes and the instructor is required to collate all the students work and complete all necessary audit sheets.

What does the stage 1 (dry welding exercises) part of the course cover?

This covers dry welding and is essentially practical skill training, although there is a basic set of notes to ease non-welders into the subject. The phase 1 part after completion should able the student to make the ‘NIL level 1’ exam approved by the EWF. Which covers penetration welding in welding-position PA and fillet welds in PA and PB. Other, more difficult positions are at the discretion of the instructor.

How many LOC’s form part of the course?

There are a total of 9 LOC’s, of which the 9th are the practical wet and dry exercises, so there are eight theoretical LOC’s, which are covered by lessons and require written homework.

How is all the student data controlled/ logged?

This is logged online via the dedicated website for all materials, although extra photographic evidence needs to be saved for future audits.

What wet welding exercises do students undertake?

These are broken down into bead on plate (BOP) in the flat position (PA) only and lap and T fillet weld joints, in the H-V (PB) and the V-D (PG) welding positions. The student will practice drag and oscillation techniques and the step-back technique. The step-back technique in the PG position is used to get sufficient root-penetration to pass the exam. (See macroscopic test).

What examination/ tests do students have to undertake?

The student will undertake the following assessments:

  • ·  Phase 1 self-test Paper
  • ·  LOC 1-8 written homework (includes pWPS and example copy of U/W wet welding record sheet)
  • ·  Dry welding exercises
  • ·  LOC 9 wet welding exercises / dry welding exercises
  • ·  End of course closed book exam (EAL)
  • ·  Welder quantification test weld (wet ‘BSEN ISO 15618-1:2002 (class I)‘ and dry ‘NIL 1 according to EN ISO 5817:2007’)

How and when is a full student audit conducted?

Following the completion of a class and after the school has returned all the necessary evidence/ audit forms and weldments for examination; an end of course audit is produced. This identifies at this initial stage, any non-conformities that may have been identified. Within this end of course audit/ report a randomly selected student will then be identified for a full student audit. This will require the full student file to be returned (paper or electronic), which wilt include all the students homework, instructor marks/ comments, audit forms and photographs to be submitted for audit.

What happens if a student’s test piece doesn’t meet BSEN ISO15618-1 standards?

The intention of the course is to test to class l standards. However, as a fall-back position should the weld not meet class I standards, at the discretion of the examiner, the weld may be considered for examination to class II standards (BS4872-1).

How is the theoretical exam marked/ graded?

  • Fail (0-49%) and requires additional study before a re-sit
  • Bare fail (50-59%)supplementary oral and/ or written work required (may use

    homework)

  • Pass (60-72%)
  • Credit (73-86%)
  • Distinction (87-100%)

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