Responsible Welding Coordinator - Course Overview

WQMS Ltd offers a Responsible Welding Coordinator (RWC) course to comply with the requirements of The Construction Products Regulations and EN 1090-1. The course is aimed at structural steelwork fabricators and will be delivered in accordance with EN ISO 14731 & ISO 3834-3. Following the three day course there will be a one day onsite implementation review of the operation of the RWC.

Each candidate will receive a Certificate of Completion after successful completion of the three day course and a Responsible Welding Coordinator Certificate (up to and including Execution Class 2 of EN 1090-1) following a successful on-site assessment. A certficate for Visual Weld Inspection will also be issued that cover the requirements for EN 1090-2

The course content is accepted by the most reputable notified bodies, including The Steel Construction Certification Scheme (SCCS) and NSAI and is deemed suitable for Execution Class 2 structures. The course is the only course in Ireland delivered by an International Welding Engineer.


Responsible Welding Coordinator's Responsibilities

The main aspects of the RWC’s responsibilities in accordance with EN ISO 14731:2006 include but are not limited to:

  • Welding Engineering
  • Supervision
  • Material Selection
  • Certification of welders & welding operators
  • Qualification of welding procedures
  • Development of weld procedure specifications
  • NDT Control & Management
  • Quality Control Management
  • Review and analysis of control requirements
  • Basic Visual Weld Inspection


Course Content

  • Metallurgy
  • Welding Process Technology  (MAG, MMA, TIG & SAW)
  • Welder Qualifications(WQ)
  • Weld procedure qualification record (WPQR) & Weld procedure specifications (WPS)
  • Overview of EN1090
  • Overview of other relevant EN Standards
  • Setting up a Welding Quality Management System (WQMS)
  • The role of the Responsible Welding Coordinator (RWC)
  • Weld Inspection Techniques (Visual, NDT & destructive testing)
  • Welding Imperfections (Root causes, preventative measures & remedial actions)
  • Overview of the National Structural Steelwork Specification – 5th CE Marking (NSSS)
  • Welding Design & Welding Symbols
  • Basic Visual Weld Inspection in accordance with EN ISO 17637


RWC Course Participants

The course is aimed at Managers, Welding Supervisors, Workshop Foremen, Structural Engineers, Project Engineers, Quality Managers, Welding Inspectors & Senior Welders who work in the structural fabrication industry with tasks and responsibilities structures up to & including Execution Class 2 of EN 1090-1.


Course Objectives

After the course, the participants should be able to:

  • Understand the terminology used in Welding, testing, quality assurance and quality control.
  • Have the knowledge to be able to set up a welding quality management system to control welding, materials, welding consumables, equipment and testing to the requirements of ISO 3834-3 and other standards.
  • Confirm the role, responsibilities and duties of a Responsible Welding Coordinator (RWC) and know when to seek expert help.
  • Appreciate the detailed requirements for welding, QA, QC, inspection and NDT within a welding environment.
  • Understand the problems and controls required to weld different material grades by ensuring compliance to codes and standards.
  • Understand common arc welding process control details and their applications in meeting the required standards.
  • Appreciate how the welding procedure can influence mechanical and metallurgical properties of welded joints.
  • Interpret welding procedure specifications (WPS) welding procedure qualification records (WPQR) and welder qualification test certificates (WQTC).
  • Understand the content of a range of qualification documentation and be able to assess such documentation for compliance.
  • Prioritise common weld imperfections and identify and interpret different acceptance standards and joint quality classes.
  • Appreciate the need for welding communication including the correct use of weld symbols and their advantages and limitations.
  • Satisfy the personal knowledge assessment requirements for an RWC when interviewed for technical knowledge.
  • Satisfy the Visual Weld Insepction training requirements for EN 1090-2.


Course Timetable

In order to minimise the disruption to work commitments, the course will be run over 3 consecutive days.

Courses are planned based on demand.

  • The next course will be on 11th, 12th & 13th of June 2019 in The Central Hotel in Tullamore.

The cost of the course is €800 for the 3 Day Theory and €900 + Mileage for the onsite assessment.


Course Facilitator

Mr. Gerry McCarthy, BEng, MSc, CEng, MWeldI, MIEI, International Welding Engineer.

Gerry has over 30 year’s structural steelwork experience in various sectors.  His experience profile extends to construction, design, welding, quality and CE marking requirements. Gerry has successfully assisted several steelwork contractors achieve certification to EN 1090-1. This is achieved through a combination of mentoring, training and consultancy.

Gerry has a BEng degree from the University of Limerick, an MSc degree from the University of Strathclyde and an IWE diploma from the GSI SLV in Duisburg, Germany. He is also a qualified lead quality auditor for ISO 9001. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Member of the Welding Institute. Gerry is also a PCN certified level 2 visual inspector.