Though you can work as a professional welder without ever becoming certified, there are quite a few reasons to become a certified welder. There is no single certification that certifies a welder for all process, metals or positions. However, even having one certification can expand opportunities for the welder.
By becoming a certified welder, you will open more career opportunities. Certified welders are in demand in a variety of industries, including construction, manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, and more.
Many employers will hire certified welders because it is a tangible record of skill. Certification is a great way to demonstrate the welders level of training and experience while job hunting. A certified welder is also more appealing to an employer because statistics have shown that those that are certified have a lower rate of on the job incidents and injuries in comparison to non certified welders.
Once you've acquired a job, you will be able to command a higher rate of pay. Bureau of Labor statistics indicate a certified welder can earn up to 60% more than non certified welders. You will also have better job security. When companies reduce their welding staff, they're more likely to retain a certified welder because their certification makes them harder to replace in the future.
Most importantly, a certification may be required if it is called out in a contract or project blueprints. If this is the case, it is imperative that the welder doing the work is certified to the correct code specified. If awarded a project, make sure you have read all requirements and you are in compliance with the requirements.