The Southern African Institute of Welding and Governing Board hosted their SAIW presentation dinner at Graceland Hotel, Casino and Country Club on Friday 2 November. Forty-eight students of Mshiniwami Artisan Academy received their international certificates. Mshiniwami Artisan Academy is approximately 3 kilometres from Secunda and ideally located near local businesses like Sasol. The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is a non-profit technical organisation dedicated to furthering standards in welding-, fabrication and related technologies. Established in 1948, it is a founder member of the International Institute of Welding (IIW). SAIW provides training programmes, consultancy and industry support services. Based in Johannesburg, with branches in Cape Town and Durban, they are active throughout Southern Africa and also have experience further afield – predominantly in Central Africa, the Indian Ocean Islands and the United Arab Emirates. SAIW has offered training courses for more than 30 years. A SAIW qualification has long been regarded as the industry standard in South Africa and also enjoys international recognition. An Authorised National Body (ANB) of IIW since 2003, SAIW offers the full range of IIW qualifications – Engineer, Technologist, Specialist, Practitioner, Welder and Inspector. They also have strong affiliations with leading training organisations such as the Universities of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria. SAIW Certification is approved by the International Institute of Welding (IIW) as an Authorised National Body (ANB), which allows it to approve training organisations to present IIW courses, conduct examinations and issue IIW diplomas. It is also approved by IIW as an Authorised National Body for Company Certification (ANBCC), authorised to certify companies in recognition of their compliance with the requirements of the ISO 3834 standard for quality management systems for welding. SAIW Certification is also responsible for SAQCC certification programmes for Non-Destructive Testing personnel and inspectors with statutory responsibilities in terms of the Pressure Equipment Regulations. For these activities, SAIW Certification is accredited to the ISO 17024 standard by SANAS, South Africa’s member of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).