These days it takes more than just experience to be successful. It takes proof: Proof of your worth and your ability. Modern Welding School is committed to bringing you the best and most reliable certification programs, tailored specifically for your needs and the needs of your job. Certification testing is available at our facility. The tests are conducted weekly. Advanced scheduling is required. Practice time can also be scheduled.

Costs for certification tests in accordance to AWS specifications: American Welding Society D1.1 $150

American Society of Mechanical Engineers Section IX  $275.00 

New York State Department of Transportation $150.00

NOTE: Rates for stainless and aluminum may be higher. We are a New York State Department of Transportation testing site.
Daily booth rentals available for the experienced welder

Days: $200.00
Evenings: $100.00

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Licensed by the New York State Education Department.Approved by the New York State Education Department for Training of Veterans.An Institutional Member in the American Welding Society.

Modern Welding School, Inc.1842 State Street Schenectady, NY 12304 518-374-1216
Toll-Free 800-396-6810
FAX 518-374-1288

Next D.O.T. Welding Test:

Sign up Today!  See home page for dates!

MWS Offers D.O.T. Testing to M.W.S. students and welders. Sign up deadline is 4:30 PM Monday before the Friday of the test, no exceptions. The person who is taking the test can call M.W.S. to find out information or to sign up for the test.

Test start time is 8:00 including plate assembly. If you are late or miss the sign up deadline, you will be able to take the test the next scheduled test date. If you have failed a previous D.O.T. test, you are required to have a letter signed by a licensed C.W.I. stating that you have fifty hours of practice since the fail date. If a letter is not presented, you must pass two weld tests in the position failed.

These links are for your information on test rules and regulations, and to check pass list for passing the D.O.T. test.

D.O.T. Brochure for Field Welder Qualification Process: https://www.dot.ny.gov/divisions/engineering/structures/repository/files/FW_Brochure_12-08_update.pdf  

Current List of Approved N.Y.S. D.O.T. Field Welders: https://www.dot.ny.gov/divisions/engineering/structures/repository/files/approved_field_welder.pdf

This is the information you will need to provide us with when you call to sign up:

  • Date
  • Test Date
  • Payment due day of test
  • Name
  • Last 4 digits SSN
  • Address
  • Phone
  • Rod Diameter
  • Position

Have you have failed a previous DOT Weld Test?"

Yes: ____I have my fifty hours of additional training and a document signed by the school which the training was provided or State certified welder to present to the Proctor.

No: ____I am required to Take and Pass, Two Plate Tests in failed position.

Test: 8:00 Start Time including assembly. 1 Plate, 4 hour limit no break.

2 Plate 8 hour limit with a half hour break. 2 Plates in Booth at once, 4 hour time limit no break.

DOT Test Equipment MWS Does Not Supply. You must supply:


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Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.

Licensed by the New York State Education Department.

Approved by the New York State Education Department for Training of Veterans.

An Institutional Member in the American Welding Society.