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Offshore welding inspection: IWI or CSWIP ?

Offshore welding inspection: IWI or CSWIP ?

Offshore welding inspection: IWI or CSWIP ?

Looking to expand my welding engineering consultancy office to offshore and oil&gas work.
Up to this moment, I have absolutely squat connections to the offshore world (apart from having seen Waterworld three of four times).
FYI, my firm (two welding engineers and one administrative employee) have extensive experience in construction and mechanical welding applications, calc en design, and maintenance and repair, but currently we're looking to expand in both our field of study and personnel.

I am looking to follow (myself) a course, just to know the basics and to get in touch with people inside that sector.
We'll see after this how it evolves.

There are two main choices:

IWI (international Welding Inspector), that falls under EWF, whereas
CSWIP falls under TWI.

I hear that IWI is hardly ever asked, where CSWIP is the standard. Is this correct?
Any other useful tips that might come in handy if I were to pursue this?

Our region is Europe, but offshore and oil&gas regulations apparently are independent of the actual location of the work. Which is understandable.

thanks in advance,

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