I "unofficially" passed the black seal tests when I was in high school. I was never technically certified, but had I taken the tests I probably would have been certified back then.
I really wish I would have followed through with all the certs that I was/am capable of getting, I would be a lot better off now than I am.
BTW I can weld in any position, SMAW, GMAW or GTAW. Uphand or Down hand. as well as OAW horizontal and vertical up or down. Of course some I may be a little rusty in some, like downhand gas, but I am sure I can pick it up again really fast. I won a couple competitions and got awards for welding and fabrication when I was in school.
Unfortunately all of my on the job welding experience is undocumented except for some picture here and there, so getting back into the field is almost impossible unless I was to try to convince someone to let me make a couple passes.
I am sure with a stick in hand you are a much better welder than I am, but give me a piece of tungsten and some filler rod and I am sure I will show you a thing or 2.
Do you do any mig stuff at work? or is it all stick?