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Welding – Apprenticeship

Welding Apprenticeship

Program Description

Welding requires constant physical coordination of arms, hands and eyes, as the student develops manipulative skills through manual training. Related gas welding and arc welding theory, basic metallurgy, basic blue print reading, applied mathematics and principles of safety are covered. Welders use manual or semi-automatic welding, flame-cutting, brazing and soldering equipment to fuse metal.

Effective March 31, 2014, a new Welder Apprenticeship training model will replace the Modular levels Welding C, B and A. The new program will provide a Welder Certificate of Qualification with a Red Seal Endorsement. The information contained in this section reflects the new training model.

The Welding Apprenticeship program is comprised of three levels of in-school technical training. Apprentices completing Level 1 and Level 2 technical training, and 3,000 work-based training hours are eligible for Certification from the Industry Training Authority (ITA). Apprentices who complete Level 3 are eligible to write their Interprovincial Red Seal exam on their last day of training. The ITA will award a Welder Certificate of Qualification with Red Seal Endorsement upon successful completion of Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 technical training, the Welder Interprovincial Red Seal Exam and 4,500 work-based training hours.

Red Seal certified welders may pursue an additional level of specialty training in low alloy and stainless steel welding. This is an optional program. Upon successful completion of the technical training, an ITA standardized exam and 900 work-based hours, a "Specialty Metals Endorsement" will be affixed to the welder's existing Certificate of Qualification.

Career Prospects

Custom fabrication, ship building and repair, pressure vessel welding, pipeline construction welding, structural construction welding or machinery and equipment repair welding.


Location: Dawson Creek Campus

Length: Levels 1-3, eight weeks per level; Welder Specialty Metals Endorsement, five weeks

Start: Current Apprenticeship level program schedule  

Fees: Current Fee Schedule 

Admission Prerequisites

Employer-sponsored ITA registered Apprentice.

Important Notes

  1. The program is not eligible for Canada Student Loans.
  2. Students who complete Level 3 are eligible to write their Interprovincial Red Seal.
  3. Students requiring additional time to complete must make arrangements with their instructor and pay for additional weeks.
  4. A complete list of tools and equipment will be provided by Admissions upon acceptance to the program.
    Students will require appropriate personal safety clothing and CSA approved steel toed boots. Safety glasses, hearing protection, leather gloves, leather jacket or apron, welding helmet and cutting goggles are also required.
  5. The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the Apprenticeship Program Completion Guide or the Specialty Metals Endorsement Program Completion Guide.

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Associate Dean: Robert McAleney
Program Instructor: Darcy Suchy
Apprenticeship Contact: Department


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