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Welding Foundation Trades Training

Welding Foundation Student

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 replaced the Modular levels Welding C, B and A. The new program provides a Welder Certificate of Qualification with a Red Seal Endorsement. The information contained in this section reflects the new training model.

If a student is just starting training, or has been unable to secure employment in industry as a Welder, enrolling in a Foundation Trades Training program is a viable option prior to entering into an Apprentice¬ship. Once employed and registered in a Welder Apprenticeship program, the individual will receive credit for level 1 and level 2 technical training and 300 work-based training hours credits towards the 3,000 work-based training hours as a welder required to obtain the registered “C” stamp and move onto Welder Level 3 (Welder B Certification).

Students in the Welder Foundation program will learn how to work safely and effectively in industry and perform a variety of welding processes and procedures. Individuals completing this program will be better prepared to find an employer sponsor and secure an apprenticeship. Students will write the ITA Certificate of Qualification exam.

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: 28 weeks

Start: September - see Current Foundation program schedule  

Fees: Current Fee Schedule

Admission Prerequisites


    • Grade 10 English, or Career and College Preparation ENGL030 (Intermediate/Grade 10) with 67 per cent (C+) or higher;
    • Grade 10 Math (Apprenticeship and Workplace; or Applications; or Principles), or Career and College Preparation MATH030 (Intermedi¬ate/Grade 10), with 67 per cent (C+) or higher;

    Complete the following sections of the Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT):
    • Reading Comprehension: 10.0 grade equivalent or higher
    • Number Operations: 10.0 grade equivalent or higher
    • Problem Solving: 10.0 grade equivalent or higher
    • Mechanical Reasoning: 51/70 (6th Stanine) or higher

    Submit a Prior Learning Package including resume and supporting documents to demonstrate skills and work experience.

 Dual Credit

  • Grade 10 level completion that includes Grade 10 English and Grade 10 Math (Apprenticeship and Workplace), both with 67 per cent (C+) or higher.

Important Notes

  1. The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.
  2. Students requiring additional time to complete must make arrangements with their instructor and pay for additional weeks.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 Program Completion Guide.

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Associate Dean: Robert McAleney 
Program Instructor: Skylar Dayus


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