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Welding Foundation Trades Training

Welding Foundation Student

Program Description

Welders are people who have training in and are capable of welding ferrous and non-ferrous metals in all positions, on both plate and/or pipe, using SMAW, GTAW, and FCAW processes. Welders use manual or semi-automatic welding equipment. They use flame-cutting, brazing and air-arcing equipment. Additionally, they use machines such as brakes, shears and other metal straightening and bending machines. Welders generally plan work from drawings or by analyzing the job tasks, determine the materials required and welding processes, then use their knowledge of welding to complete the job. They may specialize in certain types of welding such as custom fabrication, shipbuilding and repair, pressure vessel welding, pipeline construction welding, structural construction welding or machinery and equipment repair welding. Welders use blueprint symbols to determine machining operations. They check product specifications using precision measuring instruments, and maintain equipment and replace parts when required.

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 Apprenticeship. 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).

Certified welders will qualify to test for Pressure Welding Procedure tests in British Columbia (PWP), BCP-100. Pressure Certification procedural testing is administered by the BC Safety Authority.  Welders use a logbook to record training, competencies, certifications, endorsements and employment history.

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

Welders are in high demand in western Canada. Wages and job prospects are higher than the national average.


Location: Dawson Creek Campus

Length: 28 weeks

Start: September - see Current Foundation program schedule  

Fees: Current Fee Schedule

Admission Prerequisites

Secondary school dual credit students -
Grade 10 level completion that includes:
- Grade 10 English, or Career and College Preparation ENGL 030 Intermediate English, with "C+" or higher; and
- Grade 10 Math (Apprenticeship and Workplace Math), or Career and College Preparation MATH 030 Intermediate Math, with "C+" or higher.
All other learners -
Submission of a secondary school transcript indicating Grade 10 level completion that includes:
- Grade 10 English, or Career and College Preparation ENGL 030 Intermediate English, with "C+" or higher; and
- Grade 10 Math (Applications, Principles or Apprenticeship and Workplace Math), or Career and College Preparation MATH 030 Intermediate Math, with "C+" or higher.
Completion of the Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT):
An applicant who does not have the above academic background may be required to write an assessment in Reading Comprehension, Number Operations, Problem Solving, and Mechanical Reasoning. A minimum Grade Equivalent (GE) score of 10.9 or higher is required for Reading Comprehension, Number Operations, and Problem Solving; and above average score (51/70; 6th Stanine) required for Mechanical Reasoning.
Submission of Prior Learning Package including resume and supporting documents to demonstrate skills and work experience.

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: Skyler Dayus


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