Welder Foundation Trades Training

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 (Shielded Metal Arc Welding), GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding), and FCAW (Flux-Cored Arc Welding) 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, determining the materials and welding processes required to complete a project. Welders also use blueprint symbols to determine machining operations.They check product specifications using precision measuring instruments, and maintain equipment and replace parts when required.

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. 

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.

This program does include a reading week in late february, Thus these hours are non contact and are not reflected in the total hours. 

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 (840 hours)

Start: September - see Trades Intake Schedule

Fees: Current Fee Schedule

Admission Prerequisites

Provide British Columbia secondary school transcripts or equivalent indicating successful completion of Grade 10 level that includes:
• Grade 10 English, OR Career and College Preparation ENGL 030 (Intermediate/ Grade 10) with C+ or higher;
• Grade 10 Math (Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 10), OR Career and College Preparation MATH 030 (Intermediate Developmental Math), MATH 031(Intermediate Trades Math) or MATH 035 (Intermediate Algebraic Math) with C+ or higher,


ESTR 037 (Intermediate-Level Essential Skills for Trades) with 67% or higher;


Complete the following sections of the Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT):
  • Reading Comprehension: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
  • Number Operations: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
  • Problem Solving: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
  • Mechanical Reasoning: 51/70 (6th Stanine) or higher

Based on the results of the assessment(s), applicants may be required to participate in an assessment interview to determine admissibility. An interview may be conducted via teleconference if necessary.


Successful completion of the NLC POWER program.

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


Submission of a 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.  Note that dual credit students are not eligible for Student Aid.
  2. A complete list of tools and equipment will be provided by Admissions upon acceptance to the program which will include required CSA approved leather boot with safety toe and shank, clear lense safety glasses and flame resistant coveralls - welders’ safety clothing, leather gloves, leather jacket or apron, welding helmet and cutting goggles.
  3. The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council 

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