Note: The Welder Training program is currently under review by the Industry Training Authority of British Columbia (ITA). The ITA has approved a new apprenticeship training model that replaces Welder C, B, and A. For further information regarding the change please see the New BC Apprenticeship Training Model for Welder Certification [PDF].
A Welder is a person who has training in and is 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, ship building and repair, pressure vessel welding, pipeline construction welding, structural construction welding or machinery and equipment repair welding. Workers use blueprint symbols to determine machining operations. They check product specifications using precision measuring instruments, and maintain equipment and replace parts when required.
NWCC is a recognized Welder Test Centre for the Canadian Welding Bureau. Students are required to have Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Tools for the testing:
- Download the CWB Requirements & NWCC Testing and Upgrading Fee Schedule form [PDF]
- View the PPE & Tools List [PDF]
Welding Foundation Training is for individuals who are not indentured into a formal welding apprenticeship with their employer through the Industry Training Authority (ITA). Foundations (initial level) offered in the Modular Training format.
- Foundations – 28 weeks of in-school training and 5 months work experience (equivalent to Level 1 & Level 2 apprenticeship Technical Training)
Welding Apprenticeship Training is for individuals working in the welding industry and who are indentured through a formal agreement between themselves, their employer and the Industry Training Authority (ITA) as a Welder Apprentice.
- Level 1 – 8 weeks each of in-school training and accumulated work based training hours
- Level 2 – 8 weeks each of in-school training and accumulated work based training hours
- Level 3 – 8 weeks of in-school training and and accumulated work based training hours
- Level 4 – 8 weeks of in-school training and and accumulated work based training hours
After successful completion of the ITA accredited BC Welder Training Program participants will be issued an ITA “Welder’s Log Book” and receive a Northwest Community College Certificate. After completing both the in-school training and work experience, individuals will receive the BC Certificate of Qualification and Registration Seal for the level of certification they have completed. Level A Welders are eligible to challenge the Interprovincial Standard Endorsement (Red Seal).
NOTE: The BC Welder Training Program and Welder Certification is currently under review and is subject to some minor changes.
The best source for the most up-to-date information on Welder training and certification in BC is the Industry Training Authority (ITA) website.
For new program details, visit the ITA website and review the Welder Program Outline [PDF]
Graduates find employment in fabrication shops, maintenance shops and manufacturing plants servicing the fishing, forestry, mining, petroleum, manufacturing and transportation industries. Foundations Welders are restricted to structural and non-pressure applications. Certified Level 3 Welders are eligible to obtain pressure welding certification. Certified Level 4 Welders are eligible to work throughout the welding industry.
- Grade 12 OR Mature Student
- English 10 or Equivalent AND
- Apprenticeship Workplace Math 10 or Higher OR
- Successful completion of a CAT Assessment Test, OR
- Permission of Instructor
Unless otherwise noted, "Permission of Instructor" may be used to accept a student into a course(s) when the student does not meet course prerequisites and/or does not attain the required threshold on entry assessments. See the Admission and Registration section on the website for details on this policy.
Learners should be aware that many employers require Grade 12 completion.
Complete a NWCC Bursary Application [PDF]
|Level||Location||Semester Start||Semester End|
|Welding Level B||Terrace||August 28, 2017||June 1, 2018|
|Welding Level A||Terrace||August 28, 2017||June, 1, 2018|
Welding A Program Fees
|FEES||Full-time (8 Weeks)||International (8 Weeks)|
|Student Unions Fees:||$40.86||$40.86|
Welding B Program Fees
|FEES||Full-time (16 Weeks)||International (16 Weeks)|
|Student Union Fees:||$40.86||$40.86|
Welding Foundations and Youth Train Programs
|FEES||Full-time (28 Weeks)||International (28 Weeks)|
|Student Union Fees:||$81.72||$81.72|
Fees are effective as of August 2, 2017
**Please note that these are approximate costs and may vary depending on courses taken.
Books & Supplies
Books are available at the NWCC Bookstore. Please check your local campus for details.
Tool Kits are available for purchase through the NWCC Tool Crib. Kits are limited and reserved for students enrolled in specific Trades programs only. Tool kits do not include the required PPE and Supplies on the TOOLS/SUPPLIES LIST. Prices are subject to change without notice. Please pay for tool kits at the Registration Office.
In addition to the fees outlined in the Program Fees section, the following additional costs apply:
- Purchase of necessary learning resources (available at the NWCC Bookstore)
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Classroom Supplies
- Appropriate clothing