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Welder Training - Modular Levels B & A


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 Foundations, 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.

CMTN 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:

Program Outline 

Students entering the modular welding program must provide log book for admission purposes.

  • Welder B Extended - 24 weeks of in-school training
  • Welder B – 16 weeks of in-school training and 1000 work based training hours
  • Welder A – 8 weeks of in-school training 

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 B 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]

Career Opportunities 

Graduates find employment in welding 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 B Level Welders are eligible to obtain pressure welding certification. Certified A Level Welders are eligible to work throughout the welding industry.

Admission Requirements 

Welder B Extended (24 weeks)

  • Welder C Certification OR
  • Welder Foundation program completion OR
  • Level 2 welding with reccommended 1000 work based training hours

Welder B (16 weeks)

  • Welder C Certification OR
  • Welder Foundation program completion OR
  • Level 2 welding with required 1000 work based training hours

Welder A (8 weeks)

  • Welder B certification

Learners should be aware that many employers require Grade 12 completion.

Complete a NWCC Bursary Application [PDF]

Dates and Locations 
Level Location Start End
Level A  Terrace  August 27, 2018 May 24, 2019
Level B Terrace  August 27, 2018 May 24, 2019
Level A Prince Rupert November 26, 2018 June 28, 2019
Level B Prince Rupert November 26, 2018 June 28, 2019
Future Intakes:
Level A Terrace Fall 2019*  
Level B Terrace Fall 2019*  
Level A Terrace Fall 2020*  
Level B Terrace Fall 2020*  

*Future planned intakes may be subject to change.  Please check back to confirm availability.

Program Fees 

Welding A Program Fees

FEES Full-time (8 Weeks) International (8 Weeks)
Tuition: $570.72 $2,425.56
Student Unions Fees: $41.52 $41.52
Mandatory Fees: $350.32 $372.76
Health Insurance: N/A $234.60
Tuition Total*: $962.56 $3,074.44

Welding B Program Fees

FEES Full-time (16 Weeks) International (16 Weeks)
Tuition: $1,141.44 $4,851.12
Student Union Fees: $41.52 $41.52
Mandatory Fees: $700.64 $723.08
Health Insurance: N/A $234.60
Total*: $1,845.18


**Please note that these are approximate costs and may vary depending on the number of weeks required to complete the level. Additional weeks (generally in 4 week blocks) may be arranged with the coordinator or instructor

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.

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
  • Tools