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Welder Training - Level C, Level B, Level A Modular & Apprenticeship

Overview 

The Welder Training program is currently under review by the Industry Training Authority of British Columbia (ITA). ITA has approved a new apprenticeship training model that replaces Welder C, B, and A. For further information regarding the changes, visit http://www.itabc.ca/sites/default/files/program-information/ita-new-bc-apprenticeship-training-model-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.

Northwest Community College is a reognized Welder Test Centre for the Canadian Welding Bureau. Please click here for CWB Requirements and NWCC'S Testing and Upgrading Fee Schedule.  Students will be required to have Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Tools for the testing, the list can be found here. 

Program Outline 

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. For new program details, visit: http://www.itabc.ca/sites/default/files/program-information/welder-profile-dec-2013.pdf

The best source for the most up-to-date information on Welder training and certification in BC is the Industry Training Authority (ITA) website: http://www.itabc.ca/program/welder

Career Opportunities 

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.

Admission Requirements 
  • Grade 12 recommended
  • English 10 or ENGL 030 or ENGL 032 AND Math 10 Essentials, Principles or Applications or MATH 0301/0302 or MATH 032 or GED or Apprenticeship Workplace Math 10, 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 Web site for details on this policy.
Learners should be aware that many employers require Grade 12 completion.

 

Click here for a NWCC Bursary Application

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Dates and Locations 

PROGRAM LEVELS AND DATES 

Level Location Semester Start Semester End
Welding Foundations - Morning Class  Terrace August 29, 2016 March 24, 2017
Welding Foundations - Evening Class  Terrace  August 29, 2016 March 24, 2017
Welding Level B  Terrace August 29, 2016 December 16, 2016
Welding Level A  Terrace  August 29, 2016  October 21, 2016
Welding Level A  Terrace  October 24, 2016 December 16, 2016 

TESTING DATES FOR CANADIAN WELDING BUREAU

Location  Dates 
Terrace  June 22, 2016
Terrace July 20, 2016
Terrace  August 24, 2016

 

Program Fees 

Welding A Program Fees

FEES Per Week Full Time (8 Weeks)
Tuition: $68.57 $548.56
*Student Association Fee: $0.00 $31.38
*Canadian Federation of Students Fee: $0.00 $8.82
Technology Fee: $3.58 $28.64
Registration Fee: $1.92 $15.36
Infrastructure Fee: $0.55 $4.40
Material Fee: $35.14 $281.12
**Books: $0.00 $100.00
Total: $109.76 $1,018.28

Most trades programs require students pay a $250 refundable tool deposit.

Fees are effective as of August 2, 2016

*These fees are term based and may vary due to the length of the program.

**Please note that these are approximate costs and may vary depending on courses taken.
 

Welding B Program Fees

FEES Per Week Full Time (16 Weeks)
Tuition: $68.57 $1,097.12
*Student Association Fee: $0.00 $62.76
*Canadian Federation of Students Fee: $0.00 $17.64
Technology Fee: $3.58 $57.28
Registration Fee: $1.92 $30.72
Infrastructure Fee: $0.55 $8.80
Material Fee: $35.14 $562.25
**Books: $0.00 $300
**Supplies: $0.00 $100.00
Total: $109.76 $2,236.57

Most trades programs require students pay a $250 refundable tool deposit.

Fees are effective as of August 2, 2016

*These fees are term based and may vary due to the length of the program.

**Please note that these are approximate costs and may vary depending on courses taken.

Welding Foundations (C) and ACE-IT Program Fees

FEES Per Week Full Time (28 Weeks)
Tuition: $68.57 $1919.96
*Student Association Fee: $0.00 $62.76
*Canadian Federation of Students Fee: $0.00 $17.64
Technology Fee: $3.58 $100.24
Registration Fee: $1.92 $53.76
Infrastructure Fee: $0.55 $15.40
Material Fee: $35.14 $983.92
**Books: $0.00 $400.00
**Supplies/Clothing: $0.00 $580.00
**Tools (taxes not included): $0.00 $492.07
Total: $109.76 $4,625.75

Most trades programs require students pay a $250 refundable tool deposit.

Fees are effective as of August 2, 2016

*These fees are term based and may vary due to the length of the program.

**Please note that these are approximate costs and may vary depending on courses taken.

Tool List and Tool Kit Price 

NOTICE: Tool Kits are available at the NWCC Tool Crib. Kits are limited to NWCC Students enrolled in specific Trades Programs only. Limited number of kits available. Please pay for your tool kit at registration. 
Book List

NOTICE: Books are available at the NWCC Bookstore. Please check with your local campus for details.

To View your current booklist online please visit https://www.nwcc.bc.ca/services/services-facilities/bookstore/current-years-booklists and choose your desired campus.