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Welder Training - Foundation, Level B, Level A Modular

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 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:

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.

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 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 

Welding Foundations: 

  • ​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.

Dates and Locations 

PROGRAM LEVELS AND DATES 

Level Location Semester Start Semester End
Welding Level B  Terrace September 28, 2017 December 15, 2017
Welding Level A  Terrace  September 28, 2017 October 20, 2017
Welding Level A Terrace  October 23, 2017 December 15, 2017

 

 

Program Fees 

Welding A Program Fees

FEES Full-time (8 Weeks) International (8 Weeks)
Tuition: $548.56 $1646.76
*Student Association Fee: $31.38 $31.38
*Canadian Federation of Students Fee: $8.82 $8.82
Technology Fee: $28.64 $28.64
Registration Fee: $15.36 $15.36
Infrastructure Fee: $4.40 $4.40
Material Fee: $281.12 $281.12
Graduation Fee:  $5.52 $5.52
Total: $923.80** $2457.60**

 

Welding B Program Fees

FEES Full-time (16 Weeks) International (16 Weeks)
Tuition: $1,097.12 $3291.52
*Student Association Fee: $62.76 $62.76
*Canadian Federation of Students Fee: $17.64 $17.64
Technology Fee: $57.28 $57.28
Registration Fee: $30.72 $30.72
Infrastructure Fee: $8.80 $8.80
Material Fee: $562.25 $562.25
Graduation Fee:  $11.04 $11.04
Total: $2,247.61** $4042.01**

 

Welding Foundations and ACE-IT Program Fees

FEES Full-time (28 Weeks) International (28 Weeks)
Tuition: $1919.96 $5760.16
*Student Association Fee: $62.76 $62.76
*Canadian Federation of Students Fee: $17.64 $17.64
Technology Fee: $100.24 $100.24
Registration Fee: $53.76 $53.76
Infrastructure Fee: $15.40 $15.40
Material Fee: $983.92 $983.92
Graduation Fee:  $19.32 $19.32
Total: $3173.00** $7013.20**

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.

Books & Supplies

Books are available at the NWCC Bookstore.  Please visit your local campus for details or view your current booklist online by selecting your desired campus.

Tool kits are available at the NWCC Tool Crib. Kits are limited and reserved for students enrolled in specific Trades programs only. Please pay for your tool kit at the Registration Office.