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Welding: Apprenticeship

  • Training Level
  • Tuition Estimate
    $1,000- $1,200 (depending on level)
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $800 - $1,200 (Total)
  • Credential Granted
    • Apprenticeship
    • Welder- Certificate of Qualification with Interprovincial Red Seal endorsement; Certificate of Apprenticeship
  • Coordinator Contact
    Joy Brown at 250-489-2751 (x3330) or
    1-877-489-2687 (x3330)

Application Deadline Advice

Applications will open in November. Admission is based upon a first qualified, first-admitted principle which is based on the date and time the applicant meets all admission requirements. Early application is therefore recommended. 

Verify with the institution for specific dates.

Red Seal

This is a Red Seal trade. Learn more about trade mobility within Canada at Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program

Training Schedule

Training schedule details provided by the BC Trades Training Consortium (TTC).

Contact COTR for the next opening.

Related Foundation Programs

Not ready for an apprenticeship program? This Foundation (Pre-apprenticeship) program may be of interest:

Apprenticeship Training

This program satisfies the training standard set by the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) for:


For updated details regarding Welder , please review the ITA Accredited program profiles.

ITA Registration

Individuals who wish to begin an apprenticeship in this program must register with the ITA along with their sponsors. Application forms for all programs are available from the ITA website. Online registration is also available for most programs though the ITA website.


A "Welder" is able to weld ferrous and non-ferrous metals in all positions, on both pipe and plate, using various welding processes.

The program combines technical and work-based training. It generally takes three years to complete.

The technical training is made up of three levels totaling 780 hours (24 weeks).  Levels 1 & 2 are 240 hours (8 weeks) each, and Level 3 is 300 hours (10 weeks). This block of training is normally delivered through an ITA approved training institution. Sometimes it may also be met through approved training models (distance education, online, part-time) and/or a level challenge exam.

The work-based training totals 4,620 hours. Based on a 30-hour work week this involves 152 weeks of training.

For details about the Pan-Canadian Harmonization Initiative and changes to the program structure, visit the ITA website OPSN-2016-014.

Training Content
  • Occupational Skills
  • Cutting and Gouging Processes
  • Fusion and Braze Welding (TB) Using the Oxy-Fuel (OFW) Process
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
  • Semi-Automatic Welding
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
  • Specialized Processes
  • Basic Metallurgy
  • Welding Drawings, Layout, and Fabrication
  • Quality Control and Inspection
  • Standards, Codes, Specifications and Welder Qualifications


(Please refer to the BC Curriculum Comparison Chart for course equivalents)

  • Grade 10 or equivalent


  • Grade 12 or equivalent
Advisor Tips
The Red Seal endorsement allows qualified tradespeople to practice their trade anywhere in the country.  To receive this endorsement you must pass a Red Seal exam. Depending on your trade there is anywhere from 100 to 150 multiple choice questions on the exam. The passing grade is 70%.

There are currently 56 designated Red Seal trades in Canada.
Cross-Program Credits

Individuals who hold the credentials listed below are entitled to receive partial credit toward the completion requirements of this program.

Credits Granted



Related Occupations

Apprenticeship training in this program can lead to a career in:

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