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Welder Foundations Certificate Program


Intake
  • Continuous

  • Training Type
    Foundation
  • Program Start Date
    Varies
  • Campuses
    Merritt

    Resources

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    City of Merritt
  • Length
    28 Weeks (full-time)
  • Tuition Estimate
    (domestic students)
    $3,400 Total
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $500 Total
  • Credential Granted
    Certificate
  • Learning Method Options
    Face-to-Face

Learning Method Option:

  • Face-to-Face: Program is fully delivered in class with face-to-face interaction
  • Online: Program is fully delivered online
  • Blended (Face-to-Face + Online): Program is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online learning
  • Off-site: All or part of program is delivered in a physical location away from regular classroom/campus

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Application Deadline Advice

Applications are accepted on a continued basis. Please contact NVIT directly to verify information. 

Application Fee: $0 (Free)

1) Program Admission Requirements

Academic

1. One of:

  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • mature student status (at least 19 years old and been out of school for at least one year) 

2. English

One of:

  • English 10
  • English First Peoples 10
  • ENGL 040
  • equivalent (course or assessment)

3. Math

One of:

  • Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11
  • Foundations of Math 11
  • Pre-calculus 11
  • NVIT's MATH 057 or equivalent Advanced Level Adult Basic Education Math course
  • equivalent (course or assessment)

Admission Advice 

1. If you need help meeting academic admission requirements, contact NVIT academic advisor to find out about academic upgrading options.

2. As welding is a physically demanding trade, learners should be physically fit and have good vision, hearing, and respiration.


 

2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy NVIT's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements

English is the language of instruction and communication at Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT); therefore, all applicants must demonstrate fluency in English by fulfilling one of the following options:

  • Two years of full-time study, at the grade 8 level or higher, with English as the language of instruction. (Studies that are part of an English as a Second Language program cannot be used towards fulfilling this requirement.); or
  • Successful completion of BC English 11 (C+) or equivalent; or
  • Successful completion of a university transferable, post-secondary level English course (C); or
  • TOEFL (computer-based) = at least an overall score of 213 with an essay score of 4.0; or
  • TOEFL (paper-based) = at least an overall score of 550 with a Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4.0; or
  • Language Proficiency Index (LPI) = at least a score of 4 within the past two years; or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) = at least a score of 6.0 on each of the academic listening, reading, writing, and speaking modules of the exam. 
Verify directly with NVIT.

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

General Institute Admission Requirements:

Admission requirements vary by program. Program-specific admission requirements for NVIT's programs are detailed in each program profile in the EducationPlannerBC Program Search Database. You may also refer to NVIT's Program Calendar to view admission requirements.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

Although some programs and/or courses at NVIT do not require Grade 12 or equivalent, any of the following qualifications are generally accepted where Grade 12 or equivalent is listed as a requirement for admission:

  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • BC Adult Graduation Diploma
  • General Educational Development program and complete an assessment (subject to specific program admission and/or course prerequisites)
  • Mature students who have not graduated from a BC secondary school may be admitted to the College Readiness program, or desired program, upon completion of an assessment indicative of required English and Math requirements

An important part of the application process is to share your full educational history. Before making admission decisions, NVIT must receive official transcripts (an official record of your grades) from high school and/or other educational institutes you have attended.  An official transcript is one that is sealed and sent directly from the institution to NVIT.  Transcripts faxed directly from another institution to NVIT are acceptable.

BC High school transcripts can be requested from the high school, school district office, or using the StudentTranscript service.

Out-of-Province

Although some programs and/or courses at NVIT do not require Grade 12 or equivalent, any of the following qualifications are generally accepted where Grade 12 or equivalent is listed as a requirement for admission:

  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • BC Adult Graduation Diploma
  • General Educational Development program and complete an assessment (subject to specific program admission and/or course prerequisites)
  • Mature students who have not graduated from a BC secondary school may be admitted to the College Readiness program, or desired program, upon completion of an assessment indicative of required English and Math requirements

An important part of the application process is to share your full educational history. Before making admission decisions, NVIT must receive official transcripts (an official record of your grades) from high school and/or other educational institutes you have attended.  An official transcript is one that is sealed and sent directly from the institution to NVIT.  Transcripts faxed directly from another institution to NVIT are acceptable.

BC Transfer Student

If you have completed some post-secondary studies at another institution, you can possibly earn transfer credits toward your program at NVIT. 

Use the BC Transfer Guide to check whether or not your course from another BC post-secondary institution is eligible for transfer credit.

Transfer credit is not done automatically. Students are responsible for initiating the transfer credit process. To receive transfer credit, you must submit an official transcript with your Application for Admission or Readmission along with an Application for Transfer Credit form. A detailed course description/outline may also be required before credit can be evaluated. Please note that calendar descriptions do not provide enough information to determine equivalencies.

To fulfill residency requirements at NVIT, a minimum of 50% of the credits required for a credential must be completed at NVIT. As well, students wishing to complete a second credential at NVIT must complete additional courses equal to at least 50% of the total number of credits required for each additional credential.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

If you have completed some post-secondary studies at another institution, you can possibly earn transfer credits toward your program at NVIT. 

Transfer credit is not done automatically. Students are responsible for initiating the transfer credit process. To receive transfer credit, you must submit an official transcript with your Application for Admission or Readmission along with an Application for Transfer Credit form. A detailed course description/outline may also be required before credit can be evaluated. Please note that calendar descriptions do not provide enough information to determine equivalencies.

To fulfill residency requirements at NVIT, a minimum of 50% of the credits required for a credential must be completed at NVIT. As well, students wishing to complete a second credential at NVIT must complete additional courses equal to at least 50% of the total number of credits required for each additional credential.

Mature Student

For admission purposes, a mature student is someone who is 19 years of age or older, and who has been out of school for at least one year.

Adults are encouraged to apply to specific programs even if they are unable to meet specified educational requirements, given that other factors such as maturity and work experience, may be considered in some programs. If you do not meet minimum educational requirements for a desired program, you may demonstrate these requirements through an assessment and/or upgrade by completing appropriate program admission requirements and course pre-requisites.

Verify information directly with NVIT. 

International Student

International applicants must follow the following steps:

  1. Submit official transcripts for all education completed at a grade/year 10 level and higher to the International Credential Evaluation Service for assessment. Please contact the International Credential Evaluation Service for more information regarding the evaluation process and associated fees.
  2. If English was not the language of instruction for the last three years of your education, you will also need an official TOEFL score including the TWE (or essay) portion with a minimum score of 270 (or 230 if the computer-based TOEFL taken) on the Listening, Structure/Writing, Reading portions and 5.0 on the essay portion.
  3. Once the above, as well as any program-specific admission requirements have been met, NVIT will provide a Full Offer of Admission. Learners must take this letter to the nearest Canadian Embassy or High Commission to apply for a Study Permit. When/if a study permit is issued, please forward a copy of that permit to NVIT and we will begin the registration process.

International students interested in attending NVIT should contact the Merritt or Vancouver Campus for information on admission procedures and program availability.

  • Merritt Campus - Phone: 1-250-378-3300
  • Vancouver Campus - Phone: 1-604-602-3422
  • info@nvit.bc.ca

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

Any applicants who require special consideration (such as students with disabilities or international students) must begin the admissions process at least 4 months prior to the start date of classes.

 

How to Apply

For details on application process for admission to NVIT, please check here.

Related Occupations information is not available for this program.

Next Up: Apprenticeship or Modular

The Welder Foundations Certificate Program program prepares students to enter the Welder Apprenticeship training program. BC currently supports two streams for welder training: Modular and Apprenticeship.

There are two pathways for progression beyond the Welding Foundation/Welder C level:

  • Apprenticeship Training Option: Students with an employer sponsor will progress to Welder Apprentice Level 3, followed by the (optional) Specialty Metals Endorsement; or
  • Modular Training Option: Students without an employer sponsor will progress to Welder Level B followed by Welder Level A. Although modular levels Welding C, B and A are still available in some institutions, they are being replaced by the new Welder Apprenticeship training model, effective March 31, 2014.

When you are ready to pursue further training beyond the Welder Foundations Certificate Program, search Training schedule details provided by the BC Trades Training Consortium (TTC). Contact the school directly for the next opening.