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

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

Welder

ITA Source: 'Welder ' profile.


Description

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 24 weeks (780 hours).  Levels 1 & 2 are 8 weeks (240 hours) each, and Level 3 is 10 weeks (300 hours). 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 4620 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

Training modules are:

  • 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

Pre-requisites

Recommended

  • Grade 10 or equivalent

Preferred

  • Grade 12 or equivalent

Red Seal Endorsement

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.

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

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