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Welder Foundation Certificate

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  • Training Type: Foundation (Pre-Apprenticeship)
  • Location
    Kelowna, Salmon Arm, Vernon
  • Campuses


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    City of Kelowna
    Salmon Arm


    Need more information about Salmon Arm?

    Salmon Arm BC - Official Website


    Need more information about Vernon?

    City of Vernon
  • Length
    28 Weeks
  • Tuition Levels (approx)
    $4001 Kelowna and Salmon Arm; $4058 Vernon
  • Book & Supply Cost Estimates
    $820 Total
  • Credentials
    • Certificate
    • Trades Foundation Program

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Application Deadline Advice

Applications may be submitted starting on February 1 for entry in the subsequent 10 months. Early application is strongly recommended.

Application Fee: $30


1. One of:

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

2. English

One of:

3. Math (within the past seven years)

One of:

  • Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11
  • Foundations of Math 11
  • Pre-Calculus 11
  • Principles of Math 11
  • Applications of Math 11
  • Essentials of Math 11
  • MATH 011
  • MATH 084 and MATH 085
  • IAGL 011
  • ABLE math test (63%) within the past two years
  • be physically fit and have good vision, hearing and respiration

English Language Requirements


If English is not your first language, you must submit one of the following (minimum scores):

  • A TOEFL score of 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), or 79 (internet based)
  • An academic IELTS overall band score of 6.5
  • A Okanagan College English Language Assessment (OCELA) of 6
  • 70% in each of ELSE 060, ESLW 061 and ESLR 062 for admission to a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, Business Administration diploma, Commercial Aviation Diploma or Advance Culinary Arts diploma
  • 60% in each of ELSE 060, ESLW 061 and ESLR 062 for admission to Arts, Science, Computer Information Systems, and Engineering Technology programs
  • 70% in English 12 or equivalent for Business programs
  • 60% in English 12 or equivalent for Arts, Science, Engineering Technology, and most diploma programs
  • 50% in an English literature or composition course at a recognized university or college in Canada
  • Level 5 on the Language Proficiency Index for Business or Level 4 for Arts, Science, technology and most diploma programs
  • A degree or diploma from an accredited institution where English is the language of instruction 

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General Admission Requirements (All Students)

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

For details on Regular Applicant admission check here.


For details on Regular Applicant admission check here.

BC Transfer Student

For details on Transfer Student admission check here.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

For details on Transfer Student admission check here

Mature Student

For details on Mature Student admission check here.


International Student

For details on International Student admission check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

For details on Unclassified Student and Visiting Student admission check here.

How to Apply

For details on applying to Okanagan College check the Become a Student site here.

Inter-Institutional Block Arrangements

Graduates of a pre-apprenticeship program may seek employment as an apprentice. After starting their apprenticeship they normally are required to complete less technical training and fewer workplace hours than those who have not completed a pre-apprenticeship program.

Individuals are strongly recommended to contact the Industry Training Authority (ITA) at to confirm the number of credits that their pre-apprenticeship training may provide towards their total apprenticeship requirements.

Training in a program like this one can lead to different careers. Related occupations are presented to show potential career options, not definite outcomes.

These links lead to occupational descriptions on WorkBC.