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Welder: Apprenticeship

  • Training Level
  • Tuition Estimate
    $1026 Total
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    Contact 250.862.5457
  • Credential Granted
  • Coordinator Contact
    Contact Tracy Harrison, Apprenticeship Manager Assistant 250.762.5445 (loc 4347)

Application Deadline Advice

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

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).

View upcoming training dates on TTC.

Level: A
1000 K.L.O. Rd. Kelowna, BC

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


ITA Source: 'Welder ' profile.


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. Each level is 8 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, part-time) and/or a level challenge exam.

The work-based training totals 4500 hours. Based on a 30-hour work week this involves 150 weeks of training.

Training Content

Training modules are:

  • Occupational Skills
  • Oxy-Fuel Cutting and Gouging Processes (OFC and OFG)
  • Fusion and Blaze Welding (TB) Using the Oxy-Fuel (OFW) Process
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
  • Electric Arc Cutting, Gouging and Related Processes
  • Semi-Automatic Welding
  • Basic Metallurgy
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
  • Welding Drawings
  • Layout and Fabricate Components
  • Quality Control and Inspection
  • Standards, Codes, Specifications and Welder Qualifications
  • Submerged Arc Welding (SAW)
  • Specialized Processes



  • Grade 10 or equivalent


  • 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 57 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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