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Pre-Employment Welding


Pre Employment Welding

Gain the knowledge, skills, and values for successful entry into a career as a welder.  Welders use a variety of welding processes such as electric arc, or oxy-acetylene, or more sophisticated processes such as electron beam or lasers. The Pre-employment Welding program covers all course materials received by a first-year apprentice, plus additional hands-on skills, safety training, and employability skills. 

Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to challenge the first-period welding technical training and practical exam and obtain employment as apprentices in the Welding trade.


Welders are employed in fabrication, construction, and maintenance repair industries. Employers are currently looking for apprenticeship candidates who have demonstrated an interest and skill in the welding trade and seek the job readiness that graduates of this program possess. 

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SPRING 2023 - March 1, 2023

Delivery Method:



 $5100 + GST

*payment plans available, email us for more details.



12 weeks - Full-time



Admission Recommendations:

There are no prior learning or approved equivalencies for this course.

It is recommended that students meet the current minimum entrance requirements for the Welding apprenticeship program as per Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training, including passing marks in: 

  • Mathematics 10-3 
  • English 10-2; or 
  • A passing grade in all five Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests  

Program Details:

Learners in this program complete the same curriculum as a first-year apprentice, two safety tickets, one CWB Test plate, and learn to build a trades resume. This course encompasses an average of 30 hours of direct instruction per week with an additional 6 to 10 hours of homework per week.  

Throughout this program, learners will learn to understand industry terminology and basic skills in welding through theoretical learning and practical hands-on practice in the welding shop. Learning is further enhanced with class visits, industry speakers, and site visits. 

Upon successfully completing first-year technical training (65% overall grade and attendance of 90%), learners are eligible to attempt the First Year Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training provincial exam, written and practical. A grade of 70% is required to successfully pass the provincial exam. 

Program Materials:

Tuition includes: 

  • Two AIT government exams (1 theory and 1 practical) 
  • Two safety tickets 
  • One CWB Test plate 
  • $400 non-refundable deposit due at time of registration 

Additional costs: 

Books/ILMs: approx. $450 

  • Required: Weld 101 ILM  
  • Optional: IPT Metal Trades Handbook 
  • Optional: Metals and How to Weld - Pocket Reference 

Personal Protective Equipment & Classroom Supplies: approx. $400 

Students must supply: 

  • Cotton coveralls 
  • Safety glasses (dark shade not permitted) 
  • Steel-toed ankle high leather boots (CSA) 
  • Cutting/welding goggles that fit over safety glasses  
  • Welding helmet  
  • 4 pairs of welding gloves 
  • CSA-approved face shields – clear recommended (optional tinted face shield for cutting only) 
  • Pliers or vise-grips  
  • Welding sleeve for arm protection (recommended) 
  • Welding hat or beanie (recommended) 
  • Binders, paper, pens 
  • Calculator – Casio FX-260 

College Technical Fee: $120 

Activity and Wellness Fee: $22 

How to Register:

Registration is available online 24/7. Both Visa and Mastercard payments are accepted. If you are a business or organization looking to register one or more employees, contact us for information on setting up a Company Profile.

  1. Click to Register Now
  2. Select desired courses and add to cart
  3. Create an/Sign into account
  4. Click Checkout, follow prompts
  5. You are done!

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