Welder Apprenticeship


Welders are capable of welding ferrous and non-ferrous metals in all positions on both plate and pipe, using various welding processes.  Certified welders qualify for testing with CSA, BCSA and for ASME procedures in British Columbia.
Apprentices are required to attend three levels of technical training.  Level 1 and 2 are 8 weeks long; level 3 is 11 weeks long (10 week + 1 week gap training).

Admission Requirements

  • You must be a registered apprentice within BC. 
  • Persons wishing to become apprentices must be employed with a business that employs a qualified journeyperson welder. The Industry Training Authority (ITA) sets up a registration for apprenticeship between the apprentice, the employer and the ITA. 

Program Outline

Level 1 (8 weeks)
  • Occupational Skills
  • Oxy-fuel cutting and gouging processes 
  • Fusion and braze welding using the oxy-fuel process
  • Shielded metal arc welding
  • Electric arc cutting, gouging and related processes
  • Semi automatic welding

Level 2 (8 weeks)

  • Occupational Skills
  • Shielded metal arc welding
  • Semi automatic welding
  • Basic metallurgy
  • Welding Drawings
  • Layout and fabricate components
  • Submerged arc welding

Level 3 (11 weeks)

  • Shielded metal arc welding
  • Semi automatic welding
  • Basic metallurgy
  • Welding Drawings
  • Layout and fabricate components
  • Quality control and inspection
  • Standards, codes, specifications and welder qualifications
  • Gas Tungsten arc welding
  • Specialized processes

 Program Fees

  • For tuition information visit Apprenticeship Tuition Fees.
  • Students must supply approved safety boots and gear and coveralls.
  • Income support for apprentices attending technician-training courses is provided by Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) through regular employment insurance eligibility.
  • For financial and other useful documents visit Important Documents

Employment Opportunities

The Welder apprentice will write the Red Seal Examination on the last day of the level 3 technical training. Successful completion grants the apprentice with the Certificate of Qualification as a Red Seal Welder. The Red Seal Endorsement is recognized across Canada.

Red Seal certified workers can work anywhere in Canada where their trade is designated. Labour mobility is essential for the Canadian workforce. For skilled tradespeople, the Red Seal is the recognized passport to mobility in trades across Canada.

How to Apply

Applications can be completed online here or over the phone. There is no application fee.

Click here to view the apprenticeship schedule

Program Contact

Apprenticeship Office

(250) 762-5445 (Local 4347)
Toll Free: 1-800-621-3038
e-mail: jpak@okanagan.bc.ca