Welding student watches closely as two metals are welded together amidst sparks

Spark your skills. Learn a variety of welding processes and use specialized equipment to create a solid bond between metal plate and/or pipe. Welders work on custom fabrication, ship building and repair, pressure vessels, pipelines, structural construction welding, and machinery. 

The Women of Steel™: Forging Forward Program

In partnership with the CWB Welding Foundation, Okanagan College is one of 14 hosts across Canada for CWB Welding Foundation’s initiative: The Women of Steel™: Forging Forward Program. This pre-employment program is tuition free and includes practical theory, hands-on welding training, and skills development in a safe and supportive environment. Short training periods will be used to train the participants in several welding processes, with the ability to obtain multiple CWB welding qualifications in various positions with multiple processes making graduates ready for apprenticeship, post-secondary, and employment.

The program begins March 27, 2023 and runs for 14 weeks at Okanagan College’s Penticton campus.

Two Women of Steel participants show off what they made in the program.

To inquire about available space in the program, email wedis@okanagan.bc.ca

The Women of Steel™: Forging Forward project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Adult Learning Literacy and Essential Skills-Women Employment Readiness Program.

The CWB Welding Foundation is a national registered charity that relies on the support of industry and community organizations to address the welding skilled trade shortage in Canada. Through education-based programs and initiatives, we continue to reduce barriers that affect key groups; elementary, secondary, and post-secondary students and educators, Indigenous People, women, and the underrepresented. We envision a future where all individuals are encouraged and provided the support needed to reach their true potential in a career in welding regardless of identity factors, social and financial status, and lived experiences including gender, age, ethnicity, language, literacy, culture, income, and geographical location.

Penticton's state-of-the-art facility

South Okanagan employers are excited about the purpose-built welding facility at Okanagan College's Penticton campus.

Explore our programs

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Welder Foundation
  • Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, Salmon Arm
  • Certificate
Welder Apprenticeship
  • Kelowna
  • Apprenticeship
Welder Modular Training
  • Kelowna
  • Apprenticeship

Additional options

Modular training

Okanagan College also offers modular welding training. Welder B is suited to those who are working in the industry who are not registered as an apprentice with Skilled Trades BC, and whose hours are typically recorded in a logbook. This is an alternate route to achieving Red Seal Certification as a journeyperson welder. 

Weld Testing and Upgrading

Okanagan College is a recognized welder testing agency for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety Branch. Upgrading and testing procedures are for presently or recently employed welders, who wish to improve their techniques and become proficient in special processes, or wish to upgrade their existing qualifications.


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