BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

Welder Foundation Certificate Program

Program Delivery Location: Merritt
Credential: Certificate
Format: Full-Time
Start Dates: March 25, 2019

Welder Foundation Certificate Program

This 28-week (840 hours) program takes a learner with little or no previous experience in the welding trade and supplies them with the necessary skills to seek employment as an apprentice welder. This foundation program prepares learners for entry level positions as apprentice welders in most sectors of the economy including manufacturing, construction, transportation, resource extraction and resource development. Learners engage in a variety of classroom and shop activities where they learn both theoretical principles of welding and hands-on processes to master practical welding skills.

Admission Requirements

  • BC secondary school graduation or equivalent, of 19 years of age and out of secondary school for at least one year as of the first day of classes;

  • One of: English 10, English 10 First Peoples, an equivalent Provincial Level Adult Basic Education English course, or equivalent assessment; and

  • Math requirement: Learners graduating from secondary school in or prior to 2012: Mathematics 11 or an equivalent Advanced Level Adult Basic Education Mathematics course, or an equivalent assessment. Learners entering grade 10 in or after 2010 and/or completing the new mathematics curriculum: One of: Workplace Mathematics 11, Foundations of Mathematics 11 or, Pre-Calculus 11, or an equivalent Advanced Level Adult Basic Education Mathematics course or an equivalent assessment.


As welding is a physically demanding trade, learners should be physically fit and have good vision, hearing and respiration.


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