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Welding – Certified

Welding – Certified

Develop skills to repair metal parts and structures as well as to create solutions using various welding and cutting equipment and techniques.

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Start Date:
22 Weeks
College Certificate
+Locations & Availability

September 2019
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Akerley Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Cancelled

Program Overview

Designed for experienced welders, this program provides skills and knowledge in a broad range of welding practices. The program has been developed in co-operation with industry to meet the increasing demands of the welding and fabrication sector.

You learn to repair metal parts and structures, fabricate components and apply safe working practices while using various welding and cutting equipment and techniques. You also learn how to integrate problem-solving skills with the dynamic processes and techniques used in the welding industry and are introduced to blueprint reading and welding symbols, in addition to layout and fabrication skills.

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • You must have hands-on experience with oxy-acetylene and shielded metal arc welding process (SMAW in flat position and striking and maintaining an arc).
  • All applicants are required to pass a practical welding test to ensure prerequisites are satisfied.
  • If you do not have the required welding experience, consider Introduction to Shielded Metal Arc Welding I (evening continuing education course).

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step towards certification in the Welder trade. To become certified, you must register as an apprentice with Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA). Once registered, you can transfer credit from this program towards your apprenticeship.
  • Graduates will be well prepared to successfully complete the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) practical welding tests.

Student Success

Other Info

  • This program is not offered at regular NSCC tuition.
  • Start dates and locations for this program are determined according to industry demand.
  • Students are required to supply their own mini grinder with guard and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – gloves, safety glasses, safety boots, welding helmet and coveralls.
  • Students are required to maintain a work record book or journal.
  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Industrial safety standards require that you have adequate vision and colour perception to operate safely, in the shop and in the field, while performing tasks of the trade.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.
  • Certification with a Red Seal – Welder Technician is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Graduates who complete an apprenticeship program in this trade are eligible to write the provincial certification exam, receive their certification and Red Seal. The Red Seal allows certified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada – where the trade is designated – without having to write further examinations.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
MATH 1016   Math I
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1020   Introduction to Confined Space
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1022   Introduction to Fall Arrest and Protection
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1024   Introduction to Respiratory Protection
SAFE 7069   Safety Awareness Rigging Practices & Overhead Crane Operation
WELD 7024   Gases and Setup of FCAW
WELD 7026   Blueprint Reading
WELD 7045   SMAW Process
WELD 7046   Welding Safe Work Practices
WELD 7048   Oxy-Acetylene Process
WELD 7053   SMAW Welds/ Mild Steel Plate
WELD 7080   Layout and Fabrication
WORK 1100   Workplace Mentoring I

Additional Graduation Requirements

Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Next Steps

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