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Welder Foundation, Certificate

Build a brighter future! Seven months of full-time education in the Camosun Welder Foundation program will help you find employment and subsequent apprenticeship for your career as a ticketed welder.

Program at a glance

Credential

Certificate

Area of Study

Trades & Apprenticeship

Study options

Full-time

Work experience

None

Open to International

No

Length

28 weeks

At a glance image

welding student

Fundamental training

Start dates vary

Conforming to industry standards, practices and procedures, the competency-based Welder Foundation program provides you with the skills you'll need to prosper in today's job market.

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This full-time program conforms to industry standards, practices and procedures to prepare you for entry-level employment and to begin a welding apprenticeship. Over seven months your training will include:

  • Introduction and safety
  • Oxy-fuel cutting, welding and brazing
  • Shielded metal arc welding
  • Carbon arc gouging 
  • Gas metal & flux core arc welding 
  • Material handling
  • Blueprint reading
  • Welding metallurgy
  • Math

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Hands-on learning

You'll gain competence in all welding processes and techniques through individualized and personalized instruction, supported by daily hands-on practice.

You'll develop skills including Oxy-Fuel gas cutting, welding, brazing, material handling, and welding metallurgy.

The welding shop is located in the Centre for Trades Education & Innovation on the Interurban campus. The shop is over 12,000 sq. ft. (1,115 sq. metres) in size.

Next up: Apprenticeship or Modular

As a graduate, you'll be ready to start employment with credit for Level 1 and 2 technical training required by welding apprentices as well as 300 of the 3,000 required hours. As an apprentice, you'll continue to build on your skills and gain the practical experience necessary to become fully qualified through Level 3 to earn your inter-provincial Red Seal certification.

Modular pathways Welder Levels B & A, as well as Upgrading and Testing are also available. If you have completed the Foundation program or have Welder Level C certification and want to advance your career with further training, contact the program leader for more information.”

What you'll learn

Current students wanting information about your program, go to student planning in myCamosun.

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Program outline

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

Program outline

What to expect

Located at our Interurban campus, this full-time program is 28 weeks long. Classes are scheduled for 5 days a week, 6 hours each day. Your typical day includes theory and lectures in the classroom, with the majority of your time in the shop getting hands-on training. You should be in good physical health and have good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity. Performance assessment will be a blend of instructor and peer review.

Camosun's Welder Foundation program will teach you the basics in welding to prepare you for your subsequent apprenticeship. Through the ten sequential program courses, you'll develop skills from Oxy-Fuel gas cutting, welding, brazing, and material handling to welding metallurgy and math supplementation.

Modules

The Practical (P) modules provide theoretical and practical introductions to individual welding processes in the WELD 110 course. The Related Knowledge (RK) modules cover areas of important background knowledge required by welders such as Metallurgy, Welding Codes or Standards.

  • P1: Introduction/Program Orientation
  • P2: Oxy-Fuel Gas Cutting
  • P3: Gas Welding & Braze Welding
  • P4: Shielded Metal Arc 1
  • P5: Carbon Arc Gouging
  • P6: Gas Metal Arc/Flux Core Arc
  • RK1: Material Handling
  • RK2: Blueprint Reading 1
  • RK3: Welding Metallurgy
  • RK2B: Math Supplement

Tuition and fees

Estimated tuition fees

Effective from September 1, 2022, to August 31, 2023

Welder Foundation, Certificate

$2,989* (domestic)

Welder Level A

$854* (domestic)

Welder Level B

$1,708* (domestic)

 

*Figure is approximate. Tuition estimate is for the entire program. Tuition fees vary depending on the individual course fees for the classes you select.

Financial assistance

You may need to find more than one source of funding to help pay for your education and living costs while attending college. Check out sources of money you don't need to pay back as well as those that need to be repaid.

Financial Aid & Awards 

Curriculum & courses

Start dates and application deadlines

Start dates vary.

Foundation program schedules

Admission Requirements

When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the following admission requirements.

Tip: Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.

One of:

And one of:

  • C+ in Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 10
  • COM in MATH 038

Note: If a student does not have one of these preferred requirements the College will accept a "C" or higher in Foundations of Math and Pre-calculus 10, or Principles of Math 10,or Applications of Math 11, or MATH 053

Missing admission requirements?

Take an assessment or upgrade with us.

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

Apply today

Contact us

If you have admissions questions contact the Admissions office.

If you have questions about what you can expect to learn in your Trades classes contact broadf@camosun.ca.

Faculty/staff profile

Kyle Broad

Kyle Broad

Chair, Motor Vehicle and Metal Trades

Kyle began his Trades career when he successfully completed the Red Seal apprenticeship program in Automotive Mechanical Repair at Camosun College in ...

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Matt Fischer

Toolroom Attendant, Welder Foundation

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 Chris Stask

Chris Stask

Instructor, Welder Foundation

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Alfred Vis

Alfred Vis

Instructor, Welder Foundation

A young Indigenous man working in the welding shop.

Specialty programs

Camosun offers specialty programs to support trades education for Women and Indigenous people. 

Contact information

Al Vis

Program Lead

Campus location

Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd.
Victoria BC V9E 2C1

Location link

Interurban Campus

250–370–3785

VisA@camosun.bc.ca