Program at a glance
Open to International
Area of study
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.
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
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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.
For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.
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.
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
Effective from September 1, 2023, to August 31, 2024
Tuition estimates are for the entire program.
Welder Foundation, Certificate
Welder Level A
Welder Level B
Domestic tuition fees vary depending on the individual course fees for the classes you select.
For International students visit: International Tuition & Fees.
In addition to tuition estimates, student fees are calculated based on your enrolment. Refer to: Student Fees.
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.
Curriculum & courses
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And one of:
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
When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the program admission requirements listed above. Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.
For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar: Loading...
If you have admissions questions contact the Admissions office.
For questions about the program contact 250-370-3856, firstname.lastname@example.org or the Department Chair.
Camosun offers specialty programs to support trades education for Women and Indigenous people.