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Overview

Note: To be eligible for apprenticeship training you must be registered as an apprentice. Go to the BCIT Apprenticeship website for more information.

Welders are trained in and are capable of welding ferrous and non-ferrous metals in all positions, on both plate and pipe, using various welding processes. Certified welders qualify for testing with CSA, BCSA and for ASME procedures in British Columbia. Certified welders will also qualify for Pressure Welding Procedure (PWP) tests in British Columbia, BCP-100. Pressure procedure tests are administered by the BC Safety Authority.

As a welding student, most of your time will be spent in our shop. All practical task will be demonstrated first by your instructor then you will practice each weld until it meets industry standards. You'll use state-of-the-art inverter technology, as well as equipment that would be typically found in most welding shops. The idea is to prepare you for work with job-ready skills, so self-motivation and the ability to work independently will also be emphasized. Once you have reached a certain skill set, you will be performing various tests on your welds to assure they meet the Canadian Welding Code standards.

There are two ways to become a welder apprentice:

  1. Take the Welder Foundation program. Completion of this program provides basic fabricating knowledge and skills to increase your employment opportunities. This foundation program qualifies for Level 1 and Level 2 of your apprenticeship with the Industry Training Authority (ITA). After completing the Welder Foundation program, obtaining an apprenticeship through an employer, and completing the work based training (WBT) required by ITA, you will be eligible to take Welding Level 3 in-school training.

  2. Obtain employment with a welding shop that will sponsor you for apprenticeship. In this option, you are indentured to a company as an apprentice welder, learning basic welding skills while employed. The advantage is that you earn while you learn. There is a total 780 hours in-school training for welder apprenticeship level 1, level 2, and level 3 training. After you complete Welding Level 3 in-school training and 4,500 hours work-based training, you will be eligible to take the interprovincial Red Seal exam and complete your logbook.

Program Entry

Pathways

There are two ways of beginning your new career as a welder apprentice:

  1. Take our Welder Foundation program. By working through a series of practical projects and assignments and theory assignments you'll build a solid foundation of knowledge and skills to make you more employable in an entry-level position. By successfully completing the program, you will also receive credit for the in-school portion of Levels 1 and 2 of our Welder Apprenticeship training.
  2. Find employment under a welder who will register you with the Industry Training Authority (ITA). In this option, you are indentured to a company as an apprentice welder, learning basic skills while you are employed. The advantage here is that you earn while you learn.

Entrance requirements

You must be an active apprentice registered with the Industry Training Authority to register for apprenticeship training at BCIT.

Recommended for success

Grade 10 or equivalent.*

*High school graduation preferred.

Apprentices with medical or physical difficulties should contact Accessibility Services to arrange an interview with the Institute’s rehabilitation specialist.

International applicants

BCIT welcomes apprentice training requests from Canadian citizens and permanent residents only. View programs that accept international students

Scheduled intakes

Multiple start dates each year.

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for availability of upcoming intakes.

Register for apprentice training

Consult the training schedule to find a date that is suitable to both you and your employer. Please schedule each level of your technical training at least eight months apart to benefit most from your training.

Complete an Apprentice Training Request Form [PDF]* and submit by fax, mail or in person with a $200 commitment fee for each level that you choose. You may also register by phone at 604-456-8100

  • Apprentice Training Requests which do not include the $200 commitment fee per level will not be processed or held. There will be no follow up correspondence from BCIT.
  • The $200 commitment fee is non-refundable and non-transferable to future intakes.
  • Your commitment fee is applied to your tuition.

Apprentices must complete each level of apprentice training in sequential order. For example, apprentices must complete Level 1 before continuing on to Level 2.

*Apprentice Training Request Forms are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

Disclosure of personal information and privacy notice

BCIT Apprentice Services reserves the right to communicate with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and your active employer sponsor about your registration, progress, and related academic information. BCIT also shares apprentice registration information with Work BC. If you have questions about the protection of your personal information, you may contact the BCIT Information Access and Privacy Office.

View our full Admissions and Registration Privacy Notice

myCommunication

Within two business days of submitting your apprentice training request, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your training request will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your training request within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Please visit the BCIT Bookstore to view the list of required books.

Apprentices are required to bring CSA-approved steel-toed boots and supply their own coveralls. Please see the uniform authorization voucher [PDF] to determine the type of coveralls required for your program.

Financial assistance

Income support for apprentices is provided by Human Resource Development Canada (HRDC) through regular Employment Insurance (EI) eligibility. For questions regarding Employment Insurance or Personal Support Payments, please visit the income support overview for current BCIT apprentices.

Courses

Class hours

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for class hours and availability of upcoming intakes.

Program matrix

Level 1 (8 weeks) Credits
  AWEL 1GAP Welder Apprentice Level 1 Final Grade - Harmonized Trade 16.0
 
Level 2 (8 weeks) Credits
  AWEL 2GAP Welder Apprentice Level 2 Final Grade - Harmonized Trade 16.0
 
Level 3 (11 weeks) Credits
  AWEL 3GAP Welder Apprentice Level 3 Final Grade - Harmonized Trade 20.0
 
Level 4 (5 weeks) Credits
  AWEL 4GAP Welder Apprenticeship Specialty Metals Endorsement Level 4 Final Grade - Harmonized Trade 10.0
 
Total Credits: 62.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

The total amount of in-school, technical training for welder apprenticeship is 780 hours. The three levels of technical training consist of 26 weeks of full-time training.

Welder apprentice training:

  • Level 1 - 8 weeks
  • Level 2 - 8 weeks
  • Level 3 - 11 weeks

After you complete Level 3 in-school training and 4,500 hours of work-based training, you will be eligible to take the interprovincial Red Seal Exam and complete your logbook.

You also have an option to take Multi-Process Alloy Welding (MPAW) endorsement training after you have received C of Q or C of A Welder. MPAW in-school training is 150 hours.

MPAW endorsement training:

  • Level 4 - 5 weeks

Grading

The minimum passing grade is 70 percent.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2016-2018 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2015-2017 graduates and for Degree 2014-2016 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Credential

BCIT offers a Diploma of Trades Training for apprentices who have successfully completed their technical training at BCIT and have been granted a British Columbia Trades Qualification (IP/TQ). In trades where there is no requirement to complete a Trades Qualification (TQ), a Certificate of Apprenticeship is acceptable. Please see the BCIT apprenticeship training section of the website for more information.

Contact Us

BCIT Apprentice Services

For more information on this or other apprenticeship programs, tuition fees and when programs are offered, please contact BCIT Apprentice Services at:

Office Location: Building SW1, First Floor
Burnaby campus
Phone: 604-456-8100
1-800-667-0676 (BC)
Fax: 604-435-1197
On the web: bcit.ca/apprenticeship

BCIT Apprentice Services can assist apprentices with their registration, tuition fee payments, and other details.

Anyone interested in registering as an apprentice can contact the Industry Training Authority (ITA) at 778-328-8700 or 1-866-660-6011 (BC). BCIT's Apprentice Services can also assist individuals interested in entering apprentice training.

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