The Apprenticeship stream is for those who have an employer sponsor and are registered with the Industry Training Authority (ITA). The Apprenticeship consists of Levels 1, 2 and 3, (8 weeks each) and an optional special Specialty Metals Endorsement (SME).
Level 1 (8 weeks)
Apprentices who have already obtained an employer sponsor band and have acquired industry welding experience can register for Level 1 technical training. Upon successful completion of the Level 1 program and the Level 1 exam, graduates will then be eligible to continue on with the Level 2 technical training.
Level 2 (8 weeks)
Apprentices registering for this program will have already successfully completed Level 1 apprenticeship technical training. Upon successful completion of the Level 2 Program and the Level 2 exam, graduates will then be eligible to continue on with Level 3 technical training.
Level 3 (8 weeks)
Apprentices registering for this program will have already successfully completed Level 2 apprenticeship technical training and have a recommended 300 work based training hours. Upon successful completion of the Level 3 program, graduates will then be eligible to write the Welding Red Seal exam.
Specialty Metals Endorsement (5 weeks)
Welders registering for this program will have already successfully completed Level 3 apprenticeship technical training and have Red Seal Certification. Upon successful completion of the Specialty Metals Endorsement program and the Specialty Metals Endorsement exam, students will receive certification.
Welder Level B
Welder Level B (16-weeks) provides more advanced welding skills, related theory and builds upon the training and skills developed in the Welder Foundation program providing graduates with a broader base of skills and more employment opportunities. Welder Level B students are also eligible to qualify to test for Portable Pressure Welding Procedure (PWP) testing in British Columbia. Students must complete approximately four months of technical training and eight months of work experience as a welder before being granted the Provincial Ministry Level B certification.
Practical Modules (one mandatory plus one optional):
- P-7 Shielded Metal Arc Welding II (SMAW-II) - Mandatory
- P-8 Gas Metal Arc Welding II (GMAW-II) - Optional
- P-9 Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW-II) – Optional
- P-10 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding I (GTAW-I) - Optional
- RK-4 Welding Quality Control and Inspection Procedures
- RK-5 Welding Code Standards and Specifications
- RK-6 Blueprint Reading II
- RK-7 Welding Metallurgy II
Students who successfully complete Welder Level B are eligible to write the Inter-Provincial (Red Seal) exam toward certification, or progress to Welder Level A training.
Welder Level A
Welder Level A (8-weeks) continues building upon the theory and practical learning started in Welder Foundation and Welder Level B. Pipe welding with stainless steel electrodes, low-alloy steel electrodes, more advanced blueprint reading and welding metallurgy, etc., are covered. Completion of this program along with the required work experience component should provide the graduate with the broadest base of skills and employment opportunities in the diverse metal joining industries.
Theory and practical modules include:
- Shielded Metal Arc Welding
- Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
- Welding Metallurgy III
- Blueprint Reading III
Students who successfully complete Welder Level A are eligible to write the Inter-Provincial (Red Seal) exam toward certification if not previously completed in Welder Level B.