Is this program transferable?

Yes, the Welder Foundation, Level B and Level A programs transfer to all colleges in BC that offer the Provincial Welding program.

Does this program qualify for financial assistance?

Yes. See StudentAidBC.
You can apply for the government student loan and grant program for Welder Foundation. You may also qualify for institutional scholarships and bursaries. Check with the VIU Financial Aid and Awards office, located in Building 200 at the Nanaimo campus, or call 250-740-6423.

Must I attend all of the program?

Yes, complete full-time attendance is required.

What types of jobs will I be qualified for after I graduate?

Welders are required in construction, fabrication shops, shipyards, and other industries.

Is further training necessary in order for me to enter the job market?

No, but higher levels (B and A) will open more job possibilities. You can complete levels B and A at Vancouver Island University.

What are the starting wages a graduate could expect?

Approximately $14— $18 per hour to start.

Will I have to travel in order to find employment in this field? If so, where would this be?

You should be willing to travel in order to start your career. Welders are employed world-wide in many different industries.

On average, what percentage of the class successfully completes the program?

About 90%.

On average, what percentage of the graduates get employment in the field?

Almost all graduates find employment in the field. One of our recent classes had a 92% success rate in finding work.

What is the average class size?

18 students.

What is a typical weekly schedule?

Our schedule is built around a four (4) day week, either Monday to Thursday or Tuesday to Friday some classes are offered in either a day or afternoon shift format.

How much homework should I expect if I am a full-time student?

One to two hours per night.

Can I access this program on a part-time basis?

No.

Is a practicum available in this program?

Yes, in the Welder Foundation program.

How do I register for Level B or Level A?

Send an email to apprentice@viu.ca at Apprenticeship Registration.

If I am not admitted into the program this year or am waitlisted, can I take any classes that will give me credit in the program?

No.

How will I hear if I have been accepted?

A Registration clerk will contact you by letter.

What will I need to start classes?

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