A VIU student welding

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

Theory modules

  • 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 may be eligible to write the Inter-Provincial (Red Seal) exam toward certification. Students must contact the ITA at 1.866.660.6011 or customerservice@skilledtradesbc.ca to schedule their exam write.

Application process for Technical Training Classes

Seats are filled on a first come first registered basis, with waiting lists established in many trades and levels. Program schedules are available on the web at Trades Training BC.

If you have questions, please contact Apprenticeship at 250.740.6227 or Apprentice@viu.ca

You can apply online: Apply to VIU

Once you get to the program choice, click on Trades & Applied Technology, then Apprenticeship and then Welder Level B.

Access your VIU student record

To access your Vancouver Island University Student Record, you will need your 9 digit student number and PIN (date of birth if you have not accessed your student record online before): VIU Student Record