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Welder Foundation

28-week certificate

Where: Campbell River, Port Alberni
Starts: Continuous entry (September is advised if you are continuing into NIC's Metal Fabrication program. Consult with an educational advisor)
  • Industry Training Authority (ITA) approved.
  • Learn the core welding skills, processes and techniques needed to enter the welding trade.
  • Earn technical training credit toward Year 1 and 2 of welder apprenticeship training.

Career possibilities: Qualify for welding positions within the forestry, fishing, aquaculture, agriculture, oil and gas, manufacturing, construction and maintenance industries across Canada.


  • Great facilities, great people. NIC's welding programs have some of the most modern, well-equipped shops in BC and very experienced, highly qualified instructors. Graduates have a very high success rate and are working as welders, across Canada and around the world.
  • Advance your career. If you want to learn more, NIC’s Metal Fabrication Foundation program is an excellent complement to the skills gained in welding and will increase your skills and your employability.
  • Go further. Complete the Welder Foundation (September start) and Metal Fabrication Foundation certificate (March start) consecutively in an accelerated 43-week period.


NIC follows the new provincial welding training program introduced by the ITA as of January 2014.

The 28-week Welder Foundation program covers Level 1 and Level 2 apprenticeship technical training. On completion, you will write the ITA standardized level exam for a certificate of completion. Successful students will also receive an NIC  Welder Foundation certificate.

The Welder Foundation program prepares you for entry-level employment in industrial manufacturing, welding and fabrication shops. You will be introduced to a variety of welding techniques, layout and fabrication, basic metallurgy, drawing for welding and occupational skills.

Following successful completion of this program and upon entering an apprenticeship, you will be eligible to receive technical training credit for Levels 1 and Level 2, plus 300 work-based hours toward your welding apprenticeship requirements.

Career Opportunities

The welding trade is found in a wide variety of industries, which results in many potential career paths and opportunities.
Welding is essential to the forest, fishing, aquaculture, agriculture, oil and gas, manufacturing, construction and maintenance industries in every part of the country. There is tremendous potential for career advancement for bright, motivated and talented trades persons.

ASME Welder Performance Qualification Testing

NIC's welding centres are authorized testing stations for the Boiler Branch. Qualified welders may challenge Welder Performance Qualification tests in accordance with the Power Engineers and Boiler and Pressure Vessels Safety Act regulations and directives, subject to available space.

Welding Performance tests are incorporated in the following courses: WPW-007 and WPW-010.

Supply List

NIC is pleased to make tools available to students in exchange for a $200 refundable tool deposit. The deposit is not included in your tuition, and will be returned at the end of the term if all tools and tags are returned in an acceptable condition. Tools will not be distributed without proof of payment from the Registration office.
Students are also responsible for providing basic personal protective equipment and tools. Contact the instructors at 250-923-9735 or 250-724-8727 for a complete list.

Admission Requirements

  1. C in one of Provincial English 10, NIC ENG-035, or equivalent; or C+ in ESL-051, ESL-054 and ESL-057, or certified CLB 7; or successful completion of NIC assessment testing in English; and
  2. Successful completion of the Applied Math section (first of 4 sections) of the NIC Metal Trades Assessment with a minimum of 70%.
    Note: For general information about the Metal Trades Assessment see the Welding Assessment Study Information or speak with an NIC educational advisor. To prepare for the Metal Trades Assessment use the Math Study Guide.
  3. High school graduation is preferred provided the applicant meets or exceeds the stated prerequisites.

Upgrade with us to meet prerequisites

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To Be Successful

  • You are encouraged to contact the instructor for an in-person or telephone interview. The purpose of the interview is to provide advice, answer questions about the program and discuss various career fields and choices.
  • Many employers require Grade 12 completion as an employment standard. If you do not meet this requirement we encourage you to contact an educational advisor to discuss upgrading or Grade 12 completion options offered at NIC. In addition to the stated prerequisites secondary school equivalent courses in math, science, physics and drafting are considered an asset.
  • The most important key to success is the desire to become a quality trades person. The traditional values of hard work, reliability, positive attitude and the desire to do quality work are essential to succeed in the program.
  • Trades programs require good hand-eye coordination, good binocular vision, strong abilities in spatial and mechanical reasoning along with good math and communication skills.
  • There is also an expectation of physical activities such as lifting, working on ladders and scaffolding or in confined spaces and under various weather conditions.
  • You will be required to stay focused for prolonged periods.

Challenge Testing

See the Industry Training Authority website for the challenge testing process.

Other Welding Training

NIC offers Welding Skills Development courses to qualified welders. Contact Welding Admissions at the Campbell River or Port Alberni campuses for scheduling and fees.

  • WSR 010 Welding Skills Development - 1 Day
  • WSR 050 Welding Skills Development - 3 Days
  • WSR 060 Welding Skills Development - 1 Week
  • WSR 065 Welding Skills Development - Stainless Steel and/or Aluminum - 1 Week
  • WSR 070 Welding Skills Development - 4 Weeks
  • WSR 080 Welding Skills Development - Theory - 4 Weeks

Program Requirements

The Welder Foundation program at North Island College is open entry/open exit.  Completion time for a person attending full-time is maximum 28 weeks.

After successful completion of Welder Foundation, and once employed as a registered Welder Apprentice, the candidate will receive credit for Level 1 and Level 2 technical training and 300 work based training hours. It is important that all apprentices have a minimum of 3000 work-based training hours prior to entering Level 3 technical training.

The following is a list of the courses for Welder Foundation:

Completion Requirements

Students must attain competency in each module.

Note: Curriculum, certification and completion requirements may be subject to change as mandated by the ITA. Refer to current bulletins on the ITA website.

Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2017, Winter, Spring & Summer 2018

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Year 1
Tuition $2,265
NISU Fees $105
Lab Fees $295
Books $815
Learner Resource $120
Total $3,600

Ross Holden

Ross Holden
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700 ext. 7821 | Location EWG - 222

Ivan Peterson

Ivan Peterson


Trades & Apprenticeships

Interprovincial Red Seal Endorsement - Welder

Provincial Instructors Diploma

Subjects: Introduction to Trades, Weld Apprenticeship Tech Trng, Welder Foundation, Welder Special Metal Endrsmnt, Welding, Welding-RK
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8727 | Location TEB

Terry Waters

Terry Waters
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9734 | Location EWG - 222

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