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Welding Apprenticeship Program



The Welder Apprenticeship Program is intended for those who wish to focus primarily on achieving a high level of welding skill and also gain foundation skills in metal fitting and fabrication.

The training on the job requires that you become skilled in shielded metal arc welding (SMAW or “stick” welding) and at least two other processes such as flux cored arc welding (FCAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW or MIG), or gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW or TIG).

The Welding Apprenticeship is programmed for career advancement. A Journeyperson welder can achieve certification as an “Inter-provincial” or “Red Seal” welder, allowing them to work in other provinces and territories. It may also provide valuable credits toward a diploma as a welding technician or credits toward other trades involving welding training.

What is the Welder Apprenticeship Program and how does it work?
Apprenticeship is a hands-on training program for people who want to work in skilled trades or occupations.  About 90% of apprenticeship involves on-the-job training by sponsors of training or employers.  The remainder involves related theoretical training usually at a college of applied arts and technology or another approved training delivery agency.

Training agreements between apprentices and their training sponsor or employer are prepared by training consultants of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.  In accordance with legislation, each training agreement is an individualized contract or training plan between a person who wants to learn a skilled trade and a training sponsor or an employer.

Apprentices and training sponsors or employers benefit from apprenticeship training.  Apprentices learn to become qualified trades people or “journeypersons” while training sponsors or employers gain highly skilled employees with up-to-date knowledge and work techniques.  Jobs in skilled trades provide challenging work and good careers.

Admission Requirements
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or General Educational Development (GED) equivalent
  • Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) eligible
  • An employer willing to sponsor your training agreement
  • Applicants for welder apprentice positions may also complete their Level 1 schooling as fee payer. Consult with Provincial/Federal agencies for possible subsidies. This enables the apprentice to increase their skills prior to seeking a sponsor.

Apprenticeship Classroom Training Fees

Level 1
  • 300 Hours
  • Apprentice Fee $500.00
  • Book & Supplies $450.00

Level 2
  • 180 Hours
  • Apprentice Fee $300.00
  • Book & Supplies $450.00

Level 3
  • 240 Hours
  • Apprentice Fee $400.00
  • Book & Supplies $450.00