2022-23 Calendar

Welder Foundation Certificate

This program is now offered as Welder Foundation.

This program prepares the student for employment as a welder in industry. Students will be provided with a thorough knowledge of various metals; a variety of welding processes used in the repair and construction of metal products; a knowledge of blueprint reading, welding symbols and basic sketching; layout and assembly work; oxy-acetylene fusion welding of ferrous and nonferrous metals in all positions, braze welding of ferrous and nonferrous metals, and machine and manual cutting; shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) of plate in all positions, carbon arc cutting and gouging; basic metallurgy - properties of metals, metal identification, heat treatment and the effect of heat on metals; gas metal arc welding (GMAW); flux core arc welding (FCAW); and the operation of wire feed equipment.

Graduates from this program will receive an Industry Training Authority Certificate of Completion, technical training credit for Welder Level 1 and Level 2 and 300 work-based hours once registered as a Welder apprentice.

As welding is a physically demanding trade, students should be physically fit and have good vision, hearing and respiration.

Admission Requirements

  • B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for at least one year as of the first day of classes.

  • English 10 with minimum 50% or alternatives

  • Math requirement:

A minimum of 50% in any of:

    • Pre-calculus Grade 11
    • Foundations of Mathematics Grade 11
    • Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics Grade 11
    • Principles of Mathematics 11
    • Applications of Mathematics 11
    • Essentials of Mathematics 11
    • Adult BasicEducation MATH 011
    • Adult Basic Education MATH 084 anci MATH 085
    • Adult Basic Education IALG 011

Or a minimum of 63% on the Trades Entrance Assessment (TEA) mathematics test. Test scores are only good for two (2) years.

Applicants who have not satisfied the Math requirement within the last seven (7) years must write the TEA Mathematics test and must receive a minimum of 63%.


WELD 100A TH:Safety (P1)
WELD 100B PR: Safety (P1)
WELD 101A TH:Oxy Fuel Cutting (P2)
WELD 101B PR:Oxy Fuel Cutting (P2)
WELD 102A TH:Oxy-Acet Weld/Brazing (P3)
WELD 102B PR:Oxy-Acet Weld/Brazing (P3)
WELD 103A TH:Shielded Metal Arc Weld(P4)
WELD 103B PR:Shielded Metal Arc Weld(P4)
WELD 104A TH:Air Carbon Arc Cutting (P5)
WELD 104B PR:Air Carbon Arc Cutting (P5)
WELD 105A TH:Gas Metal Arc Welding (P6)
WELD 105B PR:Gas Metal Arc Welding (P6)
WELD 106A TH:Flux Cored Arc Welding (P6)
WELD 106B PR:Flux Cored Arc Welding (P6)
WELD 107 RK-1 Material Handling
WELD 108 RK-2 Blueprint Reading I
WELD 109 RK-3 Metallurgy I

Program Schedule: New intakes start approximately every seven weeks (28-week duration)

Location: Kelowna and on a rotating basis in Penticton, Vernon and Salmon Arm

Textbooks: Approximately $500. Students must provide their own steel-toed safety boots, welding gloves, helmet, coveralls and additional personal safety equipment Tools are approximately $320. All prices are subject to change.

There are a number of physical activities involved in training for a skilled trade. Please review the physical activities of the program and the recommended student characteristics.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum passing grade per component is 70%.

Program Area:

Trades and Apprenticeship

Campus (Intake):

  • Vernon (Feb, Aug)
  • Penticton (Aug)
  • Salmon Arm (Feb)
  • Kelowna (Jan, Apr, Sep)




  • Full-Time


2019-20: $4,150.76 (Kelowna, Penticton and Salmon Arm) $4,214.04 (Vernon)


January 2023: Kelowna
February 2023: Salmon Arm
April 2023: Kelowna
August 2023: Penticton, Vernon
September 2023: Kelowna
February 2024: Vernon to be confirmed

Department Website

Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 12/10/2022