2022-23 Calendar

Welder Foundation

If you have any questions about how a course or program is delivered, you can check the Trades website, email the Department Chair or email the Trades & Apprenticeship office:

Apprenticeship: apprenticeship@okanagan.bc.ca
Foundation and General Interest: trades@okanagan.bc.ca

This 28-week (840 hour) program takes students with little or no previous experience in the welding trade and supplies them with the necessary skills to seek employment in this industry as an apprentice or foundation welder. The course exposes the students to many aspects of the welding trade with a focus on developing practical skills. Graduates of this program will have technical training for level 1 & 2 and 300 work based hours and have the opportunity to write the Standardized Level Exam at the end of the course. 

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
  • Workplace Mathematics 11
  • Principles of Mathematics 11
  • Applications of Mathematics 11
  • Essentials of Mathematics 11
  • Adult Basic Educatioh MATH 011
  • Adult Basic Education MATH 084 and MATH 085
  • Adult Basic Education IALG 011

Or a minimum of 63% on the Trades Entrance Assessment (TEA) mathematics 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%.

Program Outline

WDFD 100 Line A Occupational Skills
WDFD 101 Line B Cutting and Gouging Processes
WDFD 102 Line C Fusion and Braze Welding (TB) using the Oxy-Fuel Process
WDFD 103 Line D Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
WDFD 104 Line E Semi-Automatic and Automatic Welding
WDFD 105 Line F Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
WDFD 107 Line H Basic Metallurgy
WDFD 108 Line I Weld Drawings, Layout and Fabrication

Graduation Requirements

Minimum passing grade is a GGA of seventy percent (70%)

Program Area:

Trades and Apprenticeship

Campus (Intake):

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




  • Full-Time


2022-23: $4,386.66 (Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm) $4,450.50 (Vernon)

  • Fees include all mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee, Development fee.
  • All amounts are approximate and are subject to change.
  • International students will pay International tuition fees


This program is student loan eligible.

Click here to view the Training Schedule for up-to-date intake dates.

Department Website

Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 12/09/2022