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Learn More About Welder Foundation Harmonized Certificate


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

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

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.

Challenge Testing

See the SkilledTradesBC website for the challenge testing process.

Supply List

Students are required to provide the following list of basic supplies and tools:

  • CSA-approved full safety face shield with head gear, clear (see instructor)
  • CSA-approved safety glasses
  • Tip cleaners (long sets)
  • Striker (3-flint style)
  • Cotton work clothes
  • Steel-toed boots - above the ankle, green CSA-approved tag
  • Leather jacket and apron (see instructor before purchasing)
  • Welding gloves (finger style)
  • Welding hat
  • Welding helmet (see instructor before purchasing)
  • Adjustable wrench (Crescent 10”)
  • Vice grips (regular style, 10”),
  • C clamp 4 - 6”
  • Slip joint pliers (10”)
  • Diagonal cutters (9”)
  • Wire feed pliers (optional - replaces slip joint pliers and diagonal cutters)
  • Wire brush
  • Chipping hammer
  • Tape measure 16’ x 1” (imperial/metric graduations or separate imperial and metric tapes)

In addition, NIC is pleased to make shop tools available to students in exchange for a $100 refundable tool deposit, which is not included in your tuition. It 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.

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.

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