Williams Lake Welding Foundation Program

July 12, 2021  to March 18, 2022

This federally funded welding program will provide participants with the skills and knowledge to start a career in welding! Participants will prepare for entry level positions as apprentice welders in most sectors of the economy, including manufacturing, construction, transportation, resource extraction and resource development. Participants will engage in a variety of classroom and shop activities. In the classroom, they learn theoretical principals of welding and shop sessions will provide the hands-on experience to learn processes and master practical welding skills. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive advance credit for Levels 1 and 2 of the technical training component of the welder apprenticeship and 300 hours credit towards the workplace-based training component of their apprenticeships. Participants will also have the opportunity to take the Canadian Welding Bureau test which will significantly increase their employability.

This comprehensive program consists of three mandatory components:

July 12 - 30, 2021- Upgrading

  • Introduction to Computer Applications
  • Essential Skills

August 13, 2021 to January 28, 2022 - Welding

  • Welding Foundation Program
  • CWB Welding Certifications

January 31 to March 18, 2022: Work Practicum

  • Employment Strategies and Preparation
  • Workplace Practicum


  • Good command of English language is recommended
  • Good vision, unimpaired hearing, respiration and good health in general are recommended
  • Minimum grade 10, however, grade 12 is recommended
  • Successful completion of an Accuplacer

Interested participants must:

1. Attend a program information session:

  • May 5, 2021   Facebook Live Event  2:30pm PST
  • May 18, 2021    Videoconference      12:00pm PST
  • June 16, 2021   Videoconference      4:00pm PST

Submit an application package to weldingwl@tru.ca

  • A recent resume
  • Two written paragraphs describing why you would like to participate in the program
  • TRU Registration Form

Any interested participants are encouraged to contact WorkBC Williams Lake as soon as possible to confirm available funding supports at #201 172 2nd Avenue North, Williams Lake, BC or call 250-398-5133. Approval process may take up to 6 weeks from initial consultation.

For more information, contact:

XWLD 0510 - Introduction to Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG)

Come join the fun! Grab a friend and join this general interest class to learn MIG welding. Participants will let their creative-selves flare welding, heat bending, and metal twisting! Create your own Christmas decorations, horseshoe art, wall decor, or yard and garden art.

Recommencing Fall 2021

Course Duration: 24 classroom and practical learning hours

Course Fee: $549


XWLD 0530 - Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG)

TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) is a welding process where a tungsten electrode carries an electric arc to the metal while an envelope of inert gas (argon) surrounds and protects it. TIG is used to welding all metals including copper, titanium, brass, aluminum and yes, even cast iron. TIG can also be used to weld around tricky or curved joints.

Course Duration: 24 classroom and practical learning hours

Course Fee: $599


Welder Testing and Upgrading

Registration: 250-828-5106

All testers must pre-register for welder testing and upgrading.Employer authorization is required in advance for employees they sponsor.Welding testing payments are due at time of booking. Refunds will only be issued with one week cancellation notice.

Instructions for Testing Day
  • Testers are required to report at 7:00 am in the Welding Shop in the School of Trades and Technology building
  • Weekday parking is $5 per day in a general lot. Kindly ensure you are not parked in a gated, reserved, or premium lot.
  • Must bring with you:
    • Welding log book
    • Personal protective equipment
    • Required tools

ASME Tests for Technical Safety BC (TSBC)

Effective December 3, 2019, all welder performance qualification testing requires welders to hold one of the following certifications obtained directly from TSBC: Class A. Perform pressure welding on pressure equipment while employed by a licensed contractor in the province of BC. Class R. Perform a limited scope of pressure welding on specific equipment or site(s) for a time period up to six months. Class IT. Perform pressure welding as an apprentice under supervision of a class A pressure welder.

Eligibility and Application Process Pressure Welder Certificate of Qualification Program

Upon receipt of your TSBC Certification Card, welders can then book any of the following qualification tests applicable to your designated class: ASME PWP# 1- 9 - XWLD 0700 Fee: $400.00 (each) Requirements: Must have minimum Level “B” stamp in log book

ASME PWP# 9A and 10 - XWLD 0710

Fee: $300.00 (each) Requirements: Must have minimum Level “B” stamp in log book

ASME PWP # 11 - XWLD 0702

Fee: $500.00 (each) Requirements: Must have minimum Level “B” stamp in log book

ASME Company Procedure - XWLD 0704

Fee: $400 (each)

Requirements: Welders are required to bring their logbook on testing day.

Canadian Welding Bureau Test in SMAW, FCAW & GMAW

SMAW - Shielded Metal Arc Welding
FCAW - Flux Core Arc Welding
GMAW - Gas Metal Arc Welding
For information on CWB – click here: Canadian Welding Bureau

Personal Tester
(includes CWB fee)
CoursePersonal Fee
ONE - Test Plate Set XWLD 0720 $300
TWO - Test Plate Set XWLD 0722 $375
THREE - Test Plate Set XWLD 0724 $450
FOUR - Test Plate Set XWLD 0726 $525
Booth Rental - per day XWLD 0010 $75
Booth Rental - per week XWLD 0410 $300
ITA Welding Challenge Test XWLD 0690 $500
Testing dates

Testing is held Fridays on the following dates. To book your testing date, please call 250-828-5106. Please note, your test needs to be booked and paid for in advance. Any weld test cancellations must be seven days prior to your test date.
Weld Testing is available at TRU on the following date:

July 23, 2021

September 10, 2021

September 24, 2021

October 15, 2021

November 5, 2021

November 19, 2021

December 3, 2021

December 17, 2021


***Practice booths available***

Requirements for CWB Testing

Minimum Level C welding or welder in a recognized union.

Booth Rental / Upgrading for ASME or CWB Testing

Please call the 250-828-5106 to arrange for a booth, prices are as follows:

  • One-day booth rental $75
  • One-week booth rental $300