People in this occupation usually require secondary school education. Many recent entrants have a trade/vocational certificate.
To gain trade certification, welders usually must complete a three-year apprenticeship program or have a combination of over three years' experience and some college or industry courses in welding.
Trade certification for welders is compulsory in Alberta. It is available, but voluntary, in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon. Qualified welders may also obtain interprovincial (Red Seal) trade certification which provides job mobility throughout the country.
Welding, brazing and soldering machine operators usually require several months' on-the-job training and may require experience as machine operator helpers.
High School Diploma
Industrial Arts (Metalworking)