Designed for those who are not yet employed or apprenticed within the trades.

Not an apprentice? Not a problem. Kick-start your career in the trades in the Pre-Employment Welder program. Designed for those who are not yet employed or apprenticed within the welding trade, the Pre-Employment Welder program provides the first-year Alberta Apprenticeship Welding curriculum.

Trades employers are reluctant to hire employees with no experience, but you can enhance your chances in the Pre-Employment Welder program. In this pre-employment program, you’ll prepare to write the first-year Alberta Apprenticeship theory and practical exams. Upon successful completion, you’ll be ready to write the first-year apprenticeship exam.

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Career Opportunities

As a welder, you’ll find yourself in demand in a variety of capacities. When you complete your apprenticeship, you’ll be ready to work in:

  • Vessel or Structural Steel Assembly
  • Commercial Construction
  • Steel Fabrication
  • Heavy Equipment Repair
  • Pipeline Construction
  • Industrial Construction

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upon successful completion of the Pre-Employment Welder program you’ll be ready to write the First Period Welder Apprenticeship exam


The Pre-Employment Welder program is designed to lead into the full Welder Apprenticeship program



September and January


13 weeks

Dates and Deadlines

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Centre for Trades

Program Availability
Domestic Status
International Status
International Status with Study Permit
Fall 2024


This program is not available for International Students.

Admission requirements

  • Successful completion of English 10-2 and Math 10-3, pass Apprenticeship Entrance Exam, or pass mark in all 5 Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests.

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Delivery Formats

The Pre-Employment Welder program is delivered on campus through an apprenticeship-style training but may have some blended and hyflex components.

On Campus

This program is delivered in a face-to-face format on the main Lethbridge College campus. Lectures, labs and hands-on training opportunities will all take place on campus in Lethbridge.


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Upon successful completion of the Pre-Employment Welding program, you will:

  • be prepared to write the First Year Welding Apprenticeship theory and practical examinations.
  • be prepared to be employed within the welding industry in Alberta.
  • obtain a Letter of Recognition.

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Tuition and Fees

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Year 1
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Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

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