In the Pre-Welder certificate program, learners will be introduced to a variety of welding techniques and principles. Students can expect to obtain trade-specific knowledge including concepts such as tools, materials and computations to lead them to success in this field. This program also includes an intensive two-week practicum placement that will provide them with a comprehensive workplace experience. In addition, students will write the first-year Prior Learning Assessment exam at the program conclusion.

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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:

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

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


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



September and January

Credential / Accreditation



15 weeks

Dates and Deadlines

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Program Availability
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Fall 2024


This program is not available for International Students.

New applicants are accepted into the Pre-Welder program for the Fall (September) or Winter (January) terms. 

General Admissions Requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs.

Academic Requirements
  • Successful completion of English 10-2, Math 10-3, pass Apprenticeship Entrance Exam, or pass mark in all five Canadian General Education Development (GED) tests. 
Non-Academic Requirements
  • The ability to lift heavy objects weighing in excess of 25 kilograms
  • Good physical coordination and manual dexterity
  • Mechanical ability
  • Good hearing and colour vision
  • The ability to work as a member of a team and adapt to changing tasks and locations
  • Responsibility to do all work tasks expected of a journeyperson
Graduation Requirements

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students are awarded a Pre-Welder certificate.

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Delivery Formats

The Pre-Welder Certificate 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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Year 1
Term I
WDG-1100Workplace Safety and Tools3
WDG-1101Welding Technology & Properties of Metal6
WDG-1102Welding Process GMAW, FCAW, MCAW, SAW6
WDG-1103Welding Trade Math3
WDG-1104Practicum Placement1.5
 Total Credits19.5

Upon successful completion of The Pre-Welder program, you will:

  • be prepared to write the First Period Alberta Apprenticeship Examination.
  • be prepared to be employed within the Welding industry in Alberta.
  • have learned valuable employability skills including cover letter and resume writing, and interview skills.
  • obtain a Letter of Recognition.
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Tuition and Fees

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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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