Pre-Employment First Period Welder

This 12-week Alberta Apprentice & Industry Training-accredited program is designed for those with little to no welding experience who are looking to become a first year welding apprentice. Successful students will complete their first year of technical training prior to stepping on the jobsite, making a more productive and employable first-year apprentice.

Program Highlights


Successful students will be credited for their first year apprenticeship once their on-the-job-hours are complete.

Skills Development

Access to highly skilled instructors with active involvement in the welding industry ensures our students receive quality training that meets current industry standards.


All students have access to CLAC’s network of employers and are supported with resume and job-search training built into the program.

Duration: 360 hours (12 weeks)

Program Fee: $5,825

Program costs include first-period welding curriculum, first-period theory and practical exams, and job-ready certifications. Taxes are included. Students are required to pay a $500 deposit to confirm their registration. Full tuition fees are due the first day of class.



Additional Program Benefits

The following basic jobsite certifications are included with this program at no additional cost.


In-Class Safety Training

  • Confined Space
  • Overhead Crane and Rigging


CWB Structural Welding Certification

  • CWB SMAW or FCAW – Flat and Horizontal Positions

Online Safety Courses

  • Behaviour Based Safety
  • WHMIS 2015 GHS
  • CSTS-2020
  • Common Safety Orientation (CSO)



Funding Support Options

Alberta Student Aid
Eligible applicants will be assessed for both loans and grants to assist in both tuition and cost of living needs.

Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP)
Parents can utilize existing plans to fund their child’s training.

Student Line of Credit
Eligible students can apply for a low-interest line of credit at their personal banking institution.



Upcoming Dates


  • Sep 9
    Event Locations
    CCDC Edmonton Campus
    Start Time: 8:30 AM
    Course full