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Welder Apprenticeship

There is a real demand for skilled welders in Alberta. If you enjoy building things and working with your hands, this career may be for you! Northern Lakes College offers the Welder Apprenticeship First Period through Third Period programs that is required to become an Alberta-certified journeyperson. The hands-on programs will give you the skills and theory you need to succeed when you write the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training theory and practical exams.

The term of apprenticeship for a welder is 3 years (three 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1560 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training each year.


Career Options

Welders are employed in a variety of industries including vessel or structural steel assembly, pipeline construction, commercial construction, industrial construction, steel fabrication and heavy equipment repair. Employment prospects for welders change with seasonal and economic climates.

Journeyperson wage rates vary, but generally range from $25 to $40 an hour plus benefits.

Experienced welders may advance to positions such as welding inspector, welding foreman or supervisor, or plant supervisor. Some open their own repair shops, or work as portable rig welders who contract out their services. (Source:

Apprentice Funding

​​​Northern Lakes College is here to assist you with your educational goals and to help you explore different funding avenues.

For designated Red Seal trades, there is a variety of government funding available, including a loan with an interest-free period and grants. Click here for more information. If you want to learn more about Red Seal designation and see a listing of Red Seal Trades in Alberta click here.

We hope you find this information useful. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact our Student Awards Administrator.

Student Awards Administrator Phone: (780) 849-8723​ Toll Free 1-866-652-3456 Email