Student Welding

Trade up to a new career!

The Pre-Apprentice in Welding program is open to all learners and has been designed to provide entry-level skills required to start your career as a new apprentice.

Welders are employed in various industries ranging from manufacturing, ship-building, to aerospace! A welder permanently joins pieces of metal or manufactured parts using metal filler and heat and/or pressure; builds structures and repairs broken or cracked parts according to specifications; and carries out special processes, such as welding studs and brazing.

This 29-week program is designed to prepare students for entry into the workforce as a welder (or related trade). To ensure students are career-ready; a mix of theory and hands-on practical learning activities are scheduled each week for approximately 30 hours. Pre-apprentices will complete a variety of skill-building courses followed by an eight-week paid work placement (320 hours).

This program will be a blend of in-person and online classes. Access to a computer and the Internet will be required.

This program has been made possible with the support of the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development

Additional program benefits to eligible applicants include:

  • Tuition-Free
  • Small classes
  • Eight-week paid work placement
  • Books, work boots and supplies are included
  • Students who complete in-class courses will receive a tool kit for work placement
  • Financial supports available

Admission Requirements

  • OSSD or equivalent
  • 16 years of age & over
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • No longer a high school student at time of program start
  • Proof of Social Insurance Number and photo identification (required by program start)

Career Paths

  • Welder Apprentice
  • Welder Helper
  • Production Welding
  • Welding Fitter

Learning Outcomes

  • Skills for Success (Academic Refreshers)
  • Employability & Job Readiness
  • Workplace Health & Safety
  • Indigenous Knowledge
  • Introduction to Secondary Trade: General Machinist 429A & Metal Fabrication 437A
  • Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) Testing in:
    • SMAW 1GF
    • GMAW 1 GF
  • Welder Level 1 456A (Skilled Trades Ontario)
    • Trade Practices
    • Applied Drawing Interpretation
    • Welding Theory
    • Materials and Processes Quality 1
    • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Practical
    • Gas Shielded Semi-Automatic Welding Practical 1
    • Thermal Cutting
  • Work Placement (requires successful completion of all in-class courses)


411 Elgin St.
Brantford, ON N3S 7P5

General Contact:

Program Contact:
519-445-0023 ext. 6226

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Accrediting Institution

Six Nations Polytechnic

Program Length

29 weeks, full-time delivery

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Credential Type

Upon successful completion, students will receive a Program Certificate in Pre-Apprentice Welding

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This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario