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Training to become a welder in Alberta:
To become a journeyman welder in Alberta, individuals must complete the apprenticeship program. To do this, students must be registered with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training, which require students to have a minimum of an Alberta Grade 9 education or pass an entrance exam, and an employer that will hire and train an apprentice. Most employers prefer to hire individuals that have a high school diploma.
The welding apprenticeship program is three years (three 12-month periods) which includes a 1,560 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training each year. Students in high school may gain credits toward apprenticeship training while completing high school through the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP).
There are many schools in Alberta that offer technical training, arranged by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training, for welders:
- Keyano College
- Lakeland College
- Lethbridge Community College
- Medicine Hat College
- Red Deer College
- Portage College
- Northern Lakes College
- The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
- The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Pre-employment programs for potential apprentices and continuing education programs for journeymen may be available through these schools. Please see the individual school's websites for current program information.
In their final period of a program, an apprentice may wish to write the Interprovincial Exam. If successful, the apprentice will be granted a Red Seal, which is recognized throughout most of Canada.
For further information contact:
Government of Alberta
Apprenticeship and Industry Training
Toll-Free: 310-0000 (within Alberta)
8115 Franklin Avenue
Fort McMurray, Alberta
5707 - 47 Avenue West
Toll-Free: 1-800-661-6490 (within Canada)
Lethbridge Community College
3000 College Drive South
Toll- Free: 1-800-572-0103 (within Canada)
Medicine Hat College
200 Horticultural Road E
Fax: 403-362 1474
Red Deer College
100 College Boulevard
P.O. Box 5005
Red Deer, Alberta
Box 417, 9531 - 94 Avenue
Lac LaBiche, Alberta
Toll Free: 1-866-623-5551
Fax: 780-623-5639 (General)
Northern Lakes College
Grouard, AB T0G 1C0
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
11762 - 106 Street,
Toll-Free: 1-800-661-4077 (within Canada)
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
1301 - 16th Avenue NW
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