Length of Program: 3 terms, 8 weeks/termProgram Intakes: Fall Intake (September program start)


Welder Apprenticeship

"I was a little apprehensive about attending school to pursue a welding trade. My hesitations were soon erased as I discovered a great mix of all ages, genders, and experiences, in a class shop that promoted a superior learning environment. I am fortunate to have been guided by some of the best instructors I have ever encountered."

George McManus, Class of 2010

Welding student working with mask

What can you expect from our program?

If you like fabricating and repair in the steel industry, then welding is the career for you. A Welder must enjoy working in a shop environment with the opportunity to work in remote locations operating a welding rig. Welders join or sever metals in beams, girders, vessels, piping and other metal components used in construction and manufacturing.

What will you learn?

This program will teach you how to utilize a number of welding processes including:

  • Electric Arc
  • Metal Inert Gas (MIG)
  • Tungsten Inert Gas/Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG)
  • Gas Welding (Oxy-Acetylene)

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

Alberta Apprenticeship & Industry Training – Welder:  Program Page  Course Outline

Program at a glance

Credential: Apprenticeship

Length of Program: Eight (8) weeks of technical training for each period

Method of Delivery: On Campus Delivery for Technical Training

Technical Training Intakes:

  • 2021-22 technical training dates to be announced. Olds College offers two intakes per academic year for each period of technical training; one in each Fall and Winter term.

Applications Open:

  • 2021-22 Olds College technical training dates are typically posted in April on our website. Online enrolment details will be posted on MyTradesecrets in May. These timelines are subject to change due to COVID-19 uncertainties.

Program Dates: Please visit our Dates & Schedules page to confirm start and end dates of your desired program and confirm campus closures.

Selection Process for Admission: First Qualified, First Accepted

Tuition, Mandatory Fees, Books, and Supplies: Please refer to the current Fee Schedule for details

  • Tuition & Fees: $1,155 / Books & Supplies: $300

*These fees are provided as estimates only for the purposes of budgeting. Please note that this is an estimate for domestic students (international students should refer to the Fee Schedule) and all fees are subject to change.

What do I need to apply?

Admission Requirements:

Application Procedure: Create/Access your MyTradesecrets (MTS) account and follow the Alberta Apprenticeship & Industry Training Application Procedure.

Enrolment Information

For More Information

Our Admissions office can help navigate you through the admissions process and answer any questions you have about your program of study.

☎ 403.556.8281
☎ 1.800.661.6537
✉ trades@oldscollege.ca

Where can I live on campus?

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I have some more questions. Who do I contact for help?

Our Admissions office can help navigate you through the admissions process and answer any questions you have about your program of study.

Admitted Students

Admitted Student Information

Program Dates: Find out when your term start and end dates are, so that you know when you are expected to be in attendance. For more information, please review the Program Dates & Fee Schedule.

Class Registration: You will be registered into your classes automatically. This will happen approximately 1 month prior to the start-date for your program. You will be notified once you have been timetabled into your courses. You will be able to see your class schedule in your My Olds College account. If you need to make any changes to your class registration, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Technology Recommendation: It is strongly recommended that you come to Olds College with the following technology:

  • A device capable of running Microsoft Office, preferably a laptop

As part of your student accounts, all students have access to Office 365 for the duration of their time with Olds College. To access this you just need to follow these steps:

  • Go to portal.office.com
  • Enter your Olds College email address and password
  • Once logged in there is a button on the right that says "Install Office Apps"

This will give you access to the full Office suite on your computer, for both Windows and Mac based platforms.

Materials & Supplies:

The following items are required:

  • CSA approved steel toe boots
  • CSA approved safety glasses
  • Hearing Protection
  • Coveralls (two pairs)

Other Important Information: 

  • Safety Regulations:Wearing safety equipment and abiding by industry safety standards is mandatory within our program.

  • Apprenticeship ILM:We use the Apprenticeship ILMs (Individual Learning Modules) as our reference material. These modules take the place of textbooks and are available at the Olds College Campus Store at 1.800.661.6537 or 403.556.4630. They are packaged by technical training period.

  • Employment Insurance:Information on applying for Employment Insurance benefits is provided in your MyTradesecrets account