PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS (From NIC website)
The 28-week Welder Foundation Harmonized Certificate covers Level 1 and Level 2 apprenticeship technical training. On completion, you will write the ITA standardized level exam for a certificate of completion. Successful students will also receive an NIC Welder Foundation Harmonized certificate.
The Welder Foundation Harmonized Certificate prepares you for entry-level employment in industrial manufacturing, welding and fabrication shops. You will be introduced to a variety of welding techniques, layout and fabrication, basic metallurgy, drawing for welding and occupational skills.
Following successful completion of this program and upon entering an apprenticeship, you will be eligible to receive technical training credit for Levels 1 and Level 2, plus 300 work-based hours toward your welding apprenticeship requirements.
As a welder, you can work for a metal fabrication company, a shipbuilding company, pulp and paper mills, iron and steel mills, machine manufacturing companies, oil and gas companies, coal mines and anywhere that specialty metal parts are required.
Past graduates have worked for companies in town such as;
Courtenay Spring Welding Inc, D&D Services, Forbidden Alloy Products, Forbidden Mechanical, Imperial Welding Ltd, Ripple Rock Repairs
A Welding apprentice must complete a three-year program including 4500 workplace hours and 720 in-school hours of training completed in three levels of training, each for eight to 11 weeks. After completion and achievement of a passing grade, the apprentice will hold the B.C. Certificate of Apprenticeship, B.C. Certificate of Qualification, and the Inter provincial Standard Endorsement also known as Red Seal.
North Island College
(Campbell River Campus)
1685 S Dogwood St
Campbell River, BC
How do I get started?
- Meet with the Career Teacher at your school
- Plan your Grade 11 & 12 classes
- Complete a SD71 District Train In Trades Application
- Meet with a Work Experience coordinator to set up a work experience placement
- Sign up for S.T.E.P.
- Apply for a Trades Sampler program
- Meet with your school counselor to ensure you are programmed into the right courses
How should I timetable my courses?
Below is a sample timetable showing the pathway and required courses needed between Grade 10 – 12 so a student could take the North Island Welding Foundation Program in their Grade 12 year.
|Grade 10||Grade 11||
Socials 11 or 12 *
Elective 11 (CLE11*)
*Grade 11 Academic?
Elective 10/Elective 10
|Metal Trades Sampler
(Includes WorkPlace Math 11)
NIC Welding Program
Counts as Grade 12 Electives
Who can/do I talk to?
G.P. Vanier Career Office
Mark R. Isfeld Career Office
Highland Career Office
Glacier View Career Office
Career Coordinator: Dawn Stevens
District Trades Coordinator
Email: Steve Claassen@sd71.bc.ca
TRADES PROGRAM APPLICATION FORMSIf you will complete any of the following applications digitally, make sure you download and save them to your computer first before completing. You can use the Fill & Sign feature in Adobe Acrobat Reader to sign it.
FILLABLE - District Application - Trades 2020 (Can be done at home and brought to Careers Teacher)
FILLABLE - Grade 12 SLP - Fall 2020 (Can be started at home and brought to Careers Teacher)
ITA Youth Train In Trades Application Form (To completed once accepted to program)
NIC Trades Application -Sample Only (See a school's Careers Department for actual one)