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The educational branch of NAIT that offers this program. Each school is uniquely equipped with facilities, equipment, and curriculum designed to benefit the needs of their students.


The type of certification (degree, diploma, certificate) you will earn after completing your program.

  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Blended - A combination of online and in-class components.
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times


Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Most apprenticeship programs are 3-4 periods in length, with an average of 8 weeks for each training period. In addition, there are specific allotments of on-the-job training hours associated with each period, so most apprentices complete 1 period per calendar year.

You want to be a welder. You want to work with metal beams, girders, vessels, piping and other components, joining and severing metal objects and making parts used in construction and manufacturing plants.

But you need to learn more, like the difference between electric arc welding, gas welding and resistance welding. You also need to learn about different types of metal, sizes and shapes, and requirements for finished product strength.

At NAIT, we’re here to teach you everything you need to know.

  • how to follow directions given in layouts, blueprints and work orders
  • how to clean, check for defects and shape component parts
  • basic metallurgy and weld profiles
  • working with applicable codes and regulations

Hands-on, industry-relevant training 

If you enjoy building things, working with your hands and work best with little direction or supervision, then you will enjoy working as a welder.

Welders work in a wide variety of work environments, both indoors and outdoors, depending on the job requirements. You will often work on construction sites or at production, fabrication and repair shops. Travel can be required, especially when doing oilfield-related welding projects.

Training at NAIT

The Welder apprenticeship term is

  • 3 years (three 12-month periods)
  • minimum 1500 hours on-the-job training each year
  • 8 weeks of technical training each year

Enter the workforce with confidence 

As a welder, you will often find yourself working closely with other tradespeople, especially on construction jobs or tasks that involve heavy metal, manufacturing and fabrication. Work for a welder can fluctuate with seasonal and economic changes.

Welders are employed in a wide variety of industries, including commercial construction, heavy equipment repair, industrial or pipeline construction, steel fabrication and vessel or structural steel assembly.

Once you have obtained enough on-the-job experience, some welders may advance to become a welding inspector, welding supervisor or plant supervisor.

You could also open your own repair shop or work as a portable rig welder by contracting out your services.

Have questions?

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General program information

Email: Manufacturing@nait.ca


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Tuition & Fees

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How to Apply

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Scholarships & Awards

Funding for students in this program

Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.
Once your training has been completed, you’ll be able to write provincial examinations set by the Government of Alberta and become a certified journeyperson.

Period 1

The first period of technical training is 8 weeks in length for a total of 240 hours. Apprentices are trained in work place safety and tools, welding technology and properties of metals, gas metal arc welding (GMAW), flux cored arc welding (FCAW), metal cored arc welding (MCAW), submerged arc welding (SAW) and trade mathematics.

Period 2

The second period of technical training is 8 weeks in length for a total of 240 hours. Apprentices are trained in gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), pattern development and estimating.

Period 3

The third period of technical training is 8 weeks in length for a total of 240 hours. Apprentices are provided advanced training in SMAW, GTAW, drawing interpretation and trade science.

Period One

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $506.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period Two

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $249.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period Three

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $275.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Complete an apprenticeship application & contract form

Effective November 1, 2014, you must fillout the application located on the MyTradesecrets website for Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board staff to determine if you are eligible for status as an indentured apprentice.

Dates & Deadlines

Once you are an indentured apprentice, you can review the availability and start and end dates of the program you are interested in. Log into your MyTradesecrets profile and do a search under the Class Registration section. Then you can determine the schedule that best fits your needs.

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Apply to Program

Apply to the program with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application process. Please note, processing time may vary for applicants, so we recommend starting early.

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Scholarships & Awards

NAIT supports over 4,000 students with over $6 million in scholarships and bursaries each year. Many are available for students across a wide range of programs.

Explore our available Scholarships and Bursaries

Red Seal

The Interprovincial Red Seal Program was developed to provide journeypersons with the ability to work anywhere in Canada.

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Blue Seal

If you are a certified Blue Seal journeyperson in Alberta, you've proven that you meet Alberta's high industry standards and possess the skills to succeed in your trade.

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Explore your options

There are many different ways to experience a NAIT education, from full-time diploma programs and apprenticeships to part-time degrees. Let us help you choose what's right for you.

Apply for Apprenticeship and Industry Training

Begin the application process through MyTradesecrets.

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