A Welder is a person who has training in and is capable of welding ferrous and non-ferrous metals in all positions, on both plate and/or pipe, using various welding processes. Certified welders qualify for testing with CSA, Technical Safety BC and for ASME procedures in British Columbia.

Certified welders may apply to Technical Safety BC for their pressure welder certificate of qualification, provided they meet eligibility criteria and pass the standardized certification exam. Once certified as pressure welders, individuals must complete additional performance qualification test(s) in accordance with any registered welding procedure specification in order to perform pressure welding in BC.

Welders use a logbook to record training, competencies, certifications, endorsements and employment history. Please refer to the Welder Logbook Information Sheet for further details.


To help with the transition to the Harmonized Welder Apprenticeship program, ITA with the help of Industry and Welding Instructors has developed a checklist to identify an apprentice’s skill level prior to registering for technical training. 

The purpose of this tool is to:  

  • provide information to apprentices, employer/sponsors and instructors throughout the welding apprenticeship,
  • ensure apprentices have the skills required for success in technical training
  • identify any skills that may be missing or not fully refined.

NOTE: Training Providers may request this new program support tool with an apprentice’s registration for technical training.

Optional Endorsement: The MPAW Endorsement enables a welder to weld specialised alloys, by any manual welding process, in any position, and such other work as is usually done by a Red Seal Certified Welder.  *To register for this program you must hold either a Welder – Certificate of Qualification with Interprovincial Red Seal Endorsement OR a Welder B – Certificate of Qualification with Interprovincial Red Seal Endorsement. 

For more information on the MPAW Endorsement please refer to the Welder Endorsement - Multi-Process Alloy Welding (MPAW) page.

Your Welder Trade Certification Guidebook

Program Updates:

Program Changes

  • January 2020: For information regarding Year 4 of transition,  see the Transition Update
  • August 2016: The new Program Outline is in effect as of March 31, 2017. Please refer to OPSN-2016-014 for complete details
  • February 2017: For transition details, see the Transition Plan
  • February 2017: For program update details, please see the Program Update
  • If you have any questions, please refer to this Welder Program FAQ, or contact ITA Customer Service


Standardized Level Exams

  • Harmonized Level 1 and Level 2 - Standard Level Exams (SLE) launched May 2018, see OPSN 2018 010 
  • Harmonized Foundation - Standard Level Exams (SLE) was launched September 1, 2018, see OPSN 2018 010.1
  • For details and Exam Weighting Charts


Program Information

The documents below offer detailed information specific to this program.

  • Program Profile
  • Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification
  • Download(PDF 207.97 KB)
  • Program Outline
  • Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(PDF 1.13 MB)
  • Foundation Outline
  • Guidelines for the delivery of pre-apprenticeship training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(PDF 830.31 KB)
  • Interprovincial (IP) Exam Table
  • List of tasks that will be tested and number of questions on each task
  • Download(PDF 39.17 KB)

Challenge Certification/Recognize Prior Experience

If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.

  • Instructions
  • How to Apply
  • Download(PDF 260.34 KB)
  • Application Form
  • Personal information and exams scheduling information (for challenge option)
  • Download(PDF 173.84 KB)
  • Employer Declaration
  • Document of relevant work experience
  • Download(PDF 57.09 KB)
  • Statutory Declaration
  • Attestation for self-employment/work experience when employer cannot be contacted
  • Download(PDF 72.4 KB)