Job requirements Welder in Canada

Find out what you typically need to work as a welder in Canada. These requirements are applicable to all Welders and related machine operators (NOC 72106).

Employment requirements

This is what you typically need for the job.

  • Welders
  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a three-year apprenticeship program or a combination of over three years of work experience in the trade and some college or industry courses in welding is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • Trade certification is compulsory in Alberta and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and the territories.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified welders upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
  • Welding, brazing and soldering machine operators
  • Some secondary school education is required.
  • Several months of on-the-job training are usually provided.
  • Experience as a machine operator helper may be required.
  • Experience with robotics may be required.

Source National Occupational Classification

Professional certification and licensing

You might need to get a certification from a regulatory authority before you start working. Find out if this occupation is regulated and contact the regulatory authority to learn about the certification process.

Alberta

Job title Pressure Welders
Regulated
Job title Welders- Wire Process Operators
Job title Welders

British Columbia

Job title Pressure Welder
Regulated
Regulatory body: Technical Saftey BC
Job title Welder
Regulated
Regulatory body: Skilled Trades BC

Manitoba

Job title Welders
Regulated
Regulatory body: Apprenticeship Manitoba
Job title Pressure Welder
Regulated

Nova Scotia

Job title Pressure Vessel Welder
Job title Welder

Ontario

Job title Welder
Regulated
Regulatory body: Ontario College of Trades
Job title Pressure Systems Welder
Regulated
Regulatory body: Ontario College of Trades

Québec

Job title Welder
Regulated
Regulatory body: Québec.ca
Job title Welder (construction)
Regulated
Job title Welder-assembler
Regulated
Regulatory body: Québec.ca

Saskatchewan

Job title Brazer
Regulated
Job title Welder
Job title Pressure Welder
Regulated

Source Foreign Credential Recognition Program - ESDC

Do you want to work in another province or territory?

If you are already certified to work in a regulated occupation in your province or territory, it will be easier for you to have your certification recognized in another province or territory. See the Workers Mobility's website to learn more.

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