This program starts you off with academic upgrading, then welding trades training – both theory and practical, and concludes with on-the-job technical training. All students will receive support in job placements which may be used for apprenticeship hours. Students will each participate in an 8-week, 200-hour, trade-appropriate work placement. Upon completion, you will graduate with a certificate which will allow credits towards apprenticeship training in the future.
Please visit the College Preparation website for the full list of courses available to take through our academic upgrading and the Pre-employment welding page for a full listing of welding courses.
Unfortunately, at this point in time, this program is not available to international students. Please click the link to view all of our international students programs.
Pre-Apprenticeship Welding prepares students for direct entry into employment and/or further studies.
Students who do not meet the admission requirements contact Student Services regarding opportunities for placement testing. Students will need to submit an application to the program to start this process.
Use this chart to check Provincial high school equivalencies accepted at Portage College. Note: This is just a guide.
Program Start/End Dates
Winter Term: January 2nd, 2024 (Trades Training)
Spring Term: April 29, 2024 (Placement)
Fall Term: August 29, 2024
Winter Term: January 6nd, 2025 (Trades Training)
August 22, 2024
Lac La Biche Campus
Rental Books, Supplies and Materials Fees
Other purchases may be necessary in order for students to complete their courses/program.
Course ID: CONT120
Name: CONSTRUCTION SAFETY TRAINING SYSTEMS (CSTS)
This program is offered through a Multimedia Interactive Video CD-ROM Computer system designed to give students some basic training for working in a large construction site, with the emphasis being on safety, students are tested on what they have been taught. The training is done individually and takes an average of 4.5 hours to complete. This Alberta Construction Safety Association program is divided into 12 lessons of various health and safety topics.
Course ID: PWELD161
Name: CUTTING LAB
This course involves 39 hours of Lab Training at Portage College, Lac La Biche Campus. Practical training includes performing welds using GMAW, FCAW and MCAW welding processes.
Course ID: DIAW101
Name: DIVERSITY AWARENESS
This introductory course is designed to allow the learner to develop an appreciation of the value of diversity within our culture. A unique combination of video and animation sets the path of exploration through a fictitious company. The interactive learning environment is designed for learner engagement and participation.
Course ID: PWELD162
Name: FCAW LAB
This course involves 50 hours of practical training, where students perform welds using FCAW and MCAW processes.
Course ID: PWELD177
Name: GMAW, FCAW, MCAW, & SAW THEORY
This course will focus on welding equipment and consumables and shielding gases used for the welding process.
Course ID: PWELD178
Name: GMAW LAB
This practical course will allow students to perform fillet and groove welds using the GMAW process.
Course ID: FAID070
Name: STANDARD FIRST AID/LEVEL A CPR
This course provides comprehensive First Aid & CPR techniques for those who want more knowledge to respond to emergencies in the home or workplace until medical aid arrives. A variety of topics are covered from basic first aid such as cardiovascular and breathing emergencies, CPR Level A, prevention of disease transmission, artificial respiration, how to help someone whom is choking, how to deal with shock and unconsciousness, severe bleeding, head and spinal injuries, fractures of the upper and lower limbs and CPR for adult and youth casualties.
Course ID: WELD172
Name: TRADES MATH
This course will focus on mathematical concepts such as decimals, fractions, ratios and percentages, formulas and metric and imperial measures.
Course ID: PWELD160
Name: WELDING TECHNOLOGY AND PROPERTIES OF METAL
This course will provide information welding technology and the properties of metals. It will focus on drawing interpretations and joint and weld types.
Course ID: PWELD170
Name: WORKPLACE SAFETY AND TOOLS
This course will provide information on legislation, regulation and practices of safety procedures used in the workplace. As well as information on the correct use of tools commonly used in the Welding trade.