Welder (Apprenticeship)

Requirements for classroom training

  • Prospective students must be registered apprentices with the Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development (MLTSD).


  • Information related to this apprenticeship program may be obtained from the local Apprenticeship and Client Services Office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099 or email Kitchener.Apprenticeship@ontario.ca.
  • Conestoga College delivers the in-school component of this apprenticeship program as required by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) In addition, the MLTSD requires employers to deliver the greater proportion of apprenticeship training on-the-job.

Offer of classroom training

In order to receive an offer of classroom training from the MLTSD, you must have an employer sponsor and be signed on as an apprentice with the government.

An apprentice in Ontario must also be a member in good standing throughout their entire apprenticeship with Skilled Trades Ontario.

For more information on apprenticeship training, contact your local Employment Ontario apprenticeship office.

Pathways & credit transfer

For more information regarding Pathways, Credit Transfer or if you're interested in pursuing a related post-secondary program email trades@conestogac.on.ca.

Trade equivalency assessment

If you have experience working in a trade-specific area from outside of Canada or within Canada, you may want to pursue challenging your Certificate of Qualification.

For more information on Trade Equivalency Assessments contact 1-855-299-0028 or email at info@collegeoftrades.ca. Many Ontario colleges offer pre-certification courses in a variety of trade areas that assist you in preparing to write or re-write your certification exam. These also serve as excellent refresher courses.

For more information on part-time pre-certification programs to assist you in preparing for the Certificate of Qualification examination, check out the Conestoga College Continuing Education offerings at https://continuing-education.conestogac.on.ca/or contact 519-824-9390 ext 6148.

Exemption testing

Exemption tests may be available to challenge the in-school portion of levels. Please refer to Apprenticeship Exemption Test for details.


The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.