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1080 Winslow Avenue, Coquitlam, BC, V3J 0M6| Phone: 604-939-9201| Contact Us
School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
Learning for a Lifetime


Occupation Description: 

A Welder is a perso‚Äčn 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.‚Äč

Application Process

November 1 to Spring Break
    • l‚Äčook over all the information below and in the right column - get a good understanding of the pre-reqs, expectations, time commitment,    reading, math, trainin‚Äčg, etc
      • no questions... go ahead and apply for the program!
      • questions?... book an appointment with Benjamin King (district principal), to learn more
        • use the: Booking App, or
        • use the QR code in the right column
    • student completes the fillable "SD43 Application" (top link in the right column) by typing in answers and getting necessary signatures
    • submit to your counsellor at your high school

after S‚Äčpring Break to late April

    • Personal interview/conversation with Ben King at your school

‚Äč‚Äčmid-May into June

    • Ben King will:
      • email students conditional acceptances into the program
        • unsuccessful applicants will also are contacted
      • enroll the student at the training site(s)
      • ‚Äč‚Äčensure counselors adjust students' timetables to reflect course/credits


  • Metal/Welding 11 and Metal/Welding 12
    • or have related experience in the trade
  • plan to complete English 12 (given intake, probably 'online')
  • good literacy and numeracy skills
  • excellent a‚Äčttendance + lates record while in high school
  • ability to stand on your feet for extended periods of time
Time Commitment
  • ‚Äčintakes for 2023-24 school year:
    • Sept 25 - Apr 12 (note: this is full)
    • Nov 20 - June 7
    • Jan 15 - July 26
    • Mar 4 - Sept 13
  • Monday to Friday‚Äč... start times will vary, depending on the intake date (7.00am, 12.30pm or 2.30pm)
  • 28 weeks long (no Spring and/or Summer Breaks or Pro-D days)

Student Cost

  • tuition-free, but students will need to pay about $600 for course materials, textbook, resources, etc
  • Students might be eligible to do some additional welding certificates near the end the program - these are optional and these costs are NOT covered by the district. Students ‚Äčwho wish to attempt these certifications will have to pay for it/them on their own.

Location‚Äč‚Äč & Transportation‚Äč

  • BCIT "Burnaby Campus" - 3700 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
  • Transportation, to and from the training site, is the responsibility of the parent/guardian
    • Skytr‚Äčain is th‚Äče best transportation option
      (Skytrain to Brentwood Mall, transfer to bus for final stretch)


  • General
    • Athletic, Collaborative, Mathematical, Precise, and Tactile
  • Key Job 
    • Precision, Coordination, Basic Drafting, Basic Metallurgy, and Specialized Tools & Equipment

Student Eligibility

  • limited to 1-2 Coquitlam SD43 students per intake
  • students typically take this program in their grade 12 year after taking all the necessary/core grade 11 subjects
  • students must begin a program prior to June 30 in th‚Äčeir graduation year
    • ex 1:  a grade 12's program begins in March and runs for 23 weeks - this is okay for a grade 12 student‚Äč to participate in
    • ex 2:  program will begin in August after a grade 12 has graduated - that current grade 12 should not apply as they will not be accepted‚Äč‚Äč
  • unfortunately, this program is not available to "International students"

Have questions about this program?
Book a meeting with ‚ÄčBen King
Principal of Trades & Transitions‚Äč:‚Äč


Cabinetmaking Links

Have questions about this program?
Book a meeting with Ben King
Principal of Trades & Transitions‚Äč


School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

1080 Winslow Avenue, Coquitlam BC
V3J 0M6
604-939-9201 604-939-7828