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Welder Apprenticeship L1, L2, L3
Part-time, Evenings (Levels 1-3) and Day Release (Level 1-2)
Stratford, Ontario
Academic Year:
Starts Sept/Oct. 2024
  • State-of-the-art training facilities
  • “Earn while you learn” training model (on-the-job and in-school training)
  • Training delivered by instructors who are experienced, licensed journey persons
Registration OPEN for 2024

About the Program

The Welder Apprenticeship program consists of on-the-job and in-school training. Generally, the time-frame to become competent in the trade of Welder is 6,000 hours (approximately three years) consisting of 5,280 hours of on-the-job work experience and 720 hours of in-school training.  

On-the-Job Training: Apprentices gain on-the job training experience at their place of employment. The skills (set out by the trade’s Apprenticeship Training Standard) are competencies recognized by the welding industry as essential to the practice of the trade. As competencies are developed, the apprentice’s sponsor (employer) signs the relevant sections of the training standard to indicate that the apprentice has met the individual training objectives by demonstrating the skills required.  

In-School Training:  Technical Training Group (TTG) is a Training Delivery Agent (106A) for the in-school portion of the Welder (456A) apprenticeship program. The program is funded in part by The Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD).  

This training includes three levels of theoretical training. Regular evaluations and testing of the apprentices knowledge and skills are conducted throughout the training to ensure that all apprentices have achieved the learning outcomes identified in the Welder Curriculum Standard.

TTG’s in-school training is delivered annually, and is a part-time evening and day release (Level 1and Level 2 in 2024) delivery model which runs from September – June. This training is delivered in Stratford, Ontario at Stratford District Secondary School (SDSS) 428 Forman Ave, (TTG Site 1).  


Applicants must:

  • Be registered as an apprentice with Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD).
  • Have an Offer of Classroom Training from the MLITSD that outlines your class number, training dates and classroom fee.

To learn more, review Apprenticeship Eligibility Requirements

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the 6,000 hours of apprenticeship training:

  • Apprentices have learned the theory and practical competencies required for all weld processes.
  • Apprentices have had the training required to enable them to work safely and to assist employers in maintaining accident-free workplaces.
  • Apprentices are eligible to write the Certificate of Qualification exam to become a Red Seal Welder.
Program Information (Schedule, Curriculum & Tuition)
OPEN for 2024


Part-time evenings

Tuesday & Thursday


Day Release - NEW

Friday 8am-5pm


Apprentice Fee $500

Book & Supplies $550

Total: $1,050 (no HST)

  • Trade Practices
  • Applied Blueprint Interpretation
  • Welding Theory
  • Material and Process Quality I
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding Practical I
  • Gas Shielded Semi-Automatic Welding Practical I
  • Thermal Cutting

OPEN for 2024

October - April

Monday & Wednesday


Day Release - NEW

TBC 8am-5pm


Apprentice Fee $300

Book & Supplies $500

Total: $800 (no HST)

  • Blueprint Interpretation /Fitting
  • Welding Theory II
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding Practical II
  • Semi-Automatic Welding Practical II
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding I
OPEN for 2024

October - June

Tuesday & Thursday



Apprentice Fee $450

Book & Supplies $600

Total: $1,050 (no HST)

  • Fitting
  • Quality
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Practical II
  • Automatic & Semi-Automatic Processes
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding Practical III
Red Seal Prep
  • Occupation Skills/Fabricating  
  • Welding Theory  
  • Quality Control  
  • Cutting and Gouging Processes

*T2202 tax receipts are provided for tuition, pro-rated based on attendance and number of classes. All fees must be paid in full before tax receipts can be issued.

If you have any questions, or require additional  information, contact us at 519-801-8641, or


Due to limited seat availability, registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

To secure your seat you must register online via the form below and pay your Apprentice and Books & Supplies fees:

Registration Process
  1. Fill out and submit the online application form below.
  1. Email or mail TTG a copy of your Offer of Classroom Training from the MLITSD to: or Technical Training Group, 617 Douro Street, Suite 202, Stratford, ON N5A 0B5
  2. Provide Full Payment for Apprentice and Books & Supplies fees to secure your seat.
  • Option #2: Certified Cheque or Money Order (payable to Technical Training Group): Please mail to: Technical Training Group, 617 Douro Street, Suite 202, Stratford, ON N5A 0B5. MANDATORY: Include the apprentice’s full name and email address in "Comment" field.

Click here to review the TTG refund policy.

Acceptance Notification

An email verifying confirmation of your seat and a receipt for payment will be sent within 7 business days of TTG receiving full payment of Tuition and Books & Supplies fees.  

If you do not receive this confirmation email or have any questions or concerns, call (519) 801-8641 or email

Registration Form

Apprenticeship Eligibility Requirements

STEP 1 - Once you have an employer sponsor, you need to submit an apprenticeship application online through the Skilled Trades Ontario Portal (STOP). Visit

STEP 2 - If your application is approved, the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD) will:

  • Create a training agreement for you and your employer to sign (indicate TTG is your schooling preference if you would like to attend in-class training with TTG);
  • Approve the signed agreement;
  • Register your apprenticeship training.

STEP 3 – When in-class schooling becomes available, you and your employer will receive your Offer of Classroom Training from the MLITSD by email. This will occur approximately 90 days prior to the start of the in-class training. Please reference this Offer of Classroom Training to locate your class number, training dates and classroom fee. *Note this offer from the MLITSD does NOT include TTG’s Books and Supplies fee.

If you need assistance, have additional questions, or have not received your Offer of Classroom Training, contact your local MLITSD Apprenticeship Office:

London Office (1-800-265-1050), 1200 Commissioners Rd E Unit 72, London, ON N5A 4R3

Kitchener Office (1-866-877-0099), 4275 King Street E Suite 200, Kitchener, ON N2P 2E9

STEP 4 - You can NOW register online with TTG for your apprenticeship in-class training.

Apprenticeship Grants

Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG)

The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a taxable cash grant of $1,000.00 per year or level, for a lifetime maximum amount of $2,000 per person. For more information, visit:

Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG)

The Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) is a one-time, taxable cash grant with a lifetime maximum amount of $2,000 per person for registered apprentices who complete their apprenticeship training and obtain their journeyperson certification. For more information, visit:

How to become an Apprentice

Interested in an apprenticeship? You need to first find an employer who will sponsor you as an apprentice. For more information on how to find a sponsor, visit:

If you are interested pursuing a career in the skilled trades and are not sure where to start – explore a Pre-Apprenticeship program. These programs are a great way to develop the job skills and trade-readiness needed to start on the path towards an apprenticeship. TTG offers Pre-Apprenticeship Multiple Trades Exposure Programs that provide an opportunity to gain the skills required to secure employment in the skilled trades and help set you on the path towards securing an apprenticeship. For more information visit Pre-Apprenticeship Multiple Trades Exposure Programs.

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