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Ontario Welder Practical Assessment
Stratford, Ontario

  • Testing done by instructors who are experienced, licensed journeypersons
  • Upon successful completion of the Practical Assessment, candidates are eligible to book and write the Red Seal Exam.

About the Assessment

All apprentices and individuals going through the Trade Equivalency Assessment are required to complete an Ontario Welder Practical Assessment prior to the written Welder Red Seal examination. Upon successful completion of both the practical assessment and the written examination, a Certificate of Qualification with a Red Seal Endorsement (RSE) will be issued.

Technical Training Group is a designated Welding Test Centre for Trade Equivalency Assessment applicants.  

Testing sessions are offered throughout the year over two nights and consist of two 4-hour testing blocks.

The Ontario Welder Practical Assessment includes:

  • Four welding processes (SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, GTAW),
  • Five weld plate test assemblies (visual and bend), and  
  • One oxy-acetylene cutting test assembly (measurement and visual)

Exemptions: Welders who have proof of corresponding Canadian Welding Bureau or American Society of Mechanical Engineers certifications (CWB or ASME tickets) for any or all Tests 1 through 5, only have to complete the missing component(s) and the oxy-fuel cutting component of the practical assessment.  


Prior to booking, please review the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) Welder Practical Assessment Testing Guidelines.

For OCOT guidelines visit:  

To review the OCOT test equivalency chart, visit:

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this testing, you will receive a proof of completion form/assessment sheet. You must then present this proof of Ontario Welder Practical Assessment testing when booking your Red Seal exam.

Testing Information and Practice Sessions

The Test Centre is located at Stratford Secondary School, 428 Forman Avenue, Stratford, ON.

*Please Note: All tickets for exemptions must be submitted PRIOR to testing for documentation/verification.

2021 Fall Testing Block

  • Ticket/Certification Verification for Exemptions: Submit via email min. 1 weeks before testing ‍
  • Plate Prep: TBC - 6pm-10pm
  • Testing Part #1: TBC– 6pm-10pm  
  • Testing Part #2: TBC– 6pm-10pm

TTG can offer practice blocks from 6pm-10pm. They must be be booked and confirmed with TTG prior to testing dates.

Welder Practical Assessment Pricing
Assessment Practice Time (optional):

For those who require practice time on any of the welding processes, TTG offers 4-hour practice blocks from 6pm-10pm, on Wednesday nights.  Practice sessions must be booked and confirmed with TTG prior to testing.

  • $160 per 4-hour block. This is primarily self-directed practice time. TTG Instructors will be onsite and available for consultation and feedback, as required.
Welder Practical Assessment:  
  • $350 for Full Assessment Testing, plus $75.00 plate deposit  
Welder Practical Assessment Exemption*:
  • $60 per weld test *minimum charge of $120.00 required, regardless of exemptions
  • $15 per additional plate (re-testing if required)
  • $75 plate deposit is required regardless of number of tests to be done (will be reimbursed if not used)  

Click here to review the TTG Refund Policy.

Proof of Certification/Tickets and Photo ID (Valid driver’s license) must be submitted at least ONE WEEK prior to prepping coupons, as well as on both nights of the Welder Practical Assessment, for verification.

To register or for more information, please contact TTG at 519-801-8641, or email

OCOT Information and Guidelines  

Registration Form

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