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40-hour Prep Course for writing CofQ
May-June, Evenings 6pm-10pm

  • Course delivered by instructors who are experienced, licensed journeypersons
  • Prepares individuals on how to write CofQ and covers materials relevant to the exam

About the Course

The Welder Red Seal Preparation Course provides the supporting theoretical knowledge and materials for those who wish to challenge the Inter-provincial "Red Seal" examination for Welders.

Designed for experienced welders and apprentices wishing to complete their certification exam, this course covers the technical content of the Welder National Occupation Analysis.  Successful completion of this course does not guarantee passing the Red Seal examination.

The Red Seal Preparation Course is a 40-hour theory course designed to prepare individuals who have gone through the apprenticeship schooling, but have not yet written the Red Seal exam, or they have previously been unsuccessful in their attempt to challenge the Welder Red Seal exam.

This course is also for individuals who did not participate in apprenticeship schooling, but have worked as a welder for more than 6,000 hours and wish to challenge the exam to obtain their Red Seal status.

  • A Level 3 Welding Apprentice,
  • A Level 3 Welding Apprentice graduate (completed Apprenticeship schooling), OR
  • An experienced welder (6,000 hours or more)
Course Information

Start Date: May 21, 2024

This 40-hour course is delivered 2 nights per week on Tuesday and Thursday nights, for 5 weeks from 6:00pm-10:00pm.

Training Duration: This 40-hour course is delivered 2 nights per week on Tuesday and Thursday nights, for 5 weeks from 6:00pm-10:00pm.

2024 Course dates: May 21, 23, 28, 30 and June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 2024

Start and end dates may change if any cancellations occur due to unforeseen circumstances.

Location: Onsite in Stratford, ON and Online via Zoom (limited seats available for onsite)

Fee: $550 (No HST) Additional postage fees may apply if curriculum is not picked up at the TTG office and must be shipped.

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Application Deadline: April 16, 2024

After completing the Welder Red Seal Preparation Course and the Ontario Welding Practical Assessment, it is each person's responsibility to book and pay for their Red Seal exam spot upon completion of these requirements.

Course Overview

The Red Seal exam includes a series of questions from a breakdown of the following topics and percentages:

1) Occupation Skills (Applied Drawing Interpretation, Layout & Fabricating)

2) Quality Control (Codes, Specifications, Inspections)

3) Cutting and Gouging Processes (Oxy-Fuel, Plasma, Air Carbon Arc)

4) Welding Processes (OFW, SMAW, FCAW, GMAW, GTAW, SAM, SW, RSW & RW)

Based on these topics, theory training breakdown is as follows with time allotment based on the weighting of the written test:

Occupation Skills (Blueprint Reading (2/3)/Fabricating (1/3)
  • Applied Drawing Interpretation
  • Joint Design and Weld Symbols
  • Fitting Theory
Welding Theory (arc welding processes)
  • Power Sources & Equipment
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
  • Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
  • Plasma Arc Welding (PAW)
  • Submerged Arc Welding (SAW)
  • Stud Welding
Quality Control (material and process quality)
  • Distortion
  • Weld Quality
  • Metallurgy ll
  • Distortion ll
  • Inspection & Codes
Cutting and Gouging Processes
  • Oxy-Fuel Gas Cutting
  • Plasma Arc Cutting
  • Air Carbon Arc Gouging
  • Custom developed material

Please call (519) 801-8641 or email for more information.

*PLEASE NOTE: Effective March 1, 2017 all apprentices and individuals going through the Trade Equivalency Assessment are also 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.

Practical testing is NOT included as part of the 40-hour Red Seal Prep Course, however please CLICK HERE for more details.

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