Welders join metal parts. They also fill holes, indentions, or seams of metal products, using hand-held metal joining equipment. Welders typically do the following:

  • Study blueprints, sketches, or specifications
  • Calculate dimensions to be welded
  • Inspect structures or materials to be welded
  • Ignite torches or start power supplies
  • Monitor the welding process to avoid overheating
  • Maintain equipment and machinery
Annual Apprenticeship Program Includes:

  • Registration of Apprentice with D.C. / Virginia (if apprenticed) 
  • Attending Council meetings with and on behalf of Registered Employers 
  • Monitoring Apprentice annual progression  
  • Monthly on-site class evaluation for testing and hands-on 
  • Monitoring monthly grades and attendance reporting
  • Monitor and submission of NCCER Student Certification material
  • Instructor, Lab and Book Fees

Course Work

Welding 1 Includes C.O.R.E., registration fee, books, materials, lab supplies, and instructor fees.

• Oxyfuel Cutting
• Air Carbon Arc Cutting and Gouging
• Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC)
• Base Metal Preparation
• Joint Fit-Up and Alignment
• SMAW – Equipment and Setup /
Electrodes and Selection
• SMAW – Beads and Fillet Welds
• Weld Quality
• Welding Symbols
• Reading Welding Detail Drawings
• SMAW – Groove Welds with Backing /
Open V-Butt Welds
• SMAW – Open Root Pipe Welds /
Stainless Steel Groove Welds

Welding 2
Includes books, materials, lab supplies, and instructor fees.

• Preheating and Post-weld Heat Treatment of Metals
• GTAW – Equipment and Filler Metals
• GTAW – Plate
• GTAW – Carbon Steel Pipe
• GTAW – Stainless Steel Pipe
• GTAW – Low-Alloy Steel Pipe

Welding 3
Includes books, materials, lab supplies, and instructor fees.

• Physical Characteristics and Mechanical Properties of Metals
• GMAW and FCAW– Equipment and Filler Metals
• GMAW – Plate
• GMAW – Pipe
• FCAW – Plate
• FCAW – Pipe
• GTAW – Aluminum Plate and Pipe
• GMAW – Aluminum Plate and Pipe


Central Virginia 
1578 A East Parham Road 
Richmond, VA 23228 


Central Virginia Welding Apprenticeship Application 2017 - 2018 *Coming Soon*