Careers Through Skills Training

Welding Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Want to earn while you learn? Consider Apprenticeship!

Jump into this 18-week DOL Registered Welding Pre-Apprenticeship course and upon successful completion, you will receive industry recognized credentials and be eligible to enter a Welding, Plumbing or Pipefitting Apprenticeship as a Year 2 Apprentice!

Increase your first-year apprentice pay from $18.21/hr. to $19.72/hr. (first year apprentice pay vs. Second year apprentice pay) with successful completion. Then, earn full benefits (Two pensions, Health, dental, Vision) and FREE training as a registered apprentice while you work!

WHEN: Monday through Friday – 7AM to 3:30PM.
WHERE: Concord Training Center – Concord, NC
Wendell Training Center – Wendell, NC
COST: Tuition is Free!
*Students will be responsible for welding PPE and appropriate attire.

To Learn More, Contact:
Sharon Pinto at (704) 721-0517 or

Apprentice Screening/Application Policy

All new apprentice applications will ONLY be taken after meeting the following requirements:

  • Copy of a Valid North Carolina or South Carolina Driver’s License
  • Must be current resident of North Carolina or South Carolina
  • Copy of Social Security Card
  • Copy of a Valid Birth Certificate
  • Copy of High School Diploma or GED
  • Career Readiness Certificate Test Results with Silver or Higher.
    This site explains the test and minimum requirements for our trade, and also offers practice exams:
    Tutoring is available through the following centers:

  • Members coming in from the Military should provide their DD214
  • Anyone transferring from a Community College program may be exempt from the CRC test
  • Dependable transportation is required

Application Deadline

Please note that the deadline for January 2022 enrollment is December 15th, 2021. You must complete and submit the Apprentice Application and all additional documents before that date, or you will have to wait for the following term.

For application deadlines, email or call (704) 721-0517.

Online Application



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