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Earn a welding certificate to find work in a high-demand field with versatility

Find employment in inspection, education, engineering, robotics, sales or project management.

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Welcome to a welder’s world. Everything made of metal involves welding, whether it’s a bridge, your car or the railings that you hold when you walk into your house.

You can master the essentials of major welding processes as well as the technical study of metals with Tidewater Community College’s Certificate in Welding.

Welding is a high-demand field with versatility in career paths. Welders can find employment in inspection, education, engineering, robotics, sales and project management. That’s among the reasons welding is a fertile field for jobs, particularly in the Hampton Roads maritime industry.

Whether you’re changing careers or currently employed in the industry, this certificate prepares you for entry or advancement in the field. For those interested in a less-intensive degree track, TCC offers two one-year career studies certificates, one in welding and the other in maritime welding, that prepare you for entry-level positions as an arc welder, gas welder or ship repairer.

Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials! Course work qualifies students to sit for one or more certification exams administered by the American Welding Society.

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What does this program cost?

TCC's Certificate in Welding  consists of 3 semesters of part-time study, with classes offered on the Portsmouth Campus.

Estimated Program Cost*:
33 credits x $185.35 per credit = $6,116.55 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Students are responsible for purchasing their own personal protection equipment, including safety shoes. 

Is this program for you?

 Yes, if you:

  • work well in groups
  • are detail-oriented
  • enjoy working with your hands
  • have good hand-eye coordination 
Where can you go?

Graduates are prepared for immediate employment. You may also pursue a degree in engineering and technology at Old Dominion University. 

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Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.

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You will have access to a comprehensive welding laboratory, designed to industry standards

Students with prior experience in the field can test out of entry-level courses

Midnight welding courses allow students with offbeat schedules to advance their degree without missing work

Student success

TCC welding graduate: “This program changed my life”


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Welding is a fertile field for jobs, particularly in Hampton Roads

* Salary estimate is provided for comparison purposes only and doesn’t constitute a promise of employment or earnings. Salaries were calculated based on related job codes and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.