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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. 

TCC Certified Welder Program

The TCC Certified Welder program is a performance-based program with no prerequisite courses or certifications required. Final certification will provide "transferrable" credentials that you may take with you wherever you go.

The TCC Certified Welder program tests welders to procedures used in the structural steel, petroleum pipelines, sheet metal, and chemical refinery welding industries. There is a provision to test to a company-supplied or non-code welding specification. Tests for Certified Welder are performed at AWS Accredited Testing Facilities located throughout the world.

Accredited Test Facilities play an integral part in the operation of the AWS Certified Welding program and have proven that they have the necessary resources to test welders to this nationally recognized and accepted program. Accredited Test Facilities receive valuable recognition: they are listed on the AWS website for those who need to certify welders and are also advertised in the award-winning Welding Journal magazine.

The growing choice for many contractors and fabricators; entrusting welder certification to ATF specialist makes good business sense for contractors and fabricators. Companies are increasingly realizing the shortcomings of self-qualification and switching to AWS Accredited Test Facilities to test and qualify their welders. ATFs help them to save money, improve productivity, and reduce liability by entrusting their welder certification to the experts.

The AWS TCC Certified Welder program allows for welders to obtain multiple certifications to expand their credentials. Every certification that a welder earns increases the number of skills needed to perform a wide range of welding jobs. Welding Students at Tidewater Community College are encouraged to earn certifications during their time at school. Certifications that a welder can obtain through the TCC Certified Welder program include:

  • Steel SMAW 6G Pipe Certification – AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code
  • Steel SMAW All Position Plate Certification Limited – AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code
  • Steel FCAW All Position Plate Certification, Limited – AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code
  • Steel GTAW 6G Pipe Certification – AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code
  • Steel GTAW All Position Plate Certification, Limited – AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code


Welders that want to attain AWS Certified Welder certification must make an appointment with Tidewater Community College AWS-Accredited Testing Facility. This testing facility adheres to strict standards for welder testing and can test welders to AWS Standard Welding Procedures (SWPSs), industry standard specifications and company-supplied or non-code welding specifications.

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Veterans, transitioning military, spouses and dependents: TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education provides academic guidance and help in maximizing your GI Bill® and other educational benefits.

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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

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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.