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Level I Welder: Prince Philip Drive Campus

  • WDF-005 Safety
  • WDF-010 Tools and Equipment
  • WDF-015 Stationary Machinery
  • WDF-020 Hoisting, Lifting and Rigging
  • WDF-025 Access Equipment
  • WDF-030 Communication and Trade Documentation
  • WDF-630 Metallurgy I
  • WDF-035 Introduction to Welding Processes
  • WDF-040 Shielded Metal Arc Welding I
  • WDF-045 Shielded Metal Arc Welding II
  • WDF-050 Gas Metal Arc Welding I
  • WDF-600 Gas Metal Arc Welding II
  • WDF-055 Flux Core Arc Welding I
  • WDF-060 Metal Core Arc Welding I
  • WDF-635 Groove Welding I
  • WDF-640 Groove Welding II
  • WDF-605 Oxy-fuel
  • WDF-610 Electric Arc Cutting and Gouging
  • WDF-615 Plasma Arc Cutting and Gouging
  • WDF-075 Drawings
  • WDF-070 Fabrication Fundamentals
  • WDF-085 Intro to Layout and Pattern Development
  • WDF-065 Weld Faults

How it works

To register please contact your PDO at the Apprenticeship Division of Department of Advanced Education & Skills. More information is available at

After you have been approved for your training by the Apprenticeship Division, AESL, please complete a
registration form and mail the form back to the Prince Philip Drive Campus so you can be set up for online access. Your instructor will contact you in advance of your start date. Please proivde a telephone number for us to contact you, as well as an email address that you regularly use. First offering is January 21, 2018 so please return forms by: TBA.

Trades courses are typically broken down into two components: theory and practical. In many college and university programs, theory has been delivered online and through correspondence for many years. However, teaching the practical aspect online has traditionally been a challenge. While many online simulations are now possible, apprentices continue to need exposure to practical skills training to expand their knowledge as they work toward journeyperson certification. Your training will be carried out in two phases; providing a good balance of theory and practical learning.

Phase One: 18 Weeks of Online Training

The initial phase of instruction will be more theory-oriented supplemented by some practical simulations and videos. Rather than having 30 hours of course work per week, which is typical of how blocks are normally taught, CNA is limiting content to 10 hours per week. This will enable you to continue working and have a more manageable amount of course work.

During the online phase of teaching, you will be given an orientation session to online learning. You will be assigned an instructor whose primary job is to make sure you are equipped to excel. Your instructor will have online lectures and notes prepared. S/He will conduct video conference seminars for individuals and groups, and will also be available to answer questions, either by phone, in an online classroom or by email. Students will be required to attend online videoconference sessions for 1-2 hours per week as scheduled by the instructor. Your instructor is here to support your success in every way possible.

Because of varied work schedules, we will try to make group sessions that work better for you. While participation in these is strongly encouraged, it may not be possible to participate in all of them, and that is okay. Your instructor will work with you to schedule time to help you not fall behind.

Phase Two: Three Weeks On-Campus

The second phase of your class call will be completed in person at Prince Philip Drive Campus. You will be given two weeks of practical, intensive learning to cover the training objectives that are not compatible with online delivery. You will also have the opportunity to reinforce the learning from the online portion, and prepare for the upcoming course and block exams.

What if I run into computer issues?

We are not expecting students taking this program to be computer experts, however, some familiarity with computers and internet use will be very helpful.

A dedicated Help Desk support team is available to serve your technical support needs should you encounter difficulties. Our team members possess a wide range of technical skills and look forward to answering your questions, finding solutions to your problems and ensuring that your online experience is an enjoyable one. We aim to provide prompt courteous service within 24 hours.

Phone: 1 877 465 2250 option 1 (toll free) or 1 709 466 6961 (local)
The DL Helpdesk schedule can be found here

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

A Student Development Officer has been assigned to help you throughout the training program. Should you have questions or require information at any point, please contact Jennifer Burge at (709) 758-7259, or by email at Jennifer will be able to direct your inquiry to either the appropriate campus, Distributed Learning officials, or to Chris Patey, as Dean of industrial Trades. She is also able to direct you to assessments if you are still uncertain about taking courses online. For admissions related inquiries please contact Barbara Mayo at (709) 758-7360 or by email at .

We appreciate your interest in taking the Construction/Industrial program at CNA, and we look forward to working with you over the coming year.