NRCC Welding Certificate Programs

Occupational Objectives

Admission Requirements

Applicants should possess a high school diploma or equivalent or be 18 years of age and able to benefit from instruction.

Certificate Programs


The NRCC Welding Program

New River Community College’s Welding Program offers three levels of completion based on the American Welding Society’s - SENSE program and time available to students. Completed certificate courses can transfer to other welding certificates. All three certificates are designed for completion in two semesters minimum. Welder qualifications are offered.

The completion certificates are:


The Entry Level Welder Career Sudies Certificate is designed for students who work during the day. Academic courses are not required. Required courses are:

First Semester Second semester
WEL 123 - Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Basic WEL 141 - Welding Qualification Tests I
WEL 160 – Gas Metal Arc Welding WEL 130 – Inert Gas Welding


The Advanced Welder Career Sudies Certificate offers all the courses of the Entry Level Welder plus the day time courses: WEL-100 Fundamentals of Welding; WEL-141 Welder Qualifications 1; and SAF- 126 Principles of Industrial Safety. Academic courses are not required. Required courses are:

First Semester Second semester
WEL 100 - Fundamentals of Welding WEL 124 - Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Advanced
WEL 123 - Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Basic WEL 130 - Inert Gas Welding
WEL 160 - Gas Metal Arc Welding WEL 141 – Welder Qualification Tests 1
SAF 126 - Principles of Industrial Safety  



The Welding Technology Certificate is designed for full time day students. A combination of day and evening classes may be utilized. Required courses are:

First Semester Second semester
WEL 100 - Fundamentals of Welding WEL 130 - Inert Gas Welding
WEL 123 - Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Basic WEL 141 - Welder Qualification Tests I
WEL 160 - Gas Metal Arc Welding WEL 145 - Welding Metallurgy
SAF 126 - Principles of Industrial Safety WEL 150 - Welding Drawing and Interpretation
SDV 100 - College Success Skills ENG 108 – Critical Reading and Study Skills (spring semester)
MTH 103 - Applied Technical Mathematics 1 (fall semester)