The Calgary Catholic School District, in partnership with SAIT and the Calgary Board of Education, offers students an opportunity to earn a Dual-Credit Welding Certificate in addition to an Alberta High School Diploma upon completion of their Grade 12 year. This is a two-year program (three semesters) offered to Calgary Catholic District students.
What is Dual-Credit Welding?Who may enroll in this two-year program?
In the Dual-Credit Welding Program, high school students receive 260 hours of practical hands-on skill development in SAIT’s state-of-the-art welding labs and 117 hours of classroom instruction. The program involves comprehensive safety training, exposure to welding techniques and operation of welding machines. The program covers the content of all first-year welding apprenticeship Individual Learning Modules (ILMs).
Students in Grade 10 who are applying for this program must have or be currently enrolled in:
- HCS3000 Workplace Safety Systems
- Math 10C or 10-3
- ELA 10-1 or 10-2
- An understanding that this program is a two-year commitment (three semesters)
- Attendance is a high priority in this program
Note: 14 students are accepted in this dual-credit program in collaboration with CBE.
How do students earn a SAIT Dual-Credit Welding Certificate while in high school?Students complete their High School Diploma requirements using SAIT welding courses as CTS Credits. This program has been designed to fulfill requirements of Alberta Education, Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training, and the SAIT Dual-Credit Welding Program.
Are there any special program requirements?
No, there are no special requirements. Students will receive 260 hours of practical hands-on skill development as part of the course. Interested students are also eligible to challenge the Alberta apprenticeship exam for first-year apprenticeship welder at the completion of the program.
Who will teach the courses?
SAIT journey-person welding instructors will deliver the program on SAIT campus. Students will be supervised by a Calgary Catholic off-campus teacher. Students will access course content online through Brightspace (D2L) and SAIT campus. Courses are delivered at the SAIT main campus every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:30-11:30 a.m.
How do students get to SAIT?
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from SAIT. LRT access takes students right onto campus. Parking is also available at a cost to the student.
Is there a cost to the program?What are the advantages of enrolling in this program?
This program is free to all students who are enrolled in a Calgary Catholic high school. Students are responsible for the purchase of welding apprenticeship Individual Learning Modules (ILMs) and protective equipment. Cost of the Pre-Employment Welding Program after high school is $4,400.
Successful graduates of the program will:
- Earn 15 high school (CTS) credits
- Earn a SAIT Certificate of Completion in Dual-Credit Welding
- Gain eligibility to challenge the Alberta Apprenticeship exam for first year apprenticeship welder.
This dual-credit program prepares students to enter the workforce with their first year of technical training to prepare them for a job as an apprentice welder
How to apply
Students can apply at their high school through their counselor, career practitioner or off-campus teacher.