General Welding Certificate

Career Certificate

Learn the essentials

Your first step into the world of welding: learn metals, basic techniques and shop safety. Gain the skills that let experienced welders turn metal into tools, vehicles, art—and some fabrications that are all three.

This 9-credit (one semester) certificate is 1 of 7 credentials you can earn in welding at CLC. They all start with the same basic welding and safety skills (this certificate!). Each specialized certificate is designed around common occupations. Add them together for advanced skills or an associate degree.

What can you do with a General Welding Certificate?

After going to school, you may start off as a welder's helper who preps materials and assists with welding equipment set up. As you become more experienced, you gain more responsibilities.

See what students love about the welding and fabrication technology program at CLC. Picture yourself here:


  • Workforce Equity Initiative Grant

    You may be able to attend college for free through Transform Lake County.
  • Metallica Scholarships

  • Advanced Technology Center (ATC)

    State-of-the-art facilities to build career-ready skills
  • Stackable Credentials

    Earn and learn as you go with stackable credentials.
  • Credit for Prior Learning

    Receive college credit for what you already know.
  • Career Certificate

    Earn a career certificate in 1 year or less to refine your skills into an in-demand career.
  • Program Length: 4 Months

    Full-time students finish in 4 months.

Career Outlook

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Your CCN guides you through the admission process, helps you choose your academic program, enroll in classes and connect you with resources.

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Recommended Pathway

This pathway serves as a guide for students to complete the degree or certificate assuming full-time enrollment (registered in 12 or more credit hours per semester) with Semester 1 typically representing a Fall term. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their College and Career Navigator (CCN) to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements based on individual academic goals. For a more inclusive list of course options, see the college catalog.

*Cost is estimated based on recommended pathway credit hours. This includes in-district tuition and other fees, such as books and materials before financial aid is applied, as well as grants, loans or scholarships. There are many opportunities for financial assistance at CLC. Learn more about Cost of Attendance.

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  • Credit for prior learning available
  • Dual credit options available
  • Global citizenship
  • Online/Virtual options available
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    WFT 113 3
    WFT 170 3
    WFT 270 3
    • Course Code WFT 113
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code WFT 170
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code WFT 270
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights

Total Credit Hours


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Welding and Fabrication Technology at CLC: Get the bigger picture

A General Welding Certificate is just one possible way to study Welding and Fabrication Technology. Get the bigger picture—degrees, credentials and extra options.

View the Welding and Fabrication Technology program overview

Frequently asked questions

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    Kyle Thorne


    "While I love the space and equipment, it was the instructors that kept me at CLC. They helped make sure I learned the right way, and I had fun doing it."

    Kyle took welding and fabrication classes at the CLC Grayslake campus and Advanced Technology Center in Gurnee. He then started his own mobile welding business. Kyle is one of many CLC graduates bringing their skills to the world of manufacturing.

    Read Kyle's story

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