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Welding - Advanced (3G and 4G SMAW Limited Thickness, All Positions Certifications) without Gear Package


with Tom Owen

Calendar Feb 7, 2022 at 5:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Previous welding experience is required.

Class runs Mondays and Tuesdays, February 7 - March 15, 2022, 5:30 to 8:30 pm (6 weeks). 

Tuition excludes cost for certification attempt(s). Cost for each certification is $100.00 made payable to Advanced Welding Institute (AWI). This course includes up to two certifications. Cost to retake certification is $50.00. 

For financial assistance please contact VSAC at 877-961-4369.

One of the most common welding codes is the American Welding Society (AWS) D1.1 which covers structural steel welding like for a car trailer, a machine support or a handrail. The combination welding certifications that you can work to earn in this course will be a 3/8 inch plate test and it is the limited thickness procedure. It certifies you to weld plate from 1/8 to 3/4 of an inch thick. The shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) a.k.a. “stick welding” is the process preferred for most outdoor work and the 3G and 4G combo welding certifications certify you to do fillet welds in the 1F, 2F, 3F, 4F positions, and groove welds in the 1G (flat), 2G (horizontal), 3G (vertical), 4G (overhead) positions, on structural steel. It also certifies you to do fillet welds on pipe with a minimum diameter of 24 inches.

You may have wondered, "how do I become a certified welder?" “Do I need to become certified?” It’s a tricky question to answer because there is not a single welding certification test that will certify you to weld everything. Most welding certification tests are done under the codes written by AWS or ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers.) There is a specific code written for almost every application of welding. Many welded components are also not required to follow a code; therefore, no certification is required. Unlike the plumbing or electrical trades, welding certification is not a "license". You will need to know what welding process you intend to use (Stick, TIG or MIG), material types and thickness, as well as what positions you will use in production. 

NOTE: These welding certifications expire after three years, or after six months of not welding in this technique. It's recommended to maintain a log at least once a month and have it signed by a witness.

For additional training, please contact the Advanced Welding Institute in South Burlington at 802-660-0600 or

Welding Career Outlook

Payment plan available: $100 deposit plus 8 payments of $83.33, paid every two weeks. Final payment of $83.36.

CDL Class A Permit Prep Course

Calendar Mar 28, 2022 at 3 pm

First, did you know that Class A drivers start off at $65,000 right here in Vermont? That's confirmed through Pro Driver Training in Enosburg/Milton.

Age requirement: Minimum age is 17. Must be 18 to take the permit test.

Held at NCTC 3/28-4/8, M-F 3:00-4:30pm. Taught by Pro Driver Training.

Here are the steps in earning a CDL Class A License:

1. Take the CDL Permit Prep Course

2. Pass a Dept. of Transportation physical (suggested to complete before permit test)

3. Take the CDL Permit Test

4. Enroll in CDL Class A training (done through Pro Driver) (grants are available through VSAC, VocRehab, PathStone and NCTC.)

5. Take CDL Class A licensing driver's exam6. Get hired immediately!!

After students turn 21, they can become interstate drivers.

More questions about the process itself? Contact Pro Driving at 802-893-4955.

Payment plan available: $100 deposit plus 6 payments of $50.00, paid every four weeks.

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