Welding Certifications

Individual Student Training

Students who would like to enter the foundational welding program, can enroll in the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center’s (SVHEC) foundational non-credit welding program, sponsored by Virginia Technical Institute.  While enrolled in the foundational program, welding students will have the opportunity to earn National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) credentials.  The foundational welding program is presented in sequenced modules and takes on average 18 months to complete.  After completing each CORE and Levels 1-4, students are eligible to sit for and to pass the NCCER certification.

Individuals who possess foundational and advanced level welding skills will be able to obtain additional credentials through skills through the American Welding Society (AWS).  The SoVA CME team is currently moving forward with plans to become an AWS Accredited Test Facility.  Earning a specialized AWS certification will reward you in significant ways, including higher salary potential, stronger employment demand and better job stability.



A portable, third-party validated industry credential that is recognized by employers across the nation. NCCER maintains a credentialing and certification system through its registry. Successful students are provided with transcripts, certificates, and wallet cards to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities to employers.

American Welding Society (AWS)

AWS offers a number of certification programs that recognize and document expertise and knowledge in specific welding-related disciplines including, inspectors, supervisors, and educators. Since 1976, AWS has certified over 85,000 welding inspectors alone, plus thousands more working professionals across other certification categories. The following advanced and specialty certifications are available through SoVA CME:

  • Certified Welding Inspector
  • Certified Welding Educator
  • Certified Welding Supervisor
  • Certified Robotic Arc Welding

Industry Specific Training

As part of the SoVA CME, our training lab has the capability and adaptability to offer customized welding training programs for area industries. Instruction and hands-on training can be conducted in our labs, on-site within an industry setting, or a combination of the two.

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