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Bill J. Priest Institute > Manufacturing and Welding > Welding Frequently Asked Questions

Welding Frequently Asked Questions


What welding certifications do you offer?

There are more than 200 types of welding and even more types of certifications. Currently, we offer D1.1 structural code and several sheet metal procedures. We will offer more codes and procedures soon, or we will purchase the certification and implement it for your employees.

Why do businesses want welders who are certified?

One of the best ways to advance your welding career is by earning a specialized certification. Many projects and jobs have to be performed by a certified welder due to liability and insurance purposes.

Earning your certification opens up opportunities for more money, leadership roles and higher-level career challenges. Certified welders have demonstrated they can follow procedure and standard.

Is certification a license?

No, earning your certification and getting your license are two different things.

Are you an Accredited Testing Facility?

Yes, we are an Accredited Test Facility for American Welding Society. Please see our Welding Certification page to learn more.

When can I visit the welding lab?

We offer tours and information sessions every Tuesday at 1 p.m. Come see our state-of-the art facilities! If Tuesday doesn’t work, contact Program Coordinator Ricky Barrow to set up a convenient time.

If my employees take welding classes with Bill J. Priest, can they later convert that training into college credit?

Yes, all our students may continue with their training to earn an associate degree or a bachelor’s degree in welding. For details, visit our website for prospective students at You’ll find information about degrees, transfer pathways and more.

Contact Program Coordinator