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General Welder (Arc Processes)

Working with metals to create high-strength welds in 2 welding positions, using at least 1 arc welding process.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


2 (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)

Typical length
18 months
Current funding band
Up to £9,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

Set by employer.

What apprentices will learn
  • welding principles and techniques such as arc processes, and joint types and positions
  • using welding tools, equipment and consumables
  • general welding, including producing car, ship and rail components
  • identifying and understanding the causes of welding faults
  • completing and checking finished welds, including meeting international standards for dimensional and surface inspection
  • using documents and reporting systems to work to a welding procedure specification
  • health and safety practices and requirements

One of the following standards - regarded as licences to practice in welding:

  • AWS D1.1
  • BS4872
  • ISO 9606

Before taking their end-point assessment apprentices must:

  • achieve level 1 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades D to G)
  • take the test for level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)
Professional registration

None specified.

End-Point Assessment
View a list of end-point assessment organisations for this standard
Organisation Phone Number Email
TUV UK Ltd 020 8680 7711
QFI 07710 427643
TWI Certification Ltd 01223899614
More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.