Education is an important part of the welding certification process. Many trade and vocation schools require that applicants demonstrate finishing high school or procuring the relevant equivalency exams. That way, any applicants start with the same basic skills.
The length of time a vocational or trade school takes varies wildly. We found options to get a basic welding certification in six months. Meanwhile, others take two years and bring a bevy of endorsements. Some programs even take four years and mean a bachelor’s degree in welding science or related field.
It’s worth noting that a formalized education is not a strict requirement for certification. We do find it helps immensely, though, when welding certification testing comes.