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Welders are responsible for fixing structural repairs and making sure welding machinery and equipment is in great shape. They pick the materials to be joined or cut, arrange them in an appropriate configuration, then follow a specific design or blueprint to create the desired product.  

US Bureau of Labor Statistics Apr 28, 2022:

Number of available jobs as of 2020 - 418,200

Job Outlook from 2020 to 2030 - 8% growth

Median Pay 2021 - $47,010 per year or $22.60 per hour

This is an Evening program. Class meets Tuesday - Thursday 5 pm to 10pm

This program follows the county school schedule.

Class starts in January and August each year.

The January class can TABE test starting in August. 

The August class can TABE test starting in April.

Financial Aid

The Certified Welder program qualifies for Pell, Heaps, VA, WIOA and WV Vocational Rehabilitation. These are Grants not Loans. ACT does not offer in any student loan options.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

To meet SAP, a student must:

  • Maintain a continuous "C" average.

  • Attend at least 90% of the program hours for each grading period.

  • Maintain a continuous 90% attendance rate for the program.

  • Complete the course within the originally scheduled course hours.

Refund Policy

During the first enrollment period 1 to 450 hours

There is no refund for fees after the start of class! There is a 100% refund on tuition during the first five days of the program! There is a 50% refund on tuition during day 6 thru day 10 of the program! After day 10 of the program there is No Refund!!

During the second enrollment period 450 to 900 hours

There is No Refund once the second enrollment period starts!

Enrollment Procedures

Printable Enrollment Check Sheet



  • Must be 18 years old (within 6 weeks of the start of the class)

  • High school diploma or WV approved equivalent


Start Here

  • Schedule your free TABE required entrance exam after July 1, 2023

  • Receive an email for day/time to test. (Check spam/junk folder)

  • Complete your Financial Aid Applications.

      For Pell Grant visit:    ACT's ID 015748 Complete 23-24 application

​      For HEAPS Grant visit:  (fill out AFTER July 1, 2023)

  • Notify ACT's financial aid department that your applications are filed.

  • Successfully complete the TABE exam and the 12 hours of online work assigned by Denise Ballard. 


Once Financial Aid Applications Are Received

Be Advised FAFSA applications take up to 10 business days to be processed by the Department of Education.

  • If needed, you must supply any required documentation to verify your financial aid position.

  • Schedule an appointment with Melani Hylton to register for class.


Final Steps


Bring the following with you to your registration appointment:

  1. High School Diploma or WV Approved Equivalent

  2. Social Security Card

  3. Photo ID

  4. Non-Refundable Registration of $215 (must be exact change/check)

During your registration appointment you will  

  1. Complete an Adult Registration form.

  2. Register for a background check.

  3. Apply for the ACE Advantage grant.

  4. Sign a cost sheet and agree to all school policies.

  5. If applicable, sign a financial aid award letter.

Before you can attend class, you must bring your background check receipt from IdentoGO to ACT!


Start Class

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