In addition to providing cutting edge curriculum in welding,
COC provides opportunities for individuals to earn industry
recognized welding certifications.
American Welding Society (AWS) | Accredited
Testing Facility (ATF)
College of the Canyons operates as an Accredited Testing
Facility for the American Welding Society (AWS) to administer welder
qualification testing under the AWS Certified Welder Program.
The Certified Welder program is a performance-based program
with no prerequisite courses or certifications required. Final certification
will provide "transferrable" credentials that you may take with you
wherever you go.
The Certified Welder (CW) program tests welders to
procedures used in the structural steel, petroleum pipelines, sheet metal, and
chemical refinery welding industries. There is a provision to test to a
company-supplied or non-code welding specification. Tests for Certified Welder
(CW) are performed at AWS Accredited Testing Facilities located throughout the
Welders that want to attain AWS Certified Welder
certification must make an appointment with one of several AWS-Accredited
Testing Facilities. These testing facilities adhere to strict standards for
welder testing and can test welders to AWS Standard Welding Procedures (SWPSs),
industry standard specifications and company-supplied or non-code welding
All certification testing is arranged by appointment only.
If interested, please contact Tim Baber at firstname.lastname@example.org or 661 362-3062.
• Certified Welder Program
• Benefits of Certification
• Certified Welder FAQs
• Accredited Test Facilities
Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety
COC operates as a licensed testing agency of the Los Angeles Department and Safety (LADBS) for the purposes of welder qualification testing. COC offers LADBS welder qualification in the following classifications:
• Structural Steel
• Light Gauge Steel
• Reinforced Steel and Aluminum
Obtaining the LADBS is a two-step process: it requires a departmental exam (written) and a performance test (hands-on). COC offers only the performance test.
For more information on the LABDS certified welder program: