In the early days of welding, many welders were not required to become certified. Welding was just seen as a useful tool that was learned while working. Today, it's more common for welders to be required to be certified before being hired for a position that involves welding. Being a certified welder shows prospective employers that you have taken the time to become properly trained as a welder and that you know what you are doing when you pick up a welding torch.
To become a certified welder the first thing you should do is find out what welding schools require before you can be admitted. Typically the only requirement needed to begin welding school is a high school diploma or equivalent. Some welding schools may have different requirements, which is why you should contact them prior to filling out an application for admittance. Once you have found a school that meets your welding needs, you will then want to sign up and take the proper courses that will educate you on the techniques of welding.
After you have taken and passed all of the necessary welding courses, you are now ready to take and pass your certification exams. Depending on the type of welding you will be specializing in, or if you would prefer to be certified in many different areas of welding, you will need to find out when and where the next certification exams will take place. It is during this time that you will also want to look into becoming an apprentice welder. When choosing an apprenticeship you should choose one from a reputable company or from a welder who has achieved the certification you will be attempting. The requirements of apprenticeships often vary from state to state, find out what your state requires before applying for an apprenticeship. While waiting for your exam it is important that you keep practicing and studying the welding technique you will be testing in. This will enable you to be ready when exam day comes.
Once you have completed your apprenticeship and have passed the necessary certification requirements of your state, you are now ready to apply for thousands of welding positions that are available. As you continue to grow your experience over the years, it is important that you also remember to update your welding certifications as necessary. Becoming a certified welder will help you find a welding job and allow you to further educate yourself in other welding processes.