Fast Track Welding

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Take the Fast Track Welding course, earn the credential, and receive a $1,000 award as a VA Ready Scholar.

Get started by calling Workforce Development at 757-569-6050 or emailing Workforce at

The Fast Track Welding Program is a rigorous 160 hour (4 week) training program with 20% instructional and 80% hands-on training in Marine Welding. Class prepares students for the American Welding Society (AWS) Certification exam (exam fee included in tuition fee).

The program is designed to meet the workforce needs of regional and area employers.

Class size is limited!

Fast Track Welding Associated Credential: AWS Certified Welder
Days/Times: Mondays – Fridays, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
April 3 - April 21, 2023
May 1 - May 19, 2023
June 5 - June 23, 2023
July 10 - July 28, 2023
August 7 - August 25, 2023
Instructors: T. Jackson and E. Stewart
Location: Camp Community College
      Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Rd, Suffolk
      VA 23434Mobile Welding Lab
Tuition: $3,000
WCG Price: $1,000

Fast Track Welding Associated Credential: AWS Certified Welder
Nights/Times: Mondays – Fridays, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Dates: April 3 – May 12, 2023
Exam Date: Friday, May 12, 2023
Instructor: T. Beale
Location: Camp Community College
      Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Rd, Suffolk, VA 23434
      Mobile Welding Lab
Tuition: $3,000
WCG Price: $1,000

Student must be 16 years or older. No High School Diploma or GED required.

Visit Financial Assistance to learn about available grants and scholarships for eligible students.

Visit Workforce Registration to apply for grants, register, and pay for your class.

Registration Deadline for Non-credit Classes: All registration documents must be submitted by 4:00PM one (1) week prior to class start date.  Payments must be submitted by 4:00PM three (3) business days prior to class start date.

For more information, please contact Workforce Development at or call 757.569.6050.

Job Outlook –
As of the fourth quarter of 2021, total employment in the Hampton Roads Workforce Region for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers was 2,308. 

There is projected annual demand for 202 new entrants into the occupation.

(Source: Jobs EQ Occupation Report Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers, April 2022)

Earnings in the Hampton Roads Workforce Region –
2021 wages for Welding, Cutter, Solderer, and Brazer careers:
Entry Level $40,100 – Mean $52,800 – Experienced $59,200