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How Much Does Welding School Cost?

How much will it cost to become a welder? Learn about the costs associated with welder training during an apprenticeship, a trade school, or a community college program.

How Much Does Welding School Cost?

There are a few different routes to becoming a welder, apprenticeship, trade school, and community college. With each option, there’s a different price point. Keep in mind, the following numbers are strictly an average. You may find a program near you with a very different cost.

Just as importantly, note that these figures are BEFORE financial aid. Many schools offer financial assistance, and an internet search can return dozens of scholarships available.

Trade School Cost

If you’re looking at a trade school like Tulsa Welding School, the cost can range between $20K-$24K, all in. Hobart will cost you between $17,000 and $33,000 depending on the program and whether you live at home. Specialized programs at universities can be more costly, hitting upwards of $40,000 or more.

Community College

Community college costs can range wildly, but you’re looking at something between $5,000-$15,000 for a welding program. The price tag goes up if you’re an out-of-district resident, and then even more if you’re from out of state. Welding programs through community colleges can take anywhere from a few months to two years if you attend full time.


A welding apprenticeship will take 3-4 years. You’ll have a hands-on portion that will be 2,000 hours per year, plus a formal education section of 144 hours per year in the classroom. The benefit of an apprenticeship is you’ll earn money while gaining your experience.

The above cost estimates are not weighing in the additional costs of books, course fees, and living expenses. 

Specialized Training

Specialized training like underwater welding comes after you complete trade school and will cost extra. But many times your employer will help offset these costs. These programs vary widely in price and you should research each particular school closely.

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