Enrollment Terms and Conditions
Individuals who meet the following criteria are eligible to enroll in the Welder Training Courses & Career Course Bundles, and Professional Development Courses:
- Must have high school diploma or its equivalent, or must have passed the Ability-to-Benefit Exam Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST) and achieve a passing score of 200 for the Verbal test and 210 for the Quantitative test
- Diplomas from other countries are not accepted. In such cases, an Ability-to-Benefit Exam is required.
- Must be at least 16 years of age. If under age of 18, parent/guardian written consent is required. High school diploma, equivalent or Ability-to-Benefit exam is required.
In addition to the general requirements listed above, students enrolling in the Welding Courses & Welding Career Course Bundles, must meet the following requirements to be eligible for enrollment in welding courses:
- Must have a good close-up vision, at a distance of 16 inches, with or without corrective lenses.
- Must have a steady hand
- Must have dexterity with the right hand, left hand, or both
- Must have good hand to eye coordination
California Welding Institute does not accept any credits earned at other institutions or through challenge examinations and achievement tests. This institution has not entered into an articulation or transfer agreement with any other college or university. It only accepts welder qualification test records from its affiliate, Advanced Weldtec, Inc to satisfy course pre-requisites.
California Welding Institute does not award credit for prior experiential learning.
California Welding Institute does not admit International Students. No visa related services are offered by the institution.
The following fees are subject to change without notice. At time of payment, students will be charged in accordance to the following fee schedule:
- All courses have a non-refundable registration fee of $250
- All courses have a non-refundable student tuition recovery fund fee of $0
- All welding courses and bundles have a non-refundable $250 fee for textbook and online material access
- Welding rod 10 lb bundle non-refundable fee: $31.80
- Welding wire spool non-refundable fee: $100
- Material bundle non-refundable fee: $50 Bundle descriptions:
- Bundle of 10 gage aluminum consists of 10 sheets cut to specification for course
- Bundle of 14 gage aluminum consists of 20 sheets cut to specification for course
- Bundle of 18 gage aluminum consists of 30 sheets cut to specification for course
- Bundle of 10 gage galvanized steel consists of 10 sheets cut to specification for course
- Bundle of 14 gage galvanized steel consists of 20 sheets cut to specification for course
- Bundle of 18 gage galvanized steel consists of 30 sheets cut to specification for course
- Bundle of 10 gage carbon steel consists of 10 sheets cut to specification for course
- Bundle of 14 gage carbon steel consists of 20 sheets cut to specification for course
- Bundle of 18 gage carbon steel consists of 30 sheets cut to specification for course
- Bundle of 10 gage stainless steel consists of 8 sheets cut to specification for course
- Bundle of 14 gage stainless steel consists of 14 sheets cut to specification for course
- Bundle of 18 gage stainless steel consists of 20 sheets cut to specification for course
- For specific course fees, see course description.
Class Attendance Requirements
Classes are held at 32081 Corydon St, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
For the Welding Courses & Welding Career Course Bundles, students must adhere to the following class attendance requirements:
1. Welding Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday, from 7 AM to 3 PM, unless it falls on a holiday.
2. Students must attend class as scheduled every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 AM to 3 PM (no exceptions).
3. Students who are not in class by 7:15AM are considered to be late to class and will not be allowed in after 7:15 AM. In that event, class is forfeited.
4. Students are not allowed to miss class or be late to class. A student who is late or misses more than one class per course for any reason, may be permanently dismissed, and subject to the refund policy listed in this catalog. Missed classes are forfeited, no credits given for later use.
Program Description and Training Method
Welding Career Course Bundles and Welding Courses are designed to prepare students for employment in specific industries requiring welding skills. The courses are designed to help students develop the skills level needed to become a certified welder. Having a welder certification has become one of the most important elements for obtaining a good paying job as a welder in any industry.
Training is vey intensive, military bootcamp-style, hard core, all hands-on and requires physical contact from instructor to student. Physical contact includes but is not limited to holding, pushing, moving, tapping student’s hands, arms and/or upper body to show, demonstrate and/or help student during instruction. Sexual harassment as defined by law is strictly prohibited as per Code of Conduct.
Students are lectured while welding. During the course of instruction, occasional foul language may be used by instructor and/or students, as it is commonly used in the welding industry.
Each course is broken down into modules. Each module consists of an exercise that the student must successfully perform to move on the next module and progress through the course. Welding courses vary in duration.
All students enrolling in courses are in agreement with the Training Method described here.
Student’s right to cancel
Students can obtain a full refund of charges paid through attendance at the first class session or the seventh day after enrollment, whichever is later. A pro rata refund is applied; the amount owed by the student equals the daily charge for the program (total charge for period of attendance divided by the number of hours in the program), prior to withdrawal. No refunds are issued after the student has received 60 percent of the clock hours of instruction. Non-refundable charges will not be refunded.
For purposes of determining a refund, a student shall be considered to have withdrawn from an education program when he or she cancels following the Cancellation Procedure or is permanently dismissed in accordance with the policies stated in the institution’s catalog.
If the student has received federal student financial aid funds, the student is entitled to a refund of moneys not paid from federal student financial aid program funds.
Cancellations/withdrawals must be made in person during class hours and student must provide a written cancellation notice, signed and dated.
The following fees are not refundable:
- Student Tuition Recovery Fund
- Welding Rod bundle
- Welding Wire Spool
- Material bundle
- Books and online material access
- Required publications
Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)
In accordance with 5 CCR §76215(a), “The State of California established the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic loss suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution, who is or was a California resident while enrolled, or was enrolled in a residency program, if the student enrolled in the institution, prepaid tuition, and suffered an economic loss. Unless relieved of the obligation to do so, you must pay the state-imposed assessment for the STRF, or it must be paid on your behalf, if you are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition. You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if you are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program.”
In accordance with 5 CCR §76215(b), "“It is important that you keep copies of your enrollment agreement, financial aid documents, receipts, or any other information that documents the amount paid to the school. Questions regarding the STRF may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, 1747 North Market Blvd, Suite 225, Sacramento, CA 95833, (916) 431-6959 or (888) 370-7589.
To be eligible for STRF, you must be a California resident or are enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid or deemed to have paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:
1. The institution, a location of the institution, or an educational program offered by the institution was closed or discontinued, and you did not choose to participate in a teach-out plan approved by the Bureau or did not complete a chosen teach-out plan approved by the Bureau.
2. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution within the 120 day period before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, or were enrolled in an educational program within the 120 day period before the program was discontinued.
3. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution more than 120 days before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, in an educational program offered by the institution as to which the Bureau determined there was a significant decline in the quality or value of the program more than 120 days before closure.
4. The institution has been ordered to pay a refund by the Bureau but has failed to do so.
5. The institution has failed to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federal student loan program as required by law, or has failed to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the institution in excess of tuition and other costs.
6. You have been awarded restitution, a refund, or other monetary award by an arbitrator or court, based on a violation of this chapter by an institution or representative of an institution, but have been unable to collect the award from the institution.
7. You sought legal counsel that resulted in the cancellation of one or more of your student loans and have an invoice for services rendered and evidence of the cancellation of the student loan or loans.
To qualify for STRF reimbursement, the application must be received within four (4) years from the date of the action or event that made the student eligible for recovery from STRF.
A student whose loan is revived by a loan holder or debt collector after a period of noncollection may, at any time, file a written application for recovery from STRF for the debt that would have otherwise been eligible for recovery. If it has been more than four (4) years since the action or event that made the student eligible, the student must have filed a written application for recovery within the original four (4) year period, unless the period has been extended by another act of law.
However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number.”
California Welding Institute LLC does not offer student loans.
If a student obtains a loan to pay for the course(s), the student will have to repay the full amount of the loan plus interest, less the amount of any refund, and if the student receives federal student financial aid funds, the student is entitled to a refund of the moneys not paid from federal financial aid funds, in accordance to the cancellation and refund policy stated in this catalog.
Per CEC94911(g)(1)(2), If a student defaults on a federal or state loan, both the following may occur:
- the federal or state government or a loan guarantee agency may take action against the student, including applying any income tax refund to which the person is entitled to reduce the balance owed on the loan,
- the student may not be eligible for any other federal student financial aid at another institution or other government financial assistance until the loan is repaid.
Notice Concerning Transferability of Credits and Credentials Earned at Our Institution
The transferability of credits you earn at California Welding Institute is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the Course Completion Certificate you earn in Welder Training Courses, Career Course Bundles, and Professional Development Courses, is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the Certificates that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason, you should make certain that your attendance at this institution meets your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending California Welding Institute to determine if your certificate will transfer.
Approval & Status
California Welding Institute is a private institution, approved to operate by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). The Bureau’s approval means that the institution has complied with the standards set forth by the Bureau. The bureau does not endorse any programs and approval does not mean that the institution exceeds minimum state standards.
Per Ed. Code §94909(a), "Any questions a student may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 1747 North Market Blvd Suite 225, Sacramento, CA 95834, www.bppe.ca.gov, toll-free telephone number (888) 370-7589 or by fax (916) 263-1897, or (916) 574-8900 or by fax (916) 263-1897.”
Per Ed. Code §94909(a), “A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 toll-free or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau's internet web site www.bppe.ca.gov."
California Welding Institute has no pending petition in bankruptcy, is not operating as a debtor in possession, has not filed a petition within the preceding five years, or has not had a petition in bankruptcy filed against it within the preceding five years that resulted in reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code (11 U.S.C. Sec. 1101 et seq.).
California Welding Institute is a non-accredited institution and does not offer a degree program; licensure is not required in the welding trades.
Legally Binding Agreement
This enrollment agreement is a legally binding agreement when signed by the student and accepted by the California Welding Institute.