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WITH STANDARDS-BASED CERTIFICATIONS

Help the next generation of welders obtain the credentials they need to advance their training and careers with a complete suite of portable and stackable welding certifications.

Lincoln Electric and the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) have joined forces to provide the curriculum and learning management resources necessary for benchmarking and standardizing welding performance.

Whether you are looking to offer exploratory, introductory or advanced welding certifications, we have a plan that can be aligned with your curriculum and programming needs.

The student can go anywhere in the country and get the same education that’s provided by Lincoln Electric. We know we’re putting out great welders.
Greg Gonzales
Santa Ana College,
Santa Ana, Ca.

LEEPS PROGRAM OPTIONS

Take a look at what each LEEPS certification plan has to offer to determine the best option for your specific program and format.

LEEPS

Ideal for:
High Schools, Career Centers, Community Colleges, Technology Centers/Colleges, Correctional Facilities, Industry, Job Corps, Advanced Manufacturing Centers

Certifications:

  • Introductory welding
  • Advanced welding
  • +35 additional NC3 certifications

Requirements:

  • Register as an NC3 Leadership School
  • Sign up for Lincoln Electric’s Education Portal
  • Complete Lincoln Electric’s Train the Trainer Course
  • Teach with VRTEX (360/ 360+ or Transport/Transport+) virtual welding simulators
  • Equip school with 80% Lincoln Electric welding equipment
LEEPStart

Ideal for:
High School CTE Programs, Career Centers, Correctional Facilities, Industry, Job Corps

Certifications:

  • Introductory welding

Requirements:

  • Register as an NC3 Start Member
  • Sign up for Lincoln Electric’s Education Portal
  • Complete Lincoln Electric’s Train the Trainer Course
LEEPS Virtual

Ideal for:
High Schools, Industry, Correctional Facilities, Job Corps

Certifications:

  • Introductory welding

Requirements:

  • Register for an NC3 Membership
  • Sign up for Lincoln Electric’s Education Portal
  • Complete Lincoln Electric’s Train the Trainer Course
  • Teach with Lincoln Electric VRTEX® (360/360+ or Transport/Transport+) virtual welding simulators

Designed for institutions looking to offer a full slate of stackable welding certifications focused on career preparation, the LEEPS program combines a comprehensive set of instructional tools, resources and the support needed to meet today’s welding challenges.

Certifications:

  • Welding Safety
  • Welding Safety Essentials*
  • Principles of Welding
  • Introduction to SMAW*, GMAW*, FCAW* and GTAW*
  • Advanced SMAW, GMAW, FCAW and GTAW in future
  • Oxyfuel Cutting
  • Plasma Cutting
  • Carbon Arc Gouging
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Math & Measurement
  • Fabrication 1 and 2
  • + 35 Additional NC3 Certification programs

*Available in e-learning format

Requirements:

  • Sign up for Lincoln Electric’s Education Portal
  • Complete Lincoln Electric’s Train the Trainer Course
  • Teach with VRTEX (360/360+ or Transport/Transport+) virtual welding simulators
  • Register as an NC3 Leadership School
  • Equip school with 80% Lincoln Electric welding equipment

Designed for high schools, CTE programs and other institutions desiring to provide an introduction to welding skills and concepts, the LEEPStart program provides core welding certification and instructional resources as a starting point to promote deeper career exploration.

Certifications:

  • Welding Safety
  • Welding Safety Essentials*
  • Principles of Welding
  • Introduction to SMAW*, GMAW*, FCAW* and GTAW*
  • Oxyfuel Cutting
  • Plasma Cutting
  • Carbon Arc Gouging

*Available in e-learning format

Requirements:

  • Sign up for Lincoln Electric’s Education Portal
  • Complete Train the Trainer course
  • Register as an NC3 Start School

Recommendations

  • Teach using VRTEX (360/360+ or Transport/Transport+) virtual welding simulators
  • Equip school with Lincoln Electric welding equipment

Designed for high schools, vocational programs and other institutions focused on career training, the Lincoln Electric Virtual Certification Program provides flexibility, offering introductory welding certification without the brick-and-mortar infrastructure required for live welding.

  • Welding Safety
  • Welding Safety Essentials*
  • Principles of Welding
  • Introduction to SMAW*, GMAW*, FCAW* and GTAW*

*Available in e-learning format

Requirements

  • Sign up for Lincoln Electric’s Education Portal
  • Complete Lincoln Electric’s Train the Trainer Course
  • Teach with VRTEX (360/360+ or Transport/Transport+) virtual welding simulators
  • Register for an NC3 Membership

Required for all certification plans, our Train the Trainer course tests and endorses instructors on their welding knowledge and provides a detailed, step-by-step overview of the NC3 curriculum and learning management tools.

All classes are currently being held via Zoom conferencing.

Requirements:

  • Lincoln Electric Equipment
  • Ability to weld at a 3G/3F level
  • VRTEX
  • Proficient at SMAW, GMAW, FCAW- G, GTAW
  • Wire brush
  • Chipping hammer
  • Pliers/wire cutters/welpers
  • Angle grinders/sander (metal prep)
  • Extra .035 and .045 contact tips
  • Cooling tank for welds
  • PPE: steel-toed boots, welding helmet, hat, jacket, safety glasses and gloves
  • Zoom account (free at zoom.us)
  • Access to a computer or tablet (no cellphones) with webcam
  • Ability to participate with audio

For more information on Train the Trainer courses and registration, please complete the form at the top of this page.

Why Choose Lincoln Electric & NC3 for Welding Certification?
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ALL LEEPS PROGRAMS REQUIRE:

NC3 Membership
Lincoln Electric Education Resource & Purchasing Portal Registration
Virtual Train the Trainer Course Completion

Current LEEPS Schools:

View some of our LEEPS partner schools below.

Chippewa Valley Technical College
College of the Canyons
Florida Gateway College
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
Valencia College

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