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Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC I in the Philippines

Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC I is a short TESDA course in the Philippines that will train you in welding carbon steel plates components as specified by layout, blueprints, diagrams, work order, welding procedure or oral instructions using SMAW welding equipment.

Some examples of skills that you will acquire from enrolling in this course include:

  • Applying Safety Practices
  • Interpreting Drawings and Sketches
  • Performing Industry Calculations
  • Contributing to Quality System
  • Using Hand Tools
  • Preparing Weld Materials
  • Setting up Welding Equipment
  • Fitting up Weld Materials
  • Repairing Welds
  • Welding Carbon Steel Plates Using SMAW

Course Duration

Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC I takes a minimum of  168 hours to complete.

Admission Requirements

Common requirements for TESDA courses include:

  • Copy of Birth Certificate authenticated by NSO
  • Copy of High school or College Diploma
  • Certified True Copy of Transcript of Records
  • 1×1 Pictures
  • Certificate of Good Moral Character

Requirements, however, may vary depending on the institution you are going to enroll at, so we strongly suggest you get in touch with the school or training center’s official representatives for more accurate and detailed information.


What Students Have to Say:



Qualified graduates of Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC I can find employment as plate welders (SMAW).

Competency Assessment and Certification

Students enrolled in the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC I course may be required to undergo a Competency Assessment before graduation. A National Certificate (NC I) will be issued to students who passed this assessment. You can find more information on assessments and certifications at the official website of TESDA.

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  1. good eve po. may MIG welding din po ba sa tesda?

  2. hi sir, nag aral na po ako sa tesda accredited school sa WIP (WELDING SCIENCE AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT CENTER) BAESA CALOOCAN. magkano po kumuha ng assessment sainyo para makapag pa certify ako. tnx

  3. Hi, good day. Interested ako sa vocational na course na ito. Meron po bang school dito sa tagaytay na pwede kong mapag enrollan para sa course na yan? Thank you po/

  4. I want to be a ship’s fitter sir..can yo reccomend me what course should i take related to welding and lathe machine.and is there any training center nearest to lingayen pangasinan..salamat po.

  5. I am planning to enrol in welding and lathe machine course, is there any training center near lingayen pangasinan.i had seen the list of courses and been confused because of the courses i want to take have NC l
    NC ll. NC lll..etc..i wanted to be a ship
    fitter.but i dont know what should i take first.thank you sir.

  6. hi po .

    available po ba to sa tesda taguig .?

    • Hi, Ceecee!

      We’re sorry, but we’re not sure about that. We suggest you call TESDA directly so they can answer that question for you.


  7. Hi i am a Electrician/technician.. I just want to inquire about taking a welding course.. But i dont know what course should best fit for me i want to use that course for applying jobs overseas.. And can i ask how much that is?

    • Hi, Mark!

      We’re not that familiar with the different welding courses either, so we’re afraid we won’t be much help when it comes to choosing the best welding course. We suggest you browse employment sites like or jobsdb for job ads related to welding. They might give you an idea of which welding course is usually preferred by companies. As for the training fee, that depends on the training center, so it’s best if you’ll get in touch with the center you’re thinking of enrolling at. 🙂

  8. Im looking for a job in mining is there any course available for me to take.Currently im employed as an Able Seaman and wanted to change line of work.Thanks…

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