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

Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC III is a short TESDA course in the Philippines that will train you in welding alloy 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 Alloy Steel Plates Using SMAW

Course Duration

Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC III takes a minimum of  120 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.


Some TESDA-accredited institutions may require you to complete Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC II before being allowed to take Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC III.


Qualified graduates of Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC III can find employment as any of the following:

  • Plate Welder (SMAW)
  • Pipe Welder (SMAW)
  • Plate Welder (SMAW-Alloy Steel)

Competency Assessment and Certification

Students enrolled in the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC III course may be required to undergo a Competency Assessment before graduation. A National Certificate (NC III) 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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