Welders require special training. Some welders complete a few weeks of classes, while others complete postsecondary coursework; others may also combine training and work experience. Many secondary-level technical schools allow aspiring welders to take certification tests, and further training is available in postsecondary institutions such as vocational–technical institutes, community colleges, and private welding, soldering, and brazing schools. The US Armed Forces also maintains welding and soldering schools. Although not always required, many companies require welders to be certified, which can be done via an apprenticeship or at technical school.
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