CRAFT Structural Steelwork Fabricator Welder

This modular based training course is for trainee fabricator welders.

On successful completion of this training and validation a BCSA CRAFT Certificate as a fabricator welder will be awarded. This will demonstrate their competence to work within the constructional steelwork industry.

Course modules and content

  • Demonstrate good working practices to reduce exposure to any hazards
  • Carry out work safely
  • Leave the workplace in a safe and tidy condition

  • Identify the hazards associated with arc welding and cutting fumes
  • Demonstrate good working practices to reduce exposure to hazards

  • How to recognise the different sizes and shapes of materials used
  • Recognise and understand the labels and symbols used in drawings

  • Recognise the different hand tools and equipment used
  • Understand how to use the tools and equipment to mark steelwork
  • Understand how to translate the information from the drawings or sketches

  • Understand the variety of machines and their usage
  • Set up jigs and stops for multi-production
  • Work to the details provided by production sketches

  • Understand how the equipment is set up to produce different finishes
  • Recognise the appropriate use of manual and mechanical equipment
  • Understand the safety requirements of pressurised gas systems

  • Recognise the appropriate accessories and how they are attached
  • Understand the testing process before first operation
  • Operate the equipment in a safe and efficient manner

  • Understand the process of welding
  • Identify the various welding joints and preparation
  • Understand the symbols used on production drawings

  • Recognise the variety of tools and equipment used in assembly
  • Understand the use of jigs to aid assembly
  • Work to detailed drawings to produce accurate assemblies

  • Understand the principles of semi automatic welding
  • Be able to set up the equipment to meet the company procedures
  • Demonstrate good welding techniques to produce appropriate profiles

  • Understand how and when SAW is the preferred process
  • Be able to set up the equipment to meet company procedures
  • Operate the equipment to produce the required finished product

  • Understand the transferable accessories needed to set up the equipment for use
  • Understand the production sketches to ensure accurate application
  • Operate the equipment to comply with company procedures

  • Understand the terminology used in welding processes
  • Describe the key features of weld preparation joints
  • Describe the key features of a completed welded joint
  • Recognise weld imperfections and how they can be prevented


Course costs

LevelNumber of ModulesPeriod of Learning (Months)BCSA Member Price (£)BCSA Member Price (£) (bulk >5)BCSA Member Price + Lantra (£)

BCSA Member Price + Lantra (£) (bulk >5)

Non BCSA Member Cost (£)

Register for the course

Please complete the 2 documents which can be downloaded below and email to Pete Walker


Training Advisory Service

Peter Walker

Health, Safety & Training Director

Pete’s role is to provide members with health, safety and training advice, and to keep them up to date with current regulations and guidance. He works with other Trade Associations and the Health and Safety Executive on the changes in current good working practices. He works with these other bodies to establish common areas of health and safety concern.

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