NCCER Welding Level 1, 6th Edition © 2023

NCCER Welding Level 1, published by Pearson, has been thoroughly revised to meet the modern, changing needs of today’s welding trainees.

  • Special emphasis on welding safety
  • Images reflect cutting-edge welding practices
  • Chapter updates by industry experts
  • Aligned with American Welding Society’s School Excelling standards
  • Powerful NCCERconnect online course
  • Prepare students for industry-recognized certification

Prepare Learners for a Career in Welding

The updated NCCER Welding program provides straightforward, comprehensive coverage of safety, key skills, and step-by-step procedures


Industry Recognized Authorship

Welding Level 1 is authored by the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER®), a non-profit education foundation created by the construction industry to develop standardized curriculum and credentialing.


Prepare Students for Certification

The curriculum for Welding Level 1 was developed to prepare students for the NCCER Welding Certification Exam. We worked with the industry so the skills gained in the class could apply anywhere.


Updates Provide Richer Context

Newly added features include real-world Q&As with modern welders. Another new section introduces historical and often surprising facts about the craft of welding.


Step-by-Step Foundation

A foundation of step-by-step instructions guides trainees through technical procedures from start to finish. This ensures tasks are completed efficiently and safely.

Welding Teaching Solutions

  • Industry Leader Profiles
  • Real-world Relevance
  • Safety Coverage Topics

Industry Leader Profiles

  • Cornerstone of Craftsmanship
    Cornerstone of Craftsmanship features provide insightful interviews with industry professionals.
  • Tips from Welding Experts
    Trainees get real-world perspective, advice, and experience from industry veterans.
  • Interview Information
    Interview information emphasizes training, career advice, unique industry accomplishments, and more.

Real-world Relevance

  • Performance Tasks
    Performance Tasks with an overview put skills into real-world perspective.
  • QR Code Videos
    Trainees can scan QR codes to get access to relevant videos.
  • Clear Learning Objectives
    At the beginning of each module, trainees will find clearly defined chapter objectives.
  • New Illustrations and Photos
    The 6th edition features new photos and illustrations to benefit visual learners.

Safety Coverage Topics

  • Highlight Safety Within the Text
    Safety features are set off and highlighted from main text in boxes.
  • Prioritize Safety Based on Danger Level
    Safety content is categorized from greatest to least danger involved in welding work.
  • Caution Flags
    Cautions flag individual hazard issues that could cause damage to equipment or materials.
  • Prevent Serious Injury
    Warnings stress potentially dangerous situations that could cause injury or death to welders.

Learn more about the industry recognized authorship team, the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER®)


NCCER Overview

Learn more about the organization we partner with and the resources they provide to create a rich curriculum.

Online Platform for your Welding CTE Program


NCCERconnect prepares students for work as craft professionals by enhancing learning with a range of visual, auditory, and interactive elements. Ideal for blended, virtual, or traditional classroom environments, it's perfect for your craft training course. Teachers can deliver instruction using pre-loaded content and course management tools, streamline training, and track results through the online gradebook.

Additional Welding Level 1 Resources

  • Downloadable Teacher Resources
  • Lesson Plans
  • PowerPoint® Presentations
  • Printable Exams
  • Performance Profile Sheets

Downloadable Teacher Resources

Access the complete collection of Teacher Resources provided for NCCER Welding Level 1.

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Lesson Plans

Precreated lesson plans for each module provide the teacher with key instructional support including objectives, teaching time, prerequisites, safety considerations, materials checklists, and more!

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PowerPoint® Presentations

Pre-made presentations for each module are available so teachers can easily use them during an in-person lecture or an online class.

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Printable Exams

Module exams are provided in PDF format to easily print and administer. An answer key is included.

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Performance Profile Sheets

These evaluation sheets provide a space to record ratings for student performance on tasks specific to the module.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Welding Level 1

  • Table of Contents
    MODULE 29101: Welding Safety
    • The Welding Craft
    • Personal Protective Equipment
    • Welding Safety Practices
    MODULE 29102: Oxyfuel Cutting
    • Oxyfuel Cutting Basics
    • Oxyfuel Cutting Equipment
    • Using Oxyfuel Equipment
    • Oxyfuel Cutting Procedures
    MODULE 29103: Plasma Arc Cutting
    • Plasma Arc Cutting
    • Plasma Arc Cutting Equipment
    • Using Plasma Arc Cutting Equipment
    MODULE 29104: Air-Carbon Arc Cutting
    • Air-Carbon Arc Cutting
    • Air-Carbon Arc Cutting Equipment
    • Using Air-Carbon Arc Cutting Equipment
    MODULE 29105: Base Metal Preparation
    • Basic Welding Safety and Cleaning
    • Joint and Weld Types
    • Welding Joint Preparation
    MODULE 29106: Weld Quality
    • Welding Codes and Qualifications
    • Weld Discontinuities and Their Causes
    • Weld Inspection and Testing
    • Welder Performance Qualification Tests
    MODULE 29107: SMAW - Equipment and Setup
    • Shielded Metal Arc Welding
    • Shielded Metal Arc Welding Equipment
    • Setting Up Shielded Metal Arc Welding Equipment
    MODULE 29108: SMAW - Electrodes
    • Shielded Metal Arc Welding Electrodes
    • Electrode Selection and Care
    MODULE 29109: SMAW - Beads and Fillet Welds
    • Shielded Metal Arc Welding Preparations
    • Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welding Techniques and Fillet Welds
    MODULE 29110: Joint Fit-Up and Alignment
    • Joint Fit-Up and Alignment Tools
    • Weldment Distortion
    MODULE 29111: SMAW - Groove Welds with Backing
    • Groove Welds
    • V-Groove Welds with Backing
    MODULE 29112: SMAW - Open-Root Groove Welds
    • Open-Root Groove Welds
    • Open-Root Single V-Groove Welds
  • What grade levels is this text appropriate for?
    Grades 9-12
  • What types of courses is this text best suited for?
    This program is designed for Introductory Welding courses.
  • What is NCCER?
    The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER®) was founded in 1996 with the goal of developing a safe and productive workforce with standardized training and credentialing. With over 40 craft and maintenance areas and 6,000+ Training locations, NCCER is the leader in building the next generation of industry professionals.
  • Does the course align to any industry certifications?
    Welding Level 1 meets the standards for the NCCER Welding Certification.
  • What Student Resources are available?
    Available Student Resources include the Hardcover Trainee Guide and student access to NCCERconnect.
  • What Teacher Resources are available?
    Available Teacher Resources include NCCERconnect Teacher Access, Lesson Plans, PowerPoint® Presentations, Printable Exams, and Performance Profile Sheets.
  • What are the digital license options?
    Student digital access to NCCERconnect can be bundled with the Trainee Guide or purchased separately for 1 year.
  • Is there an option to bundle NCCER Welding Level 1 with NCCER Core?
    Yes, you can now bundle NCCER Core: Introduction to Basic Construction Skills with Welding Level 1! Ask your Savvas Account Manager about the print and digital bundle options.

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