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Whether you’re looking for employment resources, the student handbook or disclosures, you’ll find the resources you need here.

Student Handbook

2024 Arclabs Student Handbook  Adobe PDF reader required
2024 Arclabs Student Handbook Addendum  Adobe PDF reader required
2023 Arclabs Student Handbook  Adobe PDF reader required
2023 Arclabs Student Handbook Addendum  Adobe PDF reader required

Frequently used links

  1. EDUrent Housing Assistance
  2. College Navigator

    Students can find additional consumer information about Arclabs here.

  3. O*Net Welding Occupations

    U.S. Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes for occupations that our programs prepare students to enter

    51-4121.06 Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters
    51.4121.00 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, Brazers
    51-4121.07 Solderers and Brazers
    47-2221.00 Structural Iron and Steel Workers

  4. Selective Service Registration
  5. South Carolina Voter Registration Form & Texas Voter Registration Form

    Students may download voter registration forms here, visit their local post office to obtain voter registration forms, or get voter registration forms from the administrative office of their campus.

  6. Campus Security/Clery Act

    Annual Security Report (ASR) compiled and distributed by October 1 of each year that provides crime statistics that occurred on campus for the past three years; the ASR also contains school policies concerning campus security.

  7. Emergency Preparedness Adobe PDF reader required
  8. FERPA Policy Adobe PDF reader required

    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. It sets limitations in releasing personally identifiable information from school records and provides students certain rights with respect to reviewing records, amending incorrect information within the student record, and releasing records to the student’s designee(s). FERPA Release Forms are available in the administrative office of each campus location.

  9. Drug & Alcohol Prevention Plan Adobe PDF reader required

    Arclabs maintains a drug and alcohol-free policy requiring all students to report to training in a substance-free condition. This Plan includes information on our policy, state and federal laws, financial aid policies regarding convictions related to the possession or sale of illegal drugs, health risks, and resources available to help students affected by drug and/or alcohol abuse.

  10. Career Pathways Program - High School Diploma

    No high school diploma or GED, but interested in welding? No problem. Our campuses have partnered with Penn Foster High School to offer the Career Pathways Program.

  11. South Carolina Adult Education

    Locate your local GED Testing Center in South Carolina.

  12. Texas Adult Education

    Locate your local GED Testing Center in Texas.

  13. Arclabs Merch Store

    Shop shirts, hats, koozies, and more.


Each year Arclabs must distribute to all enrolled students a notice of the availability of the information it must provide in the following general categories:

  • General disclosures for enrolled or prospective students
  • Annual security report and annual fire safety report
  • Report on athletic program participation rates and financial support data (Equity in Athletics Data or EADA)
  • FERPA information (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974)

Method of Disclosure

  • Arclabs will distribute a notification of the availability of this information to each student upon completion of the enrollment/admissions process.
  • Paper copies of all policies may be obtained in the administrative offices of each campus location. A school official will be available during regular office hours to provide institutional and financial assistance information to enrolled or prospective students. Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

When are class times?

Charleston, Columbia and Piedmont
Day Classes: Monday – Thursday 7:00am – 4:00pm & Friday from 7:00am to 1:00pm
Evening Classes: Monday – Friday 6:00pm to 11:00pm

Day Classes: Monday – Thursday 7:00am – 4:00pm; & Friday 7:00am – 1:00pm
Part Time Night Classes: Monday – Friday 5:30pm – 11:30pm
Full Time Night Classes: Monday – Thursday 3:45pm – 11:30pm & Friday 2:00pm – 11:30pm

How much of the time is spent in the classroom versus in the shop?

Over 95% of the total time of the 900 hour program is spent in the shop honing your welding skills.

Will Arclabs help me find a job after graduation?

Hands-on training at Arclabs Welding School is a great way to get started in a welding career. The Career Services team is here to help with the next steps, including:

  1. Preparing resumes
  2. Employment searches
  3. Interview preparation
  4. 20 free hours of booth time to prepare for employer welding tests
  5. On-campus employer presentations of the company and jobs available
  6. On-campus employer interviews with students
  7. On-campus employer weld testing for graduates

Our team works with both local and national employers to help graduates find positions.

Although we strive to find jobs for all our graduates, we can’t guarantee job placement. Enrollment in Arclabs or completion of the program does not guarantee employment.

Is attendance required?

Yes, attendance is vital. This is a fast-paced program that requires commitment and focus to succeed in the program. Daily attendance is important for our students to gain the knowledge needed for a career in welding. Students must achieve 85% cumulative attendance for graduation.

What kind of job can I get after graduation?

Professional welders work almost everywhere from the automotive, aerospace and aviation industries, to shipyards, shops and skyscrapers. Wherever metal needs to be joined, a welder is needed. Our training program teaches you skills that can be used worldwide, so almost anywhere you want to go, your welding training can take you there.

Will I be certified upon completion?

Only candidates who go through AWS Accredited Test Facilities (ATF) get AWS welder certifications. After the candidate takes his/her test at an ATF, the ATF conducts visual inspections and the tests required (typically bend samples or X-ray). The resident or contract CWI inspects the weldment prior to sectioning, inspects all test samples, and then determines if the weldment passes the qualification criteria stipulated in the code. The WPS and WQTR records are then sent to AWS where they are verified and filed, and a wallet card is issued. All AWS certifications are good for six months, at which time a welder is required to submit a maintenance form to renew and keep his/her certification current.

We also offer training opportunities for businesses that already employ welders, but need to improve their workers’ skills.  Arclabs can offer these companies various services including testing, qualification, assessment, and training.

How can I pay for Arclabs?

We offer a variety of financial aid programs to help you pay for your training, including federal grants and loans, veterans’ benefits and payment plan options. For more information, visit our Financial Aid page.