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Really, how often do your welding certificates come in handy?

My name is Anahi, I am 18 years old with 4 (highschool) years of welding experience. I am currently working on getting my certificates, as a girl, I wonder if it is viewed differently by employers and if getting my certificates is really the best move I should be doing to increase my job opportunity. #welding #career #certificates #oilfield

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Dave’s Answer

If you want to get a union job you will need certs. If you want to get a government job or work for a sub contractor for government jobs you will need certs. But first you need to get hired and the CWI in that company walks you thru getting the certs they need. But when/if you leave then usually the cert becomes nullified because they own it. Unless you have a state cert in a Union you can probably job jump and certs are in your name. But u want to check on that. Having certs is almost the ticket in the door.
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Dallas’s Answer

Certs are nice, experience is a MUST looks like you are doing well. Show up, show your skills and willingness to learn you should excel.
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Nicholas’s Answer

It's a good move, but consider them as "walking papers." It shows you have enough skill to at least safely complete work and know how to operate equipment. Will employers who see it immediately consider you a highly skilled welder? Probably not, but it's still a good thing to grab. As you get more experience you might consider doing less with those, "walking papers."

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