Registration open for Work Truck Industry Welder Certification Program Train-the-Trainer session

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Summer Marrs
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FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (Aug. 30, 2022) — NTEA, in collaboration with Lincoln Electric Company and NC3, is pleased to announce registration is open for the fall 2022 Train-the-Trainer session for the Work Truck Industry Welder Certification Program. The course is scheduled Nov. 8–10, 2022, at Lincoln Electric Welding Technology and Training Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

This initiative provides industry businesses with access to a consistent training curriculum they can utilize to train welders within their organizations. Included is the Train-the-Trainer course for companies that apply and are admitted to the program.

“The welder education program starts with a practical Train-the-Trainer course to prepare individuals selected by their companies as trainers to educate and certify employees right at work,” said David Ehrlich, NTEA director of education. “Through this collaboration with Lincoln Electric and NC3, participating organizations will receive the tools and ongoing support to help them develop and implement their own welder training, testing and certification programs for their employees.”

NTEA member company Holman Manufacturing and Distribution (Bartlett, Illinois) participated in the program when it was first introduced and is leveraging NTEA’s Welder Certification Program to develop and launch their own company-wide training initiative.

“As a company, we have been working on a welding program for the past several years that we can roll out to all of our locations,” said Chris Prenkert, Holman operations director. “When the opportunity arose with NTEA and NC3, we jumped at the chance after seeing the curriculum. The Train-the-Trainer program is robust, and is a great mix between theory and practical application, so the welders can understand what they are doing and how it affects the final product. When the trainers we selected returned, we scaled the material to meet our needs and have already started rolling out qualifications and safety training to multiple locations. This is the closest we have seen to an out-of-the-box welding program that serves multiple types of manufacturing within our industry, and we are looking to send more trainers to the upcoming classes.”

Getting started
Companies interested in participating in the Work Truck Industry Welder Certification Program will begin by

  • Completing the LEEPS for NTEA Program Application and submitting it to NC3.
  • Designating and registering at least one individual to attend a Train-the-Trainer program at Lincoln Electric’s Welding Technology and Training Center.

Upon earning the course certificate of completion, participants will have the ability to train, mentor and certify other employees at their organizations. NC3 will provide ongoing follow-up support, including a sample implementation plan that companies use to build their programs for their workplace.

Informational webinar
For organizations interested in the Work Truck Industry Welder Certification Program, NTEA will host a program overview webinar (NTEA members free; nonmembers $39) on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, 11:30 a.m.–noon ET. Register at

Learn more
Visit for additional program details and to access Train-the-Trainer program registration.

Established in 1964, NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry, a 501(c)(6) organization, represents more than 2,000 companies that manufacture, distribute, install, sell and repair commercial trucks, truck bodies, truck equipment, trailers and accessories. Buyers of work trucks and the major commercial truck chassis manufacturers also belong to NTEA. The Association provides in-depth technical information, education, and member programs and services, and produces Work Truck Week®Green Truck Summit, Commercial Vehicle Upfitting Summit, and Executive Leadership Summit. The Association maintains its administrative headquarters in suburban Detroit and government relations offices in Washington, DC, and Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, automated joining, assembly and cutting systems, plasma and oxy-fuel cutting equipment, and has a leading global position in brazing and soldering alloys. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 55 manufacturing locations in 18 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries. For more information about Lincoln Electric and its products and services, visit the

The National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization comprised of a national network of educational institutions (post-secondary and secondary) partnering with industry, trade, and professional organizations to develop, implement, and sustain industry-driven, portable certifications. The mission of NC3 is to meet the skilled workforce needs of industry while training the next generation of skilled workers for productive careers.

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