Huntsville High School has recently been accredited as a Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) test centre, and it’s all thanks to teacher, Jim Milne. This accreditation allows students to complete practical welding exams before they graduate high school. This becomes especially useful to Manufacturing Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) students who need to complete six industry standard certifications before they can receive their Red Seal.

After 3 consecutive years of attending the Georgian College for Skills Ontario qualifiers, the welding instructors noticed that the quality of work Huntsville HS students were producing was exceptional. The instructors encouraged Jim to work towards having a test centre at Huntsville HS, and after 18 months of coordinating with CWB and working to meet the test centre requirements, Huntsville HS ‘s test centre is now up and running and is one of three test center’s located north of the GTA.

The testing will take place twice a year, once in each semester. During the test, students will weld two 3/8” plates together that are a ½” apart with a backing plate. They will then ground and cut the plates, and bent in a dies and then submit their work to be examined for impurities. CWB certificates will be awarded based on the strength of the weld.

For more information on CWB and test centre locations, visit www.cwbgroup.org