Lincoln Electric® is embarking on a multi-faceted plan to raise welding education standards through a newly approved partnership with the National Coalition of Certification Centres (NC3).

NC3 is a non-profit network of education providers and corporations focused on bridging the gap between education and industry workforce needs.


Source: Lincoln Electric

The new partnership with Lincoln Electric gives NC3 the authorisation to administer Lincoln Electric’s Education Partnerships Schools (LEEPS) programme and offer new certifications to provide community colleges, technical schools and other post-secondary trade schools with a complete suite of portable, stackable national welding certifications.

As part of the agreement, NC3 will develop and issue the LEEPS programme’s world-class industry certifications, ensuring strong national standards for welding instructor training, classroom curriculum, competency labs, qualification exams and digital certification issuance.

Lincoln Electric will ensure the certifications are in alignment with standards set by the American Welding Society, a recognised authority in welding education and training.

“We are excited to have this partnership with NC3,” said Jason Scales, Ph.D., Business Manager for Lincoln Electric’s Education products and services.

“This will provide us with an incredible platform to share Lincoln Electric’s more than 100 years worth of knowledge in welding training, research and instruction with these institutions and redefine what a quality welding education programme should look like,” Scales concluded.