Instructional Strategies for Welding Educators


The Instructional Strategies for Welding Educators video course is ideal for novice or experienced welding instructors looking to develop a stronger teaching foundation, develop more effective curriculum, and incorporate pedagogical best practices in the classroom and welding lab. The course is also geared toward administrators and decision-making personnel at any learning institution striving to establish a successful welding (or other skilled trade) program or improve their existing program.

The course content is presented as a series of brief, interactive modules, each with corresponding knowledge checks, case studies, and assessments. It was developed in partnership with Weld-Ed and delivered by Dr. W. Richard Polanin, a lifelong welding educator and industry professional, as well as the former AWS President in 2022.


at a glance 



Member: $168
Non-member: $224
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Materials Access

Course: 30 days
Exam: 10 more days


Length & PDH / CEU

Approximately 10 hours
10 PDHs / 1 CEUs

course details

  • Who Should Take This Course
  • Prerequisites
  • Objectives
  • Student Learning Outcomes
  • Course Modules
  • Anyone serving as an educator, advisor, or administrator at a welding program or learning institution with a focus on technical education and/or skilled trades
  • Anyone aspiring to teach or serve in an administrative capacity at a learning institution/program focused on welding or other technical skills or trades

There are no academic or professional prerequisites for taking this course. However, a basic knowledge of standard welding terms and fundamental principles is highly recommended.

Students unfamiliar with welding processes and terminology are encouraged to complete the AWS Welding Fundamentals online course before starting this one.

This course teaches students how to:

  • Differentiate between several key learning theories
  • Integrate learning theories in the classroom
  • Apply classroom management practices to maximize learner engagement
  • Implement evaluation and assessment techniques to improve understanding and retention
  • Address program needs through community outreach and the leveraging of existing partnerships and resources

Upon completion of the Instructional Strategies for Welding Educators course, students will be able to:

  • Advocate for welding and technical education
  • Explain the history of education as it relates to welding
  • Create a curriculum using best practices for instructional design
  • Identify the needs of a given educational program
  • Analyze key learning theories
  • Implement different learning theories in the classroom
  • Identify factors that optimize teaching for different learning styles
  • Select teaching methods that best fit a given curriculum or group of learners
  • Differentiate teaching approaches for education vs. training
  • Modify lab activities based on resources and student level
  • Utilize Bloom’s Taxonomy to write high-level cognitive and psychomotor learning objectives
  • Distinguish between assessment and evaluation techniques
  • Develop test questions using the five assessment principles
  • Understand standard normal distribution and its use in grading
  • Explain the value of certification and qualification
  • Module 1 - Course Introduction
  • Module 2 - Careers in Welding
  • Module 3 - Education: History, Theory, and Practice
  • Module 4 - Education: History, Theory, and Practice II
  • Module 5 - Education: History, Theory, and Practice III
  • Module 6 - Curriculum Development
  • Module 7 - Curriculum Development II
  • Module 8 - Program Needs and Assessment
  • Module 9 - Sources of National Welding Curriculum
  • Module 10 - Program & Course Objectives
  • Module 11 - Introduction to Learning Theory
  • Module 12 - Memory
  • Module 13 - Knowledge
  • Module 14 - Strategies for the Welding Classroom
  • Module 15 - Behaviorism
  • Module 16 - Cognitive Science and Bloom’s Taxonomies
  • Module 17 - Bloom: Practical Uses
  • Module 18 - Bloom: Revisions and Related Frameworks
  • Module 19 - Constructivism
  • Module 20 - Cognitive Apprenticeship
  • Module 21 - Connectivism
  • Module 22 - Transformational Learning
  • Module 23 - Learning Styles
  • Module 24 - Experiential Learning
  • Module 25 - Multiple Intelligences
  • Module 26 - VARK
  • Module 27 - Introduction to Teaching Methods
  • Module 28 - Lectures
  • Module 29 - Discussions
  • Module 30 - Demonstrations
  • Module 31 - Peer Teaching
  • Module 32 - Case Studies
  • Module 33 - Team Formation
  • Module 34 - Online Courses
  • Module 35 - Improving Teaching
  • Module 36 - Laboratory Teaching
  • Module 37 - Classroom Management + Lesson Planning
  • Module 38 - Evaluation and Assessment
  • Module 39 - Fundamentals of Statistics
  • Module 40 - Qualification and Certification of Welding Programs and Students

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who should take this course?

    The Instructional Strategies for Welding Educators video course is ideal for novice or experienced welding instructors, as well as administrative personnel at any learning institution that would like to establish a welding (or other trade) program or improve their existing program.

  • How long do I have to complete this course?

    Participants are granted access to the course materials for 30 days from the date of registration. The completion exam is available for 10 days beyond this 30-day access period.

  • Does this course include a completion exam?

    Yes, this course includes an exam designed to evaluate comprehension and retention of the subject matter. Students will be prompted to take this exam once they have successfully completed all the modules within the course. The completion exam consists of 60 multiple-choice questions and must be completed within a 90-minute period. In order to earn a printable Certificate of Completion from AWS and xx Professional Development Hours (PDHs)/xx Continuing Education Units (CEUs), a student must attain a score of 75% or higher on the completion exam. Participants who do not achieve a pass score will be granted a second opportunity to take the exam.

  • Do I need to purchase any supplemental materials or resources in order to complete this course?

    No. The course content is entirely web-based, so no additional purchases are necessary in order progress through the coursework and complete the course objectives.

  • Do I receive Professional Development Hours (PDHs) or Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for completing this course?

    Yes. In order to earn PDHs/CEUs, you must score at least 75% on the course completion exam. Participants who pass the exam will receive an AWS Certificate of Completion and xx Professional Development Hours (PDHs)/xx Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

  • Do I need to purchase any other materials?

    No. All the materials and resources necessary to complete the seminar objectives are included.

  • Can Professional Development Hours (PDHs)/Continuing Education Units (CEUs) earned by completing this course be used to meet the training requirement for AWS certification programs?

    Absolutely! Professional Development Hours (PDHs) earned through AWS online courses can be applied toward any certification training requirement, such as those for CWI re-testing or recertification, provided that they are earned within a specified time period. For example, PDHs earned by completing this course are only valid for CWI recertification if the course is completed within the specified 3-year CWI certification period.

  • What equipment or devices do I need in order to access and complete this course?

    This course, as well as all online courses offered by AWS Learning, require a computer, tablet, or other mobile device with an active internet connection and built-in or external speakers. The AWS Learning platform supports most web browsers, including the current versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Internet Explorer (Edge). This course is largely video-based and features significant amounts of interactive multimedia content, so a high-speed internet connection and a monitor or device with a large viewing area are highly recommended.





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