The College seals deal with the UK’s leading body for professional welders

For the first time, companies and individuals in the South West can gain or renew professional accredited welding certificates thanks to a new partnership between Truro and Penwith College and The Welding Institute (TWI), a leading UK body for the professional registration of welding and joining personnel.

Previously, accreditation was only possible by travelling to Port Talbot in Wales or to Cambridgeshire. Now, the Ofsted Outstanding College in Cornwall has been awarded accreditation status to assess welders to The Welding Institute specifications

The new welding facility is housed in the new £7-million engineering and technology centre 'Valency', which opened this year.

Tom Moran, Customer Development Manager at Truro and Penwith College, said: “With this leading accreditation a talented student can start the journey to become a chartered engineer.”

The College was assessed on ensuring that its quality procedures met the institute’s needs and the industrial systems used were of the highest quality. “We were delighted the auditor commended our staff for their excellent skills,” added Tom.

The College launched Cornwall's first, ‘Skills Bootcamp in Welding’ at the start of September. These initiatives have helped adults boost their skills and fast-track to a better job. More Skills Bootcamps in Welding will be running later this year; contact for more information.

The part time Excellence in Welding course is only three hours a day and runs for ten weeks. On successful completion students will gain the British standard in welding. Applications are being taken now for the course commencing in October 2021.

To find out more or to apply

Contact 01872 308000 or email

Valency, the College’s South West Institute of Technology building, has already had an additional floor added to boost its capability.