Kentucky Welding Institute



Getting your money’s worth

KWI tuition includes all the metal, electrodes, and gases your welder can handle and with more instructional and weld time than our competitors; that’s more welding for the KWI student. In addition, a complete single-hand set of tools will be all you need to land your first job and start earning a living.

“Whenever I started at KWI I knew one thing, I wanted to be a pipe welder. It seemed as if I had a long way to go considering I couldn’t even walk the cup. However, with the incredible instructors and all the weld time I could ever ask for, I made my dream a reality. Now I walk the cup around pipe every day and I love every second of it. Its amazing how within 6 months you can be out and on the job making money. It was worth every penny. Not many schools can get you on a job where you make $18,000 your first 6 weeks out of school. I was able to pay off my tuition within 2 months of graduating. You have to be a cut above the rest to make it in this field, no worries though. KWI goes above and beyond to get you there.”

Austin Arnett
KWI Graduate

Unlike our competitors, KWI offers expensive certifications that carry weight on a resume including:

  • American Welding Society
  • National Center for Construction Education and Research
  • National Commission for Certification of Crane Operators
  • Occupational Safety and Health Organization
  • American Safety and Health Institute
  • Mine Safety Health Organization.  

On staff, KWI has industry working welding professionals.  Paying our instructors a wage to keep them off the road isn’t cheap.  As a KWI student you will receive the benefit of learning from and working with experienced welding professionals fresh out of compressor stations, power plants, paper mills, and other industry areas.  The advantage of having real world experience and insight is invaluable and worth the investment for KWI students’ success.



KWI accepts federal financial assistance for the Certified
Pipe Program and Certified Structural Program for those who qualify under the
Federal Pell Grant Program.   Kentucky students
can request reimbursement for awarded KEES money and KWI accepts private scholarships,
Department of Labor – TAA/WIOA assistance and VA benefits.

As a proud supporter of Kentucky Skills USA and Kentucky FFA, the Kentucky Welding Institute awards scholarships to winning welding competitors throughout the school year at regional and state competitions.  KWI also supports the SKILLS USA National Welding Competitions.

  • Longer programs cost your welder time and earning potential.
  • KWI actively seeks employment for your welder.
  • Federal School Code:  043101 
  • VA Certificate of Eligibility
  • Workforce Development Grants (WIOA).
  • Local or State Scholarships.
  • Students should seek additional resources through their local bank or financial institution. 
  • VA GI Bill®KWI is approved by the Kentucky State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (SAA) to offer VA Educational Benefits (GI Bill®) to eligible individuals in approved programs.  Please contact the school for information regarding limits to funding and how to begin the process.  Veterans Education Benefits (GI Bill®) cover the cost of tuition, gear, metal and supplies only. The cost for curriculum and certificates is not an eligible expense item and must be covered by the student.GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at:”