Union Apprenticeships in Plumbing, Pipefitting, HVAC and Welding

Apprenticeship Training
The UA apprenticeship training program stands head and shoulders above the rest. For over 100 years, the UA has made it their priority to train the most highly-qualified workers in the United States. Each year, they spend over $150 million on training programs and work continually to improve and expand their educational opportunities.
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How Do I Apply?
Individuals who wish to become a UA apprentice must submit an application to their UA Local. Each applicant must have a high school diploma or the equivalent. In addition, you must pass a math exam, take a drug test, and have a valid driver’s license. The application must be fully completed to be eligible for acceptance into the program.
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What’s the Apprenticeship?
Upon acceptance into the apprenticeship program, you will be required to complete five years of training with each year consisting of up to 2,000 hours of on the job training and a minimum of 216 hours of classroom instruction. Unlike traditional colleges or universities, UA apprentices earn money while they learn! And the hourly rate increases each year you’re in the apprenticeship program! In addition, you have the opportunity to pursue UA STAR certification after the fifth year of apprenticeship. Upon passing the UA STAR test, you will walk away with even higher earning power and 30 credits toward an Associates Degree in Construction Supervision! (UA STAR training is ISO9002 certified and ANSI approved.) After successfully completing the five-year program, you become a full-fledged journeyperson in your local union. Once reaching journeyperson status, union workers are evaluated for individual skill level and have the opportunity to advance their careers through UA continuing education programs.
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