Eligibility Requirements

Due to the nature of its training, the UA VIP Program is only available to Active-Duty Military personnel preparing to leave the service and currently stationed at a participating base. If this describes you, please click here for more information.

If you are a veteran who has already transitioned out of military service, the UA has additional outlets in place to help put you to work. Throughout your military career, you have acquired a unique skillset of discipline and hands-on training that would make for a highly successful career in the increasingly in-demand piping trades. 

Let us help you turn those skills into a life-long, rewarding career through an apprenticeship with the United Association.

UA apprentices learn through both classroom and on-the-job training in what is considered by many to be the best construction industry apprentice program in the world. The five-year apprenticeship period is divided into one-year segments, each of which includes 1,700 to 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and a minimum of 246 hours of related classroom instruction.

All UA apprentices receive a strong general education background in the trade, with core courses in basics such as mathematics, mechanical drafting, and related sciences. Apprentices can choose a specific curriculum to pursue with the goal of becoming a journeyman plumber, pipefitter, sprinkler fitter, or HVAC-R (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration) service technician.

All training programs are run through United Association local joint training committees in specific cities or regions, and are directed by the International Training Fund. One of the things that makes the UA training program so successful is that we view it as a joint partnership between labor and management.

Apprenticeship is a serious and vigorous undertaking; UA apprentices must work the same hours as journeymen, plus attend day or night classes. Yet, this can be a highly rewarding career path for an individual who is motivated to learn the piping trade and become an active member of a proud and noble trade union.

If you are a U.S. military veteran seeking a rewarding career in an increasingly in-demand industry, please fill out the form below so we can help you experience the opportunities you deserve.

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