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UA VIP Pipeline to Success

Discover how UA VIP prepares military members for a successful civilian life

Watching this video is a UA VIP pre-interview requirement.

Upcoming Classes:

HVACR Class 22:
April 8, 2024 - August 1, 2024
HVACR Class 23:
August 19, 2024 - December 12, 2024

HVACR Class 24:
December 30, 2024 - April 24, 2025

HVACR Class 25:
May 12, 2025 - September 4, 2025
HVACR Class 26:
September 22, 2025 - January 15, 2026

HVACR Class 27:
February 2, 2026 - May 28, 2026

HVACR Class 28:
June 15, 2026 - October 8, 2026
HVACR Class 29:
October 26, 2026 - February 18, 2027

HVACR Class 30:
March 8, 2027 - July 1, 2027

HVACR Class 31:
July 19, 2027 - November 10, 2027

HVACR Class 32:
November 29, 2027 - March 23, 2028

HVACR Class 33:
April 10, 2028 - August 3, 2028

HVACR Class 34:
August 21, 2028 - December 14, 2028

HVACR Class 35:
January 2, 2029 - April 26, 2029

Please be aware that UA VIP has changed the length of the program to 118 days,
which in turn, has affected the start and end dates of all future classes.

Through the UA Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program, you can apply your military training into a rewarding career in the pipe trades.

Your military career may be coming to an end, but the countless skills and experiences you have acquired throughout your service can benefit you for the rest of your life. Let us help you put your skills and experiences to the test when you enter into the highly in-demand piping industry, which is full of career opportunities and can provide a stable future for you and your family.

Benefits of the UA VIP Program:

  • Free Career Skills Training
  • Industry-Recognized Certifications
  • Direct Entry into UA Apprenticeship
  • Guaranteed Job Placement
  • Lifelong Career Opportunities 




HVACR: This is an accelerated Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration training program for active-duty transitioning service members. The program is 118 days in duration, classes meet Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Naval Station Norfolk Program Application Information

All Branches of Service
Obtain a DOD Skillbridge Application. Please work with your local Skillbridge office and complete their Skillbridge application. If your local Skillbridge office does not have an application, you may use the Naval Station Norfolk HVAC VIP Application found by clicking here

Please send your completed application to UA VIP Instructor James Kinney at jkinney@uanet.org. Once your approved application is received, you will be notified of your interview date and time.
Navy Personnel
In addition to the application requirement listed above, Navy personnel desiring to participate in DOD SkillBridge must register and apply for SkillBridge approval using the application portal via My Navy Education. Application portal instructions can be found here. Once approved, please forward approval results to jkinney@uanet.org.

Letter of Acceptance
If your command requires a Letter of Acceptance, we can provide you with a Conditional Letter of Acceptance from the VIP Program. Please email NSN UA VIP Instructor James Kinney with your request.

Naval Station Norfolk - Graduation

Naval Station Norfolk


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