Why You Should Consider an Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship is a highly effective training method, which has proven to be the best system for trades training. If you are highly motivated, an apprenticeship with UA Local Union 94 can lead you on a very rewarding career path in a noble trade. The rewards of Union Apprenticeship Training are many, and as a result of working under a union contract, you will enjoy good wages and benefits.

Earn While You Learn

Apprentices are paid while they train on the job and attend classes. If you have no previous experience, you will begin by entering a five-year apprenticeship progam, consisting of on-the-job training as well as day and/or night classes - a program that is considered by many to be the best construction industry apprentice program in the world. During the apprenticeship, members are paid a progressive wage and receive benefit options after 600 working hours.

Applicants to the apprentice program are evaluated on an even playing field, regardless of race, sex, national origin or religious affiliation. The five-year program 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, providing a strong general education in the trade, with core courses in basics such as mathematics, science, drafting, welding and other related courses. At a certain point in the program, apprentices are given the opportunity to choose the specific path they wish to follow, to become a journeyman plumber, pipefitter or HVAC service technician.


The UA has approximately 350 schools in the US and Canada, in addition to other facilities that our apprenticeship programs use, such as community colleges and technical schools. One of these schools is right here in Canton, Ohio at the UA Local Union #94 facility. Over 200 million dollars are spent each year in the training of apprentices and journeymen. The International Pipe Trades Joint Training Committee, the educational development entity of the UA, has written and published more than 100 training manuals and has developed the UA training programs. To learn more about the courses and educational materials used in the apprenticeship programs, visit the United Association's web site.

UA Local #94 Offers Three Apprenticeship Programs:

  • Commercial plumbing/pipefitting
  • Residential plumbing


Once you have completed your five-year apprenticeship, you will become a full-fledged journeyman. However, your education - and our investment in it - doesn't end there. Certification is the wave of the future in the piping industry. As the work in the plumbing and pipefitting industry becomes increasingly complex and challenging, craftsmen must continue to educate themselves and hone their skills. In addition to the considerable prestige and knowledge that comes with being a UA journeyman through our apprenticeship program, UA members can pursue certification in a variety of specialized areas. Learn more about certification programs with United Association now.

New Member Benefits:

  • Safe working conditions
  • Pension plan
  • College credits toward associate degree
  • Free comprehensive classroom instruction
  • Training for city and state certifications
  • Competitive wages and benefits
  • Union representation
  • Continuing education and certification programs
  • All instructors are experts in their fields with years of experience

Still Not Sure if an Apprenticeship with UA Local Union 94
is Right For You?

Watch this video of Bill Hite, General President of the United Association, outlining the benefits of working for the United Association.

To join UA Local Union #94, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Pass a drug and alcohol screening test
  • Have a valid driver's license

If you are interested in becoming a member of UA Local #94, you must pick up an application from our office. Within two weeks, you must return the completed application along with the following documentation:

  • Copy of your birth certificate
  • Valid driver's license
  • Copy of high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Sealed high school transcripts
  • Proof of citizenship or legal alien status

After your completed application is received and all documents are reviewed, you will be notified of a mandatory standardized third-party test. The cost of the test is $30 and will paid by you. Please provide exact cash amount.