Training Center

No other organization serves the training needs of the piping industry like the United Association. For over a century, the UA has been training the most highly-qualified workers in the United States and Canada.

Over the past several decades, the United Association’s training programs have produced a stable, skilled workforce responsible for building and maintaining piping systems in the various industrial and residential facilities that make up the North American landscape.

No one can match the commitment or investment. The UA spends over $100 million annually on training programs efforts involving approximately 100,000 journeymen and apprentices in over 400 local training facilities at any given time.

If the United Association wanted to select the area which best reflects this commitment to the training and excellence produced, it could well look to Pittsburgh. In our continuing effort to provide our Journeymen and Apprentices with the most up to date training methods and state-of-the-art technology, we have built a new
24,000 sq. ft. facility. Our facility includes a 42 kWh solar array which supplements our electrical needs and a solar thermal water domestic water heater. Inside our training center, we have built a model residential house to train our apprentices on the installation of plumbing systems which include a solar thermal water heater, a
grey water system and will soon include a “rainwater harvesting system”.

In addition to our five-year apprenticeship programs, Plumbers Local 27 offers continuing education opportunity that includes journeymen training and certification, as well as an associate’s degree program.

Click Here to contact the Apprenticeship and Training Coordinator.

Apprenticeship (How to Apply)+-


Below is the qualifications for applying to Plumbers Local Union No. 27 Apprenticeship Program. If you are interested in applying please e-mail your name and address to or mail it to the address above. Applications are generally accepted each spring with one class entered per year.

When the application period is announced, you will be notified of the specific information on obtaining an application, provided we have your name and address.

No application will be given at the time of registration unless all qualifications are met as listed below:

Qualification for applicants are:

Applicants must be of good moral character and physically able to perform the work of the trade.

Applicant must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.

Applicant must have a valid Pennsylvania drivers license.

Applicant must be a citizen of the United States and reside within the geographical jurisdiction of Plumbers Local Union No. 27. The jurisdiction of Local Union No. 27 embraces Allegheny County, Armstrong County, City of Arnold and City of New Kensington in Westmoreland County and sections of Washington and Greene Counties, Pennsylvania.

Applicant is to pay a fee of thirty ($30.00) dollars. (Non-refundable) to cover the cost of processing the application.

Applicants, if accepted, will be required to submit a test for substance abuse.

Applicants will be required to take a written qualification examination.

Applicants who qualify, based on written examination, will be granted a personal interview. Selection of apprentices will be based on qualifications, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, or sex.

Any person selected as a probationary apprentice must pay two hundred and fifty ($250.00) dollars toward their initiation fee of $500.00 and after an acceptable probationary period of one year, the remaining $250.00 must be paid to Plumbers Local Union No. 27.


High School Diploma or G.E.D.

$30.00 application fee

Valid Pennsylvania Drivers License

Transcript of High School Grades (High Schools may send transcripts directly to us at the address on the top of page one)

Upon completion of your application form, providing all the above documentation is present and acceptable, you will be given notice as to where and when to appear for your written examination.

The Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee urges all interested persons to comply with the aforementioned information in order to be considered for our apprenticeship program.

Click Here to contact the Apprenticeship and Training Coordinator.

Apprenticeship Course & Class Schedules+-

Click Here to view the Apprenticeship Class Schedule Listed below are links to individual course description pages. Each link gives a detail description of course criteria.