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.
In addition to our five-year apprenticeship programs, Sprinkler Fitters Local 692 offers continuing education opportunity that includes journeymen training and certification, as well as an associate’s degree program.
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When the five-year apprenticeship is completed, journeymen sprinkler fitters attend upgrade classes on their own time for advanced training in fire safety, basic first aid, CPR/AED training and OSHA 500C. This ongoing training enables journeymen sprinkler fitters to improve their skills and stay abreast of developments and code changes. There are also constant update certifications on the latest tools, techniques and equipment.
Local 692 also offers ASSE Backflow Testing and Repair courses to members as well as apprentices. These courses are sanctioned by the American Association of Sanitation Engineers (A.S.S.E.).
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By taking advanced courses, it is possible for Local 692 members to earn a Bachelor of Science degree through Washtenaw Community College
and prepare themselves for careers as union officials, business owners or instructors.
In addition, Local 692 is also part of the United Association of pipe trade professionals, an organization that provides the most advanced training in the industry for training coordinators and instructors.
Our state-of-the-art training facility and staff have been used by the Philadelphia Housing Authority, and the Philadelphia Fire Department, Philadelphia Licenses and Inspections, Hospital Fire Marshal's Association. Employees of these departments have attended classes on inspection and compliance code reviews, along with sprinkler system classes, fire pump tests and pressure reducing valves.
Local 692 also works closely with the Philadelphia Fire Department and the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections to better equip and educate building inspectors and contractors in keeping with the latest in fire suppression technologies.
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