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 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 542 offers continuing education classes that includes journeymen training and certification.                         

When the five-year apprenticeship is completed, our training does not end. Journeymen Sprinkler Fitters attend upgrade classes on their own time. This training includes advanced training in fire safety, backflow prevention, fire pump-valve training, basic first aid, CPR/AED training and OSHA 500.                                                                                                            
Local 542 also works closely with the Pittsburgh Fire Department and its inspection department along with the surrounding suburban Fire Departments to better equip and educate them on the latest fire suppression technologies.               

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