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Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 44 Apprenticeship

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Explore educational opportunities at Local 44

Exceptional training is a longstanding hallmark of Local 44. From our five-year apprenticeship program to our specialized classes for journeymen, we offer a flexible curriculum that not only supports our members but also furthers our trade.

With a broad collection of training modules and equipment, our training center is one of the most advanced pipefitting/steamfitting facilities in the United Association. It reflects our time-honored approach where our apprentices learn from our journeymen and are expected to pass their knowledge on to the next generation.



Plumbing & Pipefitting Industry
Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee

3915 E. MAIN AVE • SPOKANE, WA 99202
(509) 624-5101 Ext. 5

To Whom It May Concern:

The Inland Empire Plumbers and Steamfitters Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee hereby issues official notice to all interested parties that they will continue to accept applications for apprenticeship opportunities.

Inland Empire Plumbers and Steamfitters Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee will not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants or apprentices based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, genetic information, or because they are an individual with a disability or a person 40 years old or older. The Inland Empire Plumbers and Steamfitters Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee will take positive action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required by the rules of the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council and Title 29, Part 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

As part of the Committee's continuing Affirmative Action efforts, minorities and females who meet the minimum qualifications, as outlined on page two of this notice, are urged to apply during the application availability periods as detailed in the following paragraph:

Applications will be available at UA Local 44 Plumbers and Steamfitters Union offices, 3915 E. Main Avenue, Spokane, Washington, 99202, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

The deadline for returning completed applications and other required documents will be thirty (30) calendar days before the interview dates. Any application returned after the thirty-day time limit will not be processed by the Committee.

Following the individual application issuance and return period, all applicants who have met the minimum qualifications and have passed the written exam, will be notified when and where to appear for their evaluation interview before the JATC. This oral interview will be one of the factors used in determining each applicant's position on the eligibility pool list. The interview portion of the selection procedure will be scheduled on a periodic basis as needed.

Complete information regarding minimum qualifications and also a brief description of some of the work involved in the trade are attached and thus made a part, by reference, of this official notification.

Joe Krels, Director of Training
Inland Empire JATC
P: (509) 624-5758, Ext. 5

Journeyman Training

Plumber Continuing Education Requirements

Journey Level and Residential Specialty Plumbers

Effective July 1, 2021, all journey level and residential specialty renewals will require 24 hours of continuing education for a 3-year period consisting of:

  • A Minimum of 12 hours of Uniform Plumbing Code (Code), Plus
  • A minimum of 4 hours of Industry-Related Electrical (IRE)
  • The remaining 8 hours can be in any Code, IRE, or Industry-Related Plumbing (IRP) area.

~ WA State Continuing Education & Idaho State Continuing Education ~
Contact Joe Krels to be placed on the roster for the following dates: 

4 hr. Electrical Update

        Available online only - Call to get signed up

Basic Life Support

        July 15, 2024 - 5:00 pm - Call to get signed up

First Aid

          July 17, 2024 - 5:00 pm - Call to get signed up

8 hr. Drainage course           

          Available online only - Call to get signed up

           12 Hour Code Update

          Available online only - Call to get signed up

Contact Joe Krels for dates and to be placed on the roster.

Rigging Course: Contact Joe Krels for dates and to be placed on the roster.

OSHA 10/30: Contact Joe Krels for dates and to be placed on the roster.


Jan 24, 2020
WHAT IS AN APPRENTICESHIP? Inspire change in a growing industry. Influence the design of energy-efficient skylines. Use your skills to develop communities and make a difference. CAREER BENEFITS A career in the pipe trades is challenging, exciting and rewarding.
Jan 24, 2020
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES A career in the pipe trades is challenging, exciting and rewarding! Every apprentice receives five years of rigorous classroom instruction and on-the-job training to become the safest, most well-trained workforce in eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.
Jun 01, 2018
Experience the advantage! Explore a career that offers limitless opportunities for long-term growth and success. With schools, hospitals, high-rises and more projects being built every day, construction is always in demand.
May 31, 2018
Feb 06, 2020
At the UA, excellence is not just a goal, it’s a requirement. We believe that training our workforce using the apprenticeship model is the best way to ensure our workforce is the safest, the most productive, and the most competitive in the construction industry.

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