Training & Apprenticeships

Training keeps the workforce at Cleveland Plumbing Industry the most expert and qualified in the industry. Our member contractors support the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) that regulates and funds the accredited training programs, which include extensive apprenticeship training for new employees and continuing education for journeymen plumbers.


plumber1_squareBefore they become journeymen plumbers, before they are put in charge of your residential or commercial project, CPI contractors undergo one of the most rigorous industry apprentice programs in the world.

The apprenticeship program is run by the JATC and consists of five 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 classroom instruction. All CPI plumbing professionals receive a strong general education in the plumbing trades and with core courses in mathematics, science, drafting, welding and other pipe trades-related topics.

Only after completing the five-year apprenticeship do CPI contractors become certified journeymen.

To learn more about our apprenticeship training, click here.

Upgrade Training

Slider1Our plumbers do not stop training when they achieve journeymen status. Even the most experienced CPI journeymen plumbers constantly upgrade their skills through classes, seminars and programs provided by the JATC. Cleveland PIumbing Industry plumbers regularly attend upgrade training for plumbing code, natural gas controls, welding and brazing procedures, back-flow device tester certification, medical gas systems installation, new materials and techniques and more.

Plumbing industry work is becoming more complex and challenging, so CPI plumbers are encouraged to become certified in additional skills. Through the United Association (UA), CPI plumbers earn certifications in many specialized areas, including:

  • Medical gas installation and maintenance
  • Welding
  • Industrial rigging
  • Foreman
  • Green awareness and green plumbing
  • Natural Gas Fusion
  • OSHA 30 – Confined Space and Trenching Qualified
  • LEAD Awareness
  • City of Cleveland Plumbers Qualification

UA University

Training for all CPI plumbers is further enhanced by the United Association’s UA University. To learn more about this advanced education program, click here.

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