Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply for your apprenticeship program?
Who sponsors the program?
How long does it take to complete the program?
Is there a cost to apply?
What does it cost to participate in the program?
You are required to pay union dues, $31.00 per month, once you have been placed on the job site for one of our participating contractors.
How many evenings per week and what time are classes held?
When do classes begin?
Where will I be working and for whom?
Where will I attend classes?
How many people apply and how many are selected?
About 70 people per year are selected which is about 33% of the people who meet the basic eligibility requirements.
If I don't pass the math test, when can I take it again?
Who will place me on the job site?
What type of work will I be performing?
When is the deadline to apply?
What are the requirements for applying to LU 486's Apprenticeship Program?
- Apply online at www.getpiping.com, fill out an application by the deadline. Must have $25 processing fee, payable by Credit card only. Also, must provide official photo I.D.
- Take the basic math test when scheduled by the school’s office. Achieve a 76% score, or higher, on the math test to have your application processed.
What will the requirements be after passing the Math test?
AFTER you pass the math test you will be notified by mail to provide the following:
- Provide a copy of your high school transcript or a copy of your GED certificate with scores attached. High School transcript or GED scores must be unopened/sealed when received by the training school.
- Submit to our office the three personal reference forms that you receive from the school’s office after they have been filled out by either a former employer or an acquaintance. The Apprenticeship Committee prefers that you do not use relatives as personal references.
- Submit a copy of your certified Birth Certificate or provide an original birth certificate to be copied.
- After you provide all documentation listed above you will appear in person for a “personal interview” by the Joint Apprenticeship Committee on the date that has been scheduled for you.
How does the Joint Apprenticeship Committee determine who will be permitted to participate in the program?
What is an apprentice's starting hourly wage? (The hourly wage does not include benefits.)
What are the medical & pension benefits for an apprentice?
2nd-year apprentices that have 2nd year hours will receive their prescription plan, dental plan and annuity, and pension.
2nd – 5th Year – Medical for you and your family, pension, and annuity.
What licensing and certifications may I obtain during the 5 years of apprenticeship training?
a. State of Maryland Plumbing License.
b. State of Maryland HVACR License.
c. Gasfitters’ License.
a. Medical Gas Certification.
b. Backflow Certification.
c. CFC Qualification.
d. Welding Qualification.
e. Ten hour OSHA Certification including ” Right to Know Law.”
f. Confined Space Certification.
g. CPR Certification.
h. Standard First Aid Certification.