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  How long is the program? What do I do to apply?  
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Training Program
What kind of training do you offer?
We offer training in HVAC, Plumbing, Pipefitting and Welding. You can find more information at our website
How long is the program?
It is a 5-year training program. You will work during the day year round and attend classes 2 nights per week from September through May each year. Classes are 3 ½ hours each night.
Am I paid for the training?
You will be paid for the work you do during the day at the currently negotiated 1st year rate of pay. This rate is subject to change each year when we negotiate a new contract with our employers in September. You are not paid for the classroom training hours.
Will my pay rate ever increase?
Yes, you will get yearly pay raises until you top out at Journeyman's pay provided you are attending your classes and going to work without any issues. Journeyman's pay is currently $25.50 per hour, but can change as the contract is negotiated each year.
How much does it cost?
You will pay a one-time non-refundable application fee to apply. Once in the program, you will become a member of UA Local 91 and will need to pay monthly dues of $29.50 per month. There is also a one-time initiation fee of $125 to join the union. The rest of the fees for the training program are paid by the employers you are working for.
Once accepted, when can I start work?
You will be eligible for work beginning the first day of class, which is always the day after Labor Day. The union hall will find you a job with one of our contractors so you can complete your on-the-job training. You must be available for full time work once accepted into the program. Work will usually be close to where you are attending training, so you are able to attend classes at night. Do not quit your current job until you are told to do so.
Do you offer any benefits?
Yes! You will get a full benefit package including Health & Dental insurance, Vision Insurance, an annuity, pension, short-term disability, and life insurance. You will qualify based on the number of hours you work, but usually takes about 6 months to get benefits.
Where are you located?
We have two locations. One is in Birmingham off Industrial Drive and the other is in Gadsden on West Meighan Blvd. All applications are handled through the Birmingham office for both locations. The office in Birmingham is located at 124 West Park Drive, Birmingham, 35211. Applications are taken by appointment only.
What nights are the classes?
Classes will be either Tuesday and Thursday nights or Monday and Wednesday. They are from 5:30 pm-9:00 pm in Birmingham and 6:00 pm-9:30 pm in Gadsden. You only attend classes from September through May each year.
What happens after completing the program?
Once you finish your training, you will be a journeyman in your trade. You will make journeyman' pay. This rate is subject to change each year as the new contract is negotiated in September.

You will have earned up to 32 college credits through a partnership with Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI. They offer online classes to finish your degree or they can help you transfer them to another college.


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What do I do to apply?
Fill out an application packet, and hand it into the school by the yearly deadline. All required paperwork along with the application fee must be included for your application to be accepted. Everything must be in our office by the deadline.
What happens after I apply?
Once you have turned in a completed packet, you will receive a certified letter (it must be signed for) advising you on how and where to take the aptitude test. You will normally receive this within 4 weeks of handing in your application. After taking the test and once the application deadline has passed, you will get another certified letter letting you know where or not you have been granted an interview. After the interview, certified letters are mailed to all who were interviewed letting you know if you have been accepted into the program.
Who do I make the check/money order payable to?
Make it out to "Local 91 JA Center"
What is does the aptitude test consist of?
The test we give is the ACT Workkeys. The tests we give are locating information, applied mathematics, reading for information, and applied technology. You can find more information about it online at More information on the test will be given with the aptitude test letter.
Do you guarantee your work?
We do, we guarantee the lace that we restring your glove with for up to 6 months after installation.
Can I hand in my application in person?
Yes, you may do this by appointment only. Applications are taken at the apprentice school located at 124 West Park Drive, Birmingham, AL 35211. Applications will NOT be taken at the union hall or the Gadsden location. Please call (205) 595-8711 to make an appointment. The office is open Monday-Thursday only.
What are the minimum qualifications to apply?
You must be at least 18 years or older no later than September, and also have a High School Diploma or GED.
What documents should I include with my application?
You must turn in copies of all the applicable documents on the enclosed checklist. This includes copies of your birth certificate, driver's license or state/government photo ID, high school diploma/GED, official high school transcript/GED test scores, Military DD-214 (if applicable), completed application, Social Security card, $25 check/money order for application fee, and the applicant information form. Please refer to the checklist to be sure you included all required items. Yes, we do need both your diploma and official transcript.