The United Association has the first nationally registered joint apprenticeship program in the United States---60 years and growing! Our apprenticeship program has one goal---to ensure every job done by our members is Done Once. Done Right.

The Local 51 Joint Apprentice Training Program is comprised of classroom and hands on training over a 5 year period. Apprentices graduate with 1,230 classroom hours and 10,000 on-the-job hours, as well as the required trade certifications. All apprentices receive instruction in basic math, blueprint reading and Trimble training, with health and safety emphasized throughout the program.

The Local 51 Training program is an accredited school in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The training department will register you as an Apprentice in RI and MA, leading to eventual dual Journeyperson licensing in both states.

Classes are 2-3 nights a week, Monday through Friday from 5 PM to 9 PM, running September – May. Job placement with Union Contractors will be set up once a position becomes available.

Apprentice wages are based on a percentage of the journeyperson rate, and is spelled out in each apprentice agreement. All apprentices are eligible for a yearly raise if the required work and school hours are met. 

Right now, first year apprentices make over $19.00 an hour! That hourly wage goes straight into your pocket! 

Local 51 also provides an hourly benefit package in addition to the hourly rate.

Local 51 Health & Retirement Benefits:

Health Insurance: Health, Eye and Dental Insurance

Pension: A fund into which a sum of money is added during an employee's employment years and from which payments are drawn to support the person's retirement from work in the form of periodic payments for life.

Annuity: Union annuities are established under contracts negotiated with employers. Employers make tax-exempt contributions on behalf of the workers. Employees do not make contributions. Contributions and accumulated interest grow tax-free until withdrawn from the plan.

Local 51 prides itself on holding highest standards of excellence, our dedication to the education of our members is our highest priority. Local 51 offers continuing education after graduation, as well as the ability to re-indenture for a second trade after receiving your first Journeyperson license.

Local 51 Apprentices are trained in three areas:

HVAC Refrigeration Service



 The Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 51 Apprenticeship Training Program will be accepting applications for Plumber, Pipefitter and Refrigeration Technician Apprentices from 8 AM on Monday, February 27, 2023 to 5 PM on Friday, March 10, 2023. 



  1.  Applicants must be 18 years of age by September 2023
  2.  Have a High School or GED Graduation Diploma OR A letter from their High School stating that the applicant is on track to graduate by June 2023
  3.  Submit application online by 11:59 PM on 3/10/2023
  4.  Submit all required supporting documents by 11:59 PM on 4/14/2023
  5.  Pass required drug test upon notification of acceptance into the Local 51 Apprenticeship program.


After submitting your application, your supporting documents must be emailed to applications@ua51training.orgDo not email your paperwork until you have submitted your application.


 Scan or take clear photographs of the paperwork. We do not need original/certified documents. We must be able to read it, or the document will be rejected. If you need access to scanner, Staples has an in store self-scan and email service. 


 COPIES of the following paperwork are due by 4/14/2023:

  1. Digital Color Passport Photo (Headshot)
  2. Birth Certificate
  3. Valid Driver’s License
  4. High School Transcripts or GED Transcripts showing grades.
  5. High School or State Issued GED Graduation Diploma
  6. Resume & Resume Boosters: College Transcripts, Certifications, Additional Training, References, etc.
  7. Military Transfer or Discharge Form DD-214, if applicable.
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    ign up for Helmets to Hardhats



A link to apply for the Local 51 Apprenticeship Program was available from Monday, February 27, 2023 to Friday, March 10, 2023

The application link will not be accessible after 5 PM on Friday, March 10, 2023. Applicants who pay the application fee before 5 PM on 3/10/2023, have until 11:59 PM on 3/10/2023 to submit the completed application.

If your completed application is not received by 11:59 PM on 3/10/2023, you will not move forward with the application process.


 The next step in the application process is a math evaluation in April consisting of basic fifth to eighth grade math. You will be tested on reading a ruler, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions and decimals. Calculators are not allowed.

The training department will notify you by email of your scheduled date and time for the math evaluation.

You must obtain at least a 70 on the math evaluation in order to continue to an interview. You will know your score before leaving the evaluation.

You have until 4/14/2023 to submit your documents to applications@ua51training.orgIf your documents are not fully submitted by 4/14/2023, your application will be marked incomplete and you will not move forward to Interviews.


 Applicants who pass the math evaluation, and submit their application documents by the deadline will proceed to interviews in May.

The training department will email you with your scheduled date and time.


 The training department will notify all applicants of their acceptance status in early June.

Applicants who have been selected to continue with the application process must pass a drug test to finalize their acceptance.