Training Program

The Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union #160 is 1 of over 300 belonging to the United Association of Journeyman and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of The United States and Canada. The Joint Apprentice Training Committee (JATC) is federally registered with the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.

Apprenticeship in the pipe trades is a highly selective program and acceptance for training depends on the applicant’s qualifications and the manpower needed at the time of the selection process. The selection of apprentices is the responsibility of the (JATC). The apprenticeship is five years of intensive training, consisting of (8500 to 10000) hours of on the job training and a minimum of 1230 hours of related classroom training. Classes are held 2 nights a week for 11 months per year until all classroom hours are complete. By the time an individual has successfully completed the five year training, he or she is qualified to meet any challenge in the field. Our commitment to training and excellence supports our claim that WE ARE THE BEST!

Areas of Training

Math, Use and Care of Tools, OSHA / First Aid, Soldering and Brazing, Oxy/Acetylene Cutting, Union Heritage, Rigging, Blue Print Reading/Isometric Drawing, Plumbing/Drainage, General A/C, CFC Certification, Illinois State Plumbing Code, Related Science, Green Systems, Gas and Steam Piping, Welding, Basic Heating, Foreman Certification, Rigging Certification, Orbital Welding


  • Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of indenture
  • Must be a High School graduate or have received a (GED) and provide a transcript or (GED) Certificate,
  • Birth Certificate, Social Security Card and DD214 form if a Veteran
  • Must be physically able to do the work of the trade
  • Must pass a written test and oral interview
  • Valid Illinois Drivers License
  • Must live in one of the following Illinois counties: Alexander, Pulaski, Massac, Pope, Hardin, Johnson, Union, Jackson, Perry, Randolph
  • Submit to and pass drug screening test if accepted
  • Pay a non-refundable $25.00 cash application and processing fee
  • Applicants are selected for training on a non-discriminatory basis

Certifications For Completion

  • Must take and pass Illinois Plumbing License test
  • CFC Certification
  • Medical Gas Certification
  • Brazing Certification
  • HDPE Fusion Certification
  • Weld Bend Test or Welding Certification
  • OSHA 30 Hour Certification

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