Once UA members complete their five-year apprenticeships, they become full-fledged journeymen. However, their education in the trade is by no means over at this point. In fact, United Association members are very serious about pursuing lifelong training and certification in specialized areas.
Certification is the wave of the future in the piping industry. With the increasingly complex and challenging work that must be done by the modern pipe mechanic, it is almost required that craftsmen seek some form of official validation of their skills. In addition to the considerable prestige and knowledge that comes with being a UA journeyman, UA members can also pursue these certifications in a variety of specialized areas.
UA Certification Programs include:
- Valve repair
- Medical gas installation
- Refrigerant handling
- Industrial rigging
- UA/MCA foreman
- Geo Thermal
- Green Awareness
- HVACR S.T.A.R Certification
Each of these programs rely on third party validation for an
objective evaluation and testing of our members' skills and abilities.