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Apprenticeship is both an ancient tradition and a highly effective modern training method, particularly for those choosing to work in the exciting and technical HVACR service industry. The United Association has the first nationally registered joint apprenticeship program in the United States, dating back to 1936 over 70 years ago! Individuals who enter a United Association five-year apprenticeship program are part of a select group of men and women motivated to learn a complex and challenging trade while upholding the ideals of trade unionism. Applicants are evaluated on the same fair basis, without regard to race, sex, national origin or religious affiliation. UA apprentices learn through both classroom and on-the-job training in what is considered by many to be the best construction industry apprentice program in the world. One of the things that make the UA training programs so successful is that it is a joint partnership between labor and management.

The five-year apprenticeship period is divided into one year segments, each of which includes 1,700 to 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and a minimum of 160 hours related classroom instruction.

UANJ apprentices attend school for classroom, computer and shop instruction for a full eight hour day every two weeks, and work for a signatory HVACR contractor for on-the-job training the other nine days. There's over 160 Union HVACR Contractors in the UANJ jurisdiction. The UANJ Apprentice will work on-the-job under the guidance of Journeyworker on real Installation and Service jobs. The Training program is not easy. UANJ Apprentices must learn Math, Physics, Electrical Troubleshooting and Computer Literacy in addition to mechanical concepts and procedures. UANJ apprentices must work long sometimes irregular hours the same as journeymen plus attend classes. Yet, this can be a highly rewarding career path for an individual who is motivated to learn the HVACR trade and become an active member of a proud and noble trade union.

Our Journeymen and Training Departments are divided into the two segments. Please visit the appropriate page for upgrade classes or for apprenticeship information.:

Building Trades

Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (UA-NJ)