Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 9


What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is a structured system of training designed to prepare individuals for occupation in skilled trades and crafts. It combines on-the-job training under the supervision of experienced journeyman workers with related classroom instruction. Apprentices who successfully complete the prescribed number of hours of training in a registered apprenticeship program are awarded certificates of completion.

What Does Apprenticeship Offer?
Workers who complete apprenticeship programs can expect to hold good jobs at good pay. Their skills are a source of personal satisfaction as well as employment security. Statistics show that graduates earn higher wages, have more stable work records, and are promoted sooner and more often than workers who have not been trained through apprenticeship programs.

All apprentices receive FREE 5 years of related instruction at the Local 9 Training Center as a registered apprentice with the US Department of Labor Bureau, of Apprenticeship and Training. Apprentices also receive good pay and benefits while working for the contractors they are sent to work with by the Joint Apprentice Committee. At the successful completion of the 5 years of instruction and on-the-job training, each apprentice will be eligible to receive up to 32 college credits FREE. The college credits may be applied to a Associates degree in a technical degree field relating to construction. The Apprentice may take other required courses to complete a degree on their own at a college while serving an apprenticeship and use the apprenticeship credits earned (after they complete the apprenticeship) to graduate with an Associates degree at the same time they complete the apprenticeship program. The only cost is for the courses the college requires to complete the degree.

The Top 5 Reasons To Become An Apprentice:

  • For the serious learner, it is the best way to learn a Trade or Craft.
  • You can earn a regular wage while you learn.
  • You are supervised on the job by journeymen.
  • An expert who is usually a journeyman teaches you in class.
  • You are taking steps necessary to become a journeyman with the pay and prestige offered by the position.

How Much Are Apprentices Paid?
Apprentices in Local 9 start by earning thirty-five percent of the journeyman worker's wage and receive yearly increases if their progress is satisfactory.  You can visit the Wage Rates Page for the most up-to-date Apprentice wages.

Apprenticeship Application Process

Applications for the five-year apprenticeship in one of the three apprenticeship programs (Plumbing, Pipefitting, and HVAC Service) are generally accepted once a year.   Applications must be completed in-person by the applicant at the Local #9 Training Center at 450 Route 33 & Iron Ore Road, Englishtown, New Jersey.  Visit this page regularly for updates on when applications are being accepted.

Copies of the following must be submitted:

  • Birth Certificate
  • High School Diploma with official Transcripts or Equivalency (GED) with official Transcripts
  • Social Security Card
  • Valid Drivers License
  • All applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Successful applicants will be required to pass a drug screening test.

The Local #9 Education Fund School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national and ethnic origins.

Training Center Information

Timothy J. Fox, Training Coordinator
Aileen Schafer, Administrative Assistant

450 Rt. 33 & Iron Ore Road
Englishtown, NJ 07726
Phone:  (732) 446-1550
Fax:  (732) 446-0171