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If you want to enter the plumbing profession, there are several organizations which you can refer to. The following organizations sponsor apprenticeship programs for those wanting to enter the plumbing profession.
United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada – This organization has local unions which offer apprenticeship programs. (www.ua.org)
Plumbing – Heating – Cooling Contractors Association – The PHCC upholds education and training standards in the plumbing, heating, and cooling industry. For more information on their apprentice and journeyman program, go to www.phccweb.org.
National Fire Sprinkler Association – As the name suggests, this organization concentrates its efforts to promote competently installed fire sprinklers in new and existing construction. They also have an education program on fire sprinkler related topics. (www.nfsa.org)
Associated Builders and Contractors – For those interested in the plumbing aspect of the construction industry, this organization sponsors apprenticeships in over 20 construction related crafts. (www.abc.org)
Home Builders Institute of the National Association of Home Builders – If you're interested in working in the home building industry, the Home Builders Institute runs several programs, including craft skills training and a job corps. (www.nahb.org)