Plumbers & Steamfitters 565 – Parkersburg



The Parkersburg Plumbers Joint Apprenticeship oversees a five-year training program. Individuals must apply and if chosen will become part of a select group of men and women motivated to learn a complex and challenging trade while upholding the ideals of trade unionism.

Applications are only available during specific times of the year. Watch local newspapers of call the program for updated information. Click here for a 565 sample application notice.

Applicants are evaluated on the same fair basis, without regard to race, sex, national origin or religious affiliation.

Apprentices learn through both classroom and paid on-the-job training in what is considered to be the best construction industry apprentice program in the world. 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 216 hours of related classroom instruction.

All apprentices receive a strong general education background in the trade, with core courses in basics such as mathematics and drawing. At a certain point apprentices can choose a specific path to follow, to become trained as a journeyman plumber, pipefitter, sprinklerfitter, service mechanic, or an HVAC refrigeration technician.

Apprenticeship is not easy: apprentices must work the same hours as journeymen plus attend night classes. Yet this can be a highly rewarding career path for an individual who is motivated to learn the piping trade and become an active member of a proud and noble trade union.

To join the United Association of Plumbers & Steamfitters without any prior experience, individuals enter a five-year apprenticeship program and 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.

To Qualify:

  • Must be 17 years of age during application, but must be a minimum of 18 years of age when registered as an apprentice if selected
  • Must provide a birth certificate
  • Must provide a high school diploma with transcripts, college transcripts if applicable, or GED with documentation
  • Valid driver’s license
  • DD 214 if in the military
  • Must reside in one of the counties listed below

WV:  Wood, Wirt, Pleasants, Jackson, Tyler, Calhoun and Ritchie counties

OH:  Washington, Meigs,  and Monroe or Morgan county south of Route 78

Applications must be picked up at 593 Cedar Grove Road Parkersburg WV – 2 blocks up from WVU-P.

The Recruitment, selection, employment and training of apprentices shall be without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin or sex.  The JATC will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunities in apprenticeship and training and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the code of federal regulations, Part 30.