Tradition | Skill | Excellence


You can join Plumbers Local Union #8 with little or no prior experience. Individuals enter a United Association 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.

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 programs 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 UA apprentices receive a strong general education background in the trade, with core courses in basics such as mathematics, drawing and everything else you will need to know to become trained as a journeyman plumber.

Apprenticeship is not an easy time: UA 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.

Basic Qualifications

  • The Applicant must be 18 years of age prior to the month they apply. (Copy of Birth Certificate Required)
  • The Applicant must be a High School Graduate or have passed a High School Equivalent Test (GED). (Copy of Diploma and transcript or GED Certificate grades and transcript required)
  • Drug testing, each conditionally selected Applicant will be Required to take-a urinalysis test for drugs. Any such Applicant who has a positive urinalysis test, or who refuses to take such a test, will not be admitted. The urinalysis test will be paid for by the Apprenticeship Fund.

How to Apply

Anyone interested may download an application or pick one up Monday through Friday between the hours of 8am and 4pm at 5950 Manchester Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64130.