Building Trades Apprenticeship Applications

Due to COVID-19 applications are not being distributed at this time.  This will be re-evaluated on a monthly basis and posted accordingly.

If for some reason these dates do not work out due to circumstances beyond the school’s control (i.e.: death, power outage, inclement weather, etc.), a new date will be posted and added to the calendar of application dates.All applicants must appear at the training school, 1226 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio with a photo ID to pick up an application.

All applicants:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age by June 15th of the application year.
  • Shall have a high school diploma, GED, or a notarized letter from their high school stating that they will graduate in June of the application year (will also need to provide high school grade transcript or GED scores.)
  • Must live in one of the following counties in our jurisdiction: Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Hocking, Licking, Madison, Marion, Perry, Pickaway, Ross, or Union County.
  • May be required to take a DAT aptitude test or another validated aptitude test administered by a third party agency. (currently Columbus State Community College)
  • Must pay a one-time non-refundable application fee of $60.00.  This fee is waived upon proof of financial hardship(must present current documentation.)
  • Must appear for an oral interview if scheduled.
  • Must be legally eligible to work in the United States and documentation showing such must be provided upon acceptance into the program.
  • Must have reliable transportation. (Please be aware that you may be sent to work anywhere in Local 189’s jurisdiction which covers the 11 counties listed above.)
  • Who are called from the applicant list for employment will be required to take a drug screening test.
  • Will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, or age.

Bad Weather Notification Procedure

Listen for the words: “Plumbers and Pipefitters JATC” 

In the event bad weather causes a cancellation of normal school hours, we will call the following radio stations as soon as such a decision is reached:


Radio Stations

1460 – AM – The Fan
97.1 FM – WBNS – B-97
610 AM – WTVN
92.3 FM – WCOL
1230 – AM – WCOL
93.3 – Lite FM
105.7 The Fox
97.1 The Mix

Television News Stations

Channel 4 NBC News
Channel 10 WBNS News
Channel 6 ABC News
Channel 28 Fox News


Normally a cancellation decision will not be made until 2:00 PM that day. This will still allow the cancellation to make it on the 3:00-3:30 PM news reports. If we have bad weather and you do not hear a cancellation announcement on one of the above stations, please call to find out if school has been cancelled.

There are more than a dozen J.A.T.C. programs in central Ohio, please listen for the following words:

“Plumbers and Pipefitters JATC”

New Website & Information


A new website for the PLUMBERS, PIPEFITTERS & HVAC/R SERVICE TECHNICIANS JOINT APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING CENTER Mechanical Contractors Association of Central Ohio. The UA Local 189 Joint Apprenticeship Training Program (JATC) offers the next generation of pipe-fitters, welders, plumbing installers and other skilled trade workers the opportunity to learn from the best in the industry, while also earning living

Take a look around and stay up to date with the latest news and information.