Pipe Fitters LU 533 Training Center
Kansas City, MO
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  • How to Apply
    Updated On: Dec 05, 2022


     Applications are not accepted in person, only online.

    • Proof of age;  such as a copy of your birth certificate, driver’s license or state-issued ID (You must be 18 years of age or older to apply)
    • Your high school diploma and
    • Your transcripts from the last high school you attended (official or unofficial)
    • If a veteran, a copy of your DD214 or current military ID

    Diplomas must be obtained from high schools with regional accreditation. Diplomas from high schools with national accreditation will not be accepted. Diplomas purchased after a single exam online are not accepted.

    If you have a GED, you must still provide a copy of your transcript from the last high school you attended, and a copy of your GED certificate with your test scores.

    If you were home-schooled, at a minimum, provide proof of graduation as well as a transcript documenting courses completed and grades received on such courses.

    If you have not yet graduated from high school, you must be at least 18 years old to apply. Request a seven-semester transcript and a letter on school letterhead from the high school indicating that you are on track to graduate and the day on which you will graduate, in addition to a copy of your birth certificate. After graduation, you must provide us a copy of your diploma.

    To obtain your high school transcript, contact the high school where you attended and request them from the main office. We must have these in addition to a copy of your diploma to document your graduation date, and you must provide them even if you have a GED and/or graduated from college.

    If you do not have your diploma, contact the high school and request that they write a letter on school letterhead that contains your legal name, the date of your graduation, and the signature of a school official.


    • Documents must be legible, and the entire document must be viewable. If any portion of the document is covered, blurred, or marked out your application will not be accepted until you upload documents in the required format.

    • It is advised that you SCAN your documents, do NOT take pictures. If you are using a mobile device, scan your documents prior to uploading. Suggested apps: PhotoScan, Notes (Apple) or Genius Scan (Android).

    • Documents must be legible, clear, and print full size on 8.5x11" paper, with the exception of a driver's license image. Tip: When scanning a document, lay it flat on a solid-colored background. Do not hold it in your hands, take a picture of it laying on your bed or send images including other things other than the document.

    • Remember, you need clear, sharp pictures or scans. We do not accept screenshots/images of your phone screen.

    How you enter your name on the application is how your name will appear on the Letter of Eligibility. It is suggested you type your name in all capital letters. (Example: JOHN  F  DOE)

    To start an application and upload the required documents, click here. After you upload your documents, you will be redirected to complete the Pipefitters Apprenticeship Application. You MUST upload your documents AND complete the application to complete the application process. 

    Once we receive your documents and application, within 2 business days they will be reviewed, and your application will be Accepted or Rejected.

    If your application is Accepted: You will receive 2 emails. 1) One email will have the subject line “Pipe Fitters 533 Union Fusion Temporary Password”. You will need to create an account with Union Fusion, and you’ll have access to view the current Contractors Hiring List. Your application will be placed in a pool of eligible candidates and valid for 1 year. 2) We will email you the Letter of Eligibility. The Eligibility Letter informs the contractors that you have an application on file and are eligible to be hired.

    If your application is Rejected: we will respond to the email with the reason(s) why and you may correct your documents and email them again. The most common reasons applications are rejected are 1) documents are too small/not legible 2) not emailing all required documents. Yes, we must have your high school transcripts AND diploma. Read the F.A.Q. section for common questions. 


    1.  If you’re interested in the contractors on the list, send the contractor your Eligibility Letter along with your résumé and anything else you might find beneficial to a prospective employer. 

    2.  If you are selected to be hired by a contractor, they will contact you and set you up for one or more interviews. Then the contractor will contact you to pick up an “Intent to Hire” letter from their office. When you receive the “Intent to Hire” letter you must discontinue interviewing with other contractors.

    3.  The contractor will work with you to set up an appointment to come to the Training Center. This is the first of three required visits you must make.

    1. First: Come to the Training Center with your "Intent to Hire" document at your appointed day & time to complete apprenticeship paperwork
    2. Second: Drug test at an appointed time & location that we give you
    3. After the drug results are received, and you're confirmed compliant, you will be contacted by the Business Office to go there and complete membership paperwork. You will be instructed through the remainder of the process. 

    NOTE: Applying to the Pipe Fitter Apprenticeship program does not mean you are “in” the Union; it means you are applying for the Apprenticeship Program.

    UPDATE DECEMBER 2022: The Contractor Hiring List is now a living document (a document that is continually edited and updated), and eligible contractors can be added or removed any day or time. If you are not hired immediately, continue to review the Contractor Hiring List (viewable in your Union Fusion account) and send your Letter of Eligibility and anything else you would send to a prospective employer. If you do not have a Union Fusion account and have applied within the last 12 months, email applications@pftc533.com and request access. 

    An application shall remain active for one (1) year from the date it has been submitted. If an applicant desires to have their application remain active beyond this one (1) year period, then the applicant is required to notify the Program of such desire in writing. Such written notice shall be made no earlier than sixty (60) days prior to the one (1) year anniversary date of the original application and no later than the one (1) year anniversary date of submission. Those applicants who notify the Program in writing (applications@pftc533.com) shall have their applications remain active for an additional year. Those applicants who fail to provide such written notice shall be deemed inactive. An application may be renewed for a total of five (5) years, after such time the applicant will be required to complete a new application.

    Pipefitters Local Union No. 533 Education Training Program Fund will not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants or apprentices based on race, color, religion, national origin, sec (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, genetic information, or because they are an individual with a disability or a person 40 years or older. Pipefitters Local Union No. 533 Education Training Program Fund will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as request under Title 29 of the Code of FedRegulations, part 30. Click HERE to read more about our Equal Opportunity Employment Pledge. 

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