Pipe Fitters LU 533 Training Center
Kansas City, MO
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  • How to Apply
    Updated On: May 21, 2024


     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 issued by the school and
    • Your transcripts from the last high school you attended (official or unofficial) with your graduation date. Yes, we need your high school transcripts. You may also provide your college transcripts, but we require applicants' high school transcripts. 
    • To claim veteran status on the application, upload 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. Within 30 days after graduation, you must provide us with a copy of your diploma and your final transcripts showing your graduate date. Failure to provide these documents will result in your application being marked rejected and void.

    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 have graduated, your transcripts must include your graduate date.

    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.


    We do NOT accept photographs of documents.

    • 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.
    • 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 printable on full-size 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 lying on your bed or send images including things other than the document.
    • We do not accept screenshots/images of your phone screen or photographs. 

    When you have your documents ready, click here to submit an application. It can take up to 5 business days to review applications, and your application will be Accepted or Rejected. 

    If your application is Accepted, You will receive two emails regarding your application and the next steps.  *check all email folders, including Junk & SPAM*. 

    If your application is Rejected, You will receive an email with the reason(s), and you may submit a new application. 


    1.  If you’re interested in the contractors on the list, send the contractor your Eligibility Letter, résumé, and anything else you might find beneficial to a prospective employer. At times, there may not be any contractors on the list. Check back often as the list changes.

    2.  If a contractor contacts you, they will contact you and set you up for one or more interviews. The contractor will contact you if hired, and if you accept, you must discontinue interviewing with other contractors.

    3.  The contractor will work with you to schedule an appointment to visit the Training Center. 

    You will be notified when you can start work. You may NOT start work as an apprentice until you've paid dues at the Business Office. 

    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. An eligible contractor must hire you to be "in" the apprenticeship program and start classes. 

    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.coms) shall have their applications remain active for an additional year. Those applicants who fail to provide such a written notice shall be deemed inactive. An application may be renewed for a total of five (5) years. After such a 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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