Training Information

N.I.T.C. Testing

Union Pipe Trades Training Center (see map)
8616 Cuyamaca Street
Santee, California 92071

Monday – Thursday 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
Friday 6:30 am to 3:30 pm

For information, please contact:
Suzanne Hunt, Apprenticeship Secretary
[email protected]
(619) 262-7589

All apprentices should check their emails for important emails from the A&J.

San Diego Training Center Now Open By Appointment Only for Welding & Brazing Practice and Testing

Members can now visit the A&J’s website at to schedule an appointment for Practice and Testing welding and brazing. If you have any questions you can call the A&J directly at (310) 604-0892. For Practice and Testing, the shop will operate at no more than 50% percent capacity, overseen by the A&J main office and the facility Supervisor.

Practice and Testing times are as follows:

Welding & Brazing Practice: Tuesday through Friday 7:00 am to 8:00 pm and Saturdays from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. Closed Sundays, Mondays, and Holiday weekends. 

Weld & Brazing Testing: Wednesdays from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm, and on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

The facility supervisor (Rafael) will need to evaluate and authorize any test for any of the following types of members:

  • Apprentices
  • Journeyman who has not held a certification, etc.

The priority list for booth availability for both welding and brazing is as follows:

  1. Recertification/continuity for members who are either currently employed or have an immediate job call.
  2. General continuity
  3. Journeyman new cert test
  4. Journeyman practice
  5. Apprentice practice

 Please call the A&J at (310) 604-0892 if you have any further questions. 

Journeymen Upgrade Training:

The Master Agreement (2017-2026) for the Plumbing and Piping Industry of Southern California between
California Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors Association and Southern California Pipe Trades District
Council No. 16 of the United Association states 5.9.1. Effective September 1, 2018, all Book 1 and Book 2
Journeymen must annually complete ten (10) hours of approved journeymen training as a condition of
new or continuing employment. Effective September 1, 2020, the annual training requirement shall
increase to sixteen (16) hours. The Union and Contractors Association, working with the Southern Pipe
Trades Apprentice and Journeymen Training Trust shall establish approved classes, seminars, instruction,
and other types of training for purposes of satisfying the requirements hereunder.

Members are required to complete training based on their status by September 1st of each year. For example,
an Apprentice who turns out February 15, 2020 is not required to complete training by August 31, 2020,
as he/she was still an Apprentice on September 1, 2019. Since he/she will be a Journey Worker as of
September 1, 2020, he/she is required to complete the hours by August 31, 2021.

Members working outside of District Council 16 and return to District Council 16 on or after September
1st will have a ninety (90) day period in which to complete their hours.


On-Line Click Safety: Self-Paced: Must Be Completed Before August 31st:

Cal/OSHA 10-hour Construction Course (10 hours)

OSHA 10 Road Construction 

OSHA 30-hour Construction Course (30 hours)

Focus Four Struck-By Fatality Prevention for Construction 

Alcohol and Substance Abuse for Construction 

Cal Hand and Power Tools for Construction

Cal Fire Prevention for Construction 

Advanced Asbestos Awareness for Construction 























Enroll Here For Classes

  1. Members must go to to sign-up for a course they’re interested in taking (Course sign-up).
  2. Once the class is scheduled, an e-mail will be sent out to those members that have registered for that class once the A&J schedules that particular class. JUST BECAUSE YOU HAVE REGISTERED TO TAKE A COURSE DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU ARE SIGNED-UP TO TAKE THE CLASS.  You’re not signed-up for the class until the class has been scheduled and released by A&J at that time you must sign-up for the class on the A&J’s website.
  3. Once you’ve signed-up for a class, if you are unable to attend, YOU MUST CANCEL the class with the A&J before 5:00 pm two days prior to the class that is scheduled.  If you DO NOT CANCEL AND DO NOT APPEAR, THE A&J WILL CONSIDER YOU A “NO SHOW.” YOU WILL THEN BE BILLED $50.00 WHICH MUST BE PAID PRIOR TO ENROLLING IN ANOTHER CLASS.
  4. If a member is taking a “Certification Class”, you must complete a NITC Application 3 weeks prior to the scheduled class or you will be required to schedule your own testing with either Local 230 or the Training Center Administrative Office.
  5. All members MUST adhere to the “Student Dress Code Policy” that has been established for all DC 16 training centers.  Any member that does not comply with the following shall be removed from class and required to comply or will be marked absent for the day.
    1. A)Full length denim type pants, sleeved shirts and closed toe shoes must be worn at all times and must be appropriate for job site activities.
    2. Underwear must be completely covered with outer clothing at all times.
    3. Pants must be worn near the waist and long t-shirts must be tucked in.
    4. Hooded garments shall not be worn inside the classroom.

In addition to the above, the following will apply for all shop type classes and walk in welding.

    1. Long sleeve shirts must be worn.
    2. Work boots (no tennis shoes)
    3. No loose clothing or jewelry is permitted.
    4. All appropriate personal protective equipment shall be worn at all times.


  1. All members must follow all A&J policies most notable the No Smoking, vaping(e-cigarettes) or chewing Tabaco anywhere on or in the property including the parking lot.



  1. UA Brazing and welding Certifications are ONLY open on Thursdays.
  2. NITC Brazing Certifications
  • Any Brazing Certifications take an average of 4 to 6 weeks to get the results back.

Qualified Industry Current Journeymen

Simply put, trained union crafts workers are the best investment a contractor can make. When a United Association Apprentice
becomes a Journeyman, his education isn’t over, it’s just moved to a higher plateau. A high skill level enables our contractors to
achieve lower production costs. We have many specialty Journeymen who have the knowledge needed for that particularly difficult
or unusual job.

Part of the Apprentice and Journeyman training is gaining insight into the problems and headaches contractors have every day.
The good old fashioned work ethic is still very much alive in our training courses. Our Journeymen are expected to give their best,
and produce quality workmanship, day in and day out.