Please Note: The MCAO is not involved with the hiring or training of apprentices, please contact the joint apprenticeship offices linked below for further information.


Individuals who enter a United Association five-year apprenticeship program 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.

Apprentices learn through both classroom and on-the-job training in what is considered by many to be the best construction industry apprentice program 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.

Apprenticeship is not easy, and all 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.

Applicants are evaluated on the same fair basis, without regard to race, sex, national origin, or religious affiliation.  If you are interested in an Apprenticeship, please contact your local Joint Apprenticeship Training Centre for more details.