The Cleveland Plumbing Industry’s focus on quality development of workforce education and training is highlighted in the current May issue of Properties, Northeast Ohio’s monthly realty, construction and architecture magazine.
Supported by the United Association (UA) Plumbers Local Union 55, CPI is dedicated to promoting and maintaining the highest standards of training, safety and production for the entire region’s plumbing contractors. Our workforce is well trained in new construction and maintenance of all plumbing and HVAC work for industrial, retail, manufacturing, educational and medical structure projects. Some of the most recent landmark construction projects CPI plumbers have had a hand in include the Horseshoe Casino and the Medical Mart and Convention Center.
Before entering the workforce, our aspiring professionals are placed into the Joint Apprentice and Training Committee (J.A.T.C.) program, considered one of the best state-registered construction industry apprentice programs available. Our fully-funded, five-year program combines a minimum of 1,000 hours of classroom instruction and 8,400 hours of hands-on, on-the-job training to become a certified journeyman plumber. Apprentices that enter the program do so at no cost to themselves; in fact, they “earn while they learn” and are paid escalating wages upon completing each year of training.
Training does not end upon completion of the J.A.T.C. program, though. All active journeymen affiliated with CPI are required to attend at least eight hours of continuing education every year, including recertification courses and training related to new programs as offered by the Local 55 J.A.T.C.
By building a solid foundation of proper training and education we create a peace of mind for homebuilders and homeowners, as well as contractors overseeing commercial construction and maintenance projects, who utilize the skilled and experienced members of our workforce.
The Cleveland Plumbing Industry has proven its competence and dependability for decades. The average CPI contractor has been in business for 26 years and many for more than 50 years. The oldest firm affiliated with CPI has been in business more than 100 years. The State of Ohio will decertify any contractor who performs below the industry standard or who engages in business improprieties; the State has never decertified a single CPI contractor.
The proof for the professionalism and initiatives that CPI has set the standards for are simply in the numbers: sixty percent of all homes in the Greater Cleveland area have plumbing installed by CPI contractors. By virtue of a strong name and foundation in the community, we will continue to build our brand within the construction industry and the consumer market and continue to promote Northeast Ohio’s plumbing industry while enhancing the quality and safety of plumbing systems throughout the region, our mission since 1963.
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