Pipefitters install and repair pipes that carry liquids or gases to commercial structures. Pipefitters typically do the following:
  • Install pipes and fixtures
  • Study blueprints and follow state and local building codes
  • Determine the amount of material and type of equipment needed
  • Inspect and test installed pipe systems and pipelines
  • Troubleshoot systems that are not working
  • Replace worn parts
Annual Apprenticeship Program Includes:

  • Registration of Apprentice with D.C. / Virginia (if apprenticed)
  • Monitoring Apprentice annual progression 
  • Monthly on-site class evaluation for testing and hands-on
  • Monitor and submission of NCCER Student Certification material
  • Instructor, Lab and Book Fees
Course Work

Level 1 (Pipe-fitter 1)
Includes C.O.R.E., registration fee, books, materials, lab supplies, and instructor fees.

• Pipefitting Hand / Power Tools
• Oxyfuel Cutting
• Ladders and Scaffolds
• Motorized Equipment I

Pipefitter 2
Includes books, materials, lab supplies, and instructor fees.

• Piping Systems
• Drawings and Detail Sheets
• Identifying and Installing Valve
• Threaded Pipe Fabrication
• Socket / Butt Weld Pipe Fabrication
• Excavations
• Underground Pipe Installation

Pipefitter 3
Includes books, materials, lab supplies, and instructor fees.

• Rigging Practices
• Standards and Specifications
• Motorized Equipment II
• Aboveground Pipe Installation
• Field Routing and Vessel Trim
• Pipe Hangers and Supports
• Testing Piping Systems and Equipment

Pipefitter 4
Includes books, materials, lab supplies, and instructor fees.

• Blueprint Reading
• Advanced Pipe Fabrication
• Stress Relieving and Aligning
• Steam Traps
• In-Line Specialties
• Special Piping
• Hot Taps
• Maintaining Valves


Central Virginia
1520 East Parham Road
Richmond, VA 23228


Central Virginia Pipefitting Apprenticeship Application 2017 - 2018