Joint Apprenticeship Committee

The JAC is a joint training venture by U.A. Sprinkler Fitters Local 709 and the National Fire Sprinkler Association.

For over a century, the U.A. has been training the most qualified workers in the United States and Canada. The U.A. spends over $100 million a year on training programs at over 400 local training centers. We are proud to say we host one of these state-of-the-art training facilities adjacent to the main union office.

Contact the JAC 

The Joint Apprenticeship Training Center and continued education classes are handled by the JAC. All training questions, applications and other program-related concerns should be addressed to John Holmes, Shawn Arballo, or Anthony Karanja by phone or mail.

John Holmes - Director of Training

Ph: (562) 907-7622  Email:  Cell: (909) 418-7806

Shawn Arballo - JAC Coordinator

Ph: (562) 907-7622  Email:  Cell: (562) 329-1599

Anthony Karanja - Office Manager

Ph: (562) 907-7622  Email:  

Office Fax: (562) 907-7625


Sprinkler Fitters U.A. Local 709 Joint Apprenticeship Training Center

12140 Rivera Road, Suite B

Whittier, CA 90606


Have a question? 

If you have questions or concerns related to any of the following topics, please contact the JAC at the contact info above. 

  • Hours in from your company/contractor

  • Raises/advancements (when effective)

  • Grades/Finals

  • School absences

  • Disability release form submittal (1 copy submitted to JAC, 1 copy to Local 709)

  • Evaluations from foreman

  • Apprentice rotations

  • Teacher/Classroom Information

  • Code books

  • Hand tools

  • School start dates/schedule

  • JAC meeting dates (Every 2nd working Monday of the month. Must sign in before 5 pm.)

  • CPR or First Aid classes

  • New training classes

  • Turnout/graduation date

  • Messages for teachers

  • To give notice that you're going to be late or absent

  • All-things apprentice applications, including: applying, test scores, oral interviews and orientation


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