Training Center

The Local 272 Training Center is located at:

1201 NE 7th Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Training is offered for both Journeymen who want to upgrade their skills and/or their certifications.  For those wishing to enter the Ironworking Trade, we offer a four year apprenticeship program.  

Journeymen upgrade for welding is scheduled weekly on Monday mornings from 8am to 12pm and on Thursday evenings from 4pm to 8pm.  Members are required to bring their own tools (I.E. welding hood, chipping hammer, wire brush and safety clothing with boots).  Certification tests are generally scheduled monthly on a Thursday evening.  To be eligible for a certification test, you must pass a visual pretest administered by one of our instructors.  There will be no practice on test nights.

Safety classes are scheduled based on need of either contractors or members.  All safety classes are scheduled during the summer months to allow the apprentices to obtain all their certifications.  Journeymen are welcome to take these courses, also, provided there is enough classroom space.  These classes include OSHA 10, Sub-part R, Scaffold Erection, MSHA, First Aid/CPR, and Foreman’s Training Class.  Schedules for these summer classes are usually posted in May, when the school year for apprentices is coming to an end.  Intermittent classes are scheduled as needed throughout the rest of the year and will be posted as scheduled.

The apprenticeship program is a 4 year program that includes Structural Steel, Reinforcing Steel, Ornamental (windows) and Welding.  The apprentice will attend school on Saturdays and week nights (Monday and Wednesday) depending on the class that they are enrolled in.  Starting Pay is 50% of Journeymen’s pay.  As the apprentice works in the field, his  pay will increase automatically.  Apprentices are evaluated regularly both in the field and in the classroom, to determine their continuing eligibility in the program.  Further information can be obtain about the apprenticeship program under the apprenticeship tab.