Sprinkler fitters are pipefitting specialists in fire protection.  They install, repair, and maintain all types of fixed extinguishing systems.  While most of this work deals directly with automatic sprinkler systems they also have the skills necessary to install and service a wide variety of other fire protection equipment such as standpipes, carbon dioxide systems, halon systems, foam systems and dry chemical systems.

If you should become a member of the Local 696 Joint Apprenticeship Program the facts of life are that you:

  • Are under the jurisdiction and control of the Local 696 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee and assigned to a contractor for training.
  • Must complete a 5-Year apprenticeship in the related training program.
  • Must perform satisfactorily both on the job and in the Related Training Program.  Unsatisfactory progress in either area can result in termination of your apprenticeship.
  • Must travel to the job location.
  • Are required to work both inside and outdoors.  The job can vary from working in a trench 8 feet below the grade level working 100 feet or higher above the floor.  The majority of the work is done 10 to 20 feet off the floor.
  • Will work with overhead piping normally ranging in size from 1 inch to 8 inches and with underground pipe normally between 4 inches and 16 inches in size.
  • Will receive a starting wage as established by Agreement between Local 696 and the National Fire Sprinkler Association, Inc.  Those performing satisfactorily will receive an increase based on a percentage of the Journeyman’s rate each year.
  • Will become eligible for Health and Welfare benefits for yourself and your immediate family on the first day of the calendar month following your completion of 600 hours work on the trade.  Your employer will also make contributions into a fund to cover the cost of your education and, upon completion of Grade 2 Apprenticeship, will begin payments on your pension.


The Sprinkler Fitters Union Local 696, U.A. Joint Apprentice Committee will begin accepting applications for admission to the Sprinkler Fitters Apprentice Training Program.  Applications will be accepted at various times throughout the year. See below under the current news and events items for the list of dates and hours for applications.

Qualification for Apprenticeship Applicants:

All applicants must be at least 18 years old and MUST HAVE the following documents ALONG WITH COPIES to receive an application:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • High School Diploma with Official Transcript OR
  • GED with Official Transcript
  • Military Discharge Form DD-214 (if applicable)

NO applications will be accepted without ALL of these documents including copies for our records. NO exceptions will be made.

All successful applicants will be scheduled for a test at a later date and will be notified of the test date and time by certified mail. There is a testing fee of $60.00 which must be paid at the time of testing by a Bank Certified Check or Money Order payable to The NASI Apprentice and Training Fund, NO personal checks, cash or credit cards will be accepted. NO exceptions will be made. 

Application Process:

  1. The Application for must be completed on site and must be legible.
  2. All required documentation MUST be presented at the time of application as specified above.
    NO applications will be accepted after the application period.

NON-DISCRIMINATION: The Sprinkler Fitters Local 696 Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC), in the conduct of the Sprinkler Fitters 696 Training Center at 41-43 East Willow Street, Millburn, NJ 07041, admits students of any sex, race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students. The school does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national and ethic origin in the administration of its educational policies and school administered programs.

Training Coordinator
Dale Scheetz

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