In 2014 Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship Training of Arkansas (PPATA) celebrated 70 years of UA craft training. This unmatched heritage and experience are a major part of what make our training program an industry leader in Arkansas.
PPATA currently operates 3 full service training centers and 3 satellite campuses strategically located throughout the state of Arkansas. The program in its current form is the result of the merger of 3 UA training programs. On June 25, 2014 the Trustees of the Greater Little Rock Area JATC, South Arkansas JATC, and the Fort Smith JATC finalized the merger of these programs to formerly create PPATA. Since that time the Trustees and Training Staff have gone to work to ensure the program meets the highest standards of quality training.
Besides traditional apprenticeship training PPATA also offers UA journeymen upgrade training, conducts all UA welder certification tests, and maintains the records of more than 1,600 individual certifications.