COVID-19 Update

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Covid-19 update 10-14-2020

Pipe Fitters Training Fund, Local 597 is currently re-engaging limited training events while continuing to monitor the potential risk of covid-19 transmission within each activity.

All 597 Training weld facilities (Aurora, Crown Point & Mokena) are currently open from 7am – 8pm Monday thru Thursday, and 7am – 3:30pm on Friday for walk-on weld training and continuity updates.

UA weld certification testing will continue to be scheduled by appointment and has been relocated to Mokena.

Numerous Medical Gas Re-Certification night classes have resumed for members with expired NITC certifications.  Please contact the Training Center with certification expiration concerns.

  • All other night classes will remain postponed until further notice.

First year HVAC Apprentice CFC certification day classes will start on October 19 in Mokena.

  • All other day apprentice classes will remain postponed until further notice.

Aptitude testing will resume November 9 thru November 20 in Mokena.  Notifications have been mailed to all Eligible candidates regarding scheduled test dates.

  • Applications will remain postponed until further notice. 

Additional training events will be announced when determined reasonable and prudent.


Covid-19 Statement


The Pipe Fitters Training Fund, Local 597 is committed to providing a safe and healthy training environment for its participants and a safe and healthy workplace for its employees.  To ensure a safe and healthy environment, the Local 597 Training Program has adopted a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. The COVID-19 Preparedness Plan sets forth the measures that the Local 597 Training Program is actively taking to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at its facilities and throughout the community.

The goal of the COVID-19 Preparedness Plan is to mitigate the potential for exposure and/or transmission of COVID-19 to participants and employees of the Local 597 Training Program.  To meet the goals of this Policy, the Local 597 Training Program requires the full cooperation from all employees, members, participants, vendors and other individuals associated with the Local 597 Training Program.

All visitors to any of the Local 597 Training facilities are responsible for complying with all aspects of the Preparedness Plan at all times.  A copy of the Preparedness Plan will be made available to you upon request.

Please monitor your e-mail and this website for more information.

Information regarding COVID-19 can be found by visiting the CDC at

Pipe Fitters’ Training Fund

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