The International Training Institute (ITI) provides curriculum and training to 148 training facilities in the United States and Canada for the unionized sheet metal, air conditioning and welding industry.
The training programs and materials offered by the ITI are the result of an employee welfare benefit plan established on May 12, 1971 to fund the training and development of apprentices and workers in the unionized sheet metal industry.
The ITI is jointly sponsored by the International Association of Sheet Metal Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA).
Nearly 15,000 apprentices are currently learning and working in four- and five-year programs, earning college credits for their work and graduating with a well-defined career path and zero college debt.
The ITI supports apprenticeship and advanced career training for male and female union workers in the sheet metal, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), industrial/welding, architectural, and building service industry throughout the United States and Canada. Headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, the ITI produces a standardized sheet metal curriculum supported by a wide variety of training materials free of charge to sheet metal apprentices and journeymen.
Administrator of International Training Institute
James Page is the administrator of the International Training Institute, the education arm of the unionized sheet metal and air conditioning industry.
Page was previously employed by the ITI from 2007 until he was hired as the administrator for the National Energy Management Institute Committee (NEMIC), a position he took over in 2012.
Page has more than 30 years of experience in the HVAC industry. He completed his apprenticeship training in 1984 at Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 108 in Los Angeles. He earned his associate degree in sheet metal apprenticeship technology from Ivy Tech College and his associate degree in liberal studies from Long Beach City College.
His professional career includes training and certification in basic and advanced testing, adjusting and balancing for TAB certification; air conditioning and service levels I, II and III; indoor air quality, service and TAB instructors training; basics in advanced professional development; and advanced professional development in teaching. He also was a past trainer in OSHA 10 and 30 and holds numerous industry certifications.
Page grew up in Southern California with his wife Tina of 33 years. Together, they have raised three grown children. Their son has continued the tradition of working in the sheet metal industry by becoming a journeyman, signatory to Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 105 in Glendora, California.