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.