• PCA Regional Codebook
  • Join The PCA Midwest’s Rising Tide
  • Free Hazcom Training
  • PCA Revised Safety Manual
  • PCA Associate Membership
  • The PCA and Our Members
  • PCA Consumer Lead Brochure
  • PCA Regional Codebook

    The 2017-18 edition is completely updated and revised—now includes Chicago and unincorporated Cook County codes.

    This is offered as a Premium Contractor Advantage benefit exclusively available to Plumbing Council (PCA-Local 130 CBA) affiliated and contributing contractors (at no cost), as well as local municipal inspectors working in our jurisdiction.

  • Join The PCA Midwest’s Rising Tide

    The Plumbing Contractors Association Midwest (PCA) is launching a new effort to involve, engage and prepare our next generation of plumbing/piping industry leaders. If your plan is to take on tomorrow, come learn and grow with peers who are like-minded.

    Contact the Plumbing Contractors Association Midwest (PCA) office at 312-563-9526 for more information.

  • Free Hazcom Training

    Still Available! The deadline to comply with OSHA's revised Hazard Communication Standard training which aligns with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) may have ended, the PCA Midwest and the Plumbing Council Midwest will continue to host our free Hazcom Training presentation online for new hires and anyone who needs to obtain certification.

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  • PCA Revised Safety Manual

    Take advantage of the Plumbing Council's completely updated Company Safety Policy Manual. This document is available as individual "chapter" PDF files and/or editable "Word" files to insert your company name. To obtain access to any of the safety manual files, click the link below. Once on the document page, you will need to Login or "Create an account" and accept the disclaimer.

    Download the Safety Manual here

  • PCA Associate Membership

    Associate members of the Plumbing Contractors Association Midwest have the ability to gain visibility with over 300+ plumbing contractors working in the 17 Illinois counties in our jurisdiction.

    Click on the links below if you are interested in joining and learning more about the advantages of becoming a PCA Midwest Associate Member. See Associate Membership Listing.

    Application Form

  • The PCA and Our Members

    As one of the oldest trade associations in the United States, the mission of the Plumbing Contractors Association Midwest includes representing our members in Labor Relations and Legislation, assisting our members with education and safety training, and supporting an apprenticeship system that provides for the effective training of apprentices.

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  • PCA Consumer Lead Brochure

    The PCA and the Illinois PHCC have collaborated to develop a new brochure on lead safety in drinking water. It explains what consumers can do to reduce their exposure to lead in their home; offers advice on hiring licensed plumbing contractors to test the lead in water systems; provides helpful industry website links; and includes a consumer acknowledgement and release form for our contractors to keep for their own records. Download the Brochure by clicking here. Make sure to log in or register as a new user first.

PCA Meetings

Geoffrey Baer

Please note the next PCA Midwest membership meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at the Erie Cafe in Chicago. Our special guest speaker will be WTTW Channel 11 Chicago historian Geoffrey Baer, creator and host of several popular shows on WTTW. Following the business portion of our membership meeting, attendees will enjoy a unique opportunity to hear much about the wonderful history of our “windy” city including time devoted to its elaborate plumbing and waterway systems from a master storyteller like Baer. Click here to register.


Retainage Reform Introduced in Illinois General Assembly

IMSCA has worked hard behind the scenes to introduce companion bills: Senate Bill (SB) 1636 sponsored by Senator John Mulroe and House Bill (HB) 2916 sponsored by Representative Luis Arroyo. This legislation amends the Contractor Prompt Payment Act and allows retainage to be withheld at a rate of 10% for the first half of a construction project, but has to be reduced to 5% once the project is 50% completed. This bill will only apply to private, commercial construction projects.

It is critically important that our PCA and Plumbing Council affiliated contractors continue to work together with IMSCA to ensure SB 1636/HB 2916 is passed by the Illinois General Assembly.  Here's what you can do:

  • Reach out to your Illinois State legislators (State Senator and State Representative) by letter, phone call, and/or meet with them in their district offices. Introduce yourself, your business and explain the importance of adopting retainage reform. 
  • You can use the IMSCA position paper (click here) as an example for talking points to share with your state legislator, but it’s important that you provide your personal experiences of how abusive retainage practices have hurt you and/or your business’s bottom line.
  • Ask your state legislator to sign on as a co-sponsor of this legislation.
  • If you don’t know who your legislator is, you can use this link to find out.

Chicago Private Drain Program New Procedures

Click here to review the new "Private Drain Program" procedures from an email received at the PCA Midwest office on October 31, 2018 from the Chicago Department of Water Management.


C.E.Classes for Illinois Licensed Plumbers

UA Plumbers' Local 130 UA has posted its 2018-2019 C.E. class schedule online for Illinois licensed plumbers. All of these classes (4-hours of IDPH approved C.E. credit) will be held at the UA Plumbers' Local 130 JAC Chicago, Volo or Joliet Training Centers. Click here for a complete listing of the available classes.


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