Apprentice Program


Our Apprentice Training Program combines hands-on classroom education by qualified instructors with on-the-job training. This "earn while you learn" approach gives you the opportunity to earn a good living while developing highly marketable skills for life. We have numerous specialized carpenter training programs that are right for you including:

  • Carpentry - General
  • Concrete Forming
  • Drywall
  • Floor Covering
  • Insulation
  • Lathing
  • Mill Cabinet
  • Millwright
  • Pile Driving
  • Shingling
  • Siding

What is an Apprentice

An apprentice is someone who is learning a trade by working under the guidance of skilled journeymen. It's on-the-job training. You earn while you learn and are paid a wage from the first day you're hired by a contractor. Apprentices usually start at about 40 percent of the skilled journeyman's rate of pay. Apprentice wages are increased at periodic intervals until their wages are up to 80 percent of the journeyman's rate-usually the last year of training.

Any candidate applying for an apprenticeship must meet the following requirements:     

  • Must have attained the age of 17.
  • Must reside within the jurisdiction of the Apprenticeship Program.
  • Must have successfully completed two (2) years of required high school study that meets graduation requirements in an accredited high school, or has earned a GED certificate.
  • Must have an original Social Security card or a receipt showing an application for a duplicate card.
  • Must be physically fit to work at the trade.

If the above requirements are met the applicant must obtain a recommendation from one of the following:

The Apprenticeship Information Center – shall function as a primary registration agency. Interested individuals may file an application at the state agency in order to establish eligibility. Click here.

Union Contractors – The applicant must obtain a letter of recommendation from the contractor stating that the company intends to employ the applicant upon becoming an apprentice.

Regional Council – A letter of recommendation must be obtained by the applicant from a local union affiliated with the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters' Apprentice and Training Program. To find the local union in your area please click here.

Qualifying applicants must appear in person at the Apprentice Training Center to complete and file an "Application for Apprenticeship in Carpentry." At that time the applicant must meet the minimum qualifications and present the prescribed documents as stated above.

Each applicant who meets the above criteria shall be eligible to take the aptitude and qualifying tests, as required for entry into the Apprenticeship Program. The aptitude and qualifying tests are held at various times and measure vocabulary and word meaning, arithmetic ability, reasoning power and natural talent for carpentry.

Applicants are notified by mail, informing them of the testing date, time and place. Applicants are also notified by mail as to whether they passed or failed the tests.

The recruitment, selection, employment and training of apprentices during their apprenticeship shall be without discrimination because of age, race, color, religion, national origin or sex.


CONTACT INFORMATION:  

CENTRAL REGION 

Carpenters' Training Center – Main Office
1256 Estes Ave.
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
847-640-7373
Fax:  847-364-8367
http://www.chicap.org/

Elk Grove Village Annex
1099 Estes Ave.
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Chicago Training Center
2141 South Union Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616

Rockford Apprentice and Training Center
1117 Tebala Blvd.
Rockford, IL 61108-4562
815-332-7006

NORTHERN REGION

Carpenters' Training Center – Southeastern Wisconsin
N25 W23055 Paul Rd., Suite 3
Pewaukee, WI 53072
262-574-6995
Fax:  262-574-6994
http://www.sewctc.org/


WESTERN REGION

Carpenters' Training Center – Quad Cities
479 27th St.
East Moline, IL 61244
309-755-3585
Fax:  309-752-1008

Rockford Apprentice and Training Center
1117 Tebala Blvd.
Rockford, IL 61108-4562
815-332-7006

Carpenters' Training Center – Five Rivers
350 Waconia Court, S.W.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
319-365-9519
Fax:  319-365-9655

Iowa Millwright Apprentice Training Center
2707 62nd St. Court
Bettendorf, IA  52722
563-332-3595
Fax:  563-332-1126