Join An Apprenticeship Program

Apprenticeship programs are a unique type of education, combining on-the-job training with traditional classroom instruction. These skills have historically been handed down from one skilled craftsmen to the next, ensuring that integrity, a strong work ethic, and pride carry on from generation to generation. Apprentices earn a living wage throughout the education process, with periodic raises to reflect increased experience and commitment. Once the apprenticeship is completed, workers receive full journey-level wages and an internationally-recognized trade certification. Depending on their chosen program, apprentices may even earn college credits and/or an associate’s degree.


Successful applicants should expect mentally and physically demanding work in all kinds of weather conditions. Much of our work is not glamorous. It can be cold, hot, heavy, and downright dirty, so those afraid of hard work need not apply. Building Trades unions don't have seniority; we have accountability. You should expect an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. You’ll go home tired at the end of the day, but you’ll be able to look back at what you built with pride.

Each of our affiliated local unions has its own application requirements, so please contact the union for more information about the program you’re interested in. Applicants are typically required to have a high school diploma or equivalent, a valid driver’s license, and the ability to pass a drug test.
Apprenticeships provide equal employment opportunity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. To be selected, you must meet the qualifications of the particular trade and program to which you are applying and follow the registered selection process.

In addition, we recognize the sacrifice and service of our men and women in the Armed Forces. Veterans can take advantage of the “Helmets to Hardhats” program, dedicated to helping military members transition into construction careers.

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