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February 19, 2018
About our Apprenticeship Program

What is an apprentice?

An apprentice is someone who is learning a trade by working under the guidance of skilled workers called journeyman. Apprentices start at 50% of the journeyman's pay rate. Wages are increased at periodic intervals until graduating to journeyman status.

Apprentices are required to attend school for four weeks each year for a period of four years. The training is free; however, you will not receive wages while attending school. Failure to attend scheduled classes will terminate you from the program.

How do I apply?

Applying is easy. Anyone wishing to enter the Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program may do so by meeting the following qualifications and submitting an application.


  • Residency within the territorial area of Mid-Central Illinois Regional Council of Carpenters. This includes the following counties: Adams, Brown, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Cole, Crawford, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Ford, Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Knox, Livingston, Logan, McDonough, McLean, Macon, Macoupin, Mason, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Peoria, Piatt, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, Tazewell, Vermilion, Warren and Woodford.
  • Minimum age: 17
  • Education: You must possess a high school diploma or a GED equivalency certificate.
  • Other: Applicants must have a valid driver's license and must be drug free and physically able to perform the work of the trade.

Application Process

Applicants qualifying for the program must complete and submit an application to join. Applications are accepted at 904 Brenkman Drive, Pekin, IL, 61554 on a daily basis, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., except for holidays. To be considered complete, your application must include:

  • Copies of your birth certificate, driver's license, high school diploma (or GED)
  • A DD-214 to verify any military training and/or experience
  • A $10 administrative fee (cashier's check, money order or cash only - no personal checks accepted)

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. The sponsor will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the Apprenticeship Program as required by the rules of the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training; U.S. Department of Labor; and Title 29 Part 30 of the code of Federal Regulation.

How are candidates selected?

Once your application is complete, you are placed in an eligibility pool. At that point, two conditions are necessary for the intake of new apprentices from the eligibility pool:

  1. There must be low employment (30% or less) of apprentices within the local union where you live; and
  2. There must be jobs available in your area.

When these conditions are stable, you will be informed of the time and place to take a qualifying test, developed and validated by the local JATC. If you pass the test (achieving a score of 70% or higher) you will be notified of a meeting to attend to receive your letter of introduction and list of signatory contractors.

Once you are hired, have your contractor complete the letter of introduction and report (with completed letter) to your local union office. You will then fill out the necessary paperwork and be referred to the job.


You will be placed on a 120-day probation period upon acceptance. During this period, termination/withdrawal may be made by the Joint Apprentice and Training Committee at the request of either party in the agreement you will be asked to sign. After the probation period, the committee may cancel the agreement for due cause, such as lack of progress or lack of interest on your part as an apprentice.

The Next Level

Once you acquire journeyman status, you will be among the most respected professionals in your field. As a union carpenter, millwright, millcabinet, floor coverer or piledriver, you will also receive numerous benefits, including a work contract, health insurance, a retirement program and much more. Becoming a union member can open the door to a solid future.





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