Frequently Asked Questions - Apprentice Program

Make sure you meet the requirements:
• Must be a resident of the jurisdictional area. Not sure? Find out
here (LINK)
• Must be at least 17 years of age. We do not discriminate against
age, sex, religion, race, color or national origin.
• Must be able to pass Substance Abuse Test
Visit a training center or apply online:
Visit the nearest regional council office (LINK) and apply in
• Indiana: 8am – 11am OR 1pm – 4pm
• Kentucky: 8am – 11am OR 1pm – 4pm
• Ohio: 9am – 12pm OR 1pm – 3pm
Ohio applicants can apply online
Bring with you:
• Current State or Government issued photo ID
• Copy of birth certificate (Ohio only)
• Military: copy of DD214
Yes! Journeyman Enhancement classes are provided and you are
encouraged to take them. Enhancement classes are available at no
charge to the member.
By keeping your skills sharp and learning something new, you are
considered a valuable tradesman to our Contractors.
The Commercial Carpenters Apprenticeship Training Program is
monitored and approved by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and
Training, United States Department of Labor.
Upon completion of the program, graduates receive a certificate
from the USDOL recogzined internationally.
Graduates of the program will receive an Associate’s Degree in
Applied Sciences from Ivy Tech (in Indiana and Kentucky), and
Owens Community College (in Ohio).
Yes! We thank you for your service. Through our partnership
with Helmets to Hardhats, which helps military service members
successfully transition back into civilian life, we offer a means to
secure a quality career in the construction industry.
For more information, contact your nearest apprenticeship school.
Benefits are paid by employers to provide health insurance,
(including dental and vision), and typically start after an estimated
100-day qualifying period. Members are also offered a pension
(retirement) plan and an annuity.
Yes! A journeyman has a variety of advancement options to pursue
such as foreman, superintendent, project manager, safety lead,
apprenticeship instructor, senior management/operations, and even
CEO or owner.
Just like any career, you will get out of it what you put into it .
Check out some of the advanced training the UBC offers.
Members are paid a standard wage depending upon the area in
which he/she works.
Each area - similar to city limits, but can vary - has a negotiated
agreement with contractors in that area on what journeymen are
paid. Prior to working in each area, members may ask what the wage
agreement is in that area.
These agreements are updated between every six months to three
years, to ensure a living standard is met.
Job placement assistance is provided. An ‘out of work’ list is available
to those who are in between jobs and may be contacted if an
opportunity becomes availble matching his/her qualifciations. Robo
calls (automated message) are made to those in a particular Local
and matching qualifications, as a dispatch system, if interested in
working in another area. Members are also permitted to solicit his/her
own work by calling on signatory contractors.
The only costs incurred by the apprentice are the purchase of required
hand tools, classroom books, and pay union dues. Instructors will
share what are the expected hand tools. Books are an estimated
$100 per year. Union dues are paid quarterly. Apprentices are not
required to pay tuition to attend school.
Not right away. The best way to get an idea of what you may
be interested in is to take a tour of the closest training center
and learn more about the tools, training, and jobsite
settings. Brochures are available at each location and can help
give you an idea of the type of work each trade entails. Local
representatives are also available to answer questions about
each specific trade.

Contact your nearest council hub office and ask to talk to a representative to schedule an interview.

There is not a requirement to know carpentry to enter the program. Training is three fold, in the classroom, in the work shop, and on the job. 

• Once admitted, the applicant must attend one week (40 hours)
of training class every three months for a total of 160 hours per
year. In addition, an additional Ivy Tech course each year is also
• The applicant must work a minimum of 650 hours every six
months or 1300 hours per year, for a union contractor in order
to earn his/her advancements through apprenticeship training to
earn journeyman status.
• Failure to attend the required training classes or to maintain
sufficient work days will delay the six-month to a year pay
• On the job, apprentices work with journeymen to apply classroom
and workshop skills. EXPAND
• Upon successful completion of the four-year apprenticeship
training, the apprentice is advanced to Journeyman carpenter,
millwright, or floor coverer status.
• Learning a trade is learning skills for life!