HOW TO JOIN

PROCEDURES TO BECOME A CARPENTER APPRENTICE

The Carpenters Apprenticeship Program is a four (4) year apprenticeship program approved by the State of California. Apprentices receive on the job training (through Employers signatory to the Union) and related and supplemental instruction (through training centers) throughout the term of the program. Upon completion of the minimum requirements of the program a person is promoted to the classification of a Journeyman with a trade certificate.  Upon successful completion, each person will receive a certificate from the State of California and from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.

In order to indenture into the apprenticeship program (become an apprentice) a person must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be at least seventeen (17) years of age (no upper limit)
  2. Be able to do the work of the trade
  3. Have transportation or a way to get to the job site
  4. Secure a job with a contractor signatory to the Master Labor Agreement

Once a person has found a job with a Union Contractor, a Letter of Subscription must be filled out by the Employer. After the Employer has completed the Letter of Subscription, it can be taken to any one of the Local Unions listed. At the Local Union, you will fill out paperwork to complete your indenture into the apprenticeship program.  At this time, you will also apply for membership into the Carpenters Union.

The following documents must be submitted upon filling out the paperwork at the Local Union:

  1. Driver’s License/ID or Birth Certificate
  2. Social Security Card or Immigration Registration Card

You may wish to contact the Local Union in advance to find out what the required fees are at the time of indenture and the hours that they are open. The Local Union is also a good source of information regarding the availability of jobs and prospective contractors who may be in need of an apprentice.

APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

Local Union 150

412 Dawson Drive
Camarillo, CA  93012
(805) 482-1905

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Local Union 209

15881 Valley View Court
Sylmar, CA  91342
(818) 364-9303

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Local Union 409

533 S Fremont Ave., Ste. 410
Los Angeles, CA  90071
(213) 385-3510

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Local Union 547

8595 Miralani Drive, Ste. B
San Diego, CA  92126
(858) 621-2674

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Local Union 630

341 E Wardlow Road
Long Beach, CA  90807
(562) 427-0977

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Local Union 721

10015 Rose Hills Road
Whittier, CA  90601
(562) 695-0571

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Local Union 743

911 – 20th Street
Bakersfield, CA  93301
(661) 327-1429

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Local Union 803

7111 Firestone Blvd Ste 122
Buena Park, CA  90621
(714) 978-6232

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Southwest Carpenters
Training Fund

533 S. Fremont Avenue, #401
Los Angeles, CA 90071-1706
Office: (213) 739-9339
Fax: (213) 739-9383

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Carpenters Training Center Bakersfield

4747 E. Brundage Lane
Bakersfield, CA 93307-3005
Office: (661) 323-8759
Fax: (661) 401-2100

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Carpenters Training Center Ontario

3250 East Shelby Street
Ontario CA 91764
Office: (909) 824-9033
Fax: (909) 824-1767

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Carpenters Training Center Buena Park

7111 Firestone Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90621
Office: (714) 571-0449
Fax: (714) 571-0747

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Carpenters Training Center San Diego

8595 Miralani Drive
San Diego, CA 92126-6332
Office: (858) 621-2667
Fax: (858) 621-2669

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Carpenters Training Center Santa Maria

2301 “A” Street, #13
Santa Maria, CA 93455-1072
Office: (805) 928-3094
Fax: (805) 928-3081

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Carpenters Training Center Sylmar

15885 Valley View Court
Sylmar, CA 91342-3579
Office: (818) 364-7460
Fax: (818) 364-7463

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Carpenters Training Center Ventura

412 Dawson Drive
Camarillo, CA 93012-9593
Office: (805) 484-5666
Fax: (805) 388-9593

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Carpenters Training Center Whittier

10015 Rose Hills Road
Whittier, CA 90601-1792
Office: (562) 699-0419
Fax: (562) 695-4290

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The applicant will be issued a Letter of Subscription, which must be signed by a Union Contractor and returned to a Carpenters Local Union closest to your home.  The Letter of Subscription will be the ONLY form of indenture.

The Applicant will sign an Apprentice Agreement and will receive a copy of the program Rules and Regulations.

The apprentice with previous work or school experience in the Carpenter Trade must furnish proof (letter from a previous contractor or school transcripts).

GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION

The apprentice will furnish his or her own tools. The apprentice will be scheduled to school 3 months after he/she has indentured into the program. Each class is for one (1) week, forty (40) hours every three months. The Apprentice will be required to purchase books relating to training. The apprentice must verify completion of a Red Cross/First Aid Multimedia course within one year from the date of indenture into the program. The Apprenticeship Training Program for Carpenters is a four (4) year program. The first period Apprentice wage rate is 40% of journeyman scale. The program is approved for on-the-job training benefits for veterans who qualify.

This program DOES NOT provide for summer of part time employment.

THE PAY AND BENEFITS REALLY ADD UP

The rewards of apprenticeship training are the good wages and benefits you receive as a skilled craftsperson. Union Carpenters belong to the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, the largest building trades Union of North America.  You’ll be working under the protection of a Union Contract, with health insurance and pension benefits. The Union Contract includes regular wage increases. You will gain experience using the most modern practices. In the long run, it pays to be the best you can be A Union-Trained Carpenter.

CARPENTERS LOCAL UNION 944

INITIATION FEES / DUES SCHEDULE

METHOD OF PAYMENT:
CASH, CHECK, MONEY ORDER, VISA OR MASTERCARD

OFFICE HOURS: MONDAY – FRIDAY 7:30am – 4:30pm
CLOSED FOR LUNCH 12pm – 1pm DAILY

TEL: (909) 887-2524 / FAX: (909) 880-3724

Initiation Fee Dues Total
1st or 2nd $60.00 $20.00 $80.00
3rd or 4th $120.00 $20.00 $140.00
5th or 6th $180.00 $20.00 $200.00
7th or 8th $240.00 $20.00 $260.00
JYM $300.00 $20.00 $320.00
FORMER MBR FEES $50.00