Frequently Asked Questions

Still have questions about apprenticeships, the carpentry trade, or the Carpenters Training Institute? Get answers to some of our most frequently asked questions below.


What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a training program offering on-the-job training and coursework to help you learn the skills you’ll need for a long and successful career. Apprenticeships offer the ability to earn a living while earning your degree.

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Who can be an apprentice?

Anyone older than 17 years of age and in good health, with a GED or high school diploma, is encouraged to apply for an apprenticeship at the Carpenters Training Institute. Minimum requirements vary by location. Contact your location training center for details.

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Can I receive college credits through my apprenticeship?

Yes! Your apprenticeship program provides on-the-job training and credits to use toward obtaining a two-year degree at participating community colleges.

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What is the Carpenters' Union?

Founded in 1881, The United Brotherhood of Carpenters is North America’s largest building-trades union, with more than half a million members in the construction and wood-products industries.

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What does being a union carpenter mean for me?

As a member of The United Brotherhood of Carpenters, you join a community of experienced workers ready to go to bat for you everyday. The Brotherhood offers an equal wage, pension, and health insurance, and provides opportunities for advancement at every stage of your career.

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