Apprenticeship Programs

The Future is in Your Hands

As an apprentice at Carpenters Training Institute, you’ll develop your craft through a combination of classroom learning and hands-on training under the guidance of experienced instructors. The four-year apprenticeship program will provide you with the skills, knowledge, confidence, and support needed to begin your career as a journeyworker.


Carpenter job opportunities will grow by roughly 10% over the next decade.

– Bureau of Labor Statistics

On-the-job Training

Work with your hands, learn about the unique materials applied throughout the industry, and get comfortable using a variety of tools and techniques to safely and efficiently produce high-quality work. The skills you learn at Carpenters Training Institute can be applied on job sites across the Midwest.

The classroom portion of the program will provide you with the knowledge and understanding needed to read blueprints and layouts, estimate time and materials, judge load capacities, and ensure the safety of everyone on the job site.

Earn While You Learn

There’s no cost to attend Carpenters Training Institute. A small portion of every member’s benefits pays for the training program as a whole, and every member’s benefits help pay for facilities, materials, and instructor wages. You’ll also receive a pension, insurance, and retirement savings while developing your craft.

Average Earnings

Between years one and four, apprentices can earn an average of*:

  • Year 1: $33,436 – $46,363
  • Year 2: $45,600 – $63,200
  • Year 3: $51,666 – $71,646
  • Year 4: $57,748 – $80,077
  • Journeyperson: $60,789 – $ 84,295
  • Foreman: $72,485 – $97,010
  • Superintendent: $98,100 – $131,018

*Wages vary by area. Contact the local training center for detailed wage estimate.

Women in the Trades

There’s a place for everyone in the skilled trades. As long as you’re willing to work hard, do the job right, and bring a positive attitude to every project, you’ll find your fit as a professional carpenter.

We’re committed to helping more women tap into their potential and get started on the path toward a long and fulfilling career. Follow young Aubrey Price as she meets women across the individual crafts and explores her interest in the trade.

To me, being an apprentice means being part of something bigger than yourself. Being a part of an organization where people you may not have ever met will help you whenever you need it and ask for nothing in return.

– Harry Schlapia