Apprentice Application

What is an apprentice?

An apprentice is someone who is learning a trade by working under the guidance of skilled 70AB9236workers 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 as a union carpenter, millwright, or floor coverer may do so by meeting the following qualifications and submitting an application.


  1. 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.
  2. Minimum age: 17
  3. Official transcripts for high school or GED, and post high school education and training
  4. Have a valid driver’s license
  5. Must be drug free on acceptance into the program and prior to being employed
  6. Physically able to perform the work of the trade without reasonable accommodations.


 Application Process

Applicants meeting the above qualifications for the program may obtain an application by signing the Applicant Log and reviewing the program standards.

The completed application must by returned with copies of:

  • Birth certificate
  • Official transcripts for high school or GED, and post high school education and training
  • Current valid driver’s license

Applications are accepted at 904 Brenkman Drive, Pekin, IL. 61554 on a daily basis, Monday through Friday, from 9am to 3pm except for holidays.

Selection Procedure

Once your application is complete, you are placed in an eligibility pool.  Notification will be mailed to all applicants in that area’s eligibility pool; informing them of the date and time to attend a meeting so you may receive your “Letter of Introduction” and list of signatory contractors.

Active applications will remain on file for five years.  The “Letter of Introduction” form will be good for two years.  If you are hired and do not complete the probationary period, you must inform this office that you would like to be put back into the eligibility pool.