Apprenticeship

Carpenters and Millwrights are building Michigan’s future – and you can be part of our Union by becoming an Apprentice today.

A professional career with superior training and a secure future

An Apprenticeship is a training program that trains someone to become highly skilled in a particular trade. The Apprentice program is a four-year program consisting of practical on-the-job training and classroom experience. Apprenticeships give workers the opportunity to earn a living wage while learning.

As a Union Apprentice you will:
  • Combine classroom training with on-the-job training.
  • Be paid good wages on an ascending scale.
  • Earn a pension, annuity, and insurance benefits.
  • Continually build upon your skills even after graduation.
  • Learn a skill from the best professionals in the field.
  • Acquire skills and credentials that are nationally recognized.
Apprentice Program Requirements:
  • Applicants must submit proof of age, high school diploma, or equivalent, social security card or U.S. work authorization document, and driver’s license or state identification.
  • Pass basic math assessment
  • Applicants must comply with applicable immigration work rules and regulations.
  • Drug screen is required.
Financial Cost:
  • All training is free to members in good standing. As a Union, through payroll deduction, we pay for all our training and facilities. Taxpayers do not pay a dime. We provide both Apprentice Training and Journey-level upgrades. Skilled workers that complete our programs and upgrades are more employable, receive better wagers and stand out from non-union workers.
Apprentice Pay Scale

Based on Journeyman scale

55% 1st Year: 55%-70%
60% 2nd Year: 60%-75%
70% 3rd Year: 70%-92.5%
80% 4th Year: 80%-97.5%

Select "Get Started" to begin your journey!

The apprenticeship is great. It might seem intimidating but the instructors are here to help you. Before this, I was working two part-time jobs. I couldn’t provide for my family. Now, I can.
Nicole Maurer Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights