Training & Apprenticeships

Training and Apprenticeships

The Northwest Carpenters have a reputation of excellence on the job site. Carpenters work in a constantly changing field requiring highly skilled workers to meet the biggest challenges. Our Union and our contract partners are only successful if each worker has the skills to meet these high demands. As a leader in training and construction trades, members – both new and established – have the opportunity to learn through continuing education. Our regional trusts invests in our members by providing programs and classes to give you new skills for success. These programs will get you further in your career and establish you as an expert, ready to meet any challenge on the job site. You’ll have the immediate benefit of a job and expert training and have higher wages and better opportunity in the future. Training and Apprenticeship programs provide education both on the job and in a classroom. You’ll earn a paycheck while you study and have greater potential for earning in your future. This isn’t just a job, it’s the education for your career as a Carpenter.

Apprenticeship Programs

Apprenticeship is the best way to start your career as a Carpenter. Whether you have experience on a job site or have never used tools before, apprenticeship programs are designed to give you the skills for success. Each program is designed for on the job skills and puts you on the job site immediately. However, this isn’t just a job; it’s your education. You’re required to meet the demands of classroom training and testing. As you develop your skills, you’ll be better suited for the job sites of the future. Most apprenticeship programs last four years giving you journeyman status upon completion with high earning potential. Membership procedures and requirements vary from area to area so please contact the training center nearest you for more information. (see below)

Members are entitled to training through Training Centers located Council-wide. Training is supervised by a Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee with members from the Union and the signatory contractor employers.

Already know which apprenticeship you want to join? Apply today:

Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute

Carpenters Specialties Training Center

Alaska Carpenters Training Trust

Montana Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training

Do you have questions? Fill out the form below to speak with a representative and learn more about our free apprenticeship programs.

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Skills Upgrade Training

If you are already a member, you have the opportunity to sign up for FREE training through your regional trust. Upgrade your skills and increase the demand for your work by earning certifications in forklift, total station and more. Continue working and learn the skills for the next job in your future.

Did You Know?

PNWRCC has many women in our crafts and leadership positions.

Margaret Ellings became the first woman initiated into the United Brotherhood of Carpenters in October 1935. The establishment of a women’s committee within the United Brotherhood of Carpenters is one of the most important developments in the union’s recent history. Visit


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