Build Your Future with the NW Carpenters Union

Northwest Carpenters Union is recruiting for the future of the industry.

Why become an apprentice with the NW Carpenters Union?
Because you’re ready to make good money. Because you’re due to be paid for your hard work. Because your schooling should work for you, not the other way around.

Make a living wage as a union apprentice the moment your boots hit the job site. The time you spend in the field, honing your craft is put right on your paycheck. We call it “Earn while you learn.”

“Earn while you learn?” That sounds too good to be true. What’s the catch?
As an apprentice, you’ll earn a living wage while you learn the skills to build a real career. You’ll work under the guidance of knowledgeable instructors and skilled workers, called journeymen/journeywomen. All of this on-the-job, hands-on training is augmented by college-accredited courses through our self-funded training centers.

So what sounds better: earning money for a job you do or being paid in “classroom credit” to fetch coffee for your boss’s meeting?

Wait, what exactly does self-funded mean?
Each of our 29,000 members pays a few cents an hour into a training fund which pays for facilities and instructors so all Union Carpenters have access to free training. Once an apprentice journeys out and becomes a journeyperson, they begin paying a small percentage of their check–called “dues”–toward the training centers and union benefits.

Are you trying to tell me you do this out of the goodness of your heart?
Call it paying it forward or pride in our craft; every journeyperson was once an apprentice. All of our journeymen understand that the future of the industry relies on incoming apprentices, and it’s best if our apprentices know how to do their job well.

Because of our training, we set the bar for industry-standard wages, job site safety, and more. By joining our apprenticeship, you receive a world-class education you can take with you no matter where you decide to go.

Why should I join a union?
When you join the Carpenters apprenticeship program, you also sign on to be a part of the NW Carpenters Union. We are made up of over 29,000 members across Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. We oversee worker rights, fair pay, safe worksites, retirement and benefits,, and continued training for all our members. 

We believe union membership is the pathway to a more prosperous life—a life where every member:

  • Enjoys the opportunity for boundless career advancement and growth
  • Has the ability to earn equal pay for equal work
  • Takes pride in the dignity and value of his or her work
  • Can be part of something transformative
  • Can take control of his or her future

Do I have to be a carpenter?
Carpenters don’t just work with wood. Our trade includes several crafts, including general carpenters (concrete forms to finish work), interior systems carpenters, lathers, millwrights, piledrivers, divers, floor covering experts, insulators, tradeshow workers, scaffold erectors, millworkers, cabinet makers, residential carpenters, shipwrights, sawyers, production and maintenance, and welders.

Ready to become a union carpenter? Apply today at the Montana and Wyoming Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Center

Do you have questions? Contact our training center at (406) 443.3255 or email us at

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Did You Know?

Carpenters skills and training go beyond the job site.

The Journeyman Leadership Program is a three day program geared towards developing the strong qualities of members on the job and in their lives – leadership, communication, mentoring and collective action. Members learn where the UBC came from and where its headed, and, importantly, how to lead it. Learn More


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