➤ Why don’t carpenters get licensed?

  • Licensure is complex, and we have a long road ahead of us to reach that if that becomes a clear goal. A downside to licensure is that we would be stuck in boom times (like now) and struggle to provide a full workforce if members were required to go through licensure first. It’s a complicated issue that we don’t have resolution on yet.
  • Licensure is a long process that frequently requires completion of an apprenticeship program before state certification. 75% of our current Journey level membership has not gone through the apprenticeship and many were brought in during boom times to satisfy labor shortages.

Did You Know?

UBC started on job sites across the country.

Our founding president, Peter J. McGuire worked tirelessly on the job sites across the country with his fellow Carpenters to organize the union. In 1881, he organized a Chicago convention to form a union. Representatives from 11 cities joined him and they produced a constitution and structure. Learn More


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