The formal Apprenticeship Program is supervised by the
Training Committee (J.A.T.C.),
a group which represents both management and labor.
Training terms and standards for each program are
developed by the local J.A.C. in cooperation with the
U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Apprenticeship and
Training. These Apprenticeship Standards are clearly
defined and specified in the Apprenticeship Agreement.
The Agreement is a formal contract which is explained to
each applicant before he or she is accepted into an
Although the terms of apprenticeship training vary for
each trade, the following are some of the general
Time of Apprenticeship is measured either by years
or hours, with one year equaling 2,000 hours.
attend classes on a weekly basis, a system designed to accommodate the needs
of contractors and apprentices alike. Courses
include such subjects as safety, mathematics,
blueprint reading and hands-on training.
Apprentices receive wages usually expressed as a
percentage of the journeyman's wages with the
beginning wage at 60 percent.
Payment of union dues and initiation fees is
Upon successful completion of training, apprentices
are issued a Certificate of Completion
by the state and a Journeyman's Certificate
from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and
Joiners of America.
Apprenticeship Program is accredited through
the Community College of Allegheny County.