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Training / Schools

Associated Electrical Contractors Local Union 57 Joint Apprenticeship Program

Applicant must be at least 18 years old 
Complete the application process as listed below
  1. Application Process
  2. Indenturing Process
  3. Apprenticeship Process
Application Process
Applicants must apply in person at the Electricians main office:

Associated Electrical Contractors Local Union 57 Joint Apprenticeship Program (AECLU57JAP)
Nelson-Mulligan Carpenters’ Training Center
8300 Valcour Ave
St. Louis, MO 63123
314.457.9245 phone
314.457.9247 fax 
Coordinator: Mike Short 

Applications are accepted Monday through Friday from 7 am to 4 pm (except holidays). Applicants must present proof of age (photo ID) when applying.  Applicants may qualify for entry into the Apprenticeship Program with Advanced Standings. There is no cost to become an apprentice except for the processing fee, initiation fee, monthly union dues, and purchase of hand tools - see Apprenticeship Process.

Indenturing Process
After completing the application and to begin the Indenturing Process, an applicant must:
  • Submit an application to AECLU57JAP
  • Obtain a job with a signatory contractor (see Employment) AND obtain a letter of intent from the signatory contractor
  • Bring the letter of intent to AECLU57JAP along with 
    • $10 processing fee (cash, check or money order), 
    • Photo ID, 
    • Social Security Card,
    • High School diploma or GED, and
    • Ability to produce a negative substance abuse test
  • Sign Apprenticeship Agreement. 
  • Bring an initiation fee of $40 to join the local
  • Get scheduled for an Orientation Course
  • Report to job site
Apprenticeship Process 
  • Obtain required Basic Tools
  • Employed apprentices are registered with the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship
  • Report to the Ranken Technical College when notified. This takes place approximately 3 - 6 months after completion of Orientation Course. Apprentices report to the school for one unit of training (5-day period), every three months. 
  • Training and pay progresses as the apprentice completes units and on-the-job learning hours. 
  • Achieve Journey level status after completing 20 units and 8,000 hours on-the-job learning, approximately five (5) years of apprenticeship.
Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy
The Carpenters' Training Fund of St. Louis admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all of the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at its school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.