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St. Louis Cabinetmakers', Display and Millwork Apprenticeship Program Entrance Process

The Cabinet, Display and Millwork (CDM) Apprenticeship Program, sponsored by the St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Committee, is designed to provide the skills and knowledge involved in the manufacture of architectural furniture, cabinets, trade show displays, and millwork. The CDM Apprenticeship Program is another great way to balance learning while earning money working in the trade.

  • Applicant must be at least 18 years old 
  • Physically able to perform work of the trade
  • Complete the application process as listed below or on the St. Louis CMJAP website
Application Process
Applicants must apply in person at the CMJAP main office:

St. Louis Cabinet Makers' Joint Apprenticeship Program (CMJAP):
Nelson-Mulligan Carpenters’ Training Center
8300 Valcour Ave
St. Louis, MO 63123

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 based on high school participation. There is no cost to apply to become an apprentice except for the processing fee, initiation fee, monthly union dues, and purchase of hand tools - see Apprenticeship Process below.

Indenturing Process
After completing the application and to begin the Indenturing Process, an applicant must:
  • Obtain a job with a signatory contractor AND obtain a letter of intent from the signatory contractor
  • Bring the following to CMJAP: 
    • Letter of intent from a signatory contractor
    • $12 processing fee (cash, check or money order), 
    • initiation fee payment ranging from $25 - $33.25 depending on the contractor,
    • Photo ID, and 
    • Social Security Card. 
  • Sign Apprenticeship Agreement and Union Membership.
  • Get scheduled for New Apprentice course.
  • Report to the jobsite.
Apprenticeship Process 
  • Obtain required tools - see Tool Tips and Lists
  • Start job; Note: Employed apprentices are registered with the U. S. Department of Office of Apprenticeship
  • Report to the Nelson-Mulligan Carpenters' Training Center when notified. Apprentices report to school for one night per week for a four hour training session for 40 weeks. The class schedule begins in September and ends in June. 
  • Training and pay progresses as the apprentice completes units - see Apprentice Upgrade Plan.
  • Each term consists of 750 hours of on-the-job learning hours and two units of training completed at the school.
  • Achieve Journey level status after completing 18 units and 6,000 - 8,000 hours on-the-job learning.
Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy
The Carpenters' Joint 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.