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Training / Schools

Southern Illinois Carpenters' Joint Apprenticeship Program

Applicant must be at least 18 years old 
Complete the application process as listed below or on the SICJAP website
  1. Application Process
  2. Indenturing Process
  3. Apprenticeship Process
Application Process
Applicants must apply in person at the Southern Illinois Carpenters' main office:

Southern Illinois Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program (SICJAP)
2290 S Illinois St
Belleville, IL 62220
618.277.2051 phone
Coordinator: Alex Gromada 

Applications are accepted Monday through Friday from 8 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 ($35), 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 SICJAP
  • 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 CJAP along with 
    • $35 processing fee (cash, check or money order), 
    • Photo ID, and 
    • Social Security Card. 
  • Sign Apprenticeship Agreement and Union Membership. 
  • Get scheduled for New Apprenticeship course
  • Report to job site
Apprenticeship Process 
  • Obtain required Basic Tools
  • Start job; Note: Employed apprentices are registered with the U. S. Department of Office of Apprenticeship
  • Report to the Carpenters' Training Center when notified. This usually takes place about 3 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 - see Apprentice Pay
  • Achieve Journey level status after completing 18 units and 6,000 hours on-the-job learning, or approximately four (4) years of apprenticeship.
Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy
The Carpenters' Apprenticeship Program 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.