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Springfield Carpenters' Joint Apprenticeship Program Entrance Process

  • Applicant must be at least 18 years old
  • Complete the application process as listed below.
Application Process
Applicants must apply in person at the Springfield Carpenters' Joint Apprenticeship Program (CJAP):

Carpenters Training Center
4639 W. Pfeiffer Ct
Springfield, MO 65803
Coordinator: Anthony Blackstock

Applications are accepted Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm (except holidays). Applicants must present proof of age (photo ID) when applying. There is no cost to apply to become an apprentice. 

Indenturing Process
After completing the application and to begin the Indenturing Process, an applicant must:
  • Submit an application to CJAP
  • Obtain a job with a signatory contractor AND obtain a letter of intent from the signatory contractor
  • Bring the letter of intent to CJAP along with 
  • $23 Work Permit (cash, check or money order),
  • Photo ID, and 
  • Social Security Card.
  • Sign Apprenticeship Agreement and Union Membership.
  • Get scheduled for New Apprentice course
  • Report to job site 
Apprenticeship Process 
  • Obtain required basic hand tools.
  • Start job; Note: Employed apprentices are registered with the U. S. Department of Office of Apprenticeship
  • Report to the Springfield Carpenters' Training Center when notified. This usually takes place about 3 months after completion of new apprenticeship 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.
  • Achieve Journeymen level status after completing 18 units and 6,000 hours on-the-job learning, or approximately four years of apprenticeship. 
Journeymen Test
Individuals who are over the age of 22 and have at least 4 years of experience in the field have the opportunity to complete a placement test.
  • Individual must meet age and experience requirements mentioned above
  • Letter of Intent from contractor must request administration of JM test
The individual will then undergo an interview process to discuss previous experience and placement. Once this process is completed, the individual will complete the enrollment process, complete on-site substance abuse testing, pay their initiation fee with the Regional Council (this fee varies depending on level of placement) and obtain the necessary work permit. 

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy
The Carpenters' Joint Training Fund of Springfield 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.