The Carpenters Training Committee for Northern California (CTCNC) is the educational organization that provides Apprentice, Journeylevel, and related training services for Union Carpenters and Union Contractors across the 46 Northern California Counties. CTCNC is governed by a joint Labor and Management trust board, structured as a "collective bargaining based" (Union) organization.
Our Apprenticeship Training Programs have been established for many years and are recognized and registered with the State of California and the Federal Department of Labor.
Our Journeylevel Advancement Health & Safety (HS) Training Programs are Cal/OSHA and Fed/OSHA sanctioned.
Our Journeylevel Advancement Craft (JAC) Training and Re-Training Programs are certified courses.
We serve as the Northern California training affiliate for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America (UBC).
Our mission is to provide Apprenticeship training and Journeylevel re-training to the following UBC crafts:
Millmen & Cabinet Makers
Modular Systems Installer
As the technology of our industry continues to change, our goal is to improve the skills of our Members and the competitiveness of our Signatory Contractors by developing and implementing "state-of-the-art" training programs that are relevant and tailored to the real world. That's why we believe in working with our members, contractors and Union to form a coordinated, collaborative team. By working together we can develop programs and resources to strengthen partnerships, sharpen skills, and provide valuable on-the-job training.
How old do I have to be to sign-up?
Eighteen years old, or seventeen with a parent or guardian's signature.
How do I apply?
Pick up an application at any of our Training Centers or download an application from our website www.ctcnc.org, fill it out completely, then bring it in or follow the mailing instructions on the application. When your application is approved you will be sent a confirmation letter. This will place you on a list for a Pre-Apprenticeship class.
Please click here and review information about the Pre-Apprenticeship
What if I don't have the minimum requirements?
The best thing to do is access one of the pre-apprenticeship programs to earn what you are lacking, i.e. HS Diploma, GED, etc.
How much does it pay?
Starting pay varies in each area and can range from $21.10 to $25.44
Are there any costs?
Although the apprenticeship program is tuition-free, there are some costs. These include Union Dues (usually $20/month), books (approximately $160 over the term of the apprenticeship) and the cost of the hand tools that are needed for school and work. The tools could cost from $200 to upwards of $300.
Are there any benefits?
Benefits include medical (for the whole family), dental, vision, vacation pay, annuity and pension. The benefits are accrued as an apprentice progresses through the program, meeting qualifications to gain each benefit one by one.
How do I get raises?
Raises are awarded when an apprentice meets the following three criteria: 6 month's time in the program, 600 hours of work on- the- job, and two completed classes.
How often do I attend classes?
You will attend approximately one apprenticeship class every three months throughout the duration of the apprenticeship. Classes are 36 hours in length (one week). See Apprenticeship Classes By Trade.
How long is the Apprenticeship Program?
Four Year Programs: Carpenters, Drywall/Lathers, Mill Cabinet Makers, Millwrights, Pile Drivers, and Scaffold Erectors.
Three Year Programs: Acoustical, Hardwood Floors, Insulators
Two Year Programs: Shinglers
Do I receive College credits?
You may be eligible for up to 42 college units towards an AA degree. You must complete your General Education at your nearest college of your choice.
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