Want to be a Carpenter Apprentice? Stop by the local and talk to the business agent or the local training coordinator to fill out an application. After a short interview you will be on your way to learning the carpentry trade and changing your life forever. Call 512.476.7354 to get started or walk in today.

The UBC Apprenticeship is a four-year program comprised of classroom and hands-on training as well as on-the-job training. The program is overseen by the Local 1266 Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee and administered by the Texas Carpenters & Millwrights Training Trust.

Apprentice pay starts at a percentage of full Journeyman scale and increases at regular intervals as benchmarks are met and requirements fulfilled. Apprentices also enjoy full benefits.

29 thoughts on “Apprenticeship”

  1. Hello,
    I am the librarian at Lanier High School in Austin and we will be holding our “After Lanier” Fair.

    Lanier High School Library would like to invite you to our “After Lanier” Fair. The “After Lanier” Fair is our way of preparing juniors and seniors for what life is like once they leave Lanier. We are inviting colleges, trade schools, and other important agencies around the Austin area to meet with our students during lunch on Wednesday, May 23 from 12:00 to 1:00PM.

    We will have a tables set up around the library that students can visit to find out more information about your organization.

    We will provide a light lunch at noon and then students will arrive from lunch at 12:15PM. You may bring props, electronic displays, or giveaways.

    Please let us know by Friday, May 18th if you would like to join us.

    1. I forwarded your message to our Apprenticeship Coordinator. Hopefully he’ll be able to get in touch with you in time. Thank you for your interest.

  2. To all Apprentices. Class starts 1st week of Sept. Check in early with your Apprenticeship Coordinator to see which class you will be in.

  3. Dear sir/mam
    I’m an electronics engineer and it’s two month that I moved to the US. I have more than six years work experience in my field but it seems that it’s too hard to find a job in this country in my field. since I always like carpentry and I’m tired of applying for electronics job (even as a technician) with no result, I am interested in your apprenticeship. now I want to know is there any wage for people who want to start this program and how much? is there any qualification required for this?
    I am in San Diego and I wanna change my city to Austin so I just wanna be sure about this position.

  4. Hello,

    I have a student who is researching apprentice training for framers and carpenters. He has a few questions about the training and the costs involved. Would there be someone available who could answer his questions?

    1. Absolutely. I recommend you contact Paul, the executive director of the Texas Carpenters & Millwrights Training Trust Fund. Give him a call at 512.236.9165.

  5. I am a 19 year old trying to become a carpenter. I have always been handy with my hands and tools. What are the steps I take? Do I just show up a the Union Hall or is there someone who can help me with beginning an apprenticeship and onto a great career.
    Thank you,

    1. Scott,
      Sorry it took so long to reply.

      Stopping by the hall is the best way to start. You can fill out an application and set up an appointment with our training coordinator to get entered into the apprenticeship. He can explain the process and the Union and what work we do. Classes are about to start at the beginning of September, so come on down.

  6. Hello Sean,

    I am looking to become a carpenter’s apprentice. At the moment I am in New York but I’d be willing to relocate if I see there is a chance of getting into the program. Do you know if there are any residency requirements during the application phase?

    Any information will be greatly appreciated.


  7. I was wondering if it was better to get my certification from a trade school, and then start on an apprenticeship, or if starting an apprenticeship with little experience, was a better way to start learning carpentry/woodworking. Thank you guys for all you do!

    1. A trade school certification couldn’t hurt, of course, but it is no guarantee. Our apprenticeship is designed as a ground up learning experience that requires no prior experience. But I’d like to clarify that woodworking is not what we do. Primarily this local, and indeed the majority of the UBC handles light and heavy commercial construction.

  8. Hello,
    Im very interested in the carpenters apprenticeship and was wondering when the next start date is. Also is it a paid apprenticeship or is their any way to get finacial aid for it. I am 25 and have experience in different types of trade work and always likes carpentry the best.
    Thanks, Tommy

    1. The apprenticeship has no out of pocket costs. It is paid for through your dues and the contributions of the contractors we work with. If you are interested, please stop by the hall and apply.

  9. Hi. My name is Dominique and am very interested in getting into the carpentry field. To enter the apprenticeship program, what is the cost for doing so? I’m in the Kansas City area and am looking forward to making the move to Austin. Any information regarding that info would be highly. Please email me.

  10. Hi,
    My husband has been in Carpentry since he was really young, just wondering if he would have to do the 4 years or how it works? We are moving to Austin in a few months and trying to set up a good job there. Also how much does it pay?

    1. He would have to come in and set up an interview to assess his experience and skill set. He can contact the training center to set something up and discuss the work situation in town. Best of luck!

  11. Hi,
    I am interested in the Apprenticeship. What days are you available as I will be traveling 5 hrs to get there and would hate to show up on a day that no one will be available. I have about a year of experience being a builder’s helper in plants.
    Also, what is needed to transfer your book from another state?
    (This is for another individual)

    1. Sorry for the late reply. Call our training coordinator to schedule an appointment. Many of the questions can even be handled over the phone before you make that long drive. As far as transferring, if you are a member in good standing, transferring is pretty much a formality with some paperwork. But it’s good to call ahead to see what work is available and if it fits your skillset.

  12. Hello my name is Jose Antonio Carrillo. I am interested in joining the union and am trying to fill out a application here on line to see if I qualify but I am having a hard time finding the application. Please help me find it so I can download it. Ive already tried looking around and using the search and didn’t get any results. Thank you for your time.
    Jose Antonio Carrillo
    (512) 563-3666

  13. Hello, my name is Frank.I am 45 and have been framing and doing carpentry since 1992 I’m not a master carpenter by any means but do have a great deal of experience in commercial as well as residential. I’ve owned / operated my own remodeling business. So my question is, would I have to go through the whole 4 year apprenticeship,or would I be placed at my skill level in the apprentice program. And would I be compensated accordingly? Also, what could I expect to be making initially whether I be placed at a level of my experience or as a day one beginner?
    thank you for your time, have a great day.

    1. Sorry it’s taken so long to reply. I’m a carpenter, not a web guy. You’ll need to call the Hall and schedule and interview with Rodney. He can sit with you and go over your skills and experience and what your options are. There’s no hard and fast rule with this type of situation.

  14. Hello,
    I’m preparing to move to Round Rock, TX from California in about 3 weeks. I would like to get started towards a career as a professional carpenter. I am 27 years old and have worked for 6 years as a general machinery/building maintenance technician for the same company. I have an established foundation in the basics of woodworking, building repairs and carpentry. I would like to turn this experience into a career that I can build my future on.
    I would like to know when your programs are open for new applicants and what requirements you have for acceptance.
    Thank you,

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