14 Corporate Circle

Albany NY 12203


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carpentry training

Apprenticeship Program

Do you have what it takes to be a union carpenter apprentice?

The Apprenticeship program is a five level, formalized training program. Apprentices must attend 720+ hours of related technical classroom instruction and up to 5,200 hours of on-the-job practical training to graduate.

The apprenticeship program is designed to thoroughly develop the talents and skills of up-and-coming carpenters. The program is a combination of classroom and shop learning as well as jobsite employment. Apprentices attend classes for one week every three months, a system designed to accommodate the needs of contractors and apprentices alike. Apprentices are required to work a minimum number of hours on a jobsite per year. As a result, apprentices are continuously building upon their knowledge and skill base while solidifying these lessons in a practical jobsite setting.

The program allows carpenter apprentices to earn wages and benefits that enable them to provide for themselves and their families, while learning from the most experienced professionals both in the classroom and on-site. Typically, apprentices start around 50% of the journeyworker pay scale. As their training progresses, apprentices earn more until they become full carpenters, called “journeymen,” and are then paid at the journeymen rate.

NYS Apprenticeship Director:
James Hayes

Kerry Tripoli

Training Center:
16 Corporate Circle
Albany, NY 12203


Make Carpentry Your Career

Take the First Step!

Join us for an information session offered the first Monday of every month starting at 6:00pm. Make sure to arrive early.
Sessions are held at 16 Corporate Circle, Albany NY 12203.

*Please wear a mask


  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Physically able to perform work as a carpenter (heavy lifting, heights, weather elements)
  • Willing to take and pass a drug test prior to acceptance
  • Have a valid driver’s license and/or a reliable transportation to report for work and school

Process for Acceptance Into the Program

  • At the information session you will be given a code to complete the online application here.
  • You will then be scheduled for an interview and placed on a ranking list.
  • If accepted, Orientation will be at the Local #291 Union Hall, located at 14 Corporate Circle, Albany, New York.

Any questions on payment please feel free to contact the Local Union Hall at 518-438-1905, all other questions please call the Training Center at 518-438-0901.