Welcome to the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprentice & Training Program
The mission of the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprentice and Training Program is to provide members both classroom and hands-on training to guarantee that the safest, best trained and skilled work force is at the forefront of technology to meet the employment needs of the industry, now and in the future.
Apprentice Training Programs
Carpenters do more than just frame, roof and apply the siding on a house. They do the concrete forming needed for the high rises downtown; frame the interiors of office buildings; insulate the exterior walls of hospitals; apply drywall in college dorms; lay the flooring in high schools; create the woodwork for the restaurants, weld the heavy gauge framing for the exterior shell; rebuild the steam turbine in power plants; and drive the piles needed for the bridges. The carpentry trade offers individuals who love to work with their hands an opportunity to have a career that they will enjoy.
The Training Program provides eleven four-year apprenticeships and an advancement program to further develop your skills as a carpenter. As you develop your skills, you’ll be better suited for the job sites of the future. Please go to the Apprentice Program tab and look through the crafts that are available.
Skill Advancement Programs
The Chicago Regional Carpenters have a reputation of excellence on the job sites. Carpenters work in a constantly changing field requiring highly skilled workers to meet the biggest challenges. Our Union and our contractors are only successful if each worker has the skills to meet these high demands. Our Regional Council invests in our members by providing programs and classes to give you new skills for success. These programs will get you further in your career and establish you as an expert, ready to meet any challenge on the job site.
The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprentice & Training Program offers skill advancement classes at no cost to the members. Keep up to date with the technology being used in the field, safety requirements needed for the job sites, and ensure your Qualifications and Certifications stay current by enrolling in refresher courses. Click here to view available classes and schedules.
2018 UBC Drywall Olympics Championship
On June 27, 2018, The UBC held its Drywall Olympics at the International Training Center in Las Vegas. The competition placed the five District champions competing against each other to claim the title of “The Best & Fastest Drywall Installer”. Jose Reyes, from Local 181 in Chicago, represented the Midwest District in this competition. The other Districts that were competing were the Northeast, South/Central, Southwest, and Canada.
The project was almost 50’ long and was 10’ tall with typical items that a drywall installer would run across – a set doorjamb, electrical outlets, plumbing pipes and a drywall wrapped window. All of the contestants’ mock-ups were identical with the same amount of sheets of drywall loaded for them on a cart. At the start of the horn, they all started hanging the drywall on their projects and temporarily screwing it to the metal studs. Cutting around the electric and plumbing as they went along.
Towards the end of placing all of the drywall required on the long wall, it became clear it was going to be a three-way race between the Northeast, Southwest and Chicago. As they started to install the screws and spacing them according to industry standards, one person sprinted ahead of the competition. Jose Reyes was installing the screws at lightning speed. He was so fast that all of the spectators moved over to his project to watch. This Professional Carpenter was taking a handful of drywall screws in one hand and installing them with his screw gun faster than someone could do it with a self-feeding screw gun. At just over 54 minutes, Jose jogged out of his area to press the stop button on the clock. The Northeast contestant came out 2 minutes later and the Southwest contestant 4 minutes after him.
The wall had to be judged with time penalties added for any infraction, such as spacing the screws more than 12” in the field or too wide of a cut-out for the plumbing. Everyone waited as the Tech Coordinators from the International Training Center went to every project and started the grading process. After a short break, Jose Reyes, with his wife by his side, was crowned the Best Drywall Installer in the UBC. He brought the title to the Midwest District but more importantly, to Chicago. Congratulations goes out to Jose Reyes and his entire family.
Fall Safety Stand Down Event Held on May 7, 2018
For the fourth year in a row, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in a combined effort with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Center to Protect Workers Rights (CPWR), among other partners, announce the construction Fall Safety Stand-Down during the week of May 7 thru 11, 2018. The Carpenter Training Center held an event at our Elk Grove Village facility on May 7, 2018. This event offered our apprentices and members an opportunity to pause in their work and to dedicate time towards activities that promoted the prevention of fatalities from falls. Larry Joswiak, OSHA Assistant Director of the Chicago area, John Horak, CRCC’s Safety Director and Daniel Judd from MSA presented on fall safety statistics, how to be safer at work and the latest material offered to help prevent unnecessary deaths from falls.
UBC Member Training Notifications
UBC members may now opt-in to receive email notifications regarding training, qualifications, and certifications. See the attached pdf to learn how to get emails notifying you when your training is about to expire. UBC_Member_Training_Notifications
Apprenticeship Graduation 2017
On September 22, 2017, the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters celebrated their 46th Annual Apprenticeship Graduation. Those that completed their journey through the apprenticeship program and earned their Journeyman card were honored at this event.
Congratulations to all the Apprentices that completed the required training in order to be called Journeyman.
Open House June 3, 2017
On Saturday, June 3, the weather couldn’t have been any better for another successful Open House. Months of work went into getting the facility ready for this big event and some of the finishing touches were completed late Friday night. The school opened it’s doors to everyone even before the official 9:00am start time. We had over 100 vendors in our two facilities in Elk Grove Village showing off their products, offering literature to those interested and handing out free giveaways to over 4000 visitors that day. There were events going on all day such as Build-a-Toolbox for the kids; CPR training; SawStop table saw demonstrations, Virtual welding competitions; Health clinics for the members; outside vendors doing hands-on demonstrations of their new products; and Raffle prizes handed out the entire day to name a few. None of this would have been possible without the 46 members who volunteered to help out at this event. Thank you to everyone that showed up to our Open House and to everyone that helped us make this a terrific event or all.
Fall Safety Stand Down Event Held on May 9, 2017
For the third year in a row, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in a combined effort with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Center to Protect Workers Rights (CPWR), among other partners, announce the construction Fall Safety Stand-Down during the week of May 8-12, 2017. The Carpenter Training Center held an event at our Elk Grove Village facility on May 9, 2017. This event offered our apprentices and members an opportunity to pause in their work and to dedicate time towards activities that promoted the prevention of fatalities from falls. Larry Joswiak, OSHA Assistant Director of the Chicago area, John Horak, CRCC’s Safety Director and Daniel Judd from MSA presented on fall safety statistics, how to be safer at work and the latest material offered to help prevent unnecessary deaths from falls.
Apprentice Out of Work
If you are an apprentice out of work, you may now fill out your information by clicking the icon below – bottom right corner of the page. You will not need to call in every week, just fill out the form every week.
Be a Leader
The UBC is looking for leaders. Watch the short video explaining what the Leadership conference is about. Click Here
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