Pekin Apprentice Application

What is an apprentice?

An apprentice is someone who is learning a trade by working under the guidance of skilled workers called journeyman. Apprentices start at 50% of the journeyman’s pay rate. Wages are increased at periodic intervals until graduating to journeyman status.

Apprentices are required to attend school for four weeks each year for a period of four years. The training is free; however, you will not receive wages while attending school. Failure to attend scheduled classes will terminate you from the program.

How do I apply?

Applying is easy. Anyone wishing to enter the Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program as a union carpenter, millwright, or floor coverer may do so by meeting the following qualifications and submitting an application.


  1. Residency within the territorial area of Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council Apprentice & Training Program Pekin Campus. This includes the following counties: Adams, Brown, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Cole, Crawford, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Ford, Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Knox, Livingston, Logan, McDonough, McLean, Macon, Macoupin, Mason, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Peoria, Piatt, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, Tazewell, Vermilion, Warren and Woodford.
  2. Be a minimum of 17 years of age.
  3. Provide an official transcript for High School/GED.
  4. Possess a valid driver’s license.
  5. Must be drug free on acceptance into the program and prior to being employed.
  6. Physically able to perform the work of the trade without reasonable accommodations.

Application Process

Email a request to the Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council Apprentice & Training Program Pekin Campus:

The completed application must by submitted with copies of:

  • Birth certificate
  • Official transcripts for high school or GED, and post high school education and training transcripts related to the trade you are applying for
  • Current valid driver’s license

Selection Procedure

Once your application is complete, you are placed in an eligibility pool.  Applicants will receive the “Letter of Introduction” packet to assist in seeking employment.

Active applications will remain on file for five years.  The “Letter of Introduction” form will be good for two years.  If you are hired and do not complete the probationary period, you must inform this office that you would like to be put back into the eligibility pool.