Chicago & Northeast Illinois District of Carpenters Apprentice & Training Program
1256 Estes Avenue
Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007
Phone (847) 640-7373 

Carpentry offers a choice of a number of specialties including: construction, mill-cabinet, flooring, millwright, pile-driver, interior systems, and lather. Each of the specialties listed require special training. Therefore, individuals must choose which program to enter.

Basic Requirements

  • Must be at least 17 years old.
  • Must have an original Social Security Card.
  • Must complete two years (eight credits) of required high school study which meets graduation requirements in an accredited high school or possess a GED certificate.
  • Must reside in Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Iroquois, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, or Will Counties.
  • Must be physically fit to work as a carpenter.
  • Must pass an aptitude test that measures vocabulary, arithmetic ability, and reasoning power.

How to Apply

  • Complete the application form and return to an AIC representative in an IDES office nearest you. When you apply you will need to fill out their application. Call before going to pick up an application.
  • Individuals meeting the basic requirements listed above must be recommended by one of the following referral agencies:
    • IDES
    • A union contractor
    • A local carpenter's union
  • After being contacted by the program, the individual must fill out an application.
  • NOTE: At the time of application, the candidate must meet all basic requirements and all required documents must be presented.
  • Take and pass the aptitude test as scheduled.
  • Attend mandatory orientation session.


  • Must be physically fit to perform the job of carpenter with no restrictions.

Recommended Preparatory Classes

  • Algebra, geometry, sketching, drafting, science, and wood shop classes.

Work Experience

(Helpful but not necessary for acceptance)
  • Experience working in any hands-on carpentry situation.

Working Conditions

  • Carpenters work in all types of weather elements.

Length of Apprenticeship

  • Four (4) years - Apprentices average 144 hours per year in the classroom.
  • General Carpentry Apprentices begin by going to Pre-Apprenticeship training for nine weeks.
  • Apprentices required to attend five consecutive classroom days per quarter for the entire program.
  • Apprentices must also obtain on-the-job training by working for union contractors throughout the term.
  • Wage Information
  • 1st year 40% of journeyman's wage
  • 2nd year 50% of journeyman's wage
  • 3rd year 65% of journeyman's wage
  • 4th year 80% of journeyman's wage
  • Journeyman Level 100% of journeyman's wage
  • (Pay levels vary depending on location and scope of work. Hourly rates range between $10.18 for 1st year to $25.45 per hour for 4th year.)


  • Health & Welfare, Pension. (These benefits are accrued during on-the-job training)​