Apprenticeship Guidelines & Requirements

Become a Registered Apprentice!

How you get started…

Registered apprenticeships are formal career-training programs that offer a combination of structured on-the-job training and related technical instruction to provide potential painter-decorators and allied trades workers with the high level of skill required to work in the demanding finishing trades.

Apprenticeship training standards are industry-driven, and the industry or program sponsor determines the skill requirements needed to build and sustain a quality workforce.

Apprenticeships can last from three to four years (occupation-dependent). During this time, apprentices work and learn under the direction of experienced journeymen. Over time, apprentices are provided the diversity and complexity of training that leads to becoming highly skilled in their chosen occupations. As they gain skills, they are compensated through an increase in wages.

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Program Guidelines

General Program Qualifications

  • Must be a high school graduate or GED equivalent;
  • Applicants shall not be less than eighteen (18) years of age, unless said applicant has complied with SECTION III. B and will turn eighteen years of age (18) within one (1) year of the completion of their probationary period. Applicants shall be required to provide reliable proof of age at the time of acceptance(driver’s license, state-issued identification, birth certificate, or passport);
  • Must be physically capable of performing the work of the trade;
  • Must have reliable transportation; and
  • Must be employed by a contractor who is a signatory to District Council 6.
Terms of Apprenticeship

  • Training length of indentureship is four (4) years for the glazier, painter-decorator program, and Painter, Industrial Coating Lining App Specialist. Three (3) years for the drywall finisher program.
  • Minimum hours of related classroom instruction: 160 hours each year and indenture to the Apprenticeship Committee.
  • Apprentices must complete an apprenticeship project each year.
  • Apprentices must complete approximately 1,500 hours of on-the-job training annually.
  • Related Job Opportunities: Some advance to supervisory jobs.

Apprenticeship Information Form