Apprenticeship

What is apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is the union system for new members to join the Building Trades. The apprenticeship system is open to all. Apprentices take classes and get paid, on-the-job training.

Do apprentices pay for classes?

Apprentices do not pay. Instead, they are paid full wages and benefits while they train and take classes.

Is there more than one apprenticeship program?

Yes, we have dozens of apprenticeship programs in Southern California.

How do I choose an apprenticeship program?

Each Trade arranges its apprenticeship, The Building Trades Council includes 14 Trades.

Please decide which Trade interests you, and then look into its related apprenticeship program, below.

How do I choose from 14 Trades?

Make a list and rank your top three choices. Think about what you like to do. It’s good to have backup choices, because not all programs are open for new applicants all the time. Decide what your timeline is and how your interests fit into the available programs.

How long does apprenticeship last?

Apprentices enroll in four-to-five-year programs. During this time, you will be eligible to work full time as an apprentice and take classes. Each Trade is organized into local unions, so you will be an apprentice member of the local union. When you’re done, you graduate, and “turn out” as a journey member of the union.

This sounds great! How do I get started? How do I get onto a union construction jobsite?

Please see the listings below and contact each program for more information.

This sounds great but I have some challenges meeting the entrance requirements. How do I make up for lost time, and get help on things like a driver’s license or GED?

We have many programs to get you ready to apply for apprenticeship. Please see this list: http://laocbuildingtrades.org/apprenticeship-building-trades/pre-apprenticeship/

APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS

LA/OC Building and Construction Trades Council: Affiliated Craft Local Unions/Councils

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Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Joint Journeymen and Apprenticeship Training Center, Local 250
Simon R. Cote, Director of Training
Thomas R. Walsh, Coordinator
650 W. Cienega Ave.
San Dimas, CA 91773
(213) 747-0291
www.hvacr-training.com

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———————————————————Boilermakers Apprenticeship
Alfredo Leyva, Apprenticeship Coordinator
2260 Riverside Ave.
Bloomington, CA 92316
(909) 877-9382
www.boilermakerslocal92.org

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————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–Brick Masons Apprenticeship and Training
Robert Collins, Apprenticeship Coordinator
2679 Sierra Way
La Verne, CA 91750
(626) 856-5750
www.bac4ca.org

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—————————————————————————– Cement Masons, Local Unions 500 and 600
Southern California Cement Masons Joint Apprenticeship
Armando Pena, Apprenticeship Coordinator
5417 Peck Rd.
Arcadia, CA 91006
(626) 258-4074
www.cmscapprentice.org

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——————————————————— Electricians, Local Unions 11, 40 & 441 

IBEW 11 Electrical Training Institute
Diana Limon, Director
6023 S. Garfield Ave.
City of Commerce, CA 90040
(323) 221-5881, extension 3001
www.laett.com

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IBEW 40
Louie Meza, Director
5643 Vineland Ave.
North Hollywood, CA 91601 (818) 762-4239
www.ibew40.org

IBEW 441, Orange County
Jerry Thomas, Director
717 S. Lyon Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 245-9988
www.ocett.org

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——————————————————————- National Elevator Industry Educational Program
Dale Birdwell, Coordinator
2011 E. Financial Way
Glendora, CA 91741
(626) 840-7557
Dbirdwell@neiep.org
iuec18.org

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——————————————————————- Southern California Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers JAC
Lupe Moreno, Apprenticeship Coordinator
3833 Ebony Street
Ontario, CA 91761
(909) 390-7003
www.awlocal5.com

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————————————————————————————- Painters & Allied Trades (Commercial & Industrial Painters, Drywall Tapers, Glaziers, Floor Layers, Tradeshow)

Finishing Trades Institute of District Council 36
7020 E. Slauson Ave
Commerce, CA 90040
(323) 727-2811
www.dc36apprenticeships.org
www.dc36.org/political/apprenticeships

David Burtle, Director
Janet Pineda, Drywall Program Coordinator
David G. Lopez, Commercial Paint Program Coordinator
Alfonso Carrillo, Commercial Program Paint Assistant Coordinator————————————-
Kenneth Contreras, Industrial Paint Program Coordinator
Sean Padilla, Floor Covering Coordinator
Mike Galstaun, Glaziers Coordinator

IUPAT DC 36 Tradeshow & Exhibit Building
Fred Wright, Coordinator
11366 Markon Drive
Garden Grove, CA 92841
(714) 894-4094

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——————————————————————– Field Ironworkers Apprenticeship
Local Unions 416 and 433
Brad Huth, Coordinator
5555 Fresca Dr.
La Palma, CA 90623
(714) 228-9744
www.UniversityofIron.org

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————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-————————————————————————— So. Cal. Laborers JAC
Local Unions 300, 652, 1184 and 1309
1385 W. Sierra Madre Ave.
Azusa, CA 91702
(626) 610-1700 or (877) 445-2094
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————————————————————— So. Cal. Operating Engineers Training Trust, Local 12
Larry Hopkins, Director of Training
2190 S. Pellissier Place
Whittier, CA 90601
(562) 695-0611
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Plasterers Union Local 200
Steve Tasco, Coordinator
1610 West Holt Ave., Suite B
Pomona, CA 91768
(909) 865-1773
pl200.org
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———————————————————– Plaster Tenders Joint Apprenticeship Committee
James Preciado, Coordinator
Leticia Balandran, Apprenticeship Director
1055 West Second St.
Pomona, CA 91766
(909) 240-8070 plastertendersapprenticeship.com


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————————————————– ——————————————————— Steamfitters & Pipefitters Local Union 250, JATC
Herb Kleeman, Coordinator
Tom Morton, Coordinator
18355 S. Figueroa St.
Gardena, CA 90248 (310) 660-0035
www.ua250.org 

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Southern California Plumbing and Piping Industry Apprentice  —————————————– & Journeymen Training Trust Fund
Preston Riehl, Chief Executive Officer
7850 Haskell Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91406
(310) 604-0892
www.ajtraining.org

UA Local 78 LA Metropolitan Plumbers JATC
Chris Cheek, Coordinator
1111 W. James M. Wood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 688-9090
www.uaplumber78.com

UA Local 345 Landscape/Irrigation/Sewer/ Storm Underground Industrial Piping of Southern California JATC
Ricardo Perez
1430 Huntington Drive
Duarte, CA 91010
(626) 357-9345
www.ua345.org

UA Local 398 Plumbers & Steamfitters JATC
David Hanson
8590 Utica Avenue, Suite 200
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909) 945-5557
www.local398.org

UA Local 582 Plumbers & Steamfitters JATC
Larry Kirkconnell or Adam Elliott
916 W. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92868 (714) 978-0582
www.ualocal582.org

UA Local 761 Plumbers & Steamfitters JATC
Luis Porres
1305 N. Niagara Street
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 843-1386
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——————————————————————— So. Cal. Roofers & Waterproofers JATC
Guadalupe Corral, Coordinator
1315 E. Grand Ave.
Pomona, CA 91766
(909) 469-9847
buildcalifornia.com
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—————————————————————————————————————————————————- So. Cal. Sheet Metal JATC
David E. Garcia, Administrator
Cody A. Neighbors, Director
633 N. Baldwin Park Blvd.
City of Industry, CA 91746
(626) 968-3340
www.socalsma.org

Sheet Metal, Kern and Northern LA Counties:
Quintin Morales, Training Coordinator
620 Enterprise Way
Bakersfield, CA 93307
(661) 832-1187
www.kerncosma.org


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—————————————————— Sprinkler Fitters Local 709 JATC
John Holmes, Director
12140 Rivera Road, Suite B
Whittier, CA 90606
(562) 907-7622
www.sprinklerfitters709.org

Road Sprinkler Fitters Local 669 JATC
7050 Oakland Mills Rd., Suite 100
Columbia, MD 21046
(410) 312-5202 ————————————— www.sprinklerfitters669.org

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—————————————————————— Construction Teamsters, Local 986 Apprenticeship
Andrew Nichols, Director
John Davidson, Coordinator
15732 Slover Ave.
Fontana, CA 92337
(909) 900-8150
www.ctapsc.us
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——————————————— Tile Layers & Finishers, Marble Finishers, Terrazzo Workers & Finishers
Tile Industry JATC
Mark Blackledge, Coordinator
2679 Sierra Way,  Suite E
LA Verna, CA 91760
(626) 329-0850
www.tiletraining.org