Training Courses

Few programs are as important to the construction industry as training, and no one trains carpenters like the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. For over 100 years, the UBC has developed and improved training programs to develop well-rounded, skilled crafts workers who have built America.

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Here in New England, we focus on helping all carpenters, whether they’ve been working in the industry for thirty years or they’re just getting their start. Our training programs have grown with our union by combining journey worker upgrade classes with the traditional apprentice programs. By taking advantage of training programs throughout their careers, carpenters keep their skills sharp and become more valuable to employers. Upgrade classes are free to members and conveniently scheduled at local training centers and during off-work hours.

Of course, if you’re just getting started in the industry, you’ll want to learn more about our apprenticeship programs. In an industry as competitive as construction, breaking in while learning a trade can be very difficult. A Carpenters Union apprenticeship program is your best opportunity to learn the skills you need for a career in the trade.

Journeyman level members are encouraged to continue learning and advancing their skills by taking upgrade courses offered by the union free of charge. Upgrade classes are conveniently designed to meet the scheduling needs of working carpenters.  NOTE: registration fee required (refunded upon class completion.)

CT Carpenters Skills Advancement Enrollment Form

885 Wethersfield Avenue, Hartford, CT 06114


Richard Christ


(203) 284-1362

Apprenticeship Term:  

4 years

School Training:  

Apprentices attend the CT Training Center in Yalesville. Four weeks per year in one-week intervals per quarter.



Entry Requirements:  

Apprentices must be at least 18 years old and in good physical health. S/he will be required to have a physical saying that they are fit for carpentry work, or if they have had a physical within the year, they must submit a letter from their doctor. A high school diploma or Equivalency (GED) is required. Reliable transportation is necessary. Candidates are required to take a math test as well as a tape measure test.


Applications for the apprenticeship program will be accepted on a regular basis, but an appointment is needed. All candidates will be interviewed by the Joint Apprenticeship Committee.

Training – Courses Available to Members

The following is an alphabetical list of training courses available to members of the Carpenters union. Questions about training courses should be directed to the training center in your area. To learn more about apprenticeship or skills upgrade courses see  CT Apprenticeship & Training Program.  Links below will open the Connecticut 2014-2015 Carpenters Skill Enhancement Program page about the course:

10-hour OSHA Safety Awareness

* 30-hour OSHA Construction Safety

* 16-hour Scaffold Training

* 32-hour Scaffold Training

* 40-hour Scaffold Training

* 16-hour Welded Frames and Mobile Tower

Adult CPR

*Aerial Lift & Boom Training

Blue Print Reading I

Blue Print Reading II

* Cabinet Making

* Ceiling Installation

* Certification for Metal Stud and Drywall

* Computer Aided Drawing and Design (CAD)

* Computer Literacy

* Computer Spanish

Concrete Formwork

* Confined Space

* Construction Supervisors License (Building Code)

* Dial Indicator Shaft Alignment

* Dial Indicator Shaft Alignment-Reverse

* Door Hardware

* Door Installation

* Drywall Certification

* Ergonomics for Construction

* Ergonomics for Train the Trainer

* ESL (English as a Second Language)

* ESL (OSHA 10-hour Spanish)

Fall Prevention

* Finish Carpentry

* First Aid Basics

*Forklift & Powered Industrial Truck (All Terrain)

* Framing Square

* GE Gas Turbine Familiarization

* Hazardous Communications (MSDS)

* Hazardous Waste Worker

* Hazardous Waste Worker Refresher

* Journeyman Upgrade Welding

* Labor History

* Laser Shaft Alignment-Intro

* Laser Shaft Alignment-Advanced

* Lead Paint Abatement Worker

* Math for Carpenters

* Mentoring

* Metal Framing & Drywall

* Millwright 16-hour Safety

* Millwright Qualification Refresher

* Permit Required Confined Space

* Rafter Layout I

* Rafter Layout II

* Scaffold Users course

* Solid Surface Installation

* Stepping Up/UBC Foreman Training

* Steward Training

* Survey/Project Layout

* Suspended (Acoustical) Ceilings

* Systems Refresher

* Total Station

* Transit Level

* UBC Rigging Qualification Training

* UBC Scaffold Refresher Course

* Understanding Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

* Welding and Certification