Because the province of Alberta has not made the trades we represent compulsory – compulsory means you must have provincially-approved training and certification to perform the work – anyone in Alberta can call themselves a carpenter or scaffolder and go to work.

But the Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters has much higher standards than that. We believe in high quality training and lifelong skills upgrading. And we believe people who practice our trades should be certified to a quality standard that leads the world.

That’s why no one can be dispatched to worksites from ARC Locals unless he or she is a formal apprentice, a certified Journeyman or has enough experience in the field that he or she meets our standards. People in a formal carpentry apprenticeship will be considered for membership with fewer field hours of experience.

In carpentry, that means he or she must be taking part in the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training formal apprenticeship program, or have already received Journeyman status from AIT. In scaffolding, it means he or she is part of, or has successfully graduated from, our union’s globally-respected 3-year scaffolding apprenticeship program.

Our prime reason for these standards is to guard against the hazard to public and worker safety that can occur if the work that carpenters, scaffolders and other tradespeople do is not up to the highest possible standards.