Carpenter and Scaffolding Apprentices

If you’re an apprentice carpenter in a formal Alberta Apprenticeship or an apprenticeship in another province we will accept you as a member when we need additional members, providing you have a good work history showing longevity on jobs and few dismissals.

Apprentice scaffolders are treated differently, as many non-union employers do not have adequate training programs or their programs are not up to the United Brotherhood of Carpenters standard.

Even if you have thousands of hours in the trade, we may still require you to successfully complete our scaffolding apprenticeship. There are two levels of three weeks of school in combination with hours in the trade, and a third level of four weeks of school. We also offer a Journeyman Upgrade program of five weeks. To learn more about our education opportunities in scaffolding, visit the Alberta Carpenters Training Centre website here.

There are periods throughout the year that we do not accept scaffolding apprentices. The easiest way into Local 1325 or Local 2103 is to help us organize a non-union employer. Learn how to help us organize your job site here.

General Information on Joining the Alberta Carpenters

Joining the UBC is a privilege we extend to applicants with pride in their craft, a dedication to productivity on the job site, and strict adherence to safety and our code of conduct.

The easiest way to join is to assist us in organizing a non-union employer. Learn how to help us organize your job site here.

We receive hundred of applications every month, and will only respond to written requests for status updates. Do so by emailing  Allow at least 30 days for us to process your application, but it may be longer during particularly busy periods. Trust us, we want every great tradesperson to be a union member. But we also need to be able to provide work for those members, so there will be periods where we are not accepting new applications. We apologize in advance if we cannot approve your application immediately.

Click one of the buttons under ‘Joining Us!’ (left menu) to see more detail about joining us, depending on what your experience is, or where you live.

The Details

We are in the business of representing all tradespeople working in the trades we represent.

When you DO apply: Don’t send us a Resume. Send Proof.

We need to see real proof, not summaries, of your past experience and training. Our goal is to assure ourselves you’re a qualified tradesperson, not a potential employee.

Journeyman certificates and apprenticeship documents show you’ve studied your trade. But we also need to know you have real-life, on-the-tools experience. Records of Employment or pay stubs show us for sure what experience you have and what pay scale you might deserve. So letters of reference and resumes don’t hurt, and they may be valuable for a future employer to see, but to us they’re nothing without pay stubs and records of employment.

Join us!

To become a member, visit our application page.

Local 1325 Executive election results

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The results of the Local 1325 Executive election were announced at the regular member meeting on July 3, 2024. The election results are as follows: President – Michael Dunlop Vice President – Gregory White Treasurer – Moe Rahime* Financial Secretary – Rob … Read More

Upcoming training opportunities at ITC Vegas

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Hello Alberta UBC Members, The United Brotherhood of Carpenters takes pride in having the largest and most comprehensive training facility globally. The UBC Department of Education and Training (DET) offers programs to UBC members, enhancing their skills in communication, leadership, management, and more at … Read More

Sisters In The Brotherhood meeting on May 14

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Members,   First, the latest edition of the national Sisters in the Brotherhood newsletter is now available. To view the latest edition and the archive, click here. The next ARCCAW Sisters in the Brotherhood meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 14. ALL Alberta Regional Council members … Read More

LU2103 meeting on Jan. 20 is cancelled

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The regularly scheduled meeting this Thursday (January 20) for members of LU2103 (hosted in Calgary and Red Deer) has been cancelled. The cancellation is due to a combination of the ongoing public closure of ARCCAW’s offices and staffing-related impacts due to Covid-19. … Read More

LU1325 member meeting for January cancelled

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Members, The LU1325 monthly member meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 5 has been cancelled. Unfortunately, the ongoing issues associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, now including the Omicron variant, continue to create logistical and planning challenges that prevent us from hosting … Read More

In memory of Jake Waldner

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Members, It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the passing of Jake Waldner. Jake passed away peacefully on the evening of Sunday, November 14. We wish his family and friends our most sincere condolences. Jake was a big … Read More

Preparing your home for winter with Marsh

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The gusting winds, heavy snow, and freezing temperatures associated with winter are normal and typically anticipated characteristics of Canadian winters. However, winter weather events mixed with a lack of preparation can lead to building damage, freeze-up, and flood. Advance preparation … Read More

LU1325 Christmas Party cancelled

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To LU1325 members, Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we must regrettably cancel this year’s LU1325 Christmas party. As a result of the ever-changing Government of Alberta Covid guidelines and restrictions, we unfortunately do not have the level of certainty and … Read More

BTA: Questions for federal candidates

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With the federal election less than a week away, candidates are ramping up their engagement with constituents in the ridings they’re working to represent. Our partners at the Building Trades of Alberta, via their Political Action Committee, have developed a … Read More

Day of Mourning 2021

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Today marks the Day of Mourning, a day we pause to grieve, to remember and to reflect on fellow workers who have been killed, injured or made ill on the job. Tragically, 150 Albertans lost their lives as a result … Read More

UBC Zoom meeting: U.S. election results – Dec. 3

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Brothers and Sisters, What do the U.S. election results mean for the UBC and our members? Join Jason Rowe, Vice President, Canadian District, UBCJA and your brothers and sisters from across Canada to discuss the results and how they affect you and your union. DATE: Thursday, December 3, 2020 TIME: 7:00 – … Read More

BTA Labour Day 2020 message

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On Labour Day, thank the workers getting us through these trying times  Without question, Labour Day 2020 feels much different than it has in the past. But as we look back on the difficult times we’ve all faced the last … Read More

Merchandise page added to site

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We have added a merchandise page to the website. Merchandise includes items like fire-retardant hoodies, toques, tool belts and accessories. All merchandise is available to members only. Pick up is available at the Edmonton Council Office only and the member … Read More

COVID-19 and union dues

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Over the last month, the Regional Council executive, in conjunction with the executives of Locals 1325 (Edmonton and Northern Alberta) and 2103 (Calgary), discussed strategies to support our members during this difficult time.

’Twas a great time for all

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Like families across Alberta, this past December, members of 1325 and 2103 and 1460 gathered to celebrate with all the joy of the holiday season. As always, there was plenty of great food, laughs games and gifts for the little … Read More

Geared Up

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New products for the jobsite, campsite or at the cabin. TSTAK Radio + Charger This heavy-duty site radio provides premium AM/FM or streaming sound on the job with its four speakers plus one active subwoofer and one assisted bass resonator. … Read More

Connecting distant members: telephone town hall

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There was plenty of straight talk at the first ever telephone town hall. [ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”4″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_imagebrowser” ajax_pagination=”0″ order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] The volunteers and call screeners were ready, and the countdown was on. The boardroom of the ARCCAW Union … Read More

Minister Shannon Phillips visits Triple M in Lethbridge

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Hometown proud. [ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”3″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_imagebrowser” ajax_pagination=”0″ order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]   Minister of Alberta Environment and Parks Shannon Phillips makes it her business to get to know her home town of Lethbridge by visiting the worksites, companies, employers, unions … Read More

Extreme scaffolding

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Red Bull Crashed Ice takes over Edmonton and Local 1325 was there. [ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”2″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_imagebrowser” ajax_pagination=”0″ order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]   The snow has long-since melted, but the memories from the 2018 Red Bull Crashed Ice event in Edmonton … Read More

Rocking the house for Wounded Warriors

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[ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”1″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_imagebrowser” ajax_pagination=”0″ order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] Saturday, March 10th, sixteen teams of four grabbed their brooms and headed out on the ice at the Edmonton Garrison Memorial Golf and Curling Club for a great day filled with … Read More