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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
To become a member, visit our application page.